Top critical review
Another bad adaption
on 3 July 2014
The second in the 'Baldur's Gate' trilogy, 'Shadows of Amn' sees Abdel Adrian, Son of Bhaal and Saviour of Baldur's Gate, and Jaheira captured and tortured by unknown enemies. Although he is able to escape, Abdel finds himself drawn into a plot by an insane wizard and a vampire that could cause a terrible fate for him and Faerûn.
As with the previous 'Baldur's Gate' novelization, Shadows of Amn is a very bad adaption of a great game but would probably still be rated as mediocre if the reader was unfamiliar with the source material. The plot of the book isn't great and unfortunately feels very rushed in places but it does improve somewhat as the narrative progresses with the best part of the novel being the battle in Suldanesseller (even if it goes downhill again for the final battle with Irenicus. The book does have some rather random sex in some places but the action is reasonably well done in the second half of the book.
The only playable characters from the game to make it into the book are Jaheira, Minsc, Imoen and Yoshimo but unfortunately none of these characters are treated very well. Jaheira is pretty much a damsel in distress for much of the story (even if she does get to cast some spells this time), Minsc (one of the most popular characters from the game) is reduced to a madman and Yoshimo doesn't see much screen time. Imoen is somewhat poorly shoehorned into the book due to her absence from the first novel.
'Shadows of Amn' isn't a good book (and is probably not even as good as its predecessor) but it does have a few good scenes here and there that save it from being totally terrible and so I would probably give it around two and a half stars.