This, the first book in a trilogy of books called 'the Moonshae Trilogy' sees Doug Niles in fine form. He assembles a cast of characterful heroes and villains, and pits them against each other in a story that really brings forth the spirit of the Moonshae Isles upon which they are set. Although it is set upon the vast, and commercially secure Forgotten Realms campaign setting, there isn't so much here you might identify with. Monsters and cultures distinct to the Isles are common place, and foreigners, like Daryth, a streetwise Calishite, are viewed as an oddity. In this story, we see the main character, Tristan Kendrick, young prince of the Isle of Gwynneth, set out on a journey that will change his life forever. Joining him in his struggles are an assortment of characters, like love interest Robyn, and the aforementioned Daryth. Opposing him are the evil beast Kazgorath, and many other fell minions. Not only is this a tale of good vs. evil, but also poses environmental concerns. As Kazgorath's war machine changes the balance of nature, twisting it and perverting it with no care as to the consequences. This is, at its core, a good fantasy tale. Bloody battles, epic heroics, and romance all play a part within its covers. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys these things, and who would also like to further examine the forgotten realms away from Icewind Dale and the Underdark. It also has many celtic origins, and may interest those who lean in this direction. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read, flawed with perhaps an underdeveloped writing style and typical plot, which is more than made up for with it's imagination and enjoyable characters.
This book started it all off for me and I've never really turned away from the Forgotten Realms. As much as I liked the original cover artwork, it is excellent to see it repackaged. The Moonshae Islands, where this and its two sequels (Black Wizards and Darkwell) are set, have a Celtic feel, which I've always loved. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to get a feel of the Forgotten Realms setting or who just wants an easy-to-read fantasy book full of adventure and derring-do. Go for it (and its sequels).
It's fairly generic fantasy and if you're looking for something new, original and innovative you're not going to find it here. However, it's a really fun, entertaining book with likeable characters and some fairly unpleasant villains.
I think this book is really good, its really interesting, when I saw it I got it staight away,I still haven't finshed reading the book but I think its going to be really cool. If you like swords and sheilds and that kind of stuff then this is the book for you.It has everything you have to offer. If you dont like the book then YOUR CRAZY!!!! Now Ill tell you a little bit about it, There's a prince called Tristan a maid called Robyn and there friend Daryth. They have to set off on a journey to Kill all the Firbolgs(big monsters)and Kazgaroth(a even bigger and stronger monster). Kazgoroth can kill and eat humans and then turn into them. This Book is aimed at Ten year olds and up. Oh and another thing to like this book also you have to like blood and that of stuff. So hope you like the book, happy reading!!