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- File Size: 3587 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (2 April 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0036S4E0U
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Ruin: The Year of Rogue Dragons, Book III Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Of course, this is about dragons, and so our heroes fight a lot of dragons, but there's only that many time "just managed to dodge the claw/maw/wing/foot" can be repeated before it gets a little repetitive.
Good pastime, but not anywhere near my favourite book.
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I'm especially glad I reread this 3rd book as I realized I misunderstood some events / sequences the first go. I especially love the way the book and series wraps up - a bittersweet end for sure, maybe more sweet than bitter.
After spending a Faerûn-year with the characters I got a little attached to them. While the epilogue essentially serves to let us know where the characters will head next, but still leaves some things up in the air. For these reasons I would love to have a little novella to tie up those loose ends and let us know what takes place over the next few following years as well (especially since in Brotherhood of the Griffon Series, Karasendrieth is briefly mentioned). But, alas, that's just a dream - or maybe the starting point for some fan fiction.
A Litch (re: undead wizard) named Sammaster is a great antagonist. In the story he is ancient, powerful, was a Chosen One of Mystra & seeks to rule the world through undead dragons called Dracoliches. He artificially enhances the ancient elven wizard's rage and uses this to compel chromatic dragons to succumb to his devious plans.
The motley band of heroes, Dorn (the half-golem), Pavel (the cleric of Lathander), Will (the halfling thief), Raryn (the Arctic dwarf), Taegan the Avariel (re: winged elf), Jivex (a faerie dragon) along with Kara (the silver song dragon) and an unwitting ally, Brimstone (a vampire smoke drake) set out to end the rage since dragons are unable to control themselves and are willy nilly attacking settlements all over Faerun.
It's a plausible story in a fantasy world and more or less one is able to get into it however the writing style of the author leaves a lot to be desired! At times it seems Byers has opened a thesaurus & grabbed at one or two new words and makes you miserable by overusing them. (This sucks because overall the story is not that bad)
First off you can tell the author has a fetish for fencing. How? One of the characters, Taegan, is not only a fencing teacher but every move he makes is over-dramatized with fencing terminology. As you will discover, this gets old after a while. Plus several times in each book, it's mentioned that Taegan is a rake aka a playboy. How often does one need to be reminded of that? For what purpose?
Then Byers must have studied birds at one time because as he describes Taegan (as well as any dragon mentioned) taking flight 'lashing their pinions' such as "Kara lashed her pinions". Instead of simply saying, "Kara took flight" it seems as if Byers is trying overly hard to get details in there that I as a reader don't give a crap about. Pinions must be something special to Byers because he mentions it almost every other page. Once in a while he mentioned using their wings but pinions is overly used to the point of pure annoyance.
Then there are times that the author seems to go overboard on other descriptions such as Will's hair describing it as his 'love locks'. Is this supposed to be appealing to men? Women & girls like 'locks', guys normally don't because we simply call it 'hair' & leave it at that! While not mentioned as often as 'pinions', still it just seems a bit creepy to compare a halfling with a child in one instant then throw in something about his 'love locks' in another. Dwelling on features or details that really do not add to the story, in this case, lends an air of creepiness about the author's tastes. These are things I don't care to know about.
At times it seemed as if Sammaster pulled dragons out of his bum at the drop of a hat which I found way too convenient even for an antagonist. Sammaster had not only this world's dragons at his beck and call but also dragons from other planes such as the Abyss, the Hells & Demiplane of Shadow. This begs the question: what could Sammaster have offered to compel these netherworld dragons & drakes for their cooperation? Faerun's chromatics were offered the opportunity to become Dracoliches but how or why would a Shadow Dragon want to be a Dracolich in the first place?
Also, there were scarcely any mention of the Gem dragons other than a Diamond Dragon but that was a ruse by another character. One would think they would be susceptible to Sammaster's rage as well yet they do not factor in the story. Had Byers simply stated that the rage would affect just the chromatics & metallics, that would've ended the thought but leaving out the gems and barely mentioning them leaves one to wonder why.
I found this trilogy hap hazardly written and peppered with details that added little or nothing to character development let alone the story as a whole. Originally I thought about reading the author's _Haunted Land_ series but after trudging through this mess, I will bypass it and try another author. I give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars.
My only critism, which is the reason for only four stars, as the fight scenes took up a lot of the time, but were still entertaining. I hope this is helpful to everyone, this series deserves better than the overall reviews it got.
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