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Swordmage (Blades of the Moonsea) Hardcover – 6 May 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast,US (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786947888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786947881
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,297,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first in a Forgotten Realms series, this book starts with the wounding of a foe in a duel at Myth Drannor by Geran Hulmaster. Two years later, Geran and his friend and partner, the halfling Hamil, return across the Moonsea to Geran's hometown of Hulburg after the murder of one of Geran's old friends. He determines to revisit his family and ties with home, eight years after his last visit. Things at home seem to have changed. But Geran and Hamil are about to find out how much things have changed. For the balance of power looks set to shift, with the Vaasan lord Terov offering the Orc chieftain Mhurren of the Bloody Skulls tribe unprecedented power and weaponry; for a price. And why are the barrows of the dead being disturbed by somebody or something?

This is a great story - full of undead, sorcerers, orcs and other creatures, double crossing traitors, great friends and companions, and the overarching story of the battle against treachery and betrayal from more than one direction. In the course of the story Geran finds more of a path for his life journey, but at the end of the book it is clear that there is more than one thread of unfinished business still for us to discover as the trilogy continues.

I love these Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Ravenloft (Strahd is the most brilliant character ever!) and other similar type novels; and this book is no exception. It bodes well for the remaining two volumes in the trilogy.
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Is this a good read? Yes. The protagonists and villains are interesting, if somewhat cliched, the setting is cool, and the writing is definitely good. This was my first forgotten realms novel; i was avoiding any novels published by wotc after reading the timespiral novel (from Magic: the Gathering), which was so horribly incoherent it made you want to rip the book apart. I was not disappointed. So why am I giving it only three stars? The main reason is that the story starts getting really dull at the end of it. You can pretty much predict everything that is going to happen, and just want the whole thing to end asap. The second reason is that the main character, Geran Hulmaster, is very slow to understand anything. Sometimes you have to wait whole chapters for him to figure out what you've already figured out ages ago. I'd recommend this novel to Forgotten Realms players who want to expand their knowledge on the region, get a feel for it. Other than that, I'd say pick up something else as there are more worthwhile reads.
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Rich Baker has written an entertaining FR story set in the city of Hulburg in the Moonsea region.

The protaganist is Geran Hulmaster an elven trained swordmage (warrior-wizard) who along with his halfing partner Hamil returns to his home city of Hulburg for a friends funeral. He finds his friends death was no accident and during his investigations has encounters with corrupt politicians, devious merchant companies, an undead king and a rampaging orc horde. Rich combines all these elements into an interesting and cohesive story which zips along at a good pace.

It is the supporting characters that make this story. Many of them are more interesting than the hero himself who is somewhat inscrutable.

Buy this if you like FR novels its probably the best of the novels to come out in the last year and a good introduction to the series if you are new to it.
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I love forgotten realms but I have to say this is the first one I didn't finish... It's to slow for my taste.
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Good story, good pacing, good characterisation and a good buy, and when it comes to money I'm as tight as a gnats backside, but I was more than happy to pay money for this.
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