Plague of Spells (Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty, #1), City of Torment ( Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty, #2), and Key of Stars (Forgott. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Bruce R. Cordell is a game designer, and in that role he has written over forty game titles, a few of which garnered awards. Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty Book Series (3 Books). From Book 1. Lovecraftian Horror in Faerûn! Blue fire sears the face of Faerûn, leaving the.
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The Red Walker Great Reader. Dalor Darden Great Reader. Lord Karsus Great Reader. United Kingdom Posts. Despite my many reservations I have actually quite enjoyed almost every post-spellplague FR book soverfignty has been released abolfthic far.
However the Abolethic Sovereignty misses the mark for me. The first book was the best of the three and I was very interested to get a bit more insight into the events of the spellplague, but as the series progressed it became less interesting and more and more absurd and unbelievable. To me it felt as though most things to do with the Abolethic Sovereignty were subversive to the rich history and the general feel and tone of the Forgotten Realms.
It felt like Bruce Cordell wanted to put his mark on the Realms and exert his power on everything while puffing up the importance of his characters and the threats that they faced.
There is even a line that refers to how the sovereignty is more powerful than AO himself. That means that all the machinations of the Gods including the Time of Troubles pales in comparison to how important this book is. Basically this event is more important to the realms than any event that has come before and probably anything that could come after.
I mean there are entities so vast and old and powerful that they are larger than entire cities. It seems more like an ego trip than anything.
Another problem I had is that there are bulk paragraphs of description of the various monsters in the Abolethic Sovereignty that come across like Bruce Cordell was just stringing as many random parts of various monsters and powers together.
There were also countless references to the incomprehensible void and metaphors describing the setting that seemed like he was trying to name an angsty death metal band rather than explain something that the readers could understand, comprehend or care about. I did like the continuance of characters and storylines from Darkvison and Stardeep and the Lord of Bats had the potential to be a very cool character.
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Japheth was also an original idea for an anti-hero. I never really understood. Ayrik Great Reader Canada Posts. Aboleths aren’t particularly noteworthy. Illithids would’ve been a far darker choice. Dennis Great Reader Posts. I’d rather go for aboleths than illithids. The former’s sheer cruelty and unique capabilities far outstrip the latter’s. Every beginning has an end.
Alisttair Great Reader Canada Posts. Team them up with beholders and other abberations. Kno Senior Scribe Posts. Is that a show of respect, there’s the character Kane in the novel likewise. Japheth is a character from the Book of Genesis.
Japheth’s the name of one of my former students. Originally posted by jornan Despite my many reservations I have actually quite enjoyed almost every post-spellplague FR book that has been released so far.
A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men – Willy Wonka “We need men who can dream of things that never were. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, Having just finished the trilogy a week ago, I must say that I can echo the concerns shared by jornan. The notion that anything would be more powerful than Ao is ridiculous. More importantly, one would think that Ao would be strongly and personally involved with something threatening his powers.
Ao’s will is absolute, and while even the introduction of Ao was controvertial, I did like his sole purpose of upholding the Balance. It made the gods fallible, and gave them a check on their powers. But, this is just strange. I really liked some aspects of the novels, I must admit. Honestly, I had a really hard time figuring out where exactly the characters were with respect to the Realms and beyond. As a habit, I try to be very specific when criticizing the work of another author, but in this case, I think that my thoughts have already been well summarized by others.
I felt like the aboleths were a new race, and that they had powers ssovereignty on their colors alone. None of the crisp battle descriptions of Bob Salvatore, or the stirring clarity of the world found in Elaine Cunningham’s works.
Most importantly, I couldn’t find what I call “The presence of Ed” in the novels – that is to say, the spirit of what Ed intended sovereigntt his Realms as I personally see it. While I found that the Lord of Bats was intriguing, I never truly understood what Japheth had to offer him in return for salvation from the “Crimson Road. I feel like this book moves the Realms from a medieval setting toward a Warhammeresque one.
Again, if this threat was so great, I would have expected Ao to summon all of his gods with all of their divine might to thwart this plot.
Sovreignty a storyline goes so far that it passes the realm of believable in a fantasy setting, it has gone too far. I don’t want to dislike aboltehic book, and I think Anusha had great potential, but Abolthic just couldn’t get behind a character. And as an author, I don’t understand the abrupt departure of Seren, who had been a major character in the previous two novels, for no real reason.
I would rather not be so critical of this book, or of Bruce, but I’m wondering just what WoTC is doing with its fiction department. My response to the sovereitnty in order was: Offense can never be given, only taken. Bruce assembled a great cast, but I feel each book is too thin and short for all the characters to be sufficiently exploited. Not bad writing at all, I actually liked it It’s too far from bad writing.
Edited by – Dennis on agolethic Mar It was a pretty random occurrence. Me and Rin needed to kill some time before seeing Slumdog Millionaire An excellent movie, by the way. I recommend it to everyone.
I finished it within the day, and collected my thoughts to write this review. At parts, I felt that Plague of Spells had interesting and compelling characters. The Lord of Bats was a very interesting Fey entity.
Japheth the Warlock was not. Nogah the Kuo-Toa was interesting. As others know, I like the character. That appeals to nearly every single one of my sensibilities. Sadly, though, Plague of Spells made me like the character less. The Twilight War trilogy has a Kraken. The Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy has a Kraken. The Twilight War trilogy has a drug-addict character.
The Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy has a drug-addict character. Firstly but this is a minor pointBruce writes that Elminster was a famous character, on page thirty-five.
Spellscars, apparently, can do anything. I am rating this novel based only on how I think of it as a novel, plain and simple. I will end this on a note that Bruce Cordell himself penned into his novel.
It felt like some other generic fantasy setting.
This is Plague of Spells and Bruce Cordell we are talking about here. I give Plague of Spells two Cthulus and a Chicken.
There were some parts I liked in that book, but I still had a bad taste in my mouth. Did I want to get the next book, City of Torment? Or, was I just better off leaving it at that? With no other Forgotten Realms novels WotC was going to ship of any interest to me, I decided to continue this trilogy, free of charge. Subsequent happenings in the book, coupled with how he was portrayed, have soured me to the character. The characterization and personification that was injected in that character totally ruined it for me.
Other characters, we get more of the same. The point of this specific schpiel is to highlight something that I asked Bruce Cordell specifically in action. Given when those articles came out, and all of that, its kind of funny, a little. Referencing those materials, I can get a sense of when this book was actually written, as opposed to when it was released. It makes me wonder, in the end, where all three concepts are going to be going, and how everything is going to manage to be merged if at all in the end.
And, the ending was very anticlimactic. I see some of you have, though. Could someone help a brother out, and give me a spoiler-free synopsis in the thread I started?