His Realms novels include Condemnation book 3 of the War of the Spider Queen , the Last Mythal trilogy, and the Blades of the Moonsea trilogy. Hamil, Geran's halfling buddy, is entertaining and has telepathic powers which is a nice twist on the typical halfling. There was a surrounding mystery behind him, with his lack of back story and his unknown reasons for doing things, that made him the only character I really liked. No wonder why it's a three hundred seventy-five page book. And I'm not sure whether or not I am satisfied with this.
Kin to his enemies, they seek a deeper revenge, one Geran only begins to glimpse when they kidnap the woman he loves. His lines were simple, his thinking straightforward, and he definitely wasn't witty. Furthermore, the orc tribes to the north gather strength under a new alliance and an ancient evil stirs and has some relation to the tomb raiding. The main characters of Geran and his halfling partner Hamil make a great pair of heroes. I really like this book because it has a lot of action, and a really good plot.
The effects to the novels are interesting, but overall, leave me a bit confused and uncertain as a long-time Forgotten Realms reader. The story in Avenger is very linear, which works. Some of his notable works in the Realms include; The Last Mythal trilogy Forsaken House, Farthest Reach, and Final Gate , The Shadow Stone part of The Adventures series , Easy Betrayals a book in the Double Diamond Triangle Saga , The City of Ravens part of The Cities series , and the third book in the War of the Spider Queen series called Condemnation. It would be easier to play their game and buy them off with a couple of silver pennies. The characters in Ravens and Mythal and even in Mr. Martin-like attention to detail, but this title was very satisfying. If a few details and references were changed, this story could have been set in either an earlier Realms or an entirely different fantasy world.
After reading Richard Baker's contribution to the War of the Spider queen - easily the best book in that series - I picked up this novel with high hopes. It was perfect in all sense to say. Here are my thoughts on this novel. The only big problem was how the pacing was off for most of the story. The book starts out with him behaving badly and getting thrown out of Myth Drannor, with a strong hint that something truly dark lurks within him somewhere. The writing is nothing special, but sufficient.
Finally, Sarth was still interesting. But the pirates are motivated by more than greed. However, when the group reached the gate, they discovered that Sergen and a dozen Veruna mercenaries were waiting to ambush anyone attempting to escape from the castle. While all this is going on, we learn that a clan of orcs are preparing to attack Hulburg, along with a plot against the harmach and how the city is falling into the hands of the foreign merchant companies. The story picks back up a few months after the events in Swordmage. In fact, the amount of mundaneness in its methods almost knocked it down to four stars.
However, in this book the plot seemed much more fluid and natural. It looks very much like Baker is making the things go worse just for the sake of writing a third book in the sequence. Yes there are a little tidbits here and there, but not much explanation. The book soared to the lich's hand, and twisted what remained of his face into a horrible smile. His friend is Hamil who is essentially just the best kind of friend a guy would want: always there for him, always guarding his back, a right hand man, and an awesome confident. His Realms novels include Condemnation book 3 of the War of the Spider Queen , the Last Mythal trilogy, and the Blades of the Moonsea trilogy. As the wraiths massacred the servants, guards, and other inhabitants of Griffonwatch Keep, Geran and his friends fought their way through the castle to find Grigor and the other Hulmasters.
Yes, Geran faces the King in Copper, but it was more like him taking the book you see in his hand and leaving, with Geran staring with his chin to the ground. The story follows a swordmage named Geran Hulmaster on his return to his home, a port city called Hulburg, to pay his respects to a friend who was murdered. Where they end up spending six hours in a dark tomb because he had to rest so he could memorize the spells? This is the first novel set after the Spellplague, and yet the other novels I've read seemed to not really fear them. This is mostly due to the fact that there is just too much description, which is rare in a lot of books. Well, it certainly did not disappoint; I read it in one weekend, rapt with the story.
There are some powerful scumbags making deals with orcs and encouraging them to get into mischief, a half-cousin of Geran's plotting and scheming up a storm, and a mysterious murder for our hero to investigate. Besides that - it was all so well predictable - ancient evil, treachery, revenge, orcs, grand battle with sadly foreseeable outcome. Didn't like the cover of the book - either because of the too crowded use of the fonts or the, surprisingly, not impressive artwork by Raymond Swanland probably both things being the fault of the layout designer. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Then you have the city falling away from its native citizens. I had a totally different impression about the author when reading his part in the War of The Spider Queen sextet. All I have left to say is that someone is going to be getting a very nasty letter saying that maybe their creative juices would be better spent as a Dungeon Master.