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  • Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 1ST edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786942649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786942640
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gray on April 25, 2007
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Bound by Iron by Edward Bolme is the first in a series of stand alone novel set in the Eberron world titled The Inquisitives. This series appears to be in the same vein as various other Wizards of the Coast stand alone series such as The Dungeons, The Wizards, The Fighters etc, the only difference is the setting, and of course content. The next installment of this series will be titled Night of Long Shadows by Paul Crilley and is scheduled for release in May, 2007.

The plot of this book, at first, seems rather linear and one dimensional. That of an old soldier looking for vengeance for a murdered friend. The other main character is a story teller of sorts that attaches to the hero to be able to tell his story in full. Even though this story, of seeking revenge for a deceased friend has been told countless times, in countless ways, the way that Mr. Bolme tells this tale distinguishes it from the others in terms of the overall story and what the character goes through as he tries to get his revenge as well as the twists both subtle and not so subtle.

Mr. Bolme's writing style lends itself to a fast paced book that most readers should find easy to dive into. He is clearly a wordsmith in that his ability to `show' and not `tell' the reader makes this book a clear standout in the Eberron world. Another compliment I have for this book is that even though this book is set in the Eberron world, Mr. Bolme does not pull out all the stops to force feed the reader on the technology of the world. There have been a few books in this setting where it almost seems as though the author is making the technology the story instead of the story using some of the technology. This is not the case with this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Crash MacKenzie on May 17, 2007
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"Bound by Iron" was a solid story with great characters that unfortunately suffered from a lackluster ending.

The two main characters, Cimozjen and Minrah, are polar opposites and that certainly makes for some great character interaction. The warforged, Four, is an interesting character as well.

Despite it's strengths, the thing I will remember most about this book is the poor ending. I felt it was too sudden and seemed to only indirectly resolve the story's main quest.

Ultimately, "Bound by Iron" has alot to like and is worth a read, but be prepared for somewhat of a let down at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Ottinger III on January 27, 2008
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In Bound by Iron, Edward Bolme has written some unique characters in a plot with a surprising ending for this stand alone novel. In a story reminiscent of a John Grisham thriller, Bound by Iron begins with a murder and leads the heroes into a web of lies, deceit, and greed. Bound by Iron is the first novel in Eberron's Inquisitives series.

Bolme explores the themes of justice, honor and righteousness in this novel. Cimozjen is a paladin, a warrior of the Sovereign Host whose sense of right and wrong is strong. Minrah the journalist, on the other hand, is what is often called a "chaotic good" character. She does not do evil things, but will do whatever it takes to get what she wants, especially in pursuit of a story, even to the point of putting her companions in harm's way. Four, the warforged, provides a tabula rasa that the other two characters are trying to imprint with their own values. Each character walks away from the story being changed, for better or worse by their contact with each other.

I liked this Eberron novel. Some readers may find the dialogue a little contrived, but I didn't. The mystery aspect of it was simple, so fans looking for fantasy noir won't like this novel. It does give a soldier's eye view of some of the major events of the Last War on the Eberron world. Cimozjen and Torval's comradeship was a well-written aspect of the story, and in a way reminded me of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front in the way it delved into the mind of the front-line soldier, if in a more simplified way. Even with the philosophical aspect, it was still a good adventure story with lots of sword action. Bound by Iron is a fun reading diversion. Its unique characters, unusual ending, and detailed fight scenes gave hours of reading enjoyment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Wilber on May 24, 2007
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Bound by Iron is an exciting mix between fantasy and mystery. The book is fast paced and action packed. The characters are solid and well written. The hero is not your cookie-cutter invincible type. Instead, Cimozjen is an interesting mixture of paladin and soldier. What I liked is that in several scenes it is shown that he is not invincible and not infallible. He makes mistakes, he gets injured. This character feels real. I also liked the interaction between the characters.

The plot of the story is also interesting and although predictible in a few spots it was very well written. I thought the ending was very well done. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gypton on October 3, 2007
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I've read a few other books and stories by Edward Bolme, and this was probably the best of them. The plot moved along well -- neither too quickly nor too slowly -- and most of the characters were interesting. The locations and background story to the world were consistent with what I've read in other Eberron books, as well.

My only complaint is the same I had for Bolme's other book, the Orb of Xoriat: his endings are unsatisfactory. The story doesn't so much end as it just stops -- it's like the author ran out of time and had to quickly tie together the loose ends, or he ran out of steam and just ended it...I don't know. Regardless, 90% of it was good, and definitely worth it if you are interested in Eberron.
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