- Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (April 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786942649
- ISBN-13: 978-0786942640
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bound by Iron (Eberron: The Inquisitives, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 10, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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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The unlikely pairing of the main characters has the reader amused and intrigued throughout the entire novel, curious to see where the depths of their development will take them.Published 21 months ago by Jarrod Taylor
For the most part, Forgotten Realms and Eberron books are incredibly formulaic. Highly skilled hero finds problem, hero assembles wacky band of quirky adventurers with the perfect... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Rob
A human, an elf, and a warforged walk into a bar...
There, now that I've started off with a joke, I can get into the actual review. Read more
I have enjoyed this book because I have been looking forward to finding a copy for a long time. It takes a while to get into the story line and it helps to know the background of... Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Jonathan Flax
I think it's a very good thing that I came back and reread this book. As pointed out by another reviewer, Bolme has a lot of subtle plot points that if you go in for the straight... Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by A. E. Terry
It's a smartly written quick read that, nonetheless, isn't particularly outstanding. Don't expect much and you'll probably get a pretty enjoyable afternoon out of it. Read morePublished on September 13, 2008 by Joseph Zaworski
I am tired of books that save the world. This is a solid story where
everything doesn't end perfect. Best book Ive read in over a year. Read more