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  • Series: Abolethic Sovereignty (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786951842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786951840
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi! I'm an Origins and ENnie award-winning game designer with a sizable list of professional credits. Most recently, I wrote The Strange RPG with my pal Monte Cook. My game design stretches much further back, of course, and include D&D titles such as Gates of Firestorm Peak, Return to the Tomb of Horrors, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, the Illithiad, and both the Psionics Handbook and Expanded Psionics Handbook. Not to mention the most recent Gamma World game, the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, and D&D 5th Edition.

I'm also the author of several Forgotten Realms novels, including Darkvision, Stardeep, the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy (Plague of Spells, City of Torment, and Key of Stars), and the Sword of the Gods books (Sword of the Gods, and Spinner of Lies).

Author, world builder, science groupie, fitness buff, and sci-fi fiend.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd A. Dail on September 8, 2009
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Bruce Cordell has the ability to write characters that are not only electric and exciting but afford the reader the ability to relate on a real and emotional level. Though marketed as a Raidon Kane adventure it is Mr. Cordells brilliant character development in "City of Torment" that, dare I say, rivals even the best Forgotten Realms novels. Each Character in "City of Torment" has so much depth they could have there own novel. I must say that this book only gets better with every page and builds to a fabulous ending as any good fantasy novel should. I highly recomend the "Abolethic Sovereignty" series including "City of Torment" as a must have for your fantasy collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks on November 28, 2009
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City of Torment: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book II is the second novel in the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy by Bruce R. Cordell. The first is Plague of Spells: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book I and the third one, Key of Stars is to be released in November 2010.

City of Torment (CoT) continues about a tenday after the conclusion of Plague of Spells (PoS). The main plot is a bit of the same as PoS except with the events that happened at the end of PoS, CoT takes on a more dangerous venture with a trip to Xxiphu (pronounced Zee-Fu :) There are a few sub plots developing throughout such as Japheth's path to right a wrong no matter the consequences, Raidon's quest to abolish all aberrations, Seren's uncovered past, Thoster's unknown lineage, Anusha's plight, and a couple others that may lead to spoilers.

I will have to say that I was impressed with the depth of Mr. Cordell gave his characters this time around. They all felt more natural and real. Each had their own voice and motivations. Their actions equally moved the plot as well as the plot moved their decisions and actions. For me, I feel that Raidon was the only main character that I really didn't care for as much. He is not a horrible character, but he felt a bit emotionless to me. I did connected much better with Thoster and Seren in this novel. I am really looking forward to delving more into their pasts and seeing how they develop more in the next book. Anusha was also a better character this time. Japheth started out ok. I wasn't as engaged with him at first as I was in PoS, but he did get better along the way and I did end up enjoying his character as much as before. There are also a couple other characters I did not care for, one was Behroun and the other Malyanna.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis Eisenbrandt on February 10, 2010
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City of Torment by Bruce R. Cordell- This is the second book in the Abolethic Sovereignty, with the first book called Plague of Spells and the third and final book called Key of Stars (due out in late 2010), all set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Bruce R. Cordell is the author of other Forgotten Realms novels and has contributed a few short stories to various anthologies. His other Forgotten Realms novels include; Stardeep (which is part of The Dungeon series of stand-alone novels), Darkvision (which is part of The Wizards series of stand-alone novels), and Lady of Poison (which is part of The Priests series of stand-alone novels). Some characters from the novel Stardeep also appear in this trilogy.

The story is continues from where the last book, Plague of Spells. A tenday has passed after the viscous fight against the kraken. We find Japheth taking over a gang of thugs to extort their 'profits' so he can find some way to free Anusha from the Dreamheart. During his efforts, Raidon Kane is hunting down Japheth for stealing the Dreamheart, with the crew of the Green Siren, the same crew as in the first book, helping him. The captain, Thoster, and the mage, Seren, are helping in the search. Then we find Anusha trapped in the aboleth city called Xxiphu in her 'dream-walk' state hoping to find a way out. As Japheth frees Anusha, she returns for a few minutes before being sucked back into Xxiphu, only this time she isn't trapped. Raidon and the others barge in of Japheth, forcing him to flee into the Feywild, where his patron, the Lord of Bats, who granted him is warlock powers, is trapped. Angry at being unable to catch Japheth, Raidon and the others decide to travel down into Xxiphu to stop a being called the Eldest, who is part of the Dreamheart, from reawakening.
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You wonder if they can work together as a single minded group and start to see the union begin to crumble. Will the come to be whole again in the next book and can not wait to see how the final outcome will play out.
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Not a bad book but very different from other Forgotten Realms novels and characters. Granted change should have been expected after the Spellplague but still, getting into these books takes a bit of time.
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This is the second book in the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy. The series gives a good amount of information for what happens at the time of the Spell Plague in the Forgotten Realms.
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