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Cold Steel and Secrets: A Neverwinter Novella, Part I [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sent by the spy master of Neverwinter to investigate a group of rebels, Rucas Sarfael finds a worthy adversary in the beautiful fencing master Elyne. Matching wits and blades with the rebel leader, Rucas strives to prove himself and rise in the rebel ranks in part 1 of this four-part novella set in the renowned city of Neverwinter by fan favorite Rosemary Jones.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Crown, crown, who has got the crown of Neverwinter?  If you're an experienced gamer, you know that the crown can be key to controlling Neverwinter. If you've never adventured in the Forgotten Realms before, you'll find some basic lore here as well as a story of spies, rebels, and magic. 

As a fan of swashbuckling fiction, I loved the chance to play in Ed Greenwood's supersized sandbox again.

About the Author

Rosemary Jones writes fantastical adventures, often set in shared worlds. Her most recent fiction includes the serial adventure, Cold Steel and Secrets, set in the Forgotten Realms' Neverwinter and the superhero/steampunk tale "Wrecker of Engines" in Cobalt City Rookies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1564 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K98QV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it worth two dollars? October 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A quick note on the length of this "novella." A 300 page Forgotten Realms book has approx. 5000 "locations" on my iPad Kindle Reader. "Cold Steel and Secrets, Part 1" has 500 locations.

Having just finished Rosemary Jones' very readable, highly enjoyable novel "City of the Dead" (also in the Forgotten Realms universe), I was expecting a good read, and she certainly delivered. She has a smooth writing style that moves the story along with just enough description to characterize the protagonists and antagonists. In a novella that amounts to approximately 30 physical pages, that ability serves her well. The characters in her novella (one primary character, two supporting, with two or three more that can be considered window dressing) receive enough time "on screen" each that you get, at the very least, a feeling for their motivations and personalities. The plot centers around a group of dissidents in Neverwinter that seek to gain favor with a rebellious group seeking to overthrow Lord Neverember, the current ruler of the city. Obviously, being the first of four parts, that plot line does not reach a conclusion and this portion of the story would best be considered the exposition, with a small helping of rising action to hook the reader for Part 2. I enjoyed the story, and will certainly buy the second part. However, this is not worth two dollars if you are not a serious fan of Forgotten Realms novels. There is simply not enough content to justify the price point ($2 for 30 pages = $20 for a regular Forgotten Realms book, which ordinarily tend to be priced at $8).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler free review December 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
First off I did not rate this on the price of the book. I do feel $2 is too much for 30 pages of story, but as a die hard realms fan and a fan of Rosemary I had to get this.

Rucas Sarfael is a sent to Neverwinter to infiltrate a "dueling" gang to find out about the rumors of overthrowing Lord Neverember. This is the premise that is alluded to in this first portion of four parts.

The writing is top notch. The flow is smooth and pacing well done. There is enough action to keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. The characters are depicted well and since this is only the first part there really is no character development as of yet, but knowing Rosemary's writing, I know there will be some nice development.

One thing that may bother readers is the cliffhanger ending. If you are one who does not like that, then I would suggest waiting until the full story is completed. For me, I don't mind and it gives the story a Charles Dickens feel when he would only have small portions of his books published and people would actually fight over getting the next installment.

Happy reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great neverwinter tale July 25, 2013
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A tale of a rogue joining the rebellion in Neverwinter. Brisk pace, high adventure. Would recommend for any fan of the setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Steel and Secrets November 24, 2011
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A fast paced and fun journey through Neverwinter about a group of dissidents and a spy sent to infiltrate their ranks. The spy and protagonist Rucas Sarfael is likable and has powerful back-story. The cast of supporting characters are detailed enough to give you a measure of their personalities and goals.

Pros:
The characters and their backgrounds are very engaging.
Dialog and prose is top notch.

Cons:
None. I really liked this novella.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $2 April 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
though the author shows promise i did not enjoy the building of the plot or character interactions as i have come to expect from forgotten realms novels. poisen in the wound too discover i paid $2 for what equates to an open 1 chapter book. as hard as it was to figure out how to leave this feedback to kindle readers i can only imagine how you will lose further sales on your books for fear of them also being this same kind of 1 chapter product. fix the way you present this product and i will fix my opinion of what you just suckered me out of $2 for. though if the rest of the content ran along the line of the chapter i just read i would only give it a 3 star.
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More About the Author

Rosemary Jones writes fantasy and collects children's books. Her young adult novel, Wrecker of Engines, explores the superhero haven Cobalt City and pits a modern day hacker versus a steampunk villain. It can be found in the ebook collection Cobalt City Rookies.

Her novels for Wizards of the Coast include City of the Dead (an adventure set in the graveyard of Waterdeep) and Crypt of the Moaning Diamond (underground mayhem complete with sorcery and a small white dog). Her latest Forgotten Realms serial adventure takes place in Neverwinter: Cold Steel & Secrets. All three are now available for Kindle.

Rosemary's short fiction occupies many different anthologies including Cobalt City Dark Carnival (Timid Pirate), When The Hero Comes Home (Dragon Moon), Cobalt City Timeslip (Timid Pirates), Close Encounters of the Urban Kind (Apex), Zero Gravity (Pill Hill), Realms of the Dead (WOTC), and others.

She is the co-author of the Encyclopedia of Collectible Children's Books and the recently released John Carter, Tarzan, and Friends: A Reader's Checklist.

A theater junkie since the age of 4, she now covers the arts in Seattle and has interviewed a truly eclectic and wonderful bunch of creative people over the years. They inspire her to keep typing!

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