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Darkwalker on Moonshae [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Niles
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first Forgotten Realms title ever published, now available as an eBook!
Darkwalker on Moonshae was the very first novel ever published in the Forgotten Realms setting. Appearing in 1987, this title launched what has now become a robust and ever-expanding land of adventure for millions of readers.

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About the Author

Douglas Niles is the author of over 20 fantasy novels, many of which were published with Wizards of the Coast, Inc. He is also an award-winning roleplaying game designer who was part of the original creation team for the Dragonlance setting two decades ago. His most recent books in the Dragonlance world include Wizards' Conclave and the Icewall Trilogy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2169 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book - strong characters, strong plot April 25, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a re-issue of the first Forgotten Realms trilogy written. It's a bit surprising they didn't keep this series in print longer. Honestly, this is one of the best FR books I've read.

The book opens with a fair where we meet the main characters; Robyn, Tristan, Daryth, and the moorhound, Canthus. As we get to know these characters (they are very deep - not exactly your infallible hero types) Kazgoroth makes his move to try to take over the Moonshae Isles.

Along the way, our heroes are pulled into the struggle. The action increases and a few more characters are introduced, which are each also interesting in their own way. I love how Niles makes his characters come to life - even the minor ones.

This is an action-packed read with deep characters - good and evil. This is a book that sets the standard for others in the FR realm - even among other fantasy novels period.

This is an awesome book - highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Darby
Format:Mass Market Paperback
[Review written Nov 2004]

I read this series when it first came out in 1987, and several things impressed me about it at the time:

1) The author is a serious fan of roleplaying games, and has first hand experience in game design ... and it shows through clearly in his writings, both then and now.

2) This was one of the first books set in a 'pre-fab' role playing world (in this case, "The Forgotten Realms" of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons RPG), in which there were already extensive supplements available showing the lay of the land, the peoples, the creatures, the spells, etc. According, without having to re-develop all that from scratch, the author was able to leap directly into his story.

3) At the time, this was one of the few RPG-themed books out that dealt with Druidical themes - which was always a favorite subject of mine whenever I roleplayed.

In any case, it's a solid fantasy series, and I'm glad to see it come back into print. Despite being the first of many many forgotten realms novels that came out later, it's still among the best of the "RPG" sub-genre of Fantasy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy November 13, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
For anyone who will not read a book because it has a Forgotten Realms/Dragonlance logo above the title, this is the book that can break that prejudice. This is a good fantasy novel period. This is Niles at his best. The very first Forgotten Realms novel is full of great characters and even greater action. Though it is billed as a trilogy, this story is a stand alone tale. After it sold well, Niles write 2 more stories and TSR packaged it as a trilogy. If you enjoy this story and trilogy, it is followed by a sequel--the Druidhome trilogy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a Mediocre series August 23, 2004
I liked this book, but the further I read into the series, the more it felt like trudging through a swamp. Not comparable to Tolkien, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The scenes were vivid, the creatures were frightening, the magicians were moderetely powerful, but the characters... I just started to not care about them. I would heartily recommend The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore instead.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book, great to enter fantasy genre. February 3, 2002
This is the first enjoyable fantasy book I read. I read it for a book report and loved it, and thanks to Mr. Niles I became I huge fantasy for all the years afterwards. I still remember the amazing characters: Tristan, Robyn, Daryth, and of course the evil Kazgoroth, the shape-changing demon-like creature that invades the Moonshae Isles. The characters are wonderful, the enemy horrific, and it has everything a good story needs: love, violence, evil, action, strange and horrible enemies and an ultimately evil enemy: Kazgoroth. I've read this several times, and it's always the same great story. I recommend that anyone who wants to read fantasy, but has read some bad ones in the past should check out this book and then see where it takes you. Excellent book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL SCORE: (A+) December 22, 2003
This is the BEST, "Forgotten Realms" series that I have read. The story transports you to a world of magic and adventure, entwines you in to the struggles of the heroes, and leaves you feeling fulfilled at the climax. What more can you ask for in a fantasy book?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read Forgotten Realms series April 7, 2002
I have read this series many times and it is still as good today as it was the first time I read it, almost 15 years ago.
I think the plot is one of the more interesting in the fantasy genre. Tristan and Robyn along with many other interesting characters are trying to defend their Isle/Goddess from the attacks of an evil god and his minions. I enjoyed the fantastic creatures, especially the little Psuedodragon as the comic relief.
I hope they re-issue this series so more people can enjoy this wonderful story filled with werewolves, unicorns, sea creatures, magic and intense battles.
Find it or borrow it! A must read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 22, 2007
By Kogeae
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been consuming these Forgotten Realms books and I was quite excited to see the library had another one of the authors. But I found the book to be lacking, maybe it was after the RA Salvatore into for it that left me wanting. I found the characters shallow, very lacking in depth. The plot good, yes, but the rate of killing the NPCs...that gets a little old than just the masses of enemies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And it was brilliant.
Can't believe it took me this long to finally read the first of the Forgotten Realms novels. And it was brilliant.
Published 29 days ago by Adam Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great. Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by Alex Vasher
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche filled drivel with an ok plot.
Hmmm, where do I start ?
Characters so bland and uninteresting that you forget them the minute you close the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brian Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragonlance fans first foray into Forgotten Realms...
Not bad for my first foray into the Forgotten Realms universe. I am a huge Hickman/Weis fan but I thought I'd try something else. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Heath Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
An enjoyable book
Not as good as some of the other forgotten realms books like the Drizzt books or the war of the spider queen series, but good none the less
Published 20 months ago by Diggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
What a great story to say the least!!! I look forward to the next one and recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy!!!
Published 22 months ago by Allen Morrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkwalker on Moonshae
I received this book as a Christmas gift in 1989 and have since spent hundreds of dollars on the Forgotten Realms franchise of books... Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by Gandorrok
3.0 out of 5 stars The First Book of the Realms
How this book came to be:

The first Forgotten Realms novel unveils the Eastern island chain outskirts of the Realms, the Moonshae Isles. Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by RealmsRider
4.0 out of 5 stars Going way back for a good one
This was the first forgotten realms book I ever read when I was in HS. It got me hooked on these types of books. I never knew then that there were two more books in the series. Read more
Published on February 18, 2010 by John V. Mcnichols
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good...
This is pretty poorly written, with unoriginal characters and horrific editing. Its basically a poor rip from some old D&D story. Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by P. Underwood
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