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Darkwalker On Moonshae (Forgotten Realms: Moonshae Trilogy, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2004


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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.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078693560X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786935604
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben Wand on 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 on August 19, 2007
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 By RG69 VINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Simpson on January 15, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hmmm, where do I start ?
Characters so bland and uninteresting that you forget them the minute you close the book. They conform to every Dungeons & Dragons cliche you can imagine - the slightly feckless but ultimately heroic prince, the "fair maiden" female druid, the old king who resents his son, the "stout and loyal followers" (quite a few of them) and the evil northmen raiders. Yawn...
The ever so predictable "will they/won't they" love story.
Bad sentence structure with quite a few obvious instances of unnecessary repetition.
Characters forced together in ridiculous circumstances simply to further the plot (like at the beginning when the guy steals the Prince's money purse and when they catch him, instead of hanging him or even throwing him out of the castle, the Prince puts him in charge of his prized hunting dogs and a few pages later is his new best friend).
Almost no evocative descriptions of the Moonshae Isles to give the reader a feel of what it would be like to live there. Apart from describing where places were and using their names, this gives the reader the feel that it could be any old generic fantasy land.

On the plus side (and the reason I gave it 2 stars instead of one)...
The plot moves along steadily after a slow start
The battle scenes are ok
You pretty much know what you're letting yourself in for if you've read any of the other forgotten realms dreck, so hopefully your initial expectations should be set reasonably low.
The Bloodrider, Laric is quite cool, as are the wolf pack and the Prince's Hound. But maybe it's not such a good thing when the most interesting characters in a book are either undead or animals...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Abell on August 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By Brian Smith on February 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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