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EverQuest: The Blood Red Harp Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2006

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Elaine Cunningham has written more than twenty fantasy novels including the New York Times bestselling Star Wars book Dark Journey. A former music and history teacher, she approaches shared-world settings such as EverQuest, the Forgotten Realms and Star Wars the same way she'd write historical fiction, by doing lots and lots of research.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: CDS Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593152248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593152246
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,717,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mailyn on November 9, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me start by saying that I absolutely LOVED this book and was hoping against hope there was a sequel or a series to follow. I was immediately hooked. This story, as the plot suggests is about an evil and, for once, good looking necromancer who wants to be the one and only Dawnwalker. A Dawnwalker is one who is a vampire by night, with all the super powers that entitles, but is back to his or her old self during the day. So, basically he'd be a powerful necromancer by day and an even more powerful vampire by night.

Now tell me you aren't just dying to read that!

Unfortunately for our friend, the very very evil necromancer by the name of Chanzoon Nexus, the only way to find out how this works is by playing the blood red harp. Problem is that the harp will only yield its secret when the right bard plays it. Our necro friend won't be stopped by such trivial things so he sets out to torture and kill any and all bards he can get his hands on to find the perfect one. To do this, he has "enlisted" [more like forced] the aid of a very unscrupulous rogue by the name of Davin the Dark. As he is under Chanzoon's spell he has to help him find said bard and he does so by suggesting his ex wife the wood elf Elizerain.

Elizerain and Davin were married for about a year and this, along with the fact that she is a bard AND likes to play the harp [seen by elves as beneath them] has gotten her a reputation amongst her elven clan. She doesn't seem to care much since she is off all over the place in quests and adventures and she travels alone. During one of her travels she goes to Kelethin for a song festival and runs into an old friend by the name of Xander Fletcher whom she used to be in love with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Rehers on January 6, 2007
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Elaine Cunningham delivers a most excellent tale set in the world that is EverQuest. There is a stereotype amuck that says Game books are plain awful. Be that as it may, I found this particular edition to be a wonderful piece of fantasy with just enough references to EverQuest that felt seamless and not forced.

The reviewer below me has done a fabulous job at reviewing this novel in detail but I did just want to make vocal my appreciation for The Blood Red Harp. Especially for the antagonist, Chanzoon! Love him. He was the perfect blend of power and weakness not seen in many main antagonists. Oh and did I mention he is creepy...I mean c--r--e--e -p--y! I would love to see more written on him.

Anyway this novel sure is a blend of surprise and most of the chapters ending in page turning cliffhangers. If you enjoy fantasy of the Forgotten Realms/Dragonlance vein and desire a slightly darker hue this could be a good addition to your novel collection...I mean throw in EverQuest, a necromancer, vampire, and a bard and you got the making of something really unique and promising...in fact you have The Blood Red Harp.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Batou on January 9, 2007
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This was a very good book if you're a fan of the EverQuest world. Some of the characters don't match up exactly with the Sony game, but the author made the story move along so well. The story flows, the characters have names that you can remember (differing from some other books where apparently you have to have 3 mouths to pronounce the names). She also really gave a feel to the size of the wold of Norrath. Hopefully, there will be more stories including these characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Epheros Aldor on May 19, 2007
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Elaine Cunningham's novel, The Blood Red Harp, is one of four Everquest novels set in the online roleplaying game's world. The novel itself doesn't require knowledge of the game in order to enjoy it. While I'm a fan of certain roleplaying computer games I've never played Everquest, but Elaine's mastery of bringing a setting to life is remarkable, and no less so for this world.

The Blood Red Harp details the adventure of a flighty bard, Elizerain, cursed to find truths to the songs she sings. After being given a magical harp by a necromancer, Rain must discover the truth of the instrument unknowingly in a plot for the necromancer to utilize its powers for himself. The bard travels with three companions sworn to help her learn more about the harp, one being a noble elf enchanter named Nyson and Xander, a wood elf ranger.

The adventure sends them across the land and into slave pits, even as prisoners of a warband of ogres, but throughout their ordeals each of them learn more about each other and themselves than they would ever have thought.

Elaine's description of the world is unsurpassed. She brings to life the various geography and personalities of the Everquest world with ease, bringing the reader into the story so fully that the pages just seem to fly by. It is of sad note to know that these characters probably will not grace us with their presence ever again unless the owners of Everquest deem to try their hand at broadening their product in another attempt.

Rain, Nyson, and Xander, as well as the necromancer and even Davin the Dark, the bandit leader, were wonderfully three dimensional and have such distinctive character and personality. The story is primarily character driven with the game lore as a subtle backdrop.
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