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About the Author

Erik Scott De Bie was a finalist in the open call for Maiden of Pain. He has a degree in English literature from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Ghostwalker is his first novel.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Fighters
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; First Edition edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786939621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786939626
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a speculative fiction author, mostly writing fantasy, science fiction, and some mix of the two. I'm probably best known for the Forgotten Realms series SHADOWBANE (the tale of a thief turned vigilante paladin, sworn to a dead god), as well as a growing body of short stories in various anthologies and available for download on the web. (Seriously, check my website, it's pretty awesome.)

I am also a known quantity in the gaming industry, designing for the legendary tabletop RPG Dungeons and Dragons as well as other systems.

When I'm not writing, gaming, or more writing, I compose technical documentation by day and fight injustice by night. I lives in Seattle and am married with pets

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andy Gray on December 9, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ghostwalker is Erik Scott de Bie's first foray into the Forgotten Realms with a full length novel, and the second book in the stand alone series titled The Fighters. His first official writing was a short story published earlier in 2005 in the anthology Realms of the Dragon II.

My first inclination was to try to compare Mr. de Bie with some of the current fantasy authors on the shelves today; however, I will not do so as I think that is unfair to him. One novel does not a writer make, and I think he should be allowed to make his own path in the genre. This is just what he did with this novel.

To start, this book is darker than most Forgotten Realms books. In fact I may even say it has pushed the envelope of Wizards of the Coast's policy to keep books under the PG-13 rating. This novel is right at the cusp of that rating in my opinion.

From the opening scene to the last scene of the book de Bie dares you to try and put the book down. The frantic pace of this novel is such that every page must be read, and read now. There is very little down time. Unlike some novels out there today where authors add fluff to make the book longer, de Bie makes sure that everyone of his words means something and has an end goal in mind.

The plot is well thought out and well constructed. The main driving force behind this novel is a gritty tale of vengeance and what someone will go through to get tat revenge. There are also a few subplot sprinkled throughout the story, but if I was to talk about them here they would turn into spoilers - so I will pass. I will say the subplots add to the novels overall appeal and adds to the intrigue of this book. Mr.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Masterton VINE VOICE on December 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ghostwalker is a great first novel for any writer. Erik Scott de Bie slips adroitly into the Forgotten Realms world while managing to bring his own particular brand of writing to the title.

If one were to imagine Clint Eastwood in his "Man-with-no-name" role as a main character in a Twilight Zone directed by Peter Jackson and add fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping you'd get the feel for this novel. Ghostwalker is a brooding, tale of revenge that could easily take place in the old west, but happens to take place in the fantasy world of Forgotten Realms. The main character, Ghostwalker, is a damaged, amoral you man bent on revenge. As a boy he is brutally beaten and almost murdered by a group of local men ala "Hang 'em High". He survives to exact revenge on this same group as a grown man.

The action is vividly written, the dialogue tight and characters solid and believable. Hopefully this novel will be given a chance by those that have not been followers of the Forgotten Realms books. This little book adds a grittyness to fantasy that very few save George Martin have been able to do.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Malarick on December 4, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Watch out Salvatore there is a new kid on the block and his name is DeBie!

Ghostwalker is, simply put, a breath of fresh air. It is a novel that breaks the boundaries of D&D novels, and feels comfortable in doing so. This is not a book about a group of adventurers getting together to defeat a foe, or find a magical artifact, this is a good old fashioned down and dirty tale of revenge.

Erik Scott DeBie tells a tale of intrigue. He enjoys throwing in little clues here and there, but keeps enough back to really surprise you later on in the book. There were more twists and turns towards the end of this book than in a sack full of snakes!

The tale is very gritty, and dark just the way I like it.

Set in frontier logging town, a not so well known area of the forgotten realms, and DeBie uses all the information available about this place and crams it into his story.

Saying that, I do not think you would have to be a fan, at all, of the Forgotten Realms to enjoy this story

His characters are extremely well crafted. Some of them you really start to care about, and others make you want to run a sword through them yourself.

I mentioned Salvatore at the start of this review, and I did that because DeBie has done what Salvatore has been doing for years, in terms of combat writing, but at the same time putting on his own stamp and making each fight interesting and unique. Whereas I would start to get bored reading a fight in a Drizzt based novel, here I was enoying every moment. Now lets see if he can do that after as many books as Salvatore. If he can, he will be a forced to be reckoned with in the fantasy genre.

I am looking forward to Erik's next novel - The Depths of Madness, which is due out in 2007. In the meantime we can enjoy a short story from him in the Forgotten Realms anthology - Realms of Elves, which comes out Feb 2006.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neso on January 31, 2007
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I will have to go with the rest of the reviewers, this book is simply breathtaking.

The thing that diminishes almost everything else in this novel is De Bie's storytelling. His writing is beautiful, almost poetic at times, giving the little frontier town of Quervarr a breath of life. His battle scenes are so descriptive that you can almost hear the clash of weapons in your room. Brilliant writing, truly. The protagonists in the book are also very good. They all have believable motivations, emotions and histories. The antagonists are a piece of art. Not only are they memorable, but De Bie "gets in their heads" on a scale experienced only in Salvatore's FR novels. The plot is masterfully conceived, and it is personal and emotional, with a fair number of twists. No saving the world here. And the ending is truly fitting.

I do have a few complaints, but they fade in comparison to De Bie's storytelling. Walker, the main character, is at times too heroic to be believable, considering his past and emotional state. Besides that, there are too many unpredictable rescues from sword-tip for my liking.

But as I said, everything becomes irrelevant once you get lost in this story.

A Forgotten Realms masterpiece.

I will take some time to reflect on the "Fighters" series, as this is my last review from that particular series. Mathematically, they get an average score of 3.75, which is more than good considering that the books were written by four different authors. It features only one poor book (Bladesinger), and the rest range from good (Master of Chains and Son of Thunder) to brilliant (Ghostwalker). You should check out these books. And I almost forgot, the cover art is breathtaking on all of the books.
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