- Series: Lady Ruin
- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Original edition (November 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786956259
- ISBN-13: 978-0786956258
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lady Ruin Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010
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Lady Ruin is a stand-alone novel set in the Eberron setting of Dungeons and Dragons. Tim Waggoner has written a trilogy that is also set in the Eberron universe titled Blade of the Flame (Thieves of Blood, Forge of the Mindslayers, and Sea of Death). He has written a vast amount of other novels. His work includes; a Hyperswarm novel titled Defender, the Godfire series (The Orchard of Dreams and Heart's Wound), the Nekropolis series (Nekropolis, Dead Streets, and Dark War), Last of the Lycans series (Monarch of the Moon), Dying for It, The Harmony of Society, a Dark Ages: Vampire book called Gangrel, Necropolis, an Exalted novel titled A Shadow Over Heaven, Like Death, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, Cross Country, two novels in the Dragonlance: New Adventures series (Temple of the Dragonslayer and Return of the Sorceress), a novel based on Nightmare on Elm Street called Protegé, and a Stargate SG-1 novel titled Valhalla. He has written a vast amount of short stories for various anthologies and magazines, and has two story-collections titled All Too Surreal and Broken Shadows. Lady Ruin was released in December 2010 and was published by Wizards of the Coast LLC.
Lirra Brochann and her family have served the nation of Karrnath during the Last War. When that war ended, her father and uncle were put in charge of a project to create a new kind of weapon by fusing an aberration called a symbiont to a warrior, with the hopes of creating a type of super soldier. However, aside from one case, the trials and experiments have all met with failure. The warlord who is funding the project decides to pull the plug after catching wind that news of their experiments have found other warlords ears.Read more ›
The writing was ok, but not overly exciting. Very competent, middle of the road story and characters. If you can get it cheap, it's worth reading. Otherwise, I'd borrow it from a friend.
Formula? Dungeons and dragon adventure: perspective characters (PC's) are conducting an experiment. It goes wrong. Evil energies (technically Xoriat chaos) infect characters and they seek doomsday. One embraces the same power, but manages to resist and avert the catastrophe. The end.
The main character Lirra gets a tentacle whip, and she loses fine impulse control. Lirra is gritty, a real soldier. She's not funny, and no particular quirk or ability makes her stand out as a character, except for that tentacle whip. It isn't enough. I had a hard time liking her, I never made an emotional connection. It's hard to like the main character when she's constantly suppressing urges to murder every living thing around her, not always successfully.
'OK' genre fantasy. That tentacle whip wasn't cool enough to make me like the novel. Waggoner needed more emotional family relationships, additional backstory, and Lirra's 'trial' period needed something so the reader could actually relate to her. Giving the whip it's own unique voice might have been a good start; instead the whip is an uninteresting reflection of Lirra's darker impulses in italics.