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Plague of Spells (Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2008

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786949651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786949656
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce R. Cordell is a game designer, and in that role he has written over forty game titles, a few of which garnered awards. He lives in Washington State with his wife and a menagerie of gentle house pets.

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Hi! I'm an Origins and ENnie award-winning game designer with a sizable list of professional credits. Most recently, I wrote The Strange RPG with my friend Monte Cook, which is compatible with Numenera. My game credits stretch much further back, of course, and include D&D titles such as Gates of Firestorm Peak, Return to the Tomb of Horrors, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, the Illithiad, and both the Psionics Handbook and Expanded Psionics Handbook. Not to mention the most recent Gamma World game, the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, and D&D 5th Edition.

I'm also the author of several Forgotten Realms novels, including Darkvision, Stardeep, the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy (Plague of Spells, City of Torment, and Key of Stars), and the Sword of the Gods books (Sword of the Gods, and Spinner of Lies).

Author, world builder, science groupie, fitness buff, and sci-fi fiend.

Customer Reviews

It flowed well and the pacing between each of the plots was well done.
Andy Gray
The book reads, "Afterward, he would turn his hand to the multitude of lesser moral failings still plaguing Toril."
Poisoned Blade
I can't really give that much away from his story, needless to say it is really enjoyable.
Travis Eisenbrandt

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Poisoned Blade on December 19, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lovecraftian Horror in Faerun. If that was the goal of the book, it missed the mark completely. The book reads like players playing through a typical D&D Adventure rather than characters adventuring through a story.

Plot: 5/10
This is a pretty basic Dungeons and Dragons adventure that takes place during the Spell Plague. Faerun is engulfed in blue flame and then the book skips ahead 10 years. Most of Faerun has been destroyed and malevolent creatures roam the lands. Characters begin a quest to recover a powerful artifact claimed by a mighty enemy. The book begins almost as three separate stories, then the characters meet and attempt to recover the lost artifact.

Setting: 6/10
The book's setting is the most interesting part. The world is in turmoil, cities have been reduced to ruins, and creatures have been malformed. Refugees band together for survival. Mages cannot rely on their spellcraft... This is an interesting twist to the Forgotten Realms Series.
However, most of the book takes place at sea, where the sea is just like every other sea. The book should have stayed in the more interesting parts of Faerun. The audience is really excited to see how Faerun has changed during the Spell Plague, but this book takes most of the action away from that.

Characters: 4/10
The adventuring party is composed of a band of unique characters. A mysterious captain, a drug addicted warlock, a mage, a monk, a Kuo-Toan Whip, and a girl with mysterious powers. The character's physical descriptions are glossed over and for the most part are pretty uninteresting. They don't really act like they are in an adventure together. They just respond to their immediate surroundings... and that's it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Travis Eisenbrandt on February 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Plague of Spells by Bruce R. Cordell- This is the first book in the Abolethic Sovereignty, with the second book called City of Torment and the third and final book called Key of Stars (due out in November of 2010), all set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Bruce R. Cordell is the author of other Forgotten Realms novels and has contributed a few short stories to various anthologies. His other Forgotten Realms novels include; Stardeep (which is part of The Dungeon series of stand-alone novels), Darkvision (which is part of The Wizards series of stand-alone novels), and Lady of Poison (which is part of The Priests series of stand-alone novels). Some characters from the novel Stardeep also appear in this trilogy.

The story follows three different story lines that intersect at the end of the story. We are first introduced to a monk named Raidon Kane, who is returning to his adoptive daughter after killing an abomination as dictated by an amulet he wears called the Cerulean Sign, which can sense aberrations. During his trip home, he becomes trapped in a Spellplague outbreak, holding him in a cocoon like structure for a decade. Upon breaking free, he discovers that the amulet is not a tattoo on his chest and allows him to 'feel' aberrations. After finally returning home after ten years, he finds his daughter has died. He then embarks on a quest of revenge, with the aid of a voice called Cynosure, who is a sentient golem pledged to the Cerulean Sign. The second story line focuses on a kuo-toa named Nogah and her discovery of an artifact called the Dreamheart. After learning some tricks of the Dreamheart, Nogah rallies some of her people to join her cause but it turns bad in the end. A kraken named Gethshemeth, takes the relic from Nogah. And Nogah wants it back.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andy Gray on December 7, 2008
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Plague of Spells by Bruce Cordell is the first novel in the Abolethic Sovereignty Trilogy. The second book is titled City of Torment and is scheduled for release in September, 2009, the third book in the trilogy is titled Key of Stars and is slated for release in August, 2010. Mr. Cordell currently has two other novels set in the Forgotten Realms; Stardeep: The Dungeons and Darkvision (Forgotten Realms: The Wizards). He has also penned a short story for the Realms of War anthology. Fans of the Forgotten Realms will be especially interested in this novel in relation to the Spell Plague and the new 4th Edition Rules. Most new Forgotten Realms books are picking up 100 years after the Spell Plague. Not so with this one. This novel has some of the initial Spell Plague and then picks up a mere 10 years later. I am pleased to find a book set during this time frame. Based on that aspect alone, I think this is almost a must read for most Forgotten Realms fans. Here are my thoughts on the novel as a whole.

The plot of this book is not your typical, linear plot. It is actually several plots, and perspectives, mixed together. This allows the story to take on a larger feel and cover more elements. There are three separate plots that are separate for some of the book before slowly being drawn together by a common theme. The first is that of Raidon Kane and his quest to find lost friends, a lost artifact, but more importantly finding himself. The second plotline focuses on an artifact being found by a Kuo-toa and just what powers it has, and if it is more than what it seems.
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