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Pool of Radiance: The Ruins of Myth Drannor (Forgotten Realms) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Forgotten Realms: Computer Tie-In Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786913878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913879
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved Carrie Bebris' Pool of Radiance.
Lady of the Red Dragons
The characters are unique and interesting, they all have their differences but they all work well together.
Luis Trevino
I've been a huge fan of fantasy RPG games, including various D&D titles for quite a while.
J. Wells

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By snowy on October 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At least this novelisation was done decently. A rogue, Kestrel, found herself inexplicably drawn into a quest in Myth Drannor to liberate the corrupted Mythal from a dracolich and its gang.
Strangely, while Elminster appeared in the background as the patron, he did not despatch more powerful adventurers even though he should be aware of the critical nature of the situation.
As story-telling goes, the writer made good use of newly introduced characters and gave them enough of "role-playing" such that their backgrounds were gradually fleshed out with consistency and sensibility. A paladin, a fighter, a mage and a rogue started out as strangers to each other, gated to Myth Drannor to pick up on a quest from a fallen group sent previously by Elminster. Like a computer game, they meet the easier foes first, gradually learning more about their quest, clues to the solution, and even found a sanctuary amidst the ruins of Myth Drannor to recuperate from their wounds. They even get to get new members as the story develops.
The author did it in a simple and straight forward manner, lending several twists customary to an RPG. Unlike traditional novels, this one took it from the computer game, without narrating any part from the adversary's point of view. The baddies were just there, having sprung from nowhere, with enough firepower to drive off the phaerimms and baazetus etc from Myth Drannor, but just careless enough to be taken by a small group of mid-level adventurers. Some inconsistencies here, but none really glaring that detracts from a good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady of the Red Dragons on March 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved Carrie Bebris' Pool of Radiance. I have read it about 5 times and each time, it still entices me into a world of magic, heros, and fantasy. Anyone who loves D&D should really read this book and enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luis Trevino on March 31, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pool of Radiance was a very good novel I read recently. I enjoyed it so much I recommended my friends to read the novel. Reading this book made me realize that reading is fun, well with the proper book its fun. I don't like to read subjects that don't interest me. The reason why I enjoyed this novel is because it's based on Dungeons and Dragons so it's very interesting to read.
The characters are unique and interesting, they all have their differences but they all work well together. My favorite character was Kestrel she was a thief that got her self into helping Corran a Paladin, Glenna a Sorceress and Durwyn a Fighter to keep watch on the Pool of Radiance. The funny part about Kestrel helping keep watch is that she didn't remember because she was drunk when she told this High Mage about the pool, so apparently she volunteered on accident. It's ironic that she is now helping the law but her whole way of life is breaking the law without getting caught.
The authors were able to hold my interests because it was such a good novel. The authors kept putting surprises everywhere, they also put a lot of fighting and they were very descriptive so I don't think that little kids should read this book. Pool of Radiance is three books in one and each book had different authors. They kept me on the edge of my seat for 90 percent of the time.
In conclusion I can say that I learned more about friendship and trust than I knew before. In this book there is a lot of verbal fighting between the friends but in the end they end up holding back their anger and keep going with their expedition. I already recommend this novel to my friends because they are into fantasy kind of novels and I'm sure that they will like this novel, and hopefully recommend it to their friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Wells on March 6, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been a huge fan of fantasy RPG games, including various D&D titles for quite a while. I picked up a collectors edition of Pool of Radiance: ROMD that had the pc game, some accessories and the novel by Carrie Bebris. I finished the game first and then decided to read the novel. Having played the game definitely added to the excitment of reading the book. Many of the big events coincide and enjoying the game allowed me to enjoy the book just as much, if not more.

The characters are very well developed and the setting/ scenery is well written. It was pretty much great from start to finish and I highly recommend this book to a fantasy novel or Forgotten Realms fan! It made me want to hop back into the PC game and play it more, even after beating it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HJLII on March 10, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Great story, very well written. The character development, especially Kestrel's, was excellent as were names of the characters and places. Very good plot, appreciate very much Carrie's writing style. Action, magic, artifacts, weapons and plenty of enemy encounters. It was similar to playing a RPG computer game, in the different tasks that were completed through out the story. One of the better D&D books I have read thus far.
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