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Realms of the Dead: A Forgotten Realms Anthology (The Haunted Lands) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: The Haunted Lands
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786953632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786953639
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great story with excellent characters.
Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks
While the other characters were wonderfully done and that I'd be more than happy to read more about Roundabout and Addadearber.
Travis Eisenbrandt
It's an OK story, taking a good while to develop, and all the characters seem to be one step ahead of each other.
Doc

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Travis Eisenbrandt on January 29, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Realms of the Dead edited by Susan J. Morris was released in 2010. This is an anthology based in the Forgotten Realms setting. This anthology is comprised of twelve short stories written by Richard Lee Byers, Lisa Smedman, Erin M. Evans, Bruce R. Cordell, Jaleigh Johnson, Christopher Rowe, Philip Athans, Richard Baker, Rosemary Jones, Ed Greenwood, Erik Scott de Bie, and R. A. Salvatore. This anthology is included with Richard Lee Byer's The Haunted Lands trilogy, and deals with all things undead.

"Pieces" by Richard Lee Byers- The story follows the events after the second book in The Haunted Lands trilogy entitled Undead. Bareris Anskuld was a bard in life, and still is in death. Along with the specter of a paladin named Mirror, Bareris seeks revenge for the 're-death' of his love. In this story, Mirror and Bareris go to join a resistance group against the undead horde that the lich Szass Tam rose to take over the land of Thay. But it's hard for undead to join a group opposing the undead.
Negatives:
1) Undead. I didn't really care for how a few of these undead were explained. It didn't really paint a vivid picture in my mind and kind of was a little bit of a bummer.
Positives:
1) Bareris. Now I liked Bareris in the trilogy, a lot. His thirst for revenge is something that you can really feel. That and he has to be one of the coolest bards in any story.
2) The Ending. It's was dark and it really worked considering the whole premise of the anthology and trilogy itself is about death. The 'twist' it takes I really enjoyed.
Overall: 5/5
*Even though I didn't really like the undead description's, it was a interesting story with a great ending and with a character I really enjoyed.

"Soul Steel" by Lisa Smedman- This short story is about revenge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doc VINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
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Realms of the Dead is an anthology with stories from different points in the D&D timeline, some soon after the Spellplague, others a century after. We get a range of stories, not all focused on the undead that appear in most of the offerings. Most of the time the undead are window dressing, and we get to see many different types of the undead one might encounter in the Forgotten Realms.

"Pieces" by Richard Lee Byers is an interesting story where two undead, one a ghost and the other an undead bard who still possesses some of his magic powers, attempting to solve a murder mystery against the will of those who want to take advantage of the distraction to remove some insurgents from their midst. We see something of the underground opposing the ruler of Thay. It's an OK story, taking a good while to develop, and all the characters seem to be one step ahead of each other. If they were as clever as they thought, they'd not have repeatedly gotten themselves into so much trouble. It's frustrating that the characters just kept hitting their own walls so much.

"Soul Steel" by Lisa Smedman is a tale of an elfmaid seeking vengeance against the liege who murdered her brother. When she discovers the reason why, she will not relent. She arrives at a dangerous plan, requiring conspiracy with a drow wizard to forge a weapon capable of destroying her sworn enemy. The situation gets very complex, with a dwarf prisoner joining her cause, then becoming something of her savior, with a couple other twists along the way. Another decent story, but nothing spectacular.

"The Resurrection Agent" by Erin Evans is a story of two colleagues who served an information broker in various capacities trying to see that she receives a proper burial.
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Realms of the Dead is an anthology based on The Haunted Lands trilogy by Richard Lee Byers. There are a wide range of stories by some famous and new up and coming authors in the Forgotten Realms. Here are some quick reviews of the short stories you will find here.

Pieces-Details how one of the characters in The Haunted lands trilogy becomes who he is and gives more information about what Bareris and Mirror were doing when not in action. Good story and moves at a nice pace. 4 out of 5.

Soul Steal-A new story from Lisa Smedmen. Trelwyn is looking to avenge her brother and has an interesting way of going about it. Unexpected actions lead to a nice twist at the end. Great story with excellent characters. 4 out of 5.

The Resurrection Agent-How many times can a person live again? Harlot is a person who is used as an agent to find the villains and after she is killed by them, comes back to life and gets revenge. This story details her adventure as she is traveling and comes across an old acquaintance who is looking to get revenge on her. A good piece with a nice background to the characters. Flows smoothly. 4 out of 5.

The Wandering Stones-This one was really good. Jada has found out about her past and is on the run from a dragon who is looking to get more from her than she can imagine. After taking refuge in a town where dragon dare not go, she learns more about her mysterious past. I have a feeling this will be the new characters for Bruce R. Cordell's next trilogy or at least I hope so. A solid story. 4 out of 5.

The Bone Bird-Jaleigh Johnson tells the tale of Bromer, a cleric of Chauntea who is sent to help a town plagued by the undead. Waylaid along the way things become complicated. Good story.
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