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Rising Tide (Forgotten Realms: The Threat from the Sea, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: The Threat from the Sea (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786913126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913121
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The latest game-related novel from the leading publisher of the genre introduces a new maritime setting in the popular Forgotten Realms role-playing universe. Odom interweaves the experiences of his four major characters--Jherek, a virtuous young sailor who wants to disassociate himself from his vicious pirate father; Laaqueel, a humanoid priestess who seeks the acceptance of the fishlike sahuagin; Iakhovas, an ancient megalomaniac sorcerer who has enslaved Laaqueel and desires to take over the sea; and Pacys, an aged bard of formidable mind and body--as they set off across oceans, fighting battles. Each character's quest pulls him or her toward a city called Baldur's Deep. Odom does an admirable job of bringing the sea setting and its varied species to life. The novel's detailed fight sequences are tightly packed, making for a fast, exciting read, but Odom leaves its resolution for the next installment of his four-book series.

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I write in a number of fields, but always with the hope of telling an interesting tale that will incite a reader to think for himself or herself, to examine his or her own place in the world, and offer a little nudge in the direction of dreams, faith, and personal growth in spite of whatever odds a person has to face. I also believe we were all put here for a purpose. Hopefully, several purposes. I'm a father, a little league coach, a teacher, a friend, and a writer. I struggle to keep that balance, as many of us do these days, but I hold tightly to the belief that I'm doing all I can be doing, and doing what I should be doing.

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This book is a great start to a fantastic Trilogy.
F. T. Barrett
This is a fabulous book filled with all the nececsary elements needed to make a tale come alive and let you experience the adventure.
Elena
Well done story with intrigue, good action scenes, and not an overreliance on magic.
Gary W. Walby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a long time reader of each and every Forgotten Realms book, of late I have been disappointed with the quality of writting. Ed Greenwood's latest attempts with Elminster's tale have falled short of the mark Mel Odom's writting is both refeshing and very accurate to the history of the Sword Coast. What appeals to me is that fact that he does not try to squeeze too many things into one book. Or course knowing that he has 3 more to follow does help He does a very good job of taking 3 different "quests" and weave them into one. As a fan of the new Baldur's Gate CRPG, it was great to see cities and areas that I had just explored leap to life on the pages of his book A must read for any Forgotten Realms fan
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Srdjan Gulic on February 10, 2000
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Finally someone who understand and love (under)water world and knows how to put that love into words of a great story. I just cannot decide who I like best - Pacys the Taleweaver or Iakhovas the Evil Itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elena on January 26, 2002
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I've read this book along with the other two in the trilogy and I found that it became harder to put it down as you become more deeply entranced in this breath-taking tale. You'll be captured right away and by the time it's over yearning for more. Fortunately, I read these books when they were all published so I didn't have to wait a year for the next book. So, weather you are or aren't a fan of the 'Forgotten Realms' I suggest reading and purchasing all three of the books in this trilogy together so they won't leave you hanging at the end. That's the beauty of discovering a good trilogy when all three of the books are already out. Read these books and you won't be disappointed. This is a fabulous book filled with all the nececsary elements needed to make a tale come alive and let you experience the adventure. I still can't decide which one I enjoyed most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "elvarius" on May 17, 2002
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This is probebly the first book i read that has good fighting scenes not some boring all to long fighting scenes the worst thing in this book was the relationship between Sabyna and Jherek
to much romance for my taste. But yet this book is one of the best i have ever read.
I live in Icland so im sorry if my english is bad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
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...and I sure hope the rest of it is better than this. Parts are intriguing, but all the human characters are cardboard, the plot almost seems too limited by its own place in the grander scheme, and a complete lack of continuity (no references to Kressilac or the Coral Kingdom) bring it down quite a bit. I'm sure it will be much better once all three books are read, but for the moment, it doesn't stand alone at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2002
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Im not a bookworm fan at first. Then I got this book from a friend. It kept me WIDE AWAKE for the entire night. This seafaring adventures are THE best. It is a well deserved 5 star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "fillthehollow" on January 18, 2004
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I picked up this book because I was in the mood for a sea based adventure and in that respect it delivers. I kind of felt a love/ hate relationship for the two main characters. Jherek, the hero, is a mere boy who of course is destined to be an amazing hero who saves all of faerun (played out plot yawn) was annoyingly innocent. He did have my sympathy for his tendency to have bad luck. The other semi-villan Laaqueel a malenti (birth deformed saughin) was just plain annoying. The only thing she did through the whole book was pray to her god.
It was a decent enough book just because I was in the mood for the particular setting. I even picked up the rest of the series that is were things went downhill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
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I have been reading fantasy books for a long time and have enjoyed them all, then I picked up my first book by Mr.Odom(The Raising Tide) and was reintroduced to the reason I originally started reading fantasy in the first palce. Mr. Odoms books captured my attention and kept me entrahlled untill the last page, I went out and bought his first book he wrote in the Forgotten Realms setting "The Lost Library of Cormanythyr" and it was just as good if not better then the first. I hope to see more of Mr. Odoms work in the very near future(After the Raising sun series of course!)I hope everyone enjoys Mr.Odoms work as much as I have.
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