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Shadowbane: A Forgotten Realms Novel (The Shadowbane Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2805 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (September 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
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I am a speculative fiction author, mostly writing fantasy, science fiction, and some mix of the two. I'm probably best known for the Forgotten Realms series SHADOWBANE (the tale of a thief turned vigilante paladin, sworn to a dead god), as well as a growing body of short stories in various anthologies and available for download on the web. (Seriously, check my website, it's pretty awesome.)

I am also a known quantity in the gaming industry, designing for the legendary tabletop RPG Dungeons and Dragons as well as other systems.

When I'm not writing, gaming, or more writing, I compose technical documentation by day and fight injustice by night. I lives in Seattle and am married with pets

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Shadowbane takes places roughly a year after Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep (Greenwood Presents Waterdeep) and Kalen is traveling to Luskan after receiving a cryptic letter from Myrin. Luskan is under quarantine due to a mysterious plague that is driving people to madness then killing them in a most gruesome way. We meet some surprising people from Kalen's past and find out more about Myrin. Erik's signature is his fight scenes are there are plenty in Shadowbane. They are so vivid they practically leap off the page.

I love books with anti-heroes and Kalen certainly fits that bill. He does not come off as the typical brooding warrior but as someone with a truly troubled soul having had to make some terrible choices. The setting of the book, Luskan, had a great feel, it reminded me of Batman No Man's Land.

Not only this this a follow up to Downshadow but it is also part of the Abyssal Plague series which spans all the DnD worlds, Eberron, Forgotton Realms, Dark Sun. No previous knowledge of the Abyssal Plague is required to enjoy Shadowbane but if you would like more background you check out the extras found at the end of the ebook. This is also the first Wizard of the Coast book to be available only in ebook format.

I have been a fan of Erik's work since Ghostwalker: The Fighters and he keeps upping the ante with each new release. He is one of top Forgotten Realms authors and if you are looking for a great new read, give Shadowbane a try. You won't be disappointed.
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Shadowbane is a sequel to the book Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep and is set about a year or so after the events in that novel. It is also preceded by The Chosen of The Sword, a short novella that sets up some of the side plots in Shadowbane.

The book itself features expert pacing, gripping plot and unique and compelling characters. Kalen is just as awesome as ever and even receives some deeper development now that he's back in the city that holds the dark memories from his past. Myrin makes her return in this novel as well and also receives a lot of development, it's really great to see her go from the amnesiac girl in Downshadow to the independent and powerful wizard in Shadowbane. In addition to the returning characters we also get a bunch of interesting new faces, from the deadly well of wisdom that is Sithe to the scheming Toytere. Each new and returning character is compelling and unique to the point that i can't think of a single one that was a bore to read.

Pacing is this book's strong-suit, things move along at a nice speed that lets us really enjoy the great scenes of dialogue and character development but it knows when a fabulously described action sequence is needed. The fight scenes in this book are vivid and very fluid to read, each one gives you a clear idea of exactly what's going on and who's doing it. They make for a cinematic and gritty story that fits perfectly in the city of luskan. there's a specific action scene towards the end of the book that was so vivid and cinematic that I'll have a hard time forgetting it for years to come.
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Erik Scott DeBie creates a gripping story that skirts the darker underbelly of the forgotten realms, Luskan in particular. His dark hero Kalen Dren (Shadowbane) is both tortured and driven at the same time. His dark nature only overshadowed by his need to do the greater good. The book moves along at a good clip with frequent surprises along the way. As someone who appreciates a dark story without the need for shiny, happy people holding hands (sorry for the REM reference), I enjoyed the book greatly and in typical Erik Scott DeBie fashion, he left the way paved for a sequel with many unanswered questions, yet without a traditional cliffhanger. I look forward to the next chapter. Great Job Erik.
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Shadowbane is the second book in the Shadowbane series with the first book being Downshadow, which is also the fourth book in the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series, and the third book is Shadowbane: Eye of Justice. The Shadowbane series is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. Shadowbane also ties into the Dungeons and Dragons world spanning event called The Abyssal Plague, and carries over the plague introduced in Bruce R. Cordell's Sword of the Gods novel. Erik Scott de Bie has written a number of novels set in the Forgotten Realms; Ghostwalker part of The Fighters series of stand-alone novels and Depths of Madness which is part of The Dungeons series of stand-alone novels. He wrote Eye for an Eye in Colbat City Double Feature. He also has written a number of short stories for anthologies as well as offering free to download ones off his website, along with working on Dungeons and Dragons game designs and campaigns. Shadowbane was released as e-book only in September 2011 and is published by Wizards of the Coast.

After finding Kalen 'Shadowbane' Dren murdering the dwarf that kidnapped her, Myrin Darkdance ran away from him and hoping to find answers about who she is. However fate intervenes in the form of a shadowy woman who takes her away. Fortunately, Kalen is on his way to rescue her, after receiving a mysterious note with "Luskan" scrawled on it. As Kalen nears the deplorable city, he notices that it appears to be under quarantine as Waterdhavian guards surround the city. As he approaches the wall, he is recognized as the vigilante Shadowbane and is forced into a confrontation. As he struggles to get past the blockade, he learns that Luskan has a plague spreading around the city called "The Fury".
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why isnt not on Kindle
I am wondering the same thing. The day it was supposed to be out, it wasn't there
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