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

Erik Scott de Bie
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"Shadowbane is a perfect example of what is right and enduring about the Forgotten Realms: a tale of companionship, perseverance, faith, and self-exploration. With a monster and a fight scene here or there, too, in case you need a kick in the pants. You'll read it in one sitting, and then come back to see what you might have missed."
~ Brian Cortijo (Realms Designer, Loremaster of Cormyr)
"If you like fast-paced, thrilling stories that explore the dark shadows and alleyways of cities in the Realms, and erupt into spectacular fights, in the company of wise-cracking heroes and anti-heroes, then a Erik Scott de Bie book is for you! SHADOWBANE takes the reader along for another ride with Kalen and Myrin, this time to lawless Luskan, and it's an adventure worth reading and rereading many times! First-rate fantasy!"
~ Ed Greenwood (Best-Selling Author, Father of the Forgotten Realms, Living Legend)

"With its relentless pace and scenes of chilling horror and savage combat, Erik Scott de Bie's fiction evokes the work of old-school sword-and-sorcery masters like Robert E. Howard and Karl Edward Wagner, and Shadowbane is his best book yet. Don't miss it!"

~ Richard Lee Byers, author of the Forgotten Realms: Brotherhood of the Griffon series

The city of Luskan has always been a den of pirates, thieves, and murderers. But lately, things have gotten much worse. A ship crashes offshore with nothing but corpses. Every day, people go crazy and brutalize those around them. And the only signs that even the most hardened criminals still walk the streets at night are bones.
Luskan's sister city, Waterdeep, has sent a detachment to quarantine the unclean city—to let the filth within die, rather than infect the rest of the Realms. But Myrin has slipped inside, declaring that she will save Luskan. Shadowbane follows, determined to save Myrin and therefore her pet city—even if he has to kill every rat in Luskan to do it.
Shadowbane features the triumphant return of popular, dark vigilante from Downshadow and carries forth the threads of the worlds-spanning Abyssal Plague series.
This expanded e-book also includes a brand-new short story, entitled “A New Purpose”, as well as links to an existing prequel and an original e-novella, featuring characters from Shadowbane. Also included are links to background information on the Abyssal Plague series and sample chapters from other books in the series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2691 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (September 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fast paced and enjoyable book. October 7, 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowbane Returns October 5, 2011
By Stefan
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great dark and brooding read December 18, 2011
By Tom S.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shadowbane January 16, 2013
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Gripping, ensightful delve into a flawed man that was introduced in Downshadow.. Read it in a matter of days because i just couldn't put it down. Erik did a wonderful job creating this intricate and compelling character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book is awesome. January 10, 2013
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Shadowbane strikes again! In this sequel to Downshadow we find ourselves in Luskan where all kinds of epic battles and story plots are going down. Seriously couldn't put it down. Read it in just one night. Shadowbane you're my new favorite hero. Sorry Drizzt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowbane by Erik Scott de Bie October 14, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Looking forward to the next Shadowbane adventure
Erik Scott De Bie manages to thrill again. Looking forward to reading more about Fayne and Lilten in the next novel!
Published 6 months ago by Michael Zwollo
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Not my fav, it is good for a filler until you can find something better. It drags in a lot of places and leaves some loose ends. This is consistent through the trilogy.
Published 15 months ago by T. McPhetrige
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is how a realms book should read.
Disclaimer-If you read the review and feel there is a spoiler in it, please let me know and I will remove that section. Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the FR novels I most enjoyed
As there have already been detailed reviews here, let me limit myself to this: I have very much enjoyed reading this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Skychrome
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Actually bought this book by accident while shopping for a R.A. Salvatore Drizzt DuUrden novel but I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jean Paul J Morrell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel to Downshadow
Shadowbane is a sequel to Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep, and begins a year after Downshadow. Read more
Published on May 21, 2013 by Jonathan Gosselin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Novel!
My main objection to Downshadow, the novel that preceded this one, was that it felt like there was so much more story to be told. Fortunately, that story continues in Shadowbane. Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by Philip Layfield
3.0 out of 5 stars meh... at least it was inexpensive
this book definitely occurred, that really is all I have to say about it. it helped kill time for me
Published on March 12, 2013 by Kenneth Burger
5.0 out of 5 stars The journey continues
This book is full of twists and turns. You never know who is going to do what to whom, so it makes for a lot of suspense. Read more
Published on March 12, 2013 by Jan Niblock
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
This book was non-stop action, kept the reader guessing on what was going to happen next, and met every expectation of the character and setting.
Published on February 18, 2013 by S. Barker
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More About the Author

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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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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