- Series: Thorn of Breland
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786952342
- ISBN-13: 978-0786952342
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Son of Khyber: Thorn of Breland, Book 2 Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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As for Thorn, by the time the book ended I felt buried by Baker's attempts to make her out to be more mysterious and more amazing with passing scene (or should I call them "encounters"?). Is she a dragon? Maybe an angel? Some key part of the Draconic Prophecy? Or just your regular, run-of-the-mill secret agent for the most secret and elite spy outfit of her country? I suppose the latter description of her was not enough for Baker, who could not resist smothering what he'd built her into in the first book by adding so many layers and questions to her person by the end of this book. Look, her character was a good one...why does she also have to be a pawn in some cosmic game? Or is she the player? I don't know, and I didn't care, either.
One more thing, as an example of the cliches I mentioned.Read more ›
In 'Queen of Stone' we learned that there's more to Thorn, a Dark Lantern (spy) for the nation of Breland, than what appears obvious at first glance. The questions about Thorn's nature follow her into 'Khyber', meshing with the plots of her mission to infiltrate a deadly group of outcasts to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and the beloved intrigue.
While Khyber is the second of three planned novels, it isn't quite right to call the Thorn of Breland series a trilogy. Thorn and a bare handful of her fellows are the only ones from Stone to carry over to Khyber, so readers hoping to see more of Stone's cast will be disappointed somewhat. But that doesn't mean the cast of Khyber is lacking; the series delights in taking the reader to the less-civilized and/or darker parts of Eberron, showcasing a cast of unique and interesting characters. And there's always Thorn herself, who has been strongly developed with more of her backstory built on.
Like Stone, Khyber ends somewhat abruptly. The ending does not seem as rushed, though, despite the slightly fewer pages Khyber possesses. Instead of the break-neck speed of Stone's last 50 pages or so, the entire novel moves very quickly. This seems natural, however, as Thorn herself is almost swept away by events.
As what is, in many ways, a spy novel Khyber leaves clues for Thorn (and the reader) to puzzle out.Read more ›
There was an attempt by Keith Baker to add interest to the character, but instead it just muddled an already boring characters background to the point where my "not caring" actually became more interesting then the character her self. What can be said about a character so compotent that she could probably win in a fight with batman.
So overall we have a novel filled with poor plot, dreadful dialogue, poor pacing, disinteresting characters & an attempt to add extra nuance in the form of stupid plot twists. If you haven't guessed yet, i advice you not purchase this book. If you want something similiar to this novel but better across the board, try the Eberron novel "The left hand of Death" or if you don't mind Forgotten Realms you could always try "The City of Ravens."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eberron wasn't my favorite D&D setting, but Keith Baker sets the tone nicely.Published 11 months ago by Timothy J. O. Gatehouse
I love this series. Keith Baker really owns the world he writes in, and the sense of suspense is tangible. I'm excited to read the third book.Published 20 months ago by J Minstersquiggly
Truly a terrific piece of the eberron world. It has what most seek in a story of Dragon profit from this eberron tale.Published on April 18, 2013 by Grady Newton
Keith Baker did an excellent job with this book, considering all the other activities and D & D books no his plate. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Kurt S. Garwood
Another mediocre story from Keith Baker, the creator of Eberron--an author I normally respect and a world I've come to be infatuated with. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by James Ryan Hamm