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Stormblade: Heroes, Volume Two Mass Market Paperback – April 6, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Heroes (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786931493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786931491
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Varian Berberick is the author of nine fantasy novels, five in the Dragonlance novel series. Among those are Dalamar the Dark, Tears of the Night Sky (with Linda Baker), and The Lioness. Nancy is hard at work on her next novel, and her most recent short story is "Helos Daughter" in Legends of the Pendragon from Green Knight Press.

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It had your action, your drama, your romance, and of course the kender-kind of comedy.
Kitiara
This title in the Heroes series by Nancy V. Berberick (a great contributor to the Dragonlance saga) is a very good read.
Nobi
The characters are so predictable and stereotypical (even for fantasy) that you really don't care who lives or dies.
Eric Savage

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric Savage on May 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blah. Weak. Flat. Boring. These are just a few of the words that describe this book. As with the other Heroes books it's not really part of the Dragonlance canon, so there isn't much to miss if you decide to skip it. There is a bit about the Companions, but it is brief and actually doesn't fit well with the Chronicles (this book takes place between books 1 and 2 of that series). Supposedly the Companions "fought to recover the Hammer of Kharas" but in this book it seems like the fighting was for something else and the Hammer gets found later. I won't dwell on these issues though, let's break the book down a little:
Writing: Its fine, I'm not expecting classical literature in a pulp fantasy novel, and I'm not going to mark a book down for lacking something I didn't hope it would have. The action scenes and dialog were good, but not enough to carry the book.
Story: Except for the fact that it relies on a rather irrational event (A ranger's gifting of a priceless sword to a barmaid he never met before), the rest is borderline. Political events often serve as a good backdrop to stories of love and hate, but this one doesn't really pull it off. The love is contrived, the hate/revenge is simplistic, and the politics are downplayed to be predictable to make room for the action.
Characters: Here is where the book really stumbles. The characters are so predictable and stereotypical (even for fantasy) that you really don't care who lives or dies. The stoic good-hearted elf, the lovesick young human woman, the stubborn honor-bound dwarf, the evil one-eyed henchmen, etc. At the end an important character dies and I really wasn't moved at all.
About halfway through this book I found myself eyeing my shelf for what I wanted to read next, which is not a good sign. Considering how many other (better) Dragonlance books are out there, I would save this one until the end, or just skip it entirely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
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Well this was my first Dragonlance book to read and I thought it was very good. The first 7 or eight chapters are kind of confusing but then I the drift of the book. I gave it four stars because I really like the plot and the stories in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is reading the series or anyone who just likes fantasy books.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1998
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The synopsis above is not entirely correct, I daresay. In the mighty dwarven mountain of Thorbardin, the home of the Dwarves, an aging swordsmith named Isarn sets out to craft his last sword. A wondrous blade it is, but upon it s strange red glow- and the swordsmith and his assistant Stanach realize that this blade has been touched by the dwarved god Reorx. In three-thousand years, such a sword has never been created- a Kingsword. Whoever possesses this blade has the power to rule the dwarves. And as Stanach works on the blade's completion, he is attacked, and the sword is stolen. An evil Dwarven thane (like a joint-governer) has his eyes on the sword, as does the thane for whom the it was made, the rightful owner and kind dwarf, Hornfel. Not to mention the many others who desire this finely-crafted, gem-encrusted work of art. The sword is carried out of Thorbardin and we are swept on a path to recover the sword and save it from falling into sinister hands... An excelle! ! nt book, any fan of the dwarves or Dragonlance in general should have this book. ~Miss Lauren
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 3, 2001
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This is probably the best book in the dragonlance series that I've ever read. Nancy you've still got the touch! The story delivers a great plot line with plenty of twists. Plus the dramatic effect that you get as the story progresses and the heroes that you begin to love, die. The battles are terrific.The humor from the kender also lightens the sort of dark murky mood you get after loved heroes die. Unlike some novels where the battle is just non stop and the good guys always win. This is a great novel! BTW I'm not 12 I'm 14 stupid kid review. Anyho my 4 year experience opinion is this book is something great and I'd suggest that you definetly read this as soon as humanly possible!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Brown on July 20, 2001
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This is possibly the only Draginlance book I wish I had never bought. It reads very 'long' for me; I find myself looking for excuses to set this book down. All the other books in the Heroes series have something to do with either history or with the companions. But, this book is pretty much on its own. There is some interaction with Tanis and Goldmoon, but, other than that, this book doesn't involve the companions.
The storyline seemed to fit everything. But, to be honest, the interaction between the Thorbardin dwarves and the companions is pretty much glossed over in the 'Chronicles' trilogy. This book gives some more information on them around the same time that the companions were seeking shelter from the red dragonarmies.
I don't have much of a reason, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I love to read, but this book didn't ignite that spark; I spent most of my time looking forward to the end. Plus, the kender in this book (I have repressed his name) is thoroughly annoying! Kender do make most stories a lot lighter, but tis one was just plain annoying - give me Tasslehoff any day!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nobi on April 3, 2000
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This title in the Heroes series by Nancy V. Berberick (a great contributor to the Dragonlance saga) is a very good read.
In the story a sword named Stormblade is forged in Thorbardin, home of the dwarves. It is then stolen, then found. However two groups are trying to recover it - of course, there's the bad guys, and the good guys. Both of these groups are motivated by politics. Although it may seem like another politically moved novel, it has many plot twists and evil things happening to the characters which make you keep reading, as well as feel sorry for the characters.
Besides the main storyline, there is love between the characters, and excellent combat scenes, like those in Legend of Huma (Heroes I, by Richard Knaak). One thing about this book, though; many of the characters are badly injured or killed, and only several main characters remain in the end. Much like a horror novel.
In summary, I thought this was another excellent Dragonlance - Heroes novel. I recommend this book for starting fantasy/Dragonlance readers as well as experienced ones.
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