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Product Details

  • Series: Forgotten Realms
  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (April 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786913436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913435
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,098,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The game designer
Monte Cook started working professionally in the game industry in 1988. In the employ of Iron Crown Enterprises, he worked with the Rolemaster and Champions games as an editor, developer, and designer. In 1994, Monte came to TSR, Inc., as a game designer and wrote for the Planescape and core D&D lines. When that company was purchased by Wizards of the Coast, he moved to the Seattle area and eventually became a senior game designer. At Wizards, he wrote the 3rd Edition Dungeon Master's Guide and served as codesigner of the new edition of the Dungeons & Dragons game. In 2001, he left Wizards to start his own design studio, Malhavoc Press, with his wife Sue. Although in his career he has worked on over 100 game titles, some of his other credits include Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, The Book of Eldritch Might series, the d20 Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game, The Book of Vile Darkness, Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved, Ptolus, Monte Cook's World of Darkness, and Dungeonaday.com. He was a longtime author of the Dungeoncraft column in Dungeon Magazine. In recent years, Monte has been recognized many times by game fans in the ENnies Awards, the Pen & Paper fan awards, the Nigel D. Findley Memorial Award, the Origins Awards, and more.

The author
A graduate of the 1999 Clarion West writer's workshop, Monte has published two novels, The Glass Prison and Of Aged Angels. Also, he has published the short stories "Born in Secrets" (in the magazine Amazing Stories), "The Rose Window" (in the anthology Realms of Mystery), and "A Narrowed Gaze" (in the anthology Realms of the Arcane). His stories have appeared in the Malhavoc Press anthologies Children of the Rune and The Dragons' Return, and his comic book writing can be found in the Ptolus: City by the Spire series from DBPro/Marvel. His fantasy fiction series, "Saga of the Blade," appeared in Game Trade Magazine from 2005-2006.

The geek
In his spare time, Monte runs games, plays with his dog, watches DVDs, builds vast dioramas out of LEGO building bricks, paints miniatures, and reads a lot of comics.

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To judge by the above reviews, I enjoyed this book a lot more than other people have. I thought that the character of Vheod was initially intriguing and while the author doesn't fully explore his past or how he interacts with others, I think that overall "The Glass Prison" was a fun read. I do agree that Whitlock and Melann's attitudes get annoying after a while, especially considering the lengths Vheod goes to in able to help them. However, the book resolves nicely with a little action (and a little romance) and I'm looking forward to the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2000
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This was my first AD&D book, even though I play a lot. I thought the book was actually quite good.. I don't have many bad comments about the book... The characters were very solid, as was the plot... Monte Cook is a good writer for an excellent campaign in an even cooler universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By uzzyl77 on January 29, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was one of the first books in the FG setting that I have read. I found Cook's description of the Abyss and the realms of the ravenwitch to be particularly intriguing and well written. For me, the descriptions alone made the book worth reading. Cook's cambion hero was also well developed and believable.
The budding romance between he and the cleric could have been a bit better developed.
Overall a great read.
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The Glass Prison deals with a familiar part of the Realms: the lands between the Thunder Peaks and Tilverton (the wildlands on the eastern border of Cormyr).
The book sheds light on Vheod, a Cambion out of Broken Reach, a city found on the Outer Plane of the Abyss, as he copes with his evil nature and tries to overcome its inherent evil. He teams up with Melann, a human priestess of Chauntea and her warrior brother Whitlock in search of a Balor, named Chare'en, who threatens the region and possesses the key to lifting the curse that has been plaguing their family for generations.

On the positive side, the book is very well written, and the plot as a whole is excellent.
Moreover, the main hero, Vheod (Thief/Fighter/Wizard Pp144), is an interesting character.
In addition, my favorite part of the book was the Abyssal story involving the shipwright and Demogorgon, which I thought was great!

On the negative side, there are too many similarities between Vheod and Drizzt Do'Urden.
Moreover, it would have been very helpful to have had "flashbacks" from Vheod's life and past experiences in his homeworld. There are some elements of Planescape, though more were needed to get a better feel for the Abyss.

Overall, Monte Cook does a good job of conveying the sheer power of Evil, such as in the case of the Ravenwitch: "The thorns dug into his bared flesh so that the ravens' blood flowed down the vines and into his wounds." Pp197
As for Chare'en, "Chare'en was the embodiment of anathema. He was living despair, destruction, and desecration." Pp278

Hopefully, a sequel will be written shedding light as to what comes next.
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By Daniel on May 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The author did a great job of describing the various locations and planes of existence in the Forgotten Realms universe. Character development was a bit sparse in some areas, especially between Vheod and Melann. I would also have liked to see more from Orrag and the Ravenwitch. Those two seemed to have some depth, and would greatly benefit from separate books.

I felt the ending was slightly rushed. The build-up to the finale was very well done, and I was highly anticipating a fairly epic battle. Sadly, it seemed to fall short. However, it was still a very good story overall. I recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ever since the well-deserved success of R. A. Salvatore's dark elf stories, I've noticed a trend by other writers to create their own characters who also strive to overcome their innate, evil nature. Some of these authors have succeeded quite well (Elaine Cunningham's Liriel, Christie Golden's Jander Sunstar). Monte Cook is not one of them. Vheod simply lacks depth. We aren't given any substantial information about his history in the abyss, aside from his having been an assassin-for-hire, and the incident that caused him to flee from that world. We're never given an explanation for the 'Taint' he wears and how he got it. And just under what circumstances did a human woman copulate with a fiend from the abyss? How and why was Vheod born? With the exception of Whitlock and Melann ( who's holy enough to be annoying) and perhaps the Ravenwitch, the rest of the sub-characters in this story also lack substance. There isn't enough time devoted to the abyssal fiends manipulating Vheod's course or their cohorts who are trying to set Char'en the demon free. As for the story it follows a predictable trail to a point where Vheod faces Char'en and decides between good and evil. All in all, this book is just an old formula with no depth.
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