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Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road: A Forgotten Realms Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jaleigh Johnson
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The witch Ilvani's nightmares of a storm and a suffering soul are luring shadow creatures into Ikemmu, bent on hunting her down and killing her for reasons no one can ascertain. Ashok, however, is determined to find a way to stop it before the shadow creatures destroy the city he worked so hard to save. The trail leads him, the witch Ilvani, Cree, and Skagi along a caravan to Rashemen, where similarly strange attacks are happening among the secretive masked witches of the steppes.

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About the Author

Jaleigh Johnson lives and writes in the Champaign/Urbana area of Illinois. When she's not sitting in front of her computer creating stories, she enjoys sitting in movie theaters, gardening in her backyard, or gaming in the basement. In addition to the Unbroken Chain series, she is also the author of the Forgotten Realms books Mistshore and The Howling Delve.

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  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road by Jaleigh Johnson July 29, 2011
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Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road by Jaleigh Johnson

Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road is the second novel in the Unbroken Chain series. The first novel is titled Unbroken Chain and as of now, that is all there is. Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. Jaleigh Johnson has written two other novels set in the Forgotten Realms universe; an entry in The Dungeons series titled The Howling Delve and the second book in the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series titled Mistshore. Both of these novels are stand-alone. She has also written a number of short stories for various anthologies and magazines. Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road was released in July 2011 and published by Wizards of the Coast LLC.

Ashok feels like he is finally fitting into the shadar-kai city of Ikemmu. After saving Ilvani, who is thought to have a connection with the god Tempus, he is seen as a chosen of the god of war. However, things aren't quite right with Ilvani after returning home. The witch is plagued by nightmares, nightmares of a snow rabbit accompanied by a violent storm. Unfortunately for the citizens of Ikemmu, that's not all that plagues the returned witch. Somehow, the dangerous and deadly animals of the Shadowfell are going berserk, but with a purpose. The connection to the crazed animals and Ilvani's nightmares is made and through an odd occurrence, Ashok discovers that whatever is causing Ilvani to act this way is coming from Faerûn. In order to stop it, Ashok and Ilvani have to travel to the country of Rashemen and enlist the aid of the witches there to help. But the journey is going to be much harder than anyone can endure as everything seems to want to stop them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashok is back for more! July 22, 2011
By Peter
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Really, this is an excellent second effort in what presumably will be a longer series of Unbroken Chain books featuring the Shadar-ki, and specifically Ashok, a chainmaster, along with the brothers Cree and Skagi, and the witch Ilvani. In this effort, the creatures of the shadow realms are being driven insane, causing much chaos in and near the city of Ikemmu and the four main characters are given the task of solving the issue by traveling to Rasheman on Faerun, where similar occurrences are happening, and are tied together. Ashok's Nightmare also returns for this effort, and plays a large role in the book. I wont tell you too much more about the story, but i will say that it is as much a voyage of personal discovery as it is an adventure/quest to solve the problem's facing both lands.
You really gain a strong attachment to all four characters, and even to a lesser degree with the Nightmare. Some new characters are also introduced in this book that look to have a promising future in writings to come.
Jaleigh's writing style is fast paced and has a good flow to it. She also doesnt forget or ignore any part of her plot development like many authors in the genre are prone to do, and doesnt write herself into a corner either. The pacing is perfect in my opinion, the plot is strong, the characters well defined....i am becoming a fan the more i read her writing (this is the fourth book I've read of hers so far...the two in this series, Mistshore, and the Howling Delve).
Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I want more January 14, 2013
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I really enjoyed this series. The characters were intriguing and likeable, and slim though it is, I got the impression there was chance Vedoran (sp?) might make it out of the Void. I hope so. Really, the only reason I gave this book four stars was not for the book itself, but because I heard the chance of a sequel is currently slim. I am a big Forgotten Realms fan, but some series seem to get the short end of the stick, and Wizards of the Coast doesn't seem to care that some are left unfinished. I would really like to see another Unbroken Chain novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interlude March 3, 2013
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J J once again delivers a wonderful story. Can't wait until the next book dealing with this particular group of characters
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Jaleigh Johnson is a fantasy writer born and raised in the wilds of the Midwest. Her novels for the D&D Forgotten Realms line include The Howling Delve, Mistshore, Unbroken Chain, Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road, and Spider and Stone. Her first book for middle grade readers is The Mark of the Dragonfly. In her spare time, she enjoys gaming, gardening, and going to the movies with her husband. Visit her online at

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