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Cold Steel and Secrets: A Neverwinter Novella, Part I by [Jones, Rosemary]
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Length: 32 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From the Author

Crown, crown, who has got the crown of Neverwinter?  If you're an experienced gamer, you know that the crown can be key to controlling Neverwinter. If you've never adventured in the Forgotten Realms before, you'll find some basic lore here as well as a story of spies, rebels, and magic. 

As a fan of swashbuckling fiction, I loved the chance to play in Ed Greenwood's supersized sandbox again.

About the Author

Rosemary Jones writes fantastical adventures, often set in shared worlds. Her most recent fiction includes the serial adventure, Cold Steel and Secrets, set in the Forgotten Realms' Neverwinter and the superhero/steampunk tale "Wrecker of Engines" in Cobalt City Rookies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3139 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (October 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K98QV6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A quick note on the length of this "novella." A 300 page Forgotten Realms book has approx. 5000 "locations" on my iPad Kindle Reader. "Cold Steel and Secrets, Part 1" has 500 locations.

Having just finished Rosemary Jones' very readable, highly enjoyable novel "City of the Dead" (also in the Forgotten Realms universe), I was expecting a good read, and she certainly delivered. She has a smooth writing style that moves the story along with just enough description to characterize the protagonists and antagonists. In a novella that amounts to approximately 30 physical pages, that ability serves her well. The characters in her novella (one primary character, two supporting, with two or three more that can be considered window dressing) receive enough time "on screen" each that you get, at the very least, a feeling for their motivations and personalities. The plot centers around a group of dissidents in Neverwinter that seek to gain favor with a rebellious group seeking to overthrow Lord Neverember, the current ruler of the city. Obviously, being the first of four parts, that plot line does not reach a conclusion and this portion of the story would best be considered the exposition, with a small helping of rising action to hook the reader for Part 2. I enjoyed the story, and will certainly buy the second part. However, this is not worth two dollars if you are not a serious fan of Forgotten Realms novels. There is simply not enough content to justify the price point ($2 for 30 pages = $20 for a regular Forgotten Realms book, which ordinarily tend to be priced at $8).
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First off I did not rate this on the price of the book. I do feel $2 is too much for 30 pages of story, but as a die hard realms fan and a fan of Rosemary I had to get this.

Rucas Sarfael is a sent to Neverwinter to infiltrate a "dueling" gang to find out about the rumors of overthrowing Lord Neverember. This is the premise that is alluded to in this first portion of four parts.

The writing is top notch. The flow is smooth and pacing well done. There is enough action to keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. The characters are depicted well and since this is only the first part there really is no character development as of yet, but knowing Rosemary's writing, I know there will be some nice development.

One thing that may bother readers is the cliffhanger ending. If you are one who does not like that, then I would suggest waiting until the full story is completed. For me, I don't mind and it gives the story a Charles Dickens feel when he would only have small portions of his books published and people would actually fight over getting the next installment.

Happy reading.

Dimndbangr
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A fast paced and fun journey through Neverwinter about a group of dissidents and a spy sent to infiltrate their ranks. The spy and protagonist Rucas Sarfael is likable and has powerful back-story. The cast of supporting characters are detailed enough to give you a measure of their personalities and goals.

Pros:
The characters and their backgrounds are very engaging.
Dialog and prose is top notch.

Cons:
None. I really liked this novella.
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A tale of a rogue joining the rebellion in Neverwinter. Brisk pace, high adventure. Would recommend for any fan of the setting.
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