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Crypt of the Moaning Diamond: The Dungeons Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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In this novel, a force of orcs and hobgoblins has taken control of the city Tsurlagol, a city that has been built and rebuilt so many times the local history has lost count. Beseeched by Tsurlagol, the nearby king of Procampur has begun a campaign to aid their neighbor and take back the city. The king hires the Seigebreakers to find a way into the city that the Procampur army can use to rout the goblinkin.
Ivy, the leader of the mercenary band, develops a plan to bring down a wall by digging beneath and collapsing it. Her band of mercenaries consists of a half orc warrioress, a Genasi mage (a half water elemental), a Teifling rogue (a devil spawn), a dwarf, and dog named Wiggles. Their plot to take down the wall involves using the Genasi's gift with water magic by flooding the foundation to weaken it. To do this the mage draws water from a nearby underground river and diverts it using her magic. Overseeing the mercenary's work is a Procampur knight who seems to be the paragon of polite society.
Due to the nature of their plan, the ground of the dig site collapses sending the Seigebreakers and knight into the river below. After breaking free of the water and regrouping they find themselves stranded underground with a river fast rising around them and no way to control it. They soon discover that Tsurlagol's history isn't gone, just hidden deep beneath the current city.Read more ›
I enjoyed this book. The writing style was good and the story was told with sufficient detail to make it easy to imagine. The setting was interesting and consistent with the Dungeons theme of this series of books.
I liked the main characters, and the story contained the important little details that help make characters seem like real people. I would have liked to learn more about them, but what was there was sufficient for the story that was being told. The villeins and secondary characters also had some depth to them, making them seem more like real people instead of simple plot devices.
The story follows a small team of mercenaries called the Siegebreakers as they venture through the ruins beneath a besieged city and face a variety of challenges. I felt that the story was fast paced with a fair amount of action. It was a little short on character development, but it was still enjoyable reading.
Ms. Jones nicely avoids that trap and provides a very entertaining tale that blends both action and whimsy. At times the pace did flag somewhat and the tension that was supposed to be generated with the rising water disappeared halfway through the novel. However several cleverly written scenes and fresh takes on standard (even repetitive) ideas more than compensated. In just one example, it other hands the use of 'monster poetry' is just careworn and hackneyed, but under Ms. Jones capable quill it was a rather snappy. I found myself both smiling and rolling my eyes (in a good way) at it. In fact I found myself laughing several times during the second half of the book and now have a completely unique way to deal a rust monster should one ever show up in a game.
In retrospect, learning of the author's opera writing background seems to fit the story very well - faint echoes of an enjoyment of Gilbert and Sullivan seems to stir in the quirky-yet-strangely-consistent characters.
It was disappointing to find out that this was her first novel as I was hoping to pick up a few other fantasy works by her. I guess I'll have to just keep my eye open for what she puts forth in the future.
The main strength of this novel though was definitely the characters they really end up making the novel. The main is Ivy the nominal leader of the Siegebreaker mercenaries and most of the novel follows her occasionally going to others when important to the plot. I found her to be one of the more enjoyable characters I've read lately particular in her interaction with the other characters.Read more ›
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Great book, with interesting characters. The adventure is classic but unique and full of fun.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was an easy read. The story flowed with few stale spots. The premise of the story was fun and original, as was the cast of characters. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by John L. Ontko
I really liked this book, I havent looked at the other lower ratings that others have given this book. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by JonSpartan73
Crypt of the Moaning Diamond by Rosemary Jones
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"Crypt of the Moaning Diamond: The Dungeons" is Rosemary Jones' debut novel; however, it's not the first book I read by this diverse author. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by CR Hawk
The author does a great job of balancing character development with just the right amount of action and classic Dungeons & Dragons style dungeon crawling. Read morePublished on December 4, 2008 by W. Mason