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Darkwalker On Moonshae (Forgotten Realms: Moonshae Trilogy, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2004

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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About the Author

Douglas Niles is the author of over 20 fantasy novels, many of which were published with Wizards of the Coast, Inc. He is also an award-winning roleplaying game designer who was part of the original creation team for the Dragonlance setting two decades ago. His most recent books in the Dragonlance world include Wizards' Conclave and the Icewall Trilogy.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078693560X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786935604
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a re-issue of the first Forgotten Realms trilogy written. It's a bit surprising they didn't keep this series in print longer. Honestly, this is one of the best FR books I've read.

The book opens with a fair where we meet the main characters; Robyn, Tristan, Daryth, and the moorhound, Canthus. As we get to know these characters (they are very deep - not exactly your infallible hero types) Kazgoroth makes his move to try to take over the Moonshae Isles.

Along the way, our heroes are pulled into the struggle. The action increases and a few more characters are introduced, which are each also interesting in their own way. I love how Niles makes his characters come to life - even the minor ones.

This is an action-packed read with deep characters - good and evil. This is a book that sets the standard for others in the FR realm - even among other fantasy novels period.

This is an awesome book - highly recommended.
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Gosh, I remember being so obsessed with this fantasy novel that I reread it till the book fell apart. So colour me excited to see it in ebook format. Bought it straight away! I don't know, this book may not be your cup of tea (I suppose it can be a little cliched), but I really love the characters, how they developed and struggled, etc.
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Douglas Niles style of writing is a welcome return to the early days of the Forgotten Realms novels, meaning that the story was written in a way that seemed more detached from the D&D ruleset, with far more awe, mystery, and realism than many recent Forgotten Realms novels achieve. This characterization might be the consequence of many ad&d rules and Faerun's development being published after this novel was written, or simply Douglas Niles' talent as a storyteller. Either way, Darkwalker is well worth it, and a great reintroduction to the Forgotten Realms.
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Not bad for my first foray into the Forgotten Realms universe. I am a huge Hickman/Weis fan but I thought I'd try something else. Niles appears to be a very good author as the novel has many different storylines which get wrapped up in the end. I will not spoil the cliffhanger though...Keep in mind this book was published in the 80's and was the first Forgotten realms novel which may be why it is light on character depth. I am a very detail oriented person when it comes to reading which this book could use a bit more of. Some areas and encounters seem rushed. Would recommend as a good place to start with the FR universe.
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Honestly I don't like writing super bad reviews of books because I know that a lot of effort goes into them, and its more of a subjective thing. With that being said for me, this book was terrible. The writing does not seem professional caliber some of the insinuations of what is going on seem to be in direct conflict with what is actually happening. *Minor spoiler: One of the characters does something magical in the middle of a fight saving anothers life and they are like "wow how did you do that?" "I don't know" then the matter is dropped like it never happened until she does it again then same cut and paste boring response and its forgotten again. I didn't finish the book, I couldn't, for me this is just a terrible boring book.
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I liked this book, but the further I read into the series, the more it felt like trudging through a swamp. Not comparable to Tolkien, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The scenes were vivid, the creatures were frightening, the magicians were moderetely powerful, but the characters... I just started to not care about them. I would heartily recommend The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore instead.
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The first of not only Forgotten Realms but the first D&D novel I read and I was hooked on them starting back in 92. At the time I thought this was the best story ever. My opinions are not as strong as I have read plenty of these types of novels. But this one will always be up there as one of my favorites. A lot of action and great characters with cool dialogue.
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[Review written Nov 2004]

I read this series when it first came out in 1987, and several things impressed me about it at the time:

1) The author is a serious fan of roleplaying games, and has first hand experience in game design ... and it shows through clearly in his writings, both then and now.

2) This was one of the first books set in a 'pre-fab' role playing world (in this case, "The Forgotten Realms" of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons RPG), in which there were already extensive supplements available showing the lay of the land, the peoples, the creatures, the spells, etc. According, without having to re-develop all that from scratch, the author was able to leap directly into his story.

3) At the time, this was one of the few RPG-themed books out that dealt with Druidical themes - which was always a favorite subject of mine whenever I roleplayed.

In any case, it's a solid fantasy series, and I'm glad to see it come back into print. Despite being the first of many many forgotten realms novels that came out later, it's still among the best of the "RPG" sub-genre of Fantasy.
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