- Mass Market Paperback: 311 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (March 13, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786943149
- ISBN-13: 978-0786943142
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Depths of Madness (Forgotten Realms: The Dungeons) Mass Market Paperback – March 13, 2007
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To say that I was disappointed is the nicest way I can say it.
The beginning of the story has potential, where the characters find their way out of their various cells and reacquire their gear (to a degree). Then they start trying to find a way out of the dungeon. The characters have the typical infighting, which was good. They also set aside those differences to survive. Also good. There's even some treason and animosity that heightens the tension between the characters. Even better.
Unfortunately, once the story turns from the characters' interactions with each other and start focusing on why they're there and how they get out, it becomes a chore to slog through. Much of what happens then is chaotic, bizarre, and not easily visualized given the author's somewhat sparse descriptives. The end was equally confusing to me as I wasn't entirely sure who the ultimate villain was and what his motivations were. There is a nice twist at the end, but it was ultimately too little too late.
There are many good points to this book:
- tension between characters was high
- the loss of several characters reduces the party's resources, making life even harder
- you're never really sure who's a "good" guy and who isn't
- Tlork, their troll "jailor", is supurb. Comic relief, yet a constant threat
- about halfway through, the story gets muddled and you're not sure where the characters are or where they're going or why they're going there.Read more ›
Depths of Madness is the first book released in The Dungeons series of stand-along novels. The series contains three other entries, which are all written by different authors. Since each novel is a stand-alone, you can read this series out-of-order. The series is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. The other novels in the series include; The Howling Delve by Jaleigh Johnson, Stardeep by Bruce R. Cordell, Crypt of the Moaning Diamond by Rosemary Jones. Erik Scott de Bie has written two other full-length novels, both set in the Forgotten Realms. His first novel is Ghostwalker (part of The Fighters series) and his second novel is Downshadow (part of Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series). He has an upcoming novel based off characters from Downshadow called Shadowbane which is due out late 2011. He has also written a number of short stories and game design books. Depths of Madness was released in March 2007 and published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Fox-at-Twilight finds herself locked away in a cell. Her last memories being seeing her friends die and barely escaping. As she explores her cell, she finds out that she isn't the only occupant, finding a young man named Liet. After a brief introduction, Twilight finds out that the jailer is a demon-stitched troll and is easily duped. Using Liet in a way that no man wants to be used, Twilight creates a distraction and is able to lock up the troll. She then explores the dungeon and finds other cells along with a locked chest. Being unable to open it without tools, Twilight returns to her cell as through nothing has happened. The troll is confused and buys it. After sometime, Twilight manages to escape again, though this time without the notice of the troll.Read more ›
as i read through the book i would keep turning the page - foolishly waiting for that epiphany moment when all the muttering of the past chapters would come to make sense - a hope that greatly mirrored the journey of our protagonists. sadly, the explainations never come - for me as the reader, or for our explorers in the book. i will say this, that hope had me turning pages all the way to the end. perhaps that was the authors intent? for me it made for tedious reading.
in the hands of another author, or perhaps with more collaberation with other authors, i feel this book could be a five star story.... one i would gladly give another chance.
are you listening mr salvatore?
Fans who liked his previous works will certainly not be disappointed. It's different from Ghostwalker, his first full-length novel, but just as dark.
The story centers around 7 adventurers stuck in the Depths. To find their way out, past cunning traps and vicious monsters, they all have to work together to survive, which is easier said than done.
Once again De Bie serves up truly fascinating characters, which is what made this reader hooked on Ghostwalker. To not spoil it overly much, I'll just say that while they each look to be archetypes on the surface, e.g. the evil warlock, the jovial halfling, and the big strong, but silent fighter, they all have their secrets. These are revealed bit by bit as the novel continues, and it''s never what you expected.
All in all, a really great read, highly recommended.
Also, those who wish to learn more about Twilight should pick up Realms of the Elves, where she's in a short story (The Greater Treasure).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay, I am going to be honest with you. You have taken the time to read this review, so here is the unadulterated truth about "Depths of Madness" by Erik Scott deBie. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Donald G. Diestler II
I picked up this book due to the interesting cover and I have a fondness for elves. I am also a long time Forgotten Realms reader. I must say "Wow!". Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by RedHorned
I'll admit I am no expert on the Forgotten Realms, but I found Mr. de Bie's unique exploration of this well-travelled universe to be enthralling. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I dont have much to say, I picked it up when I had 5 minutes to run into the bookstore to get something or be bored to death at work all day.
just...no story. Read more
I'm wishing that I would have saved the money and bought another Drizzt book. The plot was thin and has unexplained holes, the characters are not believable and it seems that all... Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by W. Simington