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Depths of Madness (Forgotten Realms: The Dungeons) Mass Market Paperback – March 13, 2007

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Product Details

  • 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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By David Lundy on July 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
From reading the synopsis of this book, I expected a tale not unlike the "Saw" movies: strangers thrown together in a bleak setting, having to set aside their various differences to work together to get out and/or exact revenge on their captors.

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

Bad points:
- 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.
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Most of the Forgotten Realms or D&D books I read are the same in that they are fine and good for passing the time. I find it's necessary to know all the background info in order to understand the next book that comes out. It was good, but nothing really exciting.
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Depths of Madness by Erik Scott de Bie

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.
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i wanted to like this book so much more than it would let me. the theory of several strangers finding themselves trapped in an underground maze with no idea of how they got there is a masterful plot allowing for a limitless universe of story twists and monsters to meet, and tugs at the phobias of a wide audiance. sadly mr. de bie was not fully capable of exploiting such a wonderful storyline and the book suffered.
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?
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The Depths of Madness is the first book in the new stand-alone Dungeons series, and Mr. De Bie really sets a high standard here for the three other authors to follow.

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).
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