- File Size: 881 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (December 22, 2009)
- Publication Date: January 26, 2010
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001NLL64O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep (The Shadowbane Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Shadowbane Series (3 Book Series)
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The plot of this book follows a mysterious Shadowbane as he patrols the depths of Downshadow to deal with the nefarious denizens that inhabit the place.Read more ›
With the 4th edition (4E) debate still raging and Forgotten Realms advocates having mixed feelings about the changing landscape, this novel kind of saved my favorite fantasy setting (for me at least). How did it do that you ask? It returned my favorite aspect of the Realms that I had felt torn away from me with 4E - which is the god: Helm. I realize the novel did not resurrect him outright from his extremely superficial demise, but at least he is part of the world again and that leads me to believe there is a chance of him coming back. So an essence, this novel gave me hope for the future of the Realms.
While I was never a huge fan of the D&D board game, I fell in love with the Realms in 1998 with the release of Baldur's Gate and have since owned all FR video games and have read nearly all the novels. Since I first played Baldur's Gate which prominently featured Helm, I have seen him as the iconic god of the Forgotten Realms. He was a HUGE part of those games and was likely featured more so than other Forgotten Realms deity.Read more ›
This could be forgiven if the plot were stronger, but the first three quarters of the book wander aimlessly between characters and sword fights where the reader is left wanting to know what the overall conflict is that needs resolution? Seemingly major characters get sidelined halfway through, and new major players come out of left field to replace them. Worse, the book ends like the first novel of a trilogy--the only arc that is completed by the end of the last page is the paladin's question of inner virtue (not that this is insignificant, mind you, but a night of misguided intimacy makes you wonder how he retains his status as a holy warrior).
Reading this, you might be surprised that I persevered to the end. Frankly, I was curious where all this was headed, and some questions are eventually answered. The character of Shadowbane, when his personal situation is at last fully disclosed, is ripe with potential. However, if you're going to go on this ride, realize that you have a lot of nonsense to plow through on the way to a less than satisfying wrap up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the character concepts but the author didn't bring them to life at all. To be honest, I barely noticed when... Z(semi spoiler)
A supposedly major character died.
From the beginning of this book to the end was awesome. I found the whole concept of the Shadowbane character very interesting. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Aaron
The villains in this book are some of the most interesting I've come across in a long time. They drive the story along pretty smoothly and make the hero fight for the spotlight. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Sphinx
This book is well-written and entertaining. As a sometimes realms fan that it getting more into the setting, I really enjoy De Bie's take on the Realms. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by DiscerningDM
This reminded me a Bat Man or some other super hereo. Not a D&D fantasy novel it should have beenPublished on July 1, 2013 by Donald M Bennett
Downshadow, by Erik Scott de Bie, is part of a larger series named Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep, which features tales set in the metropolis known as the City of Splendors. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Jonathan Gosselin
I am not a literary critic by any stretch of the imagination, and rather than leave a wordy review here trying to blab on my lore knowledge of FR, I will just post my negative... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Randy Edward Gudgel Jr.
De Bie builds strong main characters throughout the whole story. Starts slow but you can get sucked in. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Diddy