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Dragonwall (Forgotten Realms: The Empires Trilogy, Book 2) Paperback – August 1, 1990
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Horselords was much better wriiten in what essentially a historical fiction of the mongols and this was more of a generic Asian country lacking the flavor of the first novel/author
Picking up from where Horselords left off, the book sheds light on General Batu, leading the imperial forces in the defense of his homeland against Khahan Yamun and the Tuigan army.
Whereas Horselords looks at the story from the point of view of Koja and the Tuigan, Dragonwall looks at the continuation of the same story from the point of view of General Batu and the Shou Lung. It's not bad, just a bit unusual, and it does take some getting used to.
The plot as a whole is excellent! The book is so incredibly well written that the reader feels that they have been transported to another plane of existence and are actually present among the characters, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel, sensing what they sense. Moreover, Troy Denning does a great job of presenting the distinct culture and civilization of the peoples of the Orient. He has done a great deal of research in order to provide such an accurate and lucid description of the Chinese-like people.
Red Wizards, Gnolls, epic battles, sieges, political intrigue, blackmail, assassinations, and betrayal are all about.
In conclusion, Dragonwall has something for everyone, and is strongly recommended to all Forgotten Realms fans, especially Eastern/Oriental enthusiasts.
Batu is a general in the Shou army who is charged with stopping the Tuigan invaders. His wife is left behind to deal with the court. Out of these 2 simple plot devices a fascinating tale unfolds.
Without revealing anything I will say this, the novel is a very personal journey by Batu as he tries to deal with the invaders. The pleasant thing about this tale is the unexpected twists it takes. What you expect at the beginning of this story is not what you get at the end. Being that it is the 2nd book in a trilogy there are some things that you know MUST happen, such as the Tuigans continuing on to battle Cormtyr in the 3rd novel. This does not mean that a very powerful battle does not occur. It is the results of the battle and its fallout that are surprising.
All of the characters are interesting, and seem like real people. In fact, it is the honest portrayals that make this such a good book. After everything that Batu goes through his responses seem real, not as if they were manipulated to fit an outline.
It was further enhanced by the appearance of characters from the 1st novel, who come across as true to their portrayals in Horselords.
If you want a really good story with action and personality read Dragonwall.
*SPOILERS*** Don't read**
It is clear that Troy Denning wanted his hero Batu to go on with the Horde in book 3, which was already planned. The only way to get that to happen was to kill off his family in Shou Lung and make him dislike the emperor. He also couldn't allow Shou Lung to lose the war to the Tuigian Hordes either. So to make it happen, he puts spies in the Royal Court...which...he never explains how the Tuigian leader GETS high ranking spies in the court in the first place? This is an un-sophisticated tribe whose leader is illiterate and doesn't speak any language but his own. Everything about him in the first book explains that he HATES spies and deceit, and likes open warfare and honor. Spies are NOT what he would send or deal with. He didn't even know the Shou emperor was after him until recently before the invasion began, but somehow this man had spies set up on the other side of the impenetrable Dragon Wall...that are in the Royal Court? I don't get it. It was all just contrivance that was never explained to get Wu (a wonderful character) dead so that Batu would hate the emperor for not protecting his family and defect to the horde side so that Batu would make it to the 3rd book.
Sorry, I thought it was okay but the first book was better it's plot didn't have big holes.
A book that engulfs you in battles and conspirasies. A Must BUT can be fully enjoyed only after reading "Horselords".