- Series: The Haunted Lands
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (January 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786953632
- ISBN-13: 978-0786953639
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Realms of the Dead: A Forgotten Realms Anthology (The Haunted Lands) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2010
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"Pieces" by Richard Lee Byers- The story follows the events after the second book in The Haunted Lands trilogy entitled Undead. Bareris Anskuld was a bard in life, and still is in death. Along with the specter of a paladin named Mirror, Bareris seeks revenge for the 're-death' of his love. In this story, Mirror and Bareris go to join a resistance group against the undead horde that the lich Szass Tam rose to take over the land of Thay. But it's hard for undead to join a group opposing the undead.
1) Undead. I didn't really care for how a few of these undead were explained. It didn't really paint a vivid picture in my mind and kind of was a little bit of a bummer.
1) Bareris. Now I liked Bareris in the trilogy, a lot. His thirst for revenge is something that you can really feel. That and he has to be one of the coolest bards in any story.
2) The Ending. It's was dark and it really worked considering the whole premise of the anthology and trilogy itself is about death. The 'twist' it takes I really enjoyed.
*Even though I didn't really like the undead description's, it was a interesting story with a great ending and with a character I really enjoyed.
"Soul Steel" by Lisa Smedman- This short story is about revenge.Read more ›
"Pieces" by Richard Lee Byers is an interesting story where two undead, one a ghost and the other an undead bard who still possesses some of his magic powers, attempting to solve a murder mystery against the will of those who want to take advantage of the distraction to remove some insurgents from their midst. We see something of the underground opposing the ruler of Thay. It's an OK story, taking a good while to develop, and all the characters seem to be one step ahead of each other. If they were as clever as they thought, they'd not have repeatedly gotten themselves into so much trouble. It's frustrating that the characters just kept hitting their own walls so much.
"Soul Steel" by Lisa Smedman is a tale of an elfmaid seeking vengeance against the liege who murdered her brother. When she discovers the reason why, she will not relent. She arrives at a dangerous plan, requiring conspiracy with a drow wizard to forge a weapon capable of destroying her sworn enemy. The situation gets very complex, with a dwarf prisoner joining her cause, then becoming something of her savior, with a couple other twists along the way. Another decent story, but nothing spectacular.
"The Resurrection Agent" by Erin Evans is a story of two colleagues who served an information broker in various capacities trying to see that she receives a proper burial.Read more ›
And many of them feature gods or demons or clerics. Again, they're about the undead, so they're all connected to the afterlife or people's beliefs. It's one of the most interesting parts, how people view the undead. Sometimes they're scary, sometimes they're just fun, but all of them are fantasy.
All of the stories are pretty good, although some of them seem as if they're trying to lead into a novel. Bruce Cordell's "Wandering Stones," for instance, just leaves us with a question about why something happened. Literally. One of the last lines asks the question that isn't answered.
The standouts are Richard Lee Byers's "Pieces" and Jaleigh Johnson's "The Bone Birds." Both of these are well-written and amazing pieces of short fiction. But they're all good. Each of them creates a believable little world within the Forgotten Realms.
And they're all short, less than 40 pages, I think. Most are around 30. So they're easy to read, and the characters are believable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent read and collection of short stories of the undead.Published 12 months ago by ArcticWolf
Excellent collection of short stories. Was able to find a number of new authors full works to pursue!Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book came promptly and in the right condition. I also just happened to finish this particular one and found no problems or damages to the book at all.Published on November 15, 2013 by Shane
This answered many questions from the haunted lands trilogy and helps set the tone for the Brotherhood of the Griffon series.Published on March 22, 2012 by Donald E. McCleary
Realms of the Dead is an anthology based on The Haunted Lands trilogy by Richard Lee Byers. There are a wide range of stories by some famous and new up and coming authors in the... Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks