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The Shield of Weeping Ghosts (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels) Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Citadels Series

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About the Author

James P. Davis debuted as a Forgotten Realms writer in Realms of the Dragons II. This is his second novel. He lives in Shreveport, LA with his wife and their demonic cat.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Citadels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786948779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948772
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Shield of Weeping Ghosts by James P. Davis is the third novel in a series of stand alone novels called The Citadels. The other novels in the series are; Neversfall: The Citadels by Ed Gentry, Obsidian Ridge: The Citadels by Jess Lebow, and Sentinelspire (The Citadels) by Mark Sehestedt (July, 2008). The Citadel series focuses of citadels and tells their story in unique and interesting ways. These novels are much like the other series of stand alone novels that have been previously released, such as the Rogues, the Clerics, the Wizards, and the Fighters. Incidentally, Mr. Davis also had a novel in the Wizards series; Bloodwalk.

The plot of this book is actually rather difficult to describe. Being that this is a book in the Citadels series there is certainly a story being the citadel in question. However, as I was reading this novel, and upon completing it, I was left more confused that satisfied with how the actual plot was laid out. There is also a plot line involving a group of the seldom written about Rashemi. Along the way there are a couple other subplots such as an ancient evil, some distrust among the Rashemi, and a mystery that has permeated the Shield of Weeping Ghosts and the secrets it is protecting. The reason I say I was left confused is due to the fact that there are parts of the story that take place in the past, but are meshed together with the present. This, at least in theory, sounds like an interesting concept.
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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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I don't think the book is confusing. I think the author tries to keep the readers in the dark to create a sense of mystery. It seems to be a common theme for all the citadel books but it didn't work so well for this book. The problem was that I felt like I was constantly forced to read whats next just to understand what was going on in the present. The pay off never really comes until the very end and by then it's too late.
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By Neso on October 28, 2008
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This novel is the third installment in, so far very good, Citadels series. It is also the second novel by James P. Davis, after Bloodwalk (Forgotten Realms: The Wizards) which didnt appeal to wider audience, but i found very nice nevertheless. There is also a very strong short story by Davis in Realms of the Dragons II: A Forgotten Realms Anthology if you want to check it out.

"Shield" is basically a story about an exiled Rashemi, an old citadel and a legend surrounding it. The atmosphere and the richness of lore are the strongest points of this book. Davis can really build up a dark and heavy atmosphere and keep it up throughout the novel. Makes the book feel more cohesive and even more intense.
Plot of the book is also very strong and well thought out. It has it's roots in a legend about the citadel, but where many similar novels just keep it as a beggining of the story, Shield keeps reminding the reader of the legend, and unravels it slowly through the plot. Nice indeed.
Characters are also interesting and while not very detailed aside from Bastun the main character, still solid and beleivable. To touch on Bastun a little. While being one of the most likable "heroes" (probably because not being a real hero) i read about in Realms novels, i would have really liked to read more about his history and training in the order of Vremyonni. We could say that his character is well defined, but his background not so much.
The biggest flaw of this novel, in my opinion, is that author goes into descriptive tirades at a number of occasions.
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I picked this book up without great expectations although the premise interested me I did not expect too much, to my surprise the writing was excellent with a well woven plot and I will be looking out for more books by this author soon.
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I really enjoyed this novel, it has a great sense of mystery. This is also a book that you can read and at the end you feel you were told a very good story. If you love battle mages then Bastun will be your fix. It was a pleasure to read the story of a mage where they are decidedly human and vulnerable - unlike the epic heroes that always seem to have miraculous powers or divine intervention. There is of course a steady stream of action, and the level of detail makes it very immersing. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good standalone novel.
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I really enjoyed this book in the Forgotten Realms series. The author creates an interesting set of tensions between the main characters as they delve deeper into a cursed fortress. There are plenty of encounters to keep those keen on D&D guessing which creatures they are battling and the characters' powers being used. There are a number of plots which come to a satisfying conclusion and the author writes well.
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