The Alabaster Staff (The Rogues #1) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Alabaster Staff

Series: The Rogues, Forgotten Realms

Author: Edward Bolme

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 320

Synopsis:

A young girl is entangled in a plot between factions of the gods Tiamat and the fallen god of Unther [where this story takes place]. Also in play are the political powers of Unther and another nation that is trying to take them over.

Kersin [or whatever “exotic” spelling the author makes it to be], the young woman, is forced to steal the Staff of Necromancy, give it away, watch her erstwhile allies get slaughtered, taken into protection by a powerful lord, shadowed by said lord’s bodyguard and in the end, try to prevent the raising of a dead mad god.

My Thoughts:

The first chapter is very misleading, as it follows a young boy who steals into the city and steals some fruit to survive. He then gives some fruit to Kersin and we never see him again. I felt very bait-n-switch’ed.

But after that, I enjoyed this. The purple prose was really kept to a minimum and that in and of itself made this worthy of enjoyment. Kersin was a likeable main character and there was no love story, or even worse, a love triangle. Thank goodness for that!

The inclusion of the Harpers was a nice touch too, especially since I like the idea of an underground group of Good Guys doing good things to make the world a gooder place 🙂

The ending fight was nice and climactic, with a zombie god and all. Looking forward to the next book in the Rogue series.

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