The Night Parade (Forgotten Realms: The Harpers #4) ★☆☆☆ ½

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Title: The Night Parade
Series: Forgotten Realms: The Harpers #4
Author: Scott Ciencin
Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 310
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Myrmeen, ruler of a successful city, is approached by her ex-husband. He tells her that their only child never died but that he instead sold the baby girl into slavery to pay off his debts. After lopping off her ex’s head, Myrmeen calls together some of her former compatriots, who are all Harpers.

Their research leads them to the conclusion that every so many years a hideous group of supernatural beings kidnaps children for nefarious purposes and said group is known as the Night Parade. The group finds Krystin, Myrmeen’s daughter but in their rush to leave the city, things happen, people die and the Night Parade is no longer content to let them be.

The Myrmeen and Co group meet up with a vigilante who has a magical item that he uses to kill the Night Parade. They all start hunting down the badguys, For The Children, and the Night Parade hits back, hard. Harpers die left and right, betrayals happen even after death and hardly anybody is who they say they are.

Krystin was a plant to lure in Myrmeen, the Night Parade are barren creatures from another realm that they can’t return to and through the Power of Luv, Myrmeen and Krystin rack up a serious body count of all their friends and tear away the shadow hiding the Night Parade. The Night Parade is prevented from ever recruiting more members and Myrmeen finds out that her biological daughter is being raised in a neighboring kingdom as a Poet Princess. Myrmeen lets her go and sets off on living life with Krystin as her stand-in daughter.

 

My Thoughts:

Wow! And here I thought Red Magic bad. This is the kind of Forgotten Realms book that gives the series its b-class, sub-standard, fantasy is crap, kind of reputation.

I suspect that Ciencin was told to write for horny 13 year old boys, as there were lots of descriptions of generic cleavage and legs and beauty and desire and crap. Sadly, the rest of the writing I’m not sure that even a 13 year old boy would put up with. Maybe?

Myrmeen. Where do I even start? She doesn’t think, she reacts at all the wrong times, she doesn’t consider anyone else but herself and then the eyerolling, gag inducing saccharin sweetness of her desire to be a mom. It was done wrong and it was done lazily and it was done stupidly. It doesn’t help that she seems to be attracted to every male she comes into contact with and that every single one of them dies. Seriously, she’s worse than a black widow.

The only reason I’m not complaining about the other characters is because except for Krystin, they ALL die. That’s just laziness to me. Don’t know how to handle someone’s future? Easy, kill them off. Don’t know how to engage your readers on a gut level? Easy, kill off a trusted companion. Don’t know how to even write effectively? Easy, kill somebody.

If you stuck a gun to my head and forced me to answer the question, which was worse, this book or Bloodwalk I would be really hard pressed to know what to say. I have had a recent string of bad books in the Forgotten Realms and I have to wonder when it is going to end. This Harpers series is on life support and it’ll only take 1 more stinker to sink the ship. I just hate wasting my time on trash.

While I rated this 1/2star higher than Bloodwalk, I am giving this book the “Worst Book of the Year” tag as its Mother/Daughter thing was so badly done that I felt nauseous. Bravo! And it turns out that this is the FIRST book to ever have that dubious honor. Double Bravo!!

★☆☆☆ ½

bookstooge

  1. Red Magic (Book 3)
  2. Elfshadow (Book 2)
  3. The Parched Sea (Book 1)
  4. The Wizards series
  5. Threat from the Sea trilogy
  6. Return of the Archwizards trilogy

 

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16 thoughts on “The Night Parade (Forgotten Realms: The Harpers #4) ★☆☆☆ ½

  1. Manuel Antao says:

    You’re on a bad streak…

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  2. Oh gosh, you can always practically hear the author giggling like a schoolboy when they write certain parts in books- nothing makes my eyes roll more. hahaha and “everybody dies”- now that is lazy. Dear dear dear this sounds awful!

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  3. HCNewton says:

    You’ve really helped me me not feel bad for never getting into FR. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, I’m still ok with my good to bad ratio, but that ratio is quickly changing over this past year. I give myself another year to change that for the better, but honestly, I don’t see that happening.

      It helps that I really like pulpy fantasy 😀

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  4. The only reason why you didnt complain about the other characters is they ALL DIEE AHHA oh man I cried 😂😂 of laughter

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  5. pcbushi says:

    Just out of curiosity, do you like any of the Forgotten Realms stuff? Salvatore or Greenwood?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      I actually do. But those 2 guys you listed? Hacks and can barely write anything beyond an action scene.
      Here’s a list of some of the stuff I’ve liked:
      War of the Spiderqueen -6book actually own these in hardcover
      Lady Penitent – 3book sequel to spiderqueen. Also own in hc
      The Haunted Lands trilogy by Byers
      Blades of the Moonsea trilogy by Baker
      Erevis Cale books [2 trilogies, 1 sequel, then a tangential series about the family he worked for] by Kemp

      I’ve read about 80-90 FR books, so the ones listed are the “good” ones.

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  6. There’s something hilarious about reviews of bad books, but man you nailed it with this one. I totally understand what you mean about the writing style, but now I’m really curious to know if even 13 year olds would pick this up and enjoy it. And.. that cover didn’t seem to make this book any more promising too hahahah

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  7. […] Night Parade is the runner up because it was just so trashy. Poorly written book that gives the Forgotten Realms series the bad rap that it has. […]

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