The Yellow Silk (The Rogues #4) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Yellow Silk

Series: The Rogues, Forgotten Realms

Author: Don Bassingthwaite

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 320

 

 

Synopsis:

A trading ship is attacked by pirates and one of the traders has helped them.

Now a brother of said traitor must find out what happened and either kill his brother’s killer or his brother himself.

And just to make things all ethnically ok, this is about a character from the eastern empire of Shou, where they just happen to have epicanthic folds, know martial arts and have all sorts of unusual weaponry.

So said Shou hooks up with a bard and they have an adventure.

 

My Thoughts:

Not bad at all. Token Asian character was so quick tempered and was always acting out that it pissed me off, but at least he wasn’t some wizened Mr Myogi father figure.

It has been a while since I started this Rogues series so it is hard to compare this to the others, but I do know that I enjoyed this more than the previous one.  This was an enjoyable one shot story that wrapped up just fine and was worth the time I spent on it.

 

The Crimson Gold (The Rogues #3) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Crimson Gold

Series: The Rogues, Forgotten Realms

Author: Voronica Whitney-Robinson

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 237

 

Synopsis:

Thazienne Uskevren, from the Sembia & Eravis Cale series, is the middle of Thay, recovering some Crimson Gold so she can pay tribute to her recently deceased father.

Unfortunately for Tazi, she is caught in the middle of a Red Wizard’s spat and even worse, in the potential destruction of Thay, as a demon is about to break loose from its entrapment hundreds of years earlier.

 

My Thoughts:

The main saving grace of this book was Tazi and her association from previous books. The idea of a Red Wizards spat involving a chained super-demon is pretty good. Unfortunately, little side story about treasure hunting and the duegar hunting for more of his kind, was pretty weak.

I enjoyed this up until the main battle between the Red Wizards, the demon and Tazi. Up to that point Tazi was a good thief, a good Rogue, but when she was cast as a general for the Red Wizards’ forces, it just didn’t fit. And the whole strategy of throwing one monster army at the other to literally create a barricade of bodies, well, it smacked of ignorance, just like me trying to write a contemporary romance wouldn’t go so well.

Thankfully, this Rogues series has been ok and as there is only 1 book left, I’ll be finishing this series, unlike the Citadels series, which was just poor crap.

The Black Bouquet (The Rogues #2) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Black Bouquet

Series: The Rogues #2, Forgotten Realms

Author: Richard Byers

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 288

 

Synopsis:

A rogue thief makes a steal of a lifetime, only it costs him his entire team. A ranger comes after him to retrieve the item, as well as a Criminal Boss who is being manipulated by a magician from the shadows.

 

My Thoughts:

Mr Thief steals a book that turns out to be a perfume book that has immense value. So that is the premise for this book. Pretty ridiculous.

But the overall story is quite enjoyable with lots of fighting, etc. Chases through the city, under the city, over the city. Good stuff.

The Ranger lady was a pretty wishy-washy character. The book could have done just as well without her if the thief had had half a brain. And if “romance” wasn’t shoe-horned into the story.

A typical, enjoyable Forgotten Realms book.

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

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Title: The Alabaster Staff

Series: The Rogues #1, 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.

Blackstaff (Forgotten Realms: The Wizards #1) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Blackstaff
Series: Forgotten Realms: The Wizards #1
Author: Steven Schend
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Khelben Arunsun, better known as the wizard Blackstaff and chosen of Mystra, “began a great work” and now he will be “certain to complete it”. With the help of an apprentice, a dead apprentice, a former apprentice who is now an evil lich, a rogue and a host of veritable potentates in the magic community, Blackstaff will unleash The Killer Storm that could wipe out all of Faerun and channel it in such a way as to bring back an ancient city that has been buried for 12 Millennia.

Of course, Blackstaff has to manipulate almost everyone, find out that he’s the expectant father of twins and then sacrifice himself “because of reasons” to complete the city raising ritual.

Nothing makes one’s life more complete than dying for “reasons”.

 

My Thoughts:

While Khelben is the ostensible main character, as he’s the titular Blackstaff, it turns out that some nobody apprentice named Tsarra Chaadren is actually the main character. She gets part of her friend’s soul when a magical test goes wrong because of an attack and then at the end she has to take on Blackstaff’s memories and become the new Blackstaff. No pressure. I didn’t like or dislike Tsarra because she was such a nobody. She might have been an up and coming nobody, but she was still a nobody.

In the same vein, the rogue Raegar Stoneblade [oh my bloody phrackingness, WHO comes up with these names?!?!] is as bleh as she is. Him and Tsarra falling in love was predictable as was his “you killed my friend so I’m going to get you” schtick against the villain.

Which brings us to the Lich. Priamon “Frostrune” Rakesk. At least Frostrune is a cool name. He does a good bit of manipulating of the others and things seem to be going his way. Of course, he’s putty in the hands of Blackstaff, so his eventual eternal torment [because you can’t die if you’re already dead] in the hands of an evil underlord came as no surprise.

Storywise, this was one of the more decent ones that I’ve read recently. It gives me hope for the next 3 books in the The Wizards tetralogy. It was also nice to just read a standalone story. These “vaguely related by one idea” kind of books in the Forgotten Realms [The Citadels, The Cities or The Rogues

for example] are so hit and miss that it is a real crapshoot if you are going to get a decent one or a stinker. Thankfully, this was one of the more decent ones.

I think it helped that I had read The Archwizards Trilogy relatively recently and while not really liking it, it did introduce me to Blackstaff, the Phaerim and other such characters so that I didn’t go into this blind. Also, Arilyn Moonblade and Danilow Thann are mentioned, who I met in the second The Harpers book. It is tying little pieces like that together that help in my enjoyment of the overall Forgotten Realms books.

★★★☆☆

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MTG: Get Salted, I’m Exalted!

Magic_card_backMy last Commander/EDH post was about my Good Knight to You, Sirrah deck that I was in the middle of constructing. I’ve tweaked it so I have a bit more card draw as I was finding I was running out of cards quickly due to the low casting cost of the majority of my creatures and other spells. But it is done and I’ve used it several times. In a one on one duel, it’s pretty aggressive and can easily destroy the other player quickly.

Anyway, this post is about my next endeavor, an Exalted deck headed by Rafiq of the Many. The main win condition is to make Rafiq  unblockable and using the Exalted mechanic, pump him up and win with 2 swings of Commander damage. With Commander Damage, I only need to damage my opponent with 21 points of damage. All by himself, with Exalt and Double Strike, he’s going to do 8points of Commander Damage if he’s unblockable. Even if Rafiq can’t do it, I’ve got multiple ways to make creatures unblockable and hence swing for some serious damage.

 

 

 

Commander: 1

rafiq (Small)

Rafiq of the Many —– ORDERED

 

Planeswalkers: 5 + Alternate

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Tamiyo Field Researcher —-OWN

Jace Beleren 

Jace, Memory Adept

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria  —— EXPENSIVE!!! (On my Christmas list)

Elspeth Knight Errant

Tamiyo, the Moon Sage  —-OWN (Alternate if Teferi stays out of reach)

 

 

Creatures: 24

246

12

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Stoic Angel

Suspicious Bookcase  —– OWN

Wall of Swords  ——- OWN

Wall of Denial

Wall of Tanglecord  ——OWN

Hover Barrier —–OWN

Noble Hierarch  —— EXPENSIVE!!! (On my Christmas list)

Nylea, god of the Hunt

Thassa, god of the Sea

Sovereigns of Lost Alara

Sublime Archangel

Aven Squire

Battlegrace Angel

Court Archers

Ethercaste Knight

Giltspire Avenger —ORDERED

Guardians of Akrasa

Qasali Pridemage

Rhox Charger

Sigiled Paladin

Waveskimmer Avon

Knight of Glory

Verdurous Gearhulk —–OWN

Torrential Gearhulk —–OWN

 

Enchantments: 15

78

195

Finest Hour —– ORDERED

Eldrazi Conscription —– ORDERED

Steel of the Godhead —– ORDERED

Rancor

Favor of the Overbeing

Unquestioned Authority

Vow of Wildness

Wheel of Sun and Moon

Wurmweaver Coil

Angelic Benediction

Ardent Plea

Prodigious Growth ——- OWN

Mammoth Umbra

Spider Umbra

Armadillo Cloak

 

Sorcery/Instants: 14

255

52

Worldly Tutor

Enlightened Tutor —-OWNED

Mystical Tutor

Reclaiming Vines

Crypsis —– OWN

Distortion Strike

Vines of Vastwood

Call the Gatewatch —– OWN

Crop Rotation

Hour of Promise

Reap and Sow

Scapeshift (Borderline)

Sylvan Scrying

Verdant Confluence

 

Artifacts: 6

162

213

Behemoth Sledge

Loxodon Warhammer

Swiftfoot Boots

Sol Ring – OWN

Expedition Map

Argentum Armor

 

Land: 38

289

165

272

Tropical Island—–OWN

Breeding Pool —–OWN

Misty Rain Forest —–OWN

Temple of Mystery

Savanna —–OWN

Temple Garden —–OWN

Windswept Heath —–OWN

Temple of Plenty

Tundra —–OWN

Flooded Strand —–OWN

Hallowed Fountain —–OWN

Temple of Enlightenment —— OWN

Islandx6 —–OWN

Plainx6 —–OWN

Forestx6 —–OWN

Command Tower

Cathedral of War —- ORDERED

Rogues Passage —–OWN

Temple of the False God

Maze of Ith —– Eventually but not essential

Ghost Quarter

Field of Ruin

Strip Mine

 

 

 

Obviously, I’ve done a lot more background work before posting this deck, unlike the Orzhov Knight decklist. Some of the cards I still question. I also question how well this is actually going to work. I just won’t know until I build it and play it.  This is probably as close to a finished deck list as I’m going to get though so I don’t plan on publishing an updated version.  Maybe some edits if needed, but no whole new post. I figured my Knight deck was going to take until the end of the year and I finally finished it in October, so pretty close. This deck is going to take most of 2019 to assemble, as money will be tight next year due to all our hospital stuff this year.

There is going to be a lot of proxy’ing going on, as I am NOT going to be playing with my actual dual lands, nor with cards like Noble Hierarch or any other $60+ cards. If my fellow player is ok with it, I might use proxy cards for any card I don’t yet own just to test the deck.

Sadly, I don’t feel nearly as inspired about the Deck Name (Get Salted, I’m Exalted just seems a bit braggadocio) as I did with my knight deck. “Exalt” or some form of that has to be in the title since the Exalt mechanic is what everything is based on. I might even have to enlist Mrs B’s creative powers to help me out!

If anyone has suggestions for card changes, feel free to let me know. Cheers!

 

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MTG: Good Knight To You Sirrah!

Magic_card_backOk, this post will be dealing with a lot of Magic the Gathering cards. It will be at a level of detail that even I wouldn’t care enough if someone else were writing this, so please,  feel free to skip this entire post and don’t even bother liking unless you like MTG or something.

 

A new set is coming out, called Dominaria. I have already pre-ordered a box from my local gamestore and am seriously thinking of playing my first public pre-release. Anyway. I was perusing Scent of a Gamer’s post about MTG: Art and one of the pictures was of a Paladin, aka, a Knight. We got to chatting and before I knew it, I was seriously thinking of creating a Knight based Commander Deck.  The reason I mentioned Dominaria is because it looks like there will be a lot of knights and things that help knights in this release. I’m pretty stoked to be honest.

I’ve spent the last 2 days going through Gatherer, Wizards of the Coasts online database of every single magic card, looking for cards I can use to create a 100 card deck. I didn’t think it would be real hard, as I wasn’t aware of a lot of knights or things that helped them out. Boy, was I wrong.  I ended up with over 180, and that was after weeding out cards that I knew I simply couldn’t afford. One card was close to $90, so that was out. And as the release date of Dominaria gets closer, more cards are going to be officially spoiled and I bet we’ll see even more knights and stuff. So this list will be changing even after I figure out what I want to weed out.

Here is my list. Roughly organized, linked to Gatherer.com and to Mythicspoiler.com. I wish I could figure out how to make a link show the card when you hover over it. I’ve seen that at several forums, but it might have something to do with the forum hosting all the pictures. I’m sure not going to add 200 pictures just for one post. That would add a lot to my media and 3 gb is not an infinite amount. However, if any of you know how to do such a thing, let me know would you?

I’ve got a lot of work to do to cut this list down to only 100 cards. I’ll probably go through and weed out any $25+ cards first (goodbye Tutors I suspect). I am NOT spending 1K on bloody cardboard. Next step will be to see what mechanics are global versus individual and include more of the global. Then I’ll just see what mechanics I don’t care about and get rid of cards focused on them.  Next will be to winnow out the creatures that have more powerful existing counterparts already on the list. I figure this is going to be an ongoing project for most of the year as I slowly build it up.

I’ll be updating this post as I remove cards or add them. But it shouldn’t keep appearing in your feed, so no worries! Thankyou for your forbearance.

 

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Bookstooge’s Potential EDH / Commander Tribal Knight Deck

 

Commander: 3

Athreos, God of Passage  -Chosen as Commander

Elenda the Duskrose -move to Main Deck

Ravos Soultender -move to Main Deck

 

Planeswalkers: 7

Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

Elspeth, knight-errant -$13-14 really iffy

Gideon, ally of zendikar

Karn Scion of Urza -Not buying. Only if from my box

Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Sorin Lord of Innistrad

Sorin Solemn Visitor

 

General Knights/Creatures: 58

Ageless Sentinels -flying wall

Angelic Wall -flying wall

Ashenmoor Liege – ? red/black -can play in a commander with only black/white?

Auriok Steelshaper

Black Knight -on the edge

Carrion Wall

Consulate Skygate

Crusading Knight -on the edge

Deathbringer Liege

Eastern Paladin

Fiendslayer Paladin

Fortified Rampart -on the edge

Glen Elendra Liege – ? – black/blue – can play in a commander with only black/white?

Kabira Vindicator

Kinsbaile Cavalier

Knight Errant

Knight Exemplar

Knight of Dawn

Knight of Dusk

Knight of Glory

Knight of Meadowgrain

Knight of Obligation

Knight of the Pilgrim’s Road

Knight-captain of Eos

Leonin Skyhunter

Lightwielder Paladin -on the edge

Marauding Knight -on the edge

Markov Dreadknight

Mirran Crusader -on the edge

Moaning Wall

Mirror Entity

Northern Paladin

Paragon of New Dawns

Paragon of Open Graves

Pentarch Paladin

Plover Knight -on the edge – flying knight though manna expensive

Pteradon Knight

Sacred Knight

Shimmering Barrier -on the edge

Silver Knight -on the edge

Silverblade Paladin -on the edge

Southern Paladin

Steel Wall -on the edge

Student of Warfare

Sunweb

Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Thalia’s Lancers

Vona, Butcher of Magan

Wall of Bone

Wall of Glare

Wall of Hope

Wall of Omens

Wall of Resistance

Wall of Reverence

Wall of Swords

Wall of Tanglecord

Western Paladin

White Knight -on the edge

Youthful Knight

 

Dominaria Knights: 11

Aryel Knight of Windgrace

Arvad the cursed -on the edge

Benalish Honor Guard-on the edge

Benalish Marshall

Cabal Paladin-on the edge

Danitha Capashan, Paragon

Dauntless Bodyguard

Josu Vess, Lich Knight

Knight of Grace

Knight of Malice

Kwende, Pride of Femeref

 

Enchantmants: 17  (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Anointed Procession-on the edge

Cathar’s Crusade

Demonic Vigor

Dictate of Heliod

Dub

Glorious Anthem

History of Benalia

Honor of the Pure-on the edge

Knighthood-on the edge

Knightly Valor

Lich’s Mastery-on the edge

Marshal’s Anthem-on the edge

On Serra’s Wings

Righteous War

Shared Triumph

The Eldest Reborn

Triumph of Gerrard

True Conviction

 

Instants/Sorceries: 39 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Allied Reinforcements-on the edge

Altars Reap

Angel Song

Annihilate-on the edge

Aura Blast-on the edge

Call the Gatewatch

Cruel Tutor-on the edge  running roughly $25-30

Cast Down

Costly Plunder

Defiant Strike

Demonic Tutor-out of my league at $45

Diabolic Tutor

Divest

Djeru’s Renunciation

Dread Charge

Dredge

Enlightened Tutor-Own. buy alternate at lethix.com

Gallantry

Gideon’s Phalanx

Healing Grace

Humble the Brute

Invoke the Divine

Infernal Tutor – on the edge – running around $15-20

Knight Watch

Leap of Faith

Mighty leap

Pacifism

Pressure Point

Primeval’s Glorious Rebirth-on the edge Only if get in my dominaria box

Read the Bones

Righteous confluence

Ritual of Rejuvenation

Settle the Score-on the edge

Timely Reinforcements

To Arms

Utter End-on the edge

Vampiric Tutor-out of range at over $40

Vicious Offering

Waylay

Wretched Confluence

Yawgmauth’s Vile Offering

 

Artifacts/Equipments: 19 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Akroma’s Memorial-on the edge

Blackblade Reforged-on the edge

Door of Destinies

Executioner’s Capsule-on the edge

Helm of the Host

Herald’s Horn

Jet Medallion

Kormus Bell-on the edge

Loxodon Warhammer

Orzhov Keyrune

Orzhov Signet

Pearl Medallion

Ring of Thune

Ring of Xathrid

Sol Ring

Spear of Heliod

Staff of the Death Magus

Staff of the Sun Magus

Staff of Nin

Sword of Kaldra

Sword of the Chosen

Vanquisher’s Banner

Whip of Erebos

 

Lands: 40 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Caves of Koilos

Command Tower

Concealed Courtyard

Everglades

Evolving Wilds -on the edge

Fetid Heath

Forsaken Sanctuary

Godless Shrine

Isolated Chapel

Karoo

Maze of Ith-on the edge $11

Memorial to Folly

Mortuary Mire

Myriad Landscape

New Benalia

Orzhov Basillica

Orzhov Guildgate

Rogues Passage

Sandstone Bridge-on the edge

Scoured Barrens

Seagate Wreckage

Shambling Vent

Tainted Field

Temple of Silence

Temple of the False god

Terramorphic Expanse-on the edge

Unclaimed Territory

Vault of the Archangel

Westvale Abbey

Zhalfirin Void

Plains x8

Swamps x8

 

Unclean (The Haunted Lands #1) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: Unclean

Series: The Haunted Lands

Author: Richard Lee Byers

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 352

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

Synopsis:

Following a griffin rider/mage, a mercenary and the machinations of several Red Wizards of Thay, including Szass Tam.

Some power is raising hordes of undead, some not seen for centuries and invading the Kingdom of Thay. The griffin rider is the survivor of 2 attacks and becomes a de facto general in the new army raised to fight the hordes. The mercenary is trailing a band of rogue Red wizards who have taken his betrothed, along with hundreds of others, for experimentation. And the Wizards council is playing games as Szass Tam, the lich wizard, attempts the long game of taking over Thay.

 

My Thoughts:

This was pretty standard fare. There seemed to be a couple more POV’s than I was used to in a Forgotten Realms book but since they all advanced the story, it made for the scope of the story to be told in a wider sense. It worked even while annoying me for not staying strictly with 2-3 characters like I am used to in a FR book.

My issue [and I always seem to have at least one with any of these churned out stories] was the plot line dealing with the mercenary and his kidnapped love interest, who ends up being turned into a super vampire. His pov and adventures added nearly 1/4 of what we see and while it was necessary, the whole “love interest” part just didn’t ring true. It would have worked better if the love interest was a family member instead of a love interest.

And at the 90% mark, I realized I had already read the end of the story arc in the book The Crimson Gold, a stand alone book in the Rogue series. Which was kind of a downer, as the suspense is gone, but at the same time was neat as I now had a destination already in mind and I just needed to see how the author would get to there.

Shadowstorm (Twilight War #2) (Erevis Cale) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: Shadowstorm

Series: Twilight War #2, Forgotten Realms

Author: Paul Kemp

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 352

 

Synopsis:

Erevis, Riven and Magadon make a deal with the Devil to escape hell and to prevent Magadon from being obliterated. This deal is what propels their actions for this book.

In Sembia, and specifically the city of Selgaunt, War happens. Shadow forces are at play and nothing is straight forward or as it seems. Shar, a goddess of dark, is ascendant and she uses, abuses and discards her servants as she sees fit.

Shadovar, long lost shadow sorcerers arise to combat the darkness, but they are servants as Shar as well.

 

My Thoughts:

Much like the first Twilight War book, Cale only plays a part, not the main part of the story and I find that rather unfortunate. The other characters, while driving the overall plot forward are not really people I am invested in. Cale, I am invested in. I’ve read the Sembia series [where he is a major character in the first 2 books and appears throughout the remaining 5] and the Cale trilogy. So 11 books I’ve invested in him.

Whenever I am reading a Forgotten Realms books, I have to remember to not get to excited about some big change that is coming because that is ALL the books are actually about, gods ascending/descending, the world changing, new conquerors/heroes/villains, etc.  Some of the smaller series/authors might be nice little side adventures [here’s to hoping Castles or Rogues are more standalone] but most of the trilogies are always earth shattering events.

This one did get the Ultra-violent tag because what Magadon’s father, the Devil, does to him. Graphic disemboweling while keeping him a live. And then eating half his soul.

The ending, where some sort of portal is opened between this world and a shadowrealm was pretty cool. Looking forward to how Cale & Co save the world and their friend Magadon, as with only half a soul he is sliding faster and faster toward his devil heritage.

Horizon Storms (Saga of the Seven Suns #3)

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Title: Horizon Storms

Series: Saga of the Seven Suns #3

Author: Kevin Anderson

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 672

 

Synopsis:

Surprisingly little happens in this volume.

The Roamers make an alliance with the Wentals [water elementals] and with the Free Planet of the Green Priests. They also find out that the main Human Empire has been pirating their space fuel and so cut them off, which brings reprisals.

The klikiss robots advance their plans to wipe out humanity and the ildarans.

The hydrogues and the faeros are duking it out and continue to destroy worlds and suns in the process.

 

My Thoughts:

Thankfully, this book didn’t drag like the last one. However, not nearly as much happened. Got to the end of the book and went “huh? that is it” but not in a good way.

I consider books like this to be like eating frozen pizzas. They satisfy your hunger, don’t disgust you and do what they are supposed to, but you’ll never pull out the candles, the good china and silver and hire your neighbor to act as a waiter so you and the Mrs can eat a “le’ frozen pizza”.

Anderson is a b list author who has made a name for himself but I don’t consider him to be a “good” author, merely a competent writer. His storylines leave a lot to be desired as do his characters and general blaseness.

I’ll keep reading stuff by him and I’ll probably lambast it each time as well. Hopefully that will help you if ever decide to read something by him.