The City of Splendors (The Cities #4) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The City of Splendors

Series: The Cities

Author: Elaine Cunningham & Ed Greenwood

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 544

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

Waterdeep, an important city, is struggling under the weight of shiftless younger nobles, a rising working class, an ailing leader, attacks by a priest and his ilk and the machinations of a crimelord/magician.

 

My Thoughts:

I don’t like Ed Greenwood’s books. The couple of Elminster books I read were pretty low on the “skillz” level even for  Forgotten Realms. So I went into this with wicked low expectations. On the other hand, I really enjoyed Cunningham’s Dark Journey. So I didn’t know WHAT I was going to encounter.

This was also a good bit longer than the usual FR book, so that was nice.

Surprisingly, this was good. There were a variety of plot lines, that while intertwining, weren’t repetitive. The whole Religion of Amalgamation was pretty interesting and I wished that it had played a bigger part than it did. It had potential.

Definitely a good wrap up to the Cities Tetralogy.

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The Jewel of Turmish (The Cities #3) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Jewel of Turmish

Series: The Cities

Author: Mel Odom

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 320

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

A half elf teams up with a human mercenary to hunt down a wolf that has taken to killing humans. Said elf is part of an enclave of Sages dedicated to keeping the undead from their part of the Sea of Fallen Stars.

At the same time, a long dead zombie lord arises and begins anew his assault on the area.

The conclave must defeat the zombie lord, who is being backed by a group of mysterious black magic sorcerers.

 

My Thoughts:

The only other book I’ve read by Odom is The Rover and I remember not really liking it.

This was just a mish mash of tropes all pushed together.

The mysterious group of magicians for instance. They are mentioned and used as motivation and then just abandoned like they never existed. It was annoying.

The half elf and the mercenary lady were as stiff as a whittled pine board and their supposed romantic feelings were as believable as me expressing my feelings for a mountain.

Overall, this was just bleh. Odom did nothing to make me want to read more of his stuff. I’ve got one other Forgotten Realms trilogy by him that I’ll eventually get to and then it’ll be quits between us.

Temple Hill (The Cities #2) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: Temple Hill

Series: The Cities

Author: Drew Karpyshyn

Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 324

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Corin was a mercenary that lost his hand, his band and his client. Now he’s just a drunk.

Lhasha, a half elf, is a freelance thief in a city that has a Thieves Guild. They want her dead.

Together, they must protect each other, stop the Dragon Cult from taking over the city and figure out if their temporary partnership can really work.

 

My Thoughts:

This worked pretty good. It was an enjoyable read, Karpashyn is a competent author and it had all the elements of a mindless, but not stupid, Forgotten Realms book.

The City of Ravens (The Cities #1) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The City of Ravens
Series: The Cities
Author: Richard Baker
Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 324
Format: Kindle

 

 

Synopsis:
Jack Ravenwild is a dandy, a thief, a magician and an utterly pompous kind of guy. So it isn’t a surprise when he gets 3 different commissions from 3 different beautiful women. But since they all tie together in the end, it makes for a very light and fun adventure.

 

My Thoughts:
This was so deliberately over the top that I was rolling my eyes the entire time. Thankfully, Baker had enough skill and deftness of touch that I was also laughing while rolling my eyes.

Jack was an irrepressible character and had a flair for the fanciful. While most Forgotten Realms’ books go for the faux-epic feel, or the dark and gritty, this was unabashed mockery of that. Either that or Baker is such a bad writer that he’s a genius.
I wouldn’t be able to take a steady diet of this, but every once in a while something silly is needed to counteract all the ridiculous authors who are miserable and take it out on us the readers.

After the bad experience I had with The Citadels series, I am encouraged that this started out so lightly.