The Gilded Rune
by Lisa Smedman
A plague has ravaged the population of gold dwarves of the Great Rift. It starts slowly, but the progression is devastating. One dwarf has eyes that have become hard and glassy like marbles; a second dwarf has skin that flakes off in sharp, hardened scales; the skeleton of a third is petrified and fused in place; a fourth wastes away with blood that has turned dark and mud...more
Published July 3rd 2012 by Wizards of the Coast
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Unique and great storyline for the Forgotten Realms shared setting. I really enjoyed the unique characters...and thought the main character in particular was one of the better post Spellplague characters created thus far - Torrin Ironstar. However, I thought some of the final developments in the story didn't really reflect how the story and characters were presented throughout most of the novel, almost as if the ending was rushed. Overall though, a good read.
The only thing keeping this from being rated at 5 stars is the unbalanced pacing of the book: the first two thirds of the novel plod along as Torrin investigates the cause of the plague, but the final quest to stop it seemed very rushed. Aside from this minor fault, this was easily one of my favorite D&D novels in a very, very long time, with a very strong conclusion.
Lisa was very much the tomboy growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia--playing in the woods behind her house, building tree forts, damming the creek, playing army with GI Joe dolls, swinging on ropes, playing flashlight tag, building models and go-carts (which she later rode down the street). She also liked reading science fiction novels from the 1940s, the Doc Savage series, and the Harriet the...moreMore about Lisa Smedman...