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The Cerulean Storm (Dark Sun: Prism Pentad #5)

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Athas, world of the dark sun: Ruled for thousands of years by power-mad sorcerer-kings, its cities have become vile centers of slavery and corruption. Only heroes of the greatest strength and bravest heart can stand against the might of these overlords. The Prism Pentad is a tale of such heroes.

Rajaat, the First Sorcerer, betrayed by his champions at the moment of his para
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published September 1993 by TSR
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In my opinion, the final book slightly redeems what has been a downward-sliding series. The end is satisfying and well done, but the journey to get there was not.

First, as with the previous books, the characters are still pretty shallow. The final book sees the protagonists engaged in encounter after encounter, and fight after fight; very little chance of development. The exception being the really awkwardly-done and shallow love relationships between Rikus, Sadira, Neeva, and Caelum. Would've r
Andrew Vice
Sep 15, 2016 Andrew Vice rated it liked it
It was okay.
Peter Greenwell
Dec 26, 2015 Peter Greenwell rated it liked it
Not quite the neat conclusion that these usually tightly plotted books have. At the novel's end, Athas' fate remains unclear, though there are signs greener (and bluer) things are on the way. As with the remainder of this series, there is minimal characterisation and the protagonists survive far too many dangerous and magical upheavals.

I'm not sure if I'll try any of the other Dark Sun books yet as I wasn't exactly grabbed by the setting this series presented. It's a compelling world from the v
Aug 27, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent read, and definitely a fun read for fans of the Dark Sun setting. It's a harsh and unforgiving world and a pair of former gladiators, a former slave and a treacherous would-be king will face the greatest threat to their world, and find that it really wasn't. There's a worse threat. Something that will threaten Athas' very way of life.

It's fun, but it goes without saying that since this is the fifth book in the series you should definitely read the first four before you get to this one.
Cintain 昆游龍
Feb 27, 2011 Cintain 昆游龍 rated it really liked it
The entire series is a very solid story. It established the backstory for the Dark Sun Campaign Setting of D&D way back in the days of Second Edition, and is still quite enjoyable. It provides the "feel" for Athas as a devastated world (particularly the first two books), although the rest of the series focuses so much on the struggles of the main characters that the living conditions in Athas are lost in the background at times. Sometimes it feels like Denning doesn't know what to do with ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Slobodan rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Cerulean Storm has a lot going for it. But, it often fails in it's pacing. Troy Denning spends too much time on the organization of the Tyrians and their travelling, with brief skirmishes against enemies that they defeat much too easily, making the whole encounter pointless. Nevertheless, when it does deliver, it delivers big! The battle with Borys the dragon and Rajaat the first sorcerer are epic in magnitude. The first half of the book is unnecessary, while the later chapters are a ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Skip rated it liked it
Good read but Borys should have kicked all of the heroes asses. They got lucky. Tithian the medler...

Back to the Sea of Silt. I love the ship battles in this series. Reminded me of Dune without the weirdness. Psionics, another favourite of mine. Dark Sun incorporates all of these powers in a wonderful, new, kind of way. It is no longer a cumbersome rules set, the powers are natural. Magic is the power that has a light \ dark side. The way we are thinking "green" today (2009)- this whole series w
Timothy McNeil
Denning loses the flow of combat more than once (especially in the last few chapters), and the fate of one character is wholly unclear, but The Cerulean Storm does adequately wrap up the Prism Pentad. It doesn't totally alter the face of Athas (which would be disastrous from those who had a campaign based there while the books were coming out) but rather gives more detail and history to the world.
Dec 18, 2008 Jesse rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So, all the characters come back together in this book. They fight a big war and they bring back a god. The god is 'sposs to restore the planet to its rightful state, but he turns out to be evil. I think that they have to kill him again. Kind of a bummer ending, since the entire series is about bring him back...
Dec 25, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: darksun
I had higher hopes for the conclusion of this series. As with others in this series, I preferred the lore and backstory to the actual tale being told. Good characters, but a little underwhelmed by the conclusion. :(
David Schwarm
Sep 20, 2010 David Schwarm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-sun
Fantastic end to the series. The final fight is completely brilliant. I liked how dead characters stayed dead. I liked the sweeping architecture, the internal logic of the archetypes, and the overall sweep of the this final installment of the Dark Sun novels.

really worth the read.
May 23, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it
Very interesting reading with good solid characters. A very good way to start off the Dark Sun world.
Nov 09, 2015 Benjamin rated it liked it
Not the best of this series. But good, would have been good to read more Dark Sun novels by Denning.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 26, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Another book based on D&D. This time it's set in another world, one that is slowly dying. Recommended.
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