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City of the Dead (Forgotten Realms: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep #4)

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A haunting adventure hand-picked by Ed Greenwood...
Something is causing trouble in the City of the Dead, and Sophraea Carver, born and bred next to the historic graveyard, is determined to solve the mystery before it places all of Waterdeep in peril.
Set in the classic City of Splendors and presented by Forgotten Realms(R) campaign setting creator and celebrated author
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast
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City of the Dead by Rosemary Jones has a pretty linear plot line. It is a tale of revenge involving the graveyard that unwittingly puts a family and all of Waterdeep at risk of the walking dead. The main character, Sophraea Carver with the help of an out-of-towner “Better than some, worse than others” wizard Gustin Bone investigates to get to the bottom of the strange occurrences happening in the graveyard. A couple of subplots flavor up the story with the alternate agenda of Gustin’s visit to W ...more
Pierre van Rooden
(Originally posted in a book discussion at Candlekeep)

I liked this book a lot. The characters were not overpowering, though I am unsure how powerful you need to be to animate stone... Gustin didn't seem very powerful, but letting a statue walks doesn't sound trivial. I liked Sophrea. I think she should have gone and become a seamstress at the end of the book though. It would have been a bit more unexpected (and there is nothing wrong with being a seamstress).

One thing bothered me in this book th

There are certain things I expected from a Rosemary Jones fantasy novel. A resourceful heroine, an affinity for the working class, some misfit characters, a great sense of humor, and thrilling action more akin to The Princess Bride than Conan the Barbarian. But City of the Dead tromps through George Romero's sandbox. How was she going to balance her playful romp style with the threat of an undead apocalypse?

When, about 4 pages in, I burst out laughing at a brief, non-verbal exchange between a pr

I really liked this one. The only downside was the ending felt a little rushed, as if she couldn't quite get the idea there.

However - dancing with the dead has interesting connotations. I really have never liked the thought of zombies but this was well done. It had a reason and a well rehearsed plot.

The who and the why were obvious, but the reasoing and handling were well done.

There is even a foreword by acclaimed author Ed Greenwood.

Worth reading if you like magic and heroes and want the whi
It certainly wasn't what I expected of a Forgotten Realms novel set in a graveyard (It felt more like something set in Ankh-Morpork than Waterdeep) but I loved the characters, as well as the generally humorous tone of the book. I sincerely hope we'll see more of Sophraea and Gustin in the future.
City of the Dead by Rosemary Jones- This is the fourth book released in the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series of stand-alone novels. The series is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of the pen and paper role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. The other novels in this series are Blackstaff Tower by Steven E. Schend, Mistshore by Jaleigh Johnson, Downshadow by Erik Scott de Bie, The God Catcher by Erin M. Evans, and Circle of Skulls by James P. Davis. Since these books are stand-alone, you ...more
I have fond memories of reading City of the dead at home in my parents back garden, on an uncharacteristic hot sunny day, I had the house to myself and my 2 dogs. I read City of the dead in record time for me, as I found I didn't want to put it down. Sophraea Carver is a really strong character among many in this book I loved her interactions with her pirate captain grand mother and Briarsting and his co-hort the topiary dragon.

After finishing City of the dead I decided to look up other books by
One of the D&D/Forgotten Realms series' main draws is its action - after all, the books are made to complement a game whose players spend half their time locked in combat. "City of the Dead," however, bucks this trend, and it is a refreshing change of pace.

The heroine, Sophraea, is not a wizard or swordfighter, but an average Waterdhavian, youngest member of the city's family of graveyard maintenance workers and artisans, a little woman in a family of big men. Her sidekick, Gustin, is a wiza
Robinson Mason
Jul 01, 2011 Robinson Mason rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
None of the stock descriptions I'd read about Rosemary Jones' book City of the Dead really did it justice or prepared me for the story within. While some, like what's on the back of the book cover, are technically correct, they just don't impart the lighthearted yet multi-layered feel of the book.

It was a pleasant surprise and and a joy to read. As an instant fan of Rosemary Jones' from Crypt of the Moaning Diamond, it was not a question of if I would buy City of the Dead, but when. So without r
A good tale set in the city of Waterdeep. While not as fast paced as others the tale was good and on the whole more like a mystery story rather than an adventuring type. The many characters were colorful and interesting although there were some that stood out more then others. Would recommend the book for those that enjoy the world of Faerun.
Aug 04, 2011 Rosemary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
For those frustrated by the tiny print of the paperbook edition (i.e. all my relatives over the age of 30), there comes this e-book edition which allows my nearsighted, bookish family to make the print as large as they want. I also got a "finally found your book" from a friend in Hong Kong, who was able to magically download it onto his Kindle despite being far, far away from our usual bookstore haunts. So, yay to the publisher for bringing this out as e-book. Enjoy!
Terrible flat characters, a nothing-plot, and character names that would jar me out of the narrative so fast that my head would swim.
Truth be told, I got 66% through this. I may go back and finish it, but its not likely.
Surprisingly good and not what you'd expect
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I've written three novels set in the Forgotten Realms, Cold Steel and Secrets, City of the Dead and Crypt of the Moaning Diamond as well as several short stories about this Dungeons & Dragons shared world. When not battling skeletons and other supernatural foes there, I'm authoring tales of Cobalt City, a place of superheroes, super villains, and regular joes just trying to get by. Check out t ...more
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