Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep
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Downshadow: Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep (Forgotten Realms: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep #3)

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The Dark Knight Must Choose: Justice or Vengeance

Watchman by day, vigilante by night, Shadowbane's world is turned upside down when he runs across a powerful wizard--in the form of a confused, hunted girl who finds herself at the heart of a fell plot. When his friends start dying and the girl is kidnapped, Shadowbane must choose between the darkness and the light in his h...more
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Published January 26th 2010 by Wizards of the Coast (first published April 7th 2009)
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The main plot of Downshadow by Erik Scott de Bie is about Shadowbane who continually strives to rid Downshadow of its less than desirable denizens and meets a challenging foe along the way. A couple of subplots involve a love interest between a few of the characters, a guard captain and her ambition to keep Waterdeep safe and find out more about Shadowbane. This leads to a Batman type feel of the story as well as the use of “Broadsheets”, a form of newspaper that is used in Waterdeep. I liked th...more
Downshadow by Erik Scott DeBie is the third book in a series of stand alone novels in the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series. The story centers around Shadowbane , a paladin that is desperately trying to adhere to his faith while ridding Downshadow of its more nefarious denizens. He struggles to choose between justice or vengeance when he encounters a nearly unstoppable adversary.

The story was fast paced and drew me in from the beginning. DeBie gives the reader just enough information to set...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Downshadow by Erik Scott de Bie- This is the third book released in the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series of stand-alone novels. The series contains five other entries, which are all written by different authors. Since each novel is a stand-alone, you can read this series out-of-order. The series is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of the pen and paper role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. The other novels in the series include; Blackstaff Tower by Steven E. Schend, Mistshore by Jalei...more
Matthew Le Sacksee
Not a bad way for starting a series. FR is in dire need of post-spellplague stories. Erik also wrote Ghostwalker for FR which I also recommend to readers new to the franchise.

Everyone loves a tragic character and I find myself very interested in Kalen a.k.a Shadowbane. Erik showcases his internal struggles very well including crisis of faith, romantic struggles and matters of duty. However, much of his past is discussed late in the book and I would prefer if it was shown to readers earlier that...more
A fun, fast-paced read with some interesting, darker themes. The "superhero" approach translated well into high fantasy.

The characters are typically extreme - it seems every woman is perfectly beautiful and, of course, attracted to Kalen - yet despite their hyperbolic attributes, they're quite enjoyable and mostly well-developed. Rath made an interesting and unpredictable villain, but unfortunately, he saw the least amount of proper development. Kalen was a great protagonist: full of potential a...more
Jan Niblock
This story is for all of those who like to read sword and sorcery stories or stories about heroes. Shadowdown is one of those heroes that you really like because he has a conscience even though he can be a killer. You feel so much sympathy for Kalen Dren when he is faced with the choices that are put in front of him. This is the beginning his journey to find his true self even though that is the last thing he wants to do. I highly recommend this series if you enjoyed other epic fantasy series. T...more
Craig Andrews
This book took a damned long time to finish. I love books set in the realms but haven't read many post-Spellplague yet as I'm still catching up on the many events pre-Spellplague that redefine Faerun. Parts of this book were brilliant, such as the combat sequnces, de Bie really has got them nailed. But the rest of the book I found a bit lacking. The plot was okay but nothing special and the ending was a bit expected. I am going to read the next novel featuring the same characters to see what hap...more
Good story. Could have done without the Epilogue though. Didn't like the way that it was ended so much.
Shawn Holloeay
Nice read. Much darker theme then a good number of FR books but worth grabb'n.
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