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Sword of the Gods (The Abyssal Plague)

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What you don't know will kill you...
Demascus awakens surrounded by corpses, at a shrine littered with traces of demonic rituals, with no memory of his past. But the Firestorm Cabal remembers him--and the demon who leads them seems to have a personal vendetta against him. Dodging knives, uncovering clues left by his past life, and dueling demons, Demascus must figure out w
Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 25, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing
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Sword of the Gods by Bruce R. Cordell is the first book to bring the Abyssal Plague to the Forgotten Realms. The next book about the Abyssal Plague is Shadowbane by Eric Scott de Bie.

Sword of the Gods begins as a mystery when Demascus awakes to find himself naked and surrounded by dead bodies and a demon with no
May 14, 2011 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sword of the Gods is the second installment of The Abyssal Plague series but the first set in the Forgotten Realms. I have not read the book in the series, The Temple of Yellow Skulls by Don Bassingthwaite, but it did not not detract from the reading experience.

The main character, Demascus, wakes to find himself in a strange place with no memory of who he is nor where he came from. The story unfolds as he slowly finds out more of his past and begins to wonder if he is better off not knowing who
May 01, 2011 Travis rated it it was amazing
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Sword of the Gods by Bruce R. Cordell

Sword of the Gods is a stand-alone novel set in the Forgotten Realms universe of Dungeons and Dragons. This book also ties into The Abyssal Plague trilogy, but isn't part of the trilogy. The actual The Abyssal Plague trilogy is set in the Dungeons and Dragons self-titled novel line. The trilogy consists of The Temple of Yellow Skulls by Don Bassingthwaite, The Oath of Viligance by James Wyatt (due out in August 2011), and The Eye of the Chained God by Don Bas
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Jun 14, 2011 Pierre van Rooden rated it liked it
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Apr 18, 2016 Don Corcoran rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. There was a mystery element that propelled you forward, the characters were effective but didn't feel invincible. I didn't feel like the world building got in the way of an interesting story with interesting characters. The combats were exciting without bogging down the rest of the plot. The writing was complex but not over-wrought. I'm definitely reading the second book in the series.
Jul 29, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
A greatly refreshing novel by Bruce R. Cordell. I loved every minute of this book, and truth be told if I hadn't been with my girlfriend I absolutely would have finished this in a single sitting without any breaks for anything.

The story takes some old writing cliches (like the main character have amnesia)and uses them refreshingly. The book follows Damascus and his misadventure that results in quite the interesting read.

The characters were highly realistic, the humor was witty, the action was ex
May 05, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying that I am not a D&D fan. It’s not that I have anything against Dungeon’s and Dragon’s, but I never got into it. The thing I loved most about this book, especially since it is the second in a series, is that you don’t have to be a D&D fan or know anything about the D&D universe to enjoy this book.

Our hero Demascus has amnesia. Brilliant. He doesn’t know who he is or much about the world, and neither did I. So we learned together. With the aid of Chant a honest a
Aug 28, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok
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Really kind of disappointing. No real ending and yet I don't think the other Abyssal Plague books deal with these specific characters. I hadn't read a "new" Dungeons and Dragons novel in ages and now I am sad I started with one that was only okay. I checked the other books in the series on Amazon and there is no mention of the characters in this novel. I really feel like Black Library's Warhammer books have surpassed D&D novels. That is really tough for me to say since I love Dragonlance and ...more
Bryan Schmidt
Nov 10, 2011 Bryan Schmidt rated it really liked it
Well written and entertaining. Not at all what I expected from my first Forgotten Realms. A delight. Good characterization. Fun adventure. An enjoyable stand alone read for sword & sorcery fans.
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Apr 30, 2013 William Miller rated it really liked it
great book! Excellent character development and nonstop action...
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I'm an award-winning game designer. I've worked on Dungeons & Dragons over the course of 4 editions as a writer and developer. I've written over 100 D&D products, including Gates of Firestorm Peak, Return to the Tomb of Horrors, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, Gamma World, and the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. In July 2013, I accepted a position as Senior Designer at Monte Cook Games, L ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Abyssal Plague (10 books)
  • The Mark of Nerath (The Abyssal Plague)
  • The Last Legend of Gedrin Shadowbane
  • The Gates of Madness  (The Abyssal Plague, #0)
  • The Temple of Yellow Skulls (The Abyssal Plague, #1)
  • Oath of Vigilance (The Abyssal Plague, #2)
  • The Eye of the Chained God
  • Under the Crimson Sun (Dark Sun, #2)
  • Shadowbane
  • Spinner of Lies: A Forgotten Realms Novel

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