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The Kingless Land (Band of Four #1)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  496 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In the glittering Advanced Dungeons & Dragons firmament, the star power of Ed Greenwood twinkles somewhere between the bright glow of E. Gary Gygax and the somewhat dimmer shine of Zeb Cook. As creator and Dungeon Master-in-chief of the enormously popular Forgotten Realms setting, Greenwood has secured his status as a legend of gaming--doubly so by inventing the Realms ...more
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Published November 1st 2001 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2000)
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Aug 30, 2013 Rhyson rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like not having their questions answered.
Recommended to Rhyson by: It was a search for an explanation.
I read this book for no other reason than to see the explanation of where those potions came from. First chapter, two main characters are breaking into a castle. It's so early into the story, we don't know why or even who they are. One guy gets hurt. Other guy pulls out a healing potion. >:(

I continued on, still hoping for that explanation. Author goes into a backstory about the guy who got hurt. He's a soldier. His general gets fatally wounded. Guy pulls out a healing potion. General doesn't
Feb 22, 2012 Ty rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard core D&D types only.
Sucked. Terrible. I wanted some adventure, but anytime I pick up a fantasy book, it's all about vignettes that barely connect, and violent/sexual encounters that exist only to exist, and not to forward the plot.
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Robert Negut
Maybe good for a basic background of a game, maybe also good for reading, but... Something seems unbalanced. The first half of the book didn't seem to be heading anywhere, then everything just happens way too fast in the second half. Magic users way too powerful, fighters way too dumb, though the thieves were nice, and twists that were way too strained. Going out of your way to make things seem impossible and then "forgetting" a problem or putting characters in the middle of the action out of th ...more
Lukas Lovas
The only reason I didn't stop reading this book after the first ten pages is, that I had a really boring few days, and there was absolutely nothing better to do but continue. I mean...I could have stuck a fork in my eye to relieve boredom......I'm not convinced I made right choice...
Disjointed scenes, sometimes even interesting, but I'm missing any sort of connesction to glue the pages of this book together. I mean...stuff is happening...and I have no idea, why, to whom, and what happened to the
Ben Arispe
I have to say I really liked this one. I've read a lot of other reviews that other people have written stating it wasn't a good book. Repeatedly they said it wasn't among Ed Grenwood's best work. I have to say I disagree. Granted, I've only read the first book. And I've read a fair amount of Greenwood's other work both Forogtten Realms and others. The Band of Four gives us some great characters. Lady Embra is like no other character I've ever read from Greenwood. Though it does almost read like ...more
Eric Evans
Completely horribly awful, I only finished because once I start a book i don't quit. When I read I like a connection with the world and characters. This never happened here some names were so close to others it was confusing.
I could never finish this book, it was that boring. I've tried maybe three times to read it, and just gave up. Not a fan of this authors writing style.
Peter Kalin
This is a peculiar read. I want to like it, and think maybe I do, but I'm not entirely sure. This seems to be very much a book that was inspired by role-playing games - hell, the characters fall into the role-playing core group of four; healer, fighter, thief, mage. The book's opening is hard to fathom because we're thrown in amongst characters that have no context to them and are very much drawn in tropes. For some reason, and perhaps it's my love of role-playing games, I enjoyed the story.I ca ...more
Did not finish the book. Got up to page 70 or so. Didn't enjoy the writing style and the dialogue, which is usually my favorite part of a story, felt stilted for no reason. The phrases that they introduced, such as the use of "horns" as an oath without any reasoning given for it made it feel like an "insert-fantasy-description-here" aspect of the story rather than a layer of an immersive world. I also did not care much for any of the characters nor did I know much about them. The flashbacks were ...more
This book is as good fantasy as it comes. I thought it would be refreshing to see Ed Greenwood outside the Forgotten Realms. It was not. He uses his trademark style of feeling the book with characters and the action jumps from character to character in what at first seems like total chaos until it finally comes together in the end. Mostly. I liked the book (sort of?), and I like the characters. But in the end, as every time I read his books, I ended up with a headache. Now where did I put the as ...more
Brian Layman
This reads like a transcription of an adolescent male's D&D campaign. With the parents safely upstairs, behind the hopefully soundproof basement door, the story could involve lots of boobs waving about, dissolving garments, curves left to the imagination, and cod piece fiddling. For some reason I found that more unrealistic than the mythical creatures... Still, I'll read the sequel.
I was reluctant to start this book since it had quite a few bad reviews, but I took a chance. I am not disappointed. It is an example of the quest fantasy that was like mother's milk to me growing up. I have a weakness for the genre and for sentimental reasons tend to always give it high marks. Saying that, I enjoyed the book and go on to the follow up.
Paul Harvey
While parts of the story were a tad disjointed, and seemed to have a lot of gods/magic driven events rather than character driven, it was a well told tale to set the stage for the rest of the series. I hope.
Tabitha Tomala
I can't finish this book. It has a great storyline and plot but the writing style I just can't stand. I really wish I could finish it because the band of four interest me.
Lee Long
My first Greenwood book, I was a little put off at first but as the story went on I found myself drawn in and the companions took it from there!

Fine reading.
I enjoyed this book, liking all four of the main characters. I have a second one in my too read pile right now!
Jeff Cadoff
The Forgotten Realms are tons of fun for old AD&D players such as myself. I love reading these stories.
Randy Smith

This book was like any D&D books that I've ever read.
Just could not get into it. Finished first two disks
I one read book. Great adventure and magic story.
Walter Herrick
May 26, 2011 Walter Herrick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Did not like the story, I couldn't get into it.
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