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Brimstone Angels

(Brimstone Angels #1)

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It’s a simple thing.

Rejected at birth and raised in a village of tiefling misfits, Farideh expects a life without friends, love, or control over her destiny. Then she makes a pact with a devil named Lorcan, and everything changes.

You’ll have the power to do as you please.

Lorcan promises all she ever dreamed of and asks for nothing in return. Her twin sister Havilar urges
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Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2011)
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Robert
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer-If you read the review and feel there is a spoiler in it, please let me know and I will remove that section. Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Thank you.

Brimstone Angels is the second stand-alone novel by Erin M. Evans. Her first is The God Catcher: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep.

Brimstone Angels follows the misadventures of a Tiefling named Farideh who unwittingly makes a pact with a cambion and is exiled out of the village with her twin sister and their foster
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Sean
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Standard "do you need to know about D&D to read this" question. There may be some slight confusion as to the differences between a tiefling, a fiend, a demon, and a devil (yes those are all meaningfully different things) but ultimately no, a working knowledge of game mechanics is not needed.

Setting:
This book takes place in the forgotten realms one of the canonical settings for dungeons and dragons. Unlike Salvatore's Homeland, which is in the FR but feels mostly just like a big cave system,
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Nella
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I must say I really liked Brimstone Angels, but the fact that it was set in an already established world and had a pretty complex plot to boot (hellish politics, literally) made it a bit hard to keep up at times. I suspect the already established setting, creatures, mythology, etc also were the reason the worldbuilding sometimes felt a bit lacking. It wasn't bad, but readers were assumed to already know everything about everything other than these specific characters, and so that's what the plot ...more
Kerri
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Forgotten Realms can at times be a daunting read. With all the all fantasy and words that aren't typical to the layman's vernacular, it can be an overwhelming experience at times. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels, and had taken a break from my latest tryst with Forgotten Realms (was entirely too emotionally vested to some characters, which left me traumatized at its finish). I had decided to try once more to fall in love with the characters presented to me in this world, and ready myself for ...more
Shadowdenizen
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: d-d-novels
One of the better D+D novels of the last few years, and certainly far better than the execrable drivel that Salvatore is pumping out with his Drizzt novels of late.
Travis
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Brimstone Angels by Erin M. Evans

Brimstone Angels is a stand-alone novel set in the Forgotten Realms universe of Dungeons and Dragons. However, the novel does tie into R. A. Salvatore's Neverwinter Trilogy, along with having ties to other events in various recent series set in the Forgotten Realms. The novel will also tie into an upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online game that will be set in Neverwinter. Erin M. Evans has written a novel for the series Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep titled The
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Blue
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entirely subjective review:
This book just managed to check most of my favorite tropes, and while I objectively realize it's not the greatest thing out there, it still has:
- a bunch of strong and badass (and unapologetically evil) ladies
- two girls as main characters
- two tieflings (aforementioned) as main characters (and their dragonborn dad) (I really like tieflings)
- pacts with devils and 9 Hells business (that one certain devil is also apparently good looking, and I'm not the one to pretend
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Samuel
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I found this book to be much better than I expected! Don't get me wrong, I didn't expect Erin M. Evans to write poorly or to disappoint me in the technical sense... but I usually consider these types of books - those based on the D&D game, to be precise - to be a ton of fluffy, but usually poorly constructed, trite, tries-too-hard type of writing with mediocre characterization and meandering go-nowhere storylines. THAT IS NOT THIS BOOK. This book is awesome! So much more than I expected from ...more
Cloak88
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Good Forgotten Real novel 3.5 stars

Brimstone angels is set in the Forgotten Realm of the RPG world of Dungeons and Dragons. The main character are two Tieflings twins (Human - devil mix, not evil, but distrusted because of it) and their adopted Dragonborn father. The story starts when one of the two twins reluctantly/ accidentally accepts a pact with a devil and are forced out of the village they live in because of it. What follows is their adventures and the live, quibbling, fighting and
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Drew Wilcox
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I have read by Erin and you can consider me a fan! This is very well written and Farideh is a great heroine! Picked up book two right after finishing this one.
Brenda Cothern
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you want to know about Tieflings, Devils, & Archdevils in the post spellplague world of D&D, then this is the book to read. I would recommend it to any gamer who is considering playing a Tiefling!
Daphne
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-audio
Great start to a new series in Forgotten Realms world. I enjoyed all of the main characters and look forward to the next five in the series.
Chelsea Bingiel
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Erin Evans is the second D&D author I have read, the other being R.A. Salvatore and the first five Legend of Drizzt books. This one is okay, though I really couldn't get past how by-the-game her language and world is. I think Salvatore does a good job abstracting away features of D&D to create a rich world of magic and creatures without hearing the die rolls behind everything the character's do. The same cannot be said of Evans's writing. The potions really bothered me, having literal ...more
Ingvild
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me so long to get this book. I searched for it while reading The Adversary, in second-hand bookshops, on eBay and Amazon. But online it was always so expensive, often over 100. Finally, after a long search, I found a copy on eBay for 50 including shipping, which I considered to be a good deal. And that's how I bought my most expensive book ever.

The book is the first in the Brimstone Angels series, followed by Lesser Evils, and then The Adversary, which I have already read and reviewed. I
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Megan
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, gaming-rpg, d-d
I've always wanted to play a Tiefling warlock character, and this fulfilled my hankering for it even though I'm not currently in a group. As far as straight-up fiction goes, the characterization of Farideh and Havilar as sisters was amazing. I don't have any siblings to be fair, but this seemed realistic to me, but also like a depiction of the best kind of teen sibling relationship you can sometimes hope for. I thought I would only like one or the other of the twins and assumed it would be ...more
Alex
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brimstone Angels is a great DnD novel. It has a number of great characters, some of which develop really well over the course of the book.

Farideh is an orphaned tiefling (devil person: horns, red skin, tail) girl who makes a pact with a rather charming devil after her twin sister summons him to cure her boredom in their lonely town of Arush Vayem. All Hells (*wink*) break loose as Farideh and her family are forced to flee.

The characters all have interesting and distinct personalities, some of
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Jeremiah Mccoy
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, game-tie-ins
So, game fiction is often not awesome. Some like the books of Paul S Kemp are down right insultingly bad. Some are just good adventure tales with little depth. This on is more the later. It is a solid adventure tale with a likable protagonist and her family. The downside here is the Lorkin character. He is the devil that provides Farideh's pact. D&D has never made devils interesting. They are like devils from the heavy metal album covers. This book is filled with that and it is why this 3 ...more
Sean Twist
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shared universe books often take an undeserved rap for being 'inferior' to original works. While many of them are quickly written and exist only to make a buck, there are those rare books that show that the author made extra effort to create a story that stands on its own, regardless of commercial origin.

Brimstone Angels is one of those books. Evans gives depth to the characters and spends time creating some great interactions between them, while still working in the sort of epic storyline one
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MorteTorment(Unofficial World's Fastest Reader)
What's to like:
+Main character is a tiefling!
+Magic is kinda cool
+satisfying combat scenes
+The fight at the end was pretty cool
+The ending was satisfying.
+The audiobook has some issues, but overall it's satisfying.
+First time I've finished a book where the audiobook is performed by a woman!

What's to not like:
-The Nine Hells parts kinda wear out their welcome 2/3 though. Could have used some brevity here.
-No seriously, they really really start to drag, I had to take a 3 day break from the book
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D.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Great characters, great pacing on the story, and just enough loose threads to draw you forward to the sequels.

I fall in love with just about every character, but especially Farideh and her twin Havilar. I can't think of any book I've read recently that captured the tensions and challenges of a teen on the cusp of becoming an adult. Throw in the troubles of having a devil trying to control you as well, and I just have so much more respect for Farideh for coming out as she
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Alicia
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I've recently started playing D&D and I wanted to get into the Forgotten Realms lore. This was a really good book overall, although I felt like it dragged during the second half a bit. I was also confused at times with all the different factions and keeping them straight, but that's just as a (mostly) newcomer to the world. Going into too much explanation and backstory with each faction would likely be tiresome for the core fanbase. I could have looked on the Forgotten Realms wiki for ...more
Hunter Laycox
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Coming off the heels of R.A. Salvatore with his “Legend Of Drizzt” series, I was itching for some new material to read in the Forgotten Realms. Being a Dungeons and Dragons player myself, I wanted to see if there were any series that followed my particular play style. It was then that I discovered this incredible gem: “Brimstone Angels.”

The story primarily follows Farideh, and her twin sister Havilar; Tiefling girls (a half blooded race of men and devils) constantly under scrutiny for their
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Abhinav
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:
http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/12/...

Shadowhawk reviews the first novel in a new series featuring the half-demon, half-human tieflings of Faerun.

“A unique point-of-view character, a fantastic plot related to demons and cultists, and some truly solid writing make Brimstone Angels a fantastic read. I just discovered another amazing author!” ~The Founding Fields

I got into reading Forgotten Realms novels through Paul S. Kemp’s excellent
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Laura Krenz
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the surface this book might seem to be another D&D novel of high-fantasy and adventure. There is plenty of adventure and staples of the Forgotten Realms; however, this book is more than a hero's journey. Through the central characters (Faridah, Havilar, Mehen, and Lorcan), Evans explores themes of family, identity, and independence.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first entry in Evans' Brimstone Angels series.
Thomas  Wyndham
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first entry into D&D novels, and it was a great entry. I loved the developing character relationships, and the interesting story. Teiflings, devils, and monsters, oh my! The climax towards the end had me hooked. The world is rich and I look forward to going deeper into the world of Faerûn and the Forgotten Relms.
Jay Quietnight
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unpredictable and likable characters really make this an enjoyable story. The story is set in the Forgotten Realms universe and is a great addition to the series. I look forward to reading more about Farideh and her friends!
Jarrod
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Abandoned at 20%. I wanted to like it as I was mainly reading it for Faerun lore. Unfortunately however, it was just too awful to read. As this is allegedly one of the better tie in novels, I'll just stick to reading official gamebooks for lore as the bar is clearly pretty low.
Jaime
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Super fun and D&D-y. Can't wait to start the next one.
Kell
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
it was wonderful. but not wonderful enough for me to read like five sequels. i'm sorry.
Dantegideon
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not really my cup of tea.
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