Someone is sabotaging the iron mines of the Sword Coast, pushing powerful realms toward a bloody war, and a young mercenary toward an unimaginable secret.
Evil gods, giant spiders, murderous doppelgangers, flesh-eating ghouls, and wicked Zhentarim come to life in the action-packed novelization of the Baldur's Gate computer game form BioWare and Interpl ...more
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It must have been 2000, I was addicted to a game called Baldur's Gate which was at the time one of the most immersive RPGs on the PC. So many options, so many quests, SO MANY CDS TO THE GAME! It was huge, it was amazing and while the developer Bioware may have gone on to make better games (debatable) it will always be my favorit ...more
I ran across this book in a pre-loved books store. With the Forgotten Realms tag, an author I know from the War of the Spider Queen, toss in the game "Baldur's Gate", I figured I might as well give it a go for two dollars. I wasn't horribly disappointed since I had such low expectations - what book based on a video game has ever been fantastic? It took great effort to get to the last page, and some scenes were more grotesque then I would ha ...more
It's so bad it's brilliant, so unintentionally hilarious that it makes you cry tears of laughter at the author's attempts at plot, characterization or sentence structure. Read while drunk/high, I guarantee you will lose it.
If you have played Baldur's Gate, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. If you haven't, don't read this book, and play t ...more
The characterization of...well, everyone, was a complete 180 degree turn from their canon in-game personalities, not to mention Athans has a bad habit of killing off characters as soon as they are no longer useful for his purposes. The story really doesn't make much sense, it ...more
It's been a little while since I played the game, but this book wasn't even accurate to my memory. This is not really a novelization of Baldur's Gate, but rather a story quite loosely based on the game that we love. Sadly, in telling us this story, it also twists around the personalities of several characters that we love.
I found the main...more
I deeply regret it.
Excuse me, I need to go and start BG:EE to clean my poor brain. ...more
Most ( not all ) of the Characters you meet in the video game make their appearances in the book with only Abdel Adrian, the main character who I am guessing is a fighter class, as the only character created by Athans.
The back of the book pretty much relates everything that happens in the novel from the mystery of spoi ...more
I played the game many times and enjoyed it. The book seemed to be written by some sick-minded child. From the beginning to the point where I stopped reading there's only extremely shallow characters, lots o ...more
I liked some fight descriptions, and at times the book ...more
And speaking of porn, how many female characters do we have who aren't either helpless, screaming women in need of constant rescuing or sex toys of the villain? I count...none. Jaheira, ...more
Unfortunately, I also happen to think that the game it's based on is one of the finest roleplaying games ever made. In that context, its defilement of the story and the characters is simply depressing, insulting, and baffling. Couldn't they have at least given it an hon ...more
Play the game instead. ...more
First off, I gotta say, this nov ...more
If you ever wanted to play D&D with an all-evil party of murderhobos, then this is the book for you!
This book is to ‘Baldur’s Gate’, what the Resident Evil movies are to the games. The characters are themselves in name only, and the main character is a (literally) all-powerful Demi-god that (literally) makes other men piss themselves in fear, and beds (practically) every woman he meets.
The supporting cast are all shells of themselves. Jaheira, in particular gets ...more
I used to read every Forgotten Realms book i could get my hands on.
I got the board game for xmas this year. That is why i went looking for this book.
The Realms were like a friend from your youth who you lost contact with after college.
The reunion was not great.
This is my first conscious encounter with Philip Athans. Probably my last.
It left me wanting and expecting more. Seemed very simple. Did not have a comfortable flow for me.
Either this book is meant for 12 year olds, or it was written by one. Sorry to be so harsh, but it was just really disappointing. ...more
Philip Athans is the founding partner of Athans & Associates Creative Consulting, and the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and more than a dozen other fantasy and horror books including The Best of Fantasy Authors Handbook Vol. I 2009-2013, The Guide to Wr ...more