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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
If you have played Baldur's Gate, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. If you haven't, don't read this book, and play the game.
One s ...more
I deeply regret it.
Excuse me, I need to go and start BG:EE to clean my poor brain.
I liked some fight descriptions, and at times the book ...more
Play the game instead.
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
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.
I never played the video game and cannot comment on the book's relationship, or lack thereof. So, with ...more
It's a shame because I thought I really liked this author (as far as Forgotten realms authors go).
The story is about a orphaned mercenary. It starts when his adopted father is killed on the road by other mercearies. Abdel, the main character, decides to fufill his father's last wishes and go to a town to meet up with some other adventures. There is a silly love triangle, there are a bunch of characters that move in and out of the story, inc ...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 Guide to Writing Fantasy & Sci ...more