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City of Torment

(Abolethic Sovereignty #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Lovecraftian horror from award-winning Forgotten Realms(R)game designer Bruce R. Cordell.
Raidon Kane travels to the subterranean fortress of the somnambulant aboleths, bent on killing the Eldest in its sleep. But he isn't the only one bound for the hidden city. A warlock, an arch fey, a pirate, and a high priestess of the Abolethic Sovereignty all have designs of their o
Paperback, 305 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2009)
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Some very imaginative ways of travelling between planes. Angul is one of the most powerful weapons that I've ever read about. Krakens & aboleths are nasty enemies.
Gianfranco Mancini
Elder Gods ancients before world's birth, main characters descending into madness and the fantasy version of "Innsmouth Look": more lovecraftian themes in the second part of this high-fantasy trilogy. Very nice.
The story continues to spin in interesting ways in the second book of this series. Character development and growth along with interrelationships were balanced well with action and plot progression.

The cliffhanger of book 1 is taken back up at the start and sets the stage for the reasons the story goes in the direction that it does. You find out much more of the origins of Japheth's pact. Seren's backstory is revealed. Captain Thoster has light shed on his hinted-at issues as well. All in all,
Oct 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
After reading the first book in the series, Plague of Spells, I didn’t know what to make of the trilogy. There were some parts I liked in that book, but I still had a bad taste in my mouth. Did I want to get the next book, City of Torment? Or, was I just better off leaving it at that? Wizards of the Coast “forced” my hand, when I received a free copy of the book from them, having requested it after being informed that signed copies of The Ghost King had run out, with me having won a copy from th ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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City of Torment by Bruce R. Cordell- This is the second book in the Abolethic Sovereignty, with the first book called Plague of Spells and the third and final book called Key of Stars (due out in late 2010), all set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Bruce R. Cordell is the author of other Forgotten Realms novels and has contributed a few short stories to various anthologies. His other Forgotten Realms novels include; Stardeep (which is part of The Dungeon series of stand-alone novels), Darkvisio ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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Similar to the first book, some characters are interesting, mostly Japheth, the final fight was rather unrealistic....the story is not that bad.
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
City of Torment: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book II is the second novel in the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy by Bruce R. Cordell. The first is Plague of Spells: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book I and the third one, Key of Stars is to be released in November 2010.

City of Torment (CoT) continues about a tenday after the conclusion of Plague of Spells (PoS). The main plot is a bit of the same as PoS except with the events that happened at the end of PoS, CoT takes on a more dangerous venture with a trip to
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
I found this installment of the trilogy to be quite enjoyable. It's nice to see more Lovecraftian elements with a D&D twist (one of the characters turns out to have Faerun's version of the Innsmouth Look, Xxiphu is pretty clearly inspired by Ry'leh). As a fan of 4th Edition's Warlock class, it's nice to see further exploration of Japheth's magic, which here includes both fey and star pacts at various points in the story. I like that each character has some conflict they're dealing with that ...more
Brandon Baggett
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Not as exciting as the first one, but then again, that is because I already knew the characters. There are a couple of twist behind them that show up in this one, and that does keep me hooked. I am kind of mad that I have to wait for the last, because it should answer a bunch of questions that continually get brought up.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Was...okay. I liked the first book better than this one. Some of the events seemed to take place too quickly.
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Another fast paced D&D book. Definitely could feel the 4E vibe in it a bit, it sort of took me out of it, but retained most of the fun value. Genuinely interested in knowing how the story will end.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Engaging, not brilliant
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written. A compelling and enjoyable story. On to book #3!!
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
more of the same lovecraft in the forgotten realms , a bit of spelljammer thrown in to the mix , and did I spot a bit of the Elder scrolls as well ?
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Bruce R. Cordell authored books for Dungeons & Dragons over the course of 4 editions (2nd Edition through 5th Edition D&D). These days, he’s a senior designer for Monte Cook Games, LLC designing Numenera , Gods of the Fall, and The Strange. Also a novel author, his credits include several titles set in the Forgotten Realms. Bruce’s tenth novel, Myth of the Maker, is just out from Angry Rob ...more

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