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Key of Stars

(Abolethic Sovereignty #3)

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Lovecraftian horror from award-winning Forgotten Realms(R)game designer Bruce R. Cordell.
Raidon Kane survived his clash against the eldest aboleth, but came away with his mind shattered. Destiny hands Raidon one last chance to avert the Abolethic Sovereignty's agenda, but only if he can find within himself the strength to care. Raidon, the warlock Japheth, and Anusha, a y
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Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2010)
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Michael
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
A clumsy climax to a series that started out shakily to begin with, Key of Stars has a few memorable twists and turns, but most of its story is flat and emotionless, even by Forgotten Realms standards.

There's a TL;DR of sorts at the bottom, but the one at the top right above this sentence also helps.

Proceed with caution - there be spoilers ahead.

The biggest problem with this book, as with any disappointing conclusion to a series, is all the loose threads it leaves. Gethshemeth acts as the main v
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Travis
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Key of Stars by Bruce R. Cordell- This is the third and final book in the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy. The first book is Plague of Spells and the second book is City of Torment. The trilogy is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Bruce R. Cordell has written a number of books set in this setting. These include; Lady of Poison (The Priests series), Stardeep (The Dungeons series), and Darkvision (The Wizards series). He's also written a novel under t ...more
Brad
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Worst Forgotten Realms novel I have read.
joseph m duarte
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazimg!

If you are a fan of Tolkien, I recommend this series. This is my 3rd read through and it hasn't lost its magical appeal.
Drizztl
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2018
7/10
Better than expected. A solid Forgotten Realms book storywise with a good ending. Of course it is a Forgotten Realms book so do not expect miracles :)
Robert
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

Key of Stars is the final book in the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy. The first book is Plague of Spells and the second is City of torment. Another book that has roots in the trilogy is Stardeep which is a part of the Dungeons series.

Key of Stars picks up after the events in City of Torment. The threat of the Abol
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Max
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
This was a fairly good conclusion to this trilogy. It introduced some really cool things to the Realms, especially a system of towers guarding a weak point in reality that abominations are trying to enter through. I would definitely read a whole series set in that area. For that matter, given how the novel ends, I'm hopeful that the protagonists will show up again at some point. In general, all the main characters got some nice development and most of them had at least some closure to their majo ...more
Silas
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it somewhat interesting that I am finally finishing this book that introduced the fourth edition of Dungeons & Dragons when the fourth edition is about to end, but I digress.

Continuing where the previous book left off, this book details the heroes' attempt to address the problem of the floating aboleth city of Xxiphu, and ultimately stop the incursion of the Far Realm into the Forgotten Realms. I quite enjoyed Bruce's description of these things in many ways, with one glaring exceptio
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Bradley Convissar
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Okay, nothing great. Wizards of the Coast really screwed the pooch with their post-Spellplague world. Two trilogies, one ten years later (Abolethic Sovereignty), one a hundred years later (Blades of the Moonsea), no single defining story to let readers know exactly what happened! I know there is also an Elminster series, but it isn't enough! I wanted to know what happened to The Blackstaff! The Seven Sisters! The main cities and locations! I wanted an epic story introducing us to this new world. ...more
Pierre van Rooden
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
While this had a mostly proper 'alien' feel, I felt that some things in this take were just a bit too convenient - to the point of stretching suspension of disbelief.
Of course, part of this already was set up such in the previous books, so it was to expected, but I kept going back to the feelings I had with those other novels: All I want is a simple hero - not a freak of nature (with convenient super powers). However, the only person remotely 'normal' was written out of the story early on...
And
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Michael Ware
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Just so so hack and slash. The author swings wildly in writing style, occasionally trying to summon literary writing to highlight the 'horror' landscape, but it falls flat for me. I haven't been keeping up with the D&D genre, so the powers and abilities featured in the book are new. I realize reading the Forgotten Realms all these years I have been anchored in the standard rules and feel a certain comfort zone in understanding the world so well. I didn't have that so much in this book which ...more
Brandon Baggett
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: forgotten-realms
Though it still lacked the very essence of what attracted me to the series to begin with, there are a couple of new things that I really liked. Cordell's description of fight scenes in this one were definitely more graphic and easier to get sucked in to. The build up of a lot of the characters finally reached the end too. But I felt that some things were just glossed over (such as what happened to the Red Wizard, how did Japheth overcome the addiction, ect.) I do like that it added another flavo ...more
Joshuadtal
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked this trilogy. I agree with other readers that the history of the gods being killed in the collapse of the weave, and the events that followed should be elucidated more.
other than that, the characters were well written and illustrated as we have come to expect from the Forgotten Realms' authors.
My only complaint is that i'm still unsure how the events leading up to the spell plague have come to pass and how is it that the Ffolk are able to still use magics after the weave collapsed?? c'
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Mike
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This series is supposed to be an adventure of Lovecraftian horror in the Forgotten Realms universe. Well, it comes quite close in this final volume of the series, but when it comes right down to it, Lovecraftian fiction is more about atmosphere than monster with tentacles. That being said, this volume is very well done. The action is evenly paced and the stakes are more realized, the end of the world actually seems imminent. This is the best story of the series, even if it does have a bitterswee ...more
Trung
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good ending to the trilogy. Felt a bit "hero's journey" near the end, though, and that took me out of it. Reading the whole series was worth it for that bit of guilty adventuring action. If anything, it did serve for some good basis for a D&D campaign.
Stefanie Spensley
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Over all it was a pretty good book, if you like the good verses evil fantasy stories.
Andy
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slighty better than the first two books at lest the last 1/4 was , had some good twists a the end . overall I would rate the set of books as 2.5 stars
Gianfranco Mancini
Good ending to the trilogy. (view spoiler)
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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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Abolethic Sovereignty (3 books)
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