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Mass Market Paperback Temple Hill Book

ISBN: 0786918713

ISBN13: 9780786918713

Temple Hill

(Part of the Forgotten Realms - Publication Order Series and The Cities (#2) Series)

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When Lhasha Moonsilver, a fledgling thief, hires former warrior and town drunk, Corin, as a bodyguard, the two unlikely companions take on the Thieves' Guild, the Cult of the Dragon, and other deadly... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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"The Package..."

Temple Hill starts off incredibly well (i.e. with the ambush!), immediately catching the reader's interest and attention. The book is set in Elversult, in the Eastern Heartlands of Faerun, where it deals with the main character Corin and his efforts to come to grips with the loss of his arm during an ambush two years earlier. During a routine mission, Corin's White Shield Company was betrayed and ambushed leaving him crippled and shattering his dreams of a glorious future as a warrior. Now along with a half-elf thief and a gnome wizard/priest/thief (!!!) he must save Elversult's ruler, as well as himself... The plot as a whole is excellent! The book is so incredibly well written and presented that the reader feels that they have been transported to another plane of existence and are actually present among the characters, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel, sensing what they sense. The description of the first encounter, on the outskirts of the city of Elversult, was simply breathtaking: "The horses lay beside their masters, kicking and thrashing in blind agony, as lethal to their owners now as they had been to their enemies in glorious battles of the past." (Page 5) "He scrambled back to his feet and saw Igland writhing on the ground, his hands clutching at a stump that used to be his left leg." (Page 11) "The force of the blow threw Corin onto his back, his severed hand dropped twitching to the ground beside him." (Page 13) This is all done similarly to Steven Pressfield's extraordinary best-selling novel Gates of Fire (1998), as Drew Karpyshyn too provides detailed, realistic and mature descriptions of battle. On pages 50-51 and 262 respectively, the author provides two more exceptional descriptions that help teleport the reader to the world of Dungeons and Dragons: the first describes the rationale behind a good-aligned thief and the second provides a detailed imagery of a stone to flesh spell at work. In addition, evil characters are very well portrayed throughout the book: "And if Yanseldara gets even a hint of what is going on I will rip your fingers off and devour them one by one, rings and all." (Page 85) "Graal snapped the finger at the knuckle and a helmet of white bone popped up through the already graying skin. He twisted the mangled digit and tore half of it off, allowing him to slide the ring free." (Page196) Finally, the author does an AMAZING job of presenting a great dramatic effect with the following quotes stealing the show: "When they ask who took your hand, human, tell them it was Graal!" (Page 14) "His left hand unconsciously rubbing the stump that was once the best sword arm in the now defunct White Shield Company of Elversult." (Page15) "Azlar had unleashed the medusa on Graal's troops, they scattered before her like dust. In her wake he saw only statues and corpses bloated by the poison of her venomous tresses." (Page193) "Regret was a crutch for the weak. The strong learned from their mistakes, they d

a great read

It was the on of the best books I have read in a while. It has a great plot, and lots of character devolpment (which is lacking in many books). I rank him near RA Salvatore (in the top ranks of FR authors). I eagerly await his next book.

One of the best FR novels

This was one of the best Forgotten Realms novels I read in a long time. The story revolved around the city of Elversult and the interlocking plots of the Cult of the Dragon and the Purple Masks (thieves guild of the city). Both of these groups are looking to gain a foothold in Elversult by overthrowing the ruler of the city. The motives and actions of each group were really put on display and helped to form a great backdrop to the characters.The main characters were a half-elf named Lhasha, a fighter named Corin and a Gnome Fendel. Each one of these characters were fleshed out some with Corin being dealt with the most. The story of how Lhasha helps Corin regain his dignity is wonderful and the interplay between her and Fendel was fantastic.The actions scenes were realistic and the author had a good grasp of how to describe a battle, whether with swords or magic. I really felt for Corin and was pulling for him from the beginning. The theme of redemption was strong and the ending was perfect for the story. I would recommend this book to anyone whether they like Fantasy or not. A great read!!

Great Book, Great Writing Style

I thought this was a great book. I really like the author's style of showing you the same scene through 2 or 3 character's eyes. I also learned a good amount about Rogues (a class I'm not very familiar with) and it has a fair share of interesting monsters which adds to the enjoyment.

Terrific read

This author had me hooked from the first page until the last. I really enjoyed the way the story unfolds and maintains the action throughout, even while the city of Eversult comes alive before your eyes. The final battle was just perfect. I definately recommend it for any D & D fan, or fantasy lover.
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