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Forgotten Realms: The Ghost King (Transitions Series #3)

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11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Emotional depth!

I think one of the coolest parts of writing reviews is not only getting to read a lot of material, but to really get in to the nuts and bolts of how that material is "assembled". In this case I have been fortunate to read a LOT of Forgotten Realms novels. Having read al...
I think one of the coolest parts of writing reviews is not only getting to read a lot of material, but to really get in to the nuts and bolts of how that material is "assembled". In this case I have been fortunate to read a LOT of Forgotten Realms novels. Having read all the "Drizzt Novels" to date, I can say with certainty that the author has improved his craft greatly over the years.

R.A. Salvatore, like any writer clearly has a deep relationship with many of his characters. While some writers are able to outline and crank out material in a mechanical fashion more often then not they go through a sort of adventure of their own; discovering the world and characters as they write. It's like a journey for the characters as well as the writer. In doing so the author learns to love and hate characters and tries to share it with us.the readers.

I think it is a measure of success when the author is able to manipulate the heart-strings of the reader, and R.A. Salvatore has done a masterful job at this over the years. Some times more than others, I admit it. I don't expect a baseball player to hit a home run every time at the plate. I don't expect a writer to write "the perfect novel" every time either. Stephen King is a good example of this.

R.A. Salvatore has been building up steam throughout this whole series. Transitions. In the Transitions series we are seeing the tale of how Faerun is going through some massive changes. Much of the face of The Forgotten Realms will be different afterward. At the heart of this are changes in direction and flavor of D&D 4th Edition and the 4e Forgotten Realms setting.

Like it or not, love it or hate it, Wizards of the Coast owns D&D and the setting that these novels reside in, and they have mandated change.

Our intrepid author is responsible for writing novels explaining how we get from the Forgotten Realms we have all known for the past 25 years.to this new setting.

What does that mean for the author? It means that in the jump in time that occurs the vast majority of humans and short-lived races will have died and left some sort of legacy (or not). Many of the characters which have been so lovingly crafted will die. That means core protagonists (and antagonists) will be no more.

R.A. Salvatore in this series has been building this up, and I have to say, he has most certainly delivered.

Without spoiling the story for you, I'll say that all the protagonists and antagonists have a rough ride through the story. The Spellplague is up-close and personal in this novel. Actually, previous to this novel I thought the Spellplague to be a little trite. A game designer's tool to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Salvatore put a "human" face on it, made it personal. Now I get it. Now I understand it and accept it and in the process understand how we can leave the previous edition's Faerun for the new future.

I can't help to feel sorry for the author in this. You can certainly feel the pain. You know something is coming. It's like watching a train wreck.you just can't look away. This is a book of heroism in the face of impossible odds. Acceptance of fate as well as stoic denial of it. It's about loss.and hope.

There is only so much I can say about it. Usually I can drone on and on about this or that in a novel. Not this time. You have to read it for yourself. It's good. Seriously. Probably R.A. Salvatore's best work. I cried like a baby. It took several tries to get through th

posted by Team-Preston on November 21, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

TIME TO MOVE ON....

It is clear that R.A. has moved on from Drizzt and heroes for other pastures. Not only did he take the easy way out of character interaction by getting rid of major characters in the other books, but he also gets rid of two of the main characters throughout the entire D...
It is clear that R.A. has moved on from Drizzt and heroes for other pastures. Not only did he take the easy way out of character interaction by getting rid of major characters in the other books, but he also gets rid of two of the main characters throughout the entire Drizzt story line.

I should have anticipated this ending from seeing how the previous book ended.

Well, it was R.A.'s story to begin with and his to end; and end it he did!

I am sorry it ended this way because I have loved reading the storyline since it first came out (I am 32) and have always purchased anything with Drizzt or heroes name mentioned because I could count on it being a great story! Not so this last time.

posted by --Joe-- on October 8, 2009

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    THE END OF THE DIZZT SERIES?

    i,m very surprised no one has said anything about the big deaths in this book. I get the feeling this series is salvatores way of ending the series as we knew it. if anyone remembers the orc king started 100 years in the future, i think thats where salvatore will be taking the series. I think we will get one more book that will pick up where this one left off and then that will be the end of the series. I thought the ending was bad and just awful. I used to be a big salvatore fan but i think i,m done with r.a. salvatore. I,ll still read the next book then thats it for me. It,s too bad he gave his once wonderful and excellent series such a sad and bad ending.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2009

    This book is terrible!

    Salvatore has vomited the same garbage with this book to his fans that he has in the past. You will see nothing but the same repetitive dialogue we have seen before with the exception that other characters, who you will not care about, having dragged out combat sequences that have no bearing on the story. This author has yet, after 20+ years, to take advantage of a unique character and use him in a thoughtful and interesting story. The Ghost King is pure fanboy fodder. Nothing more.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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