The Ruin: The Year of Rogue Dragons, Book III [NOOK Book]

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The climactic conclusion of The Year of Rogue Dragons! Madness takes hold, Sammaster draws closer to victory, and forgotten secrets are revealed at last. Dorn and the rogue dragons will have to find the source of a millennia-old curse, then find some way to destroy it, before the Rage overcomes the world.


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The climactic conclusion of The Year of Rogue Dragons! Madness takes hold, Sammaster draws closer to victory, and forgotten secrets are revealed at last. Dorn and the rogue dragons will have to find the source of a millennia-old curse, then find some way to destroy it, before the Rage overcomes the world.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780786956982
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 4/21/2010
  • Series: Year of Rogue Dragons , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 155,320
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    I LOVED THIS SERIES. I can't say more than that.

    This series starts off a little strange and you can't really see where they are going with all of this but as you progress, you see that the first book was the set up for a HUGE climax. You need to treat each book as a "Chapter" and when you hit the end, you will either absolutely love it or find it distasteful but completely in line with the mores and values of the Drow.

    I got 3 books in and tried to read R.A. Salvatore's The Ghost King (Transitions Series #3) and it paled in comparison to this series. I had to stop reading it after only one chapter because I couldn't take the sugar and spice.

    Be warned, once you take up The War of the Spider Queen, you may not be able to go back to the morality and sappy innocence of Drizzt's story lines.

    I'm not even going to attempt to pick up Mr. Salvatore's books until I can get the Underdark and the Demon Web Pits out of my mind.

    I LOVED this series!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    2nd in Haunted Lands Trilogy

    Richard Lee Byers has created a compelling character in Szass Tam. He wants to make Thay a more united nation. You may be thinking, "What's not to like?". Well, he's a Lich; the most powerful of Forgotten Realms undead.

    The only shortcoming of this novel would be that it has to be read as part of a trilogy. It is not a stand alone work.

    If you like Fantasy Swords and Sorcery with some horror thrown in; this is the book for you. The Haunted Lands trilogy has not only solid plot development but decent characterization as well.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    Fantastic Follow-up

    This series was remarkable. Dark, gritty and full of incredibly vivid depictions of Thay, the Red Wizards, demons and necromancy. The characters are completely believable (insofar as a Forgotten Realms characters can be) and convincingly flawed. Something, I think, that many "heroes" in the genre are lacking. This books hooks fast and hard -- the pace ebbs and flows, but always pulls you onward. It was grueling to have to wait for each subsequent release, but it was so very worth the wait.

    This installment follows with amazing depictions of full-scale war.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A good read for seasoned fantasy readers aswell as people new to the genre

    Overall one of the better series that I have read in a while. The author creates a exceptionally good view of the world in which it takes place which I take particular liking to. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!

    The series really picks up its pace with this entry. If you enjoyed any of the earlier books from Byers, you will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    !?"YOUR REVIEWS ARE FOR A DIFFERENT BOOK by ¿his Au¿hor!!!" - ¿¿¿ ?¿?¿?¿?¿?¿?¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]¿^¿[¿]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|[]|?¿?¿?¿?¿?¿?¿?¿?¿?¿?

    WHY ARE THE REVIEWS FOR THE R.L. BYERS ENTRY IN THE "war of the spider-queen" SERIES ALL >>>here<<< …… WHERE THE REVIEWS OF HIS FIRST VOL. OF THE "brotherhood of the griffon" SHOULD BE………!?…?!…!?…?!…!?…?! …!?…?!…!?…?!…!?…?!…???!!!???!!!??? ...........................Hmmmmm?...WELL BARNES, any thoughts??!……???!?!?!?!?!?!...........………How 'bout YOU NOBLE, what's the deal here??? ??!?!?!?!....."SHIP-UP OR SHAPE OUT!!!...AS I'SE ALWAYS SAIDS!" _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    A Real Page Turner

    What a great read! I didn't want to put the book down when I had to. The scenes were all well crafted and the characters had just enough depth without getting too sappy or over-involved. While not quite in Salvatore's style, the writing was still very good. I'm glad I read the Drizzt books first. Even Jarlaxle and his mercenaries don't prepare you for the inimical Drow as set in this book! This one is a real page turner and I can't wait to start book 2.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    Awsome

    Incredible book/trilogy by Byers. All the elements any fantasy reader could ask for. Great discriptions of the battle scenes, scenery and characters. Incredible.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Disappointment

    I enjoyed the first two books of this series immensely but this last book title certainly applies as to'The Ruin' of a good series. Combat takes place from cover to cover but with so many characters involved it soon becomes tiresome. There is little plot or dialogue found amongst the characters and the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. The halfling puke 'Will' could at least shown some genuine remorse at the loss of his comrade and dropped the feigned insults (which were getting very stale at this point anyways and had lost all of its 'humour' but choses not to. The Author goes to great lengths in introducing new 'dragons' seemingly on every 2nd page which I just found confusing. Rather than the traditional chromatic and metallic dragons we are treated to a whole host of breeds including Rust Dragons, Planar Dragons, Shadow Dragons, etc Probably the best developed character of all of them dies in the end which is disappointing but being the 'Cleric' it is not surprizing. I do not know why so many Forgotten Realms books seem to want to kill of the Cleric. Sort of reminds one of the fate of the 'Red Shirted' ensen beaming down with Cpt Kirk !!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    Great Story, but a bit confusing

    This is a great series and unlike other Heroic Fantasy Novels, all of the characters in these books are evil, which keeps things interesting. At any moment, any one of the characters can backstab any of the other characters. The story is good and the book is well written, but a lot of characters are introduced early on and it does get a little bit confusing. If you can keep all of the characters and their motivations straight, you will really enjoy this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    Good story, missing something.

    This book is an all around good story. It takes you into a world of chaos (the Drow), However, I believe it is missing a key facet. I'd have to say that I bought this book because Homeland is probably one of my favorite books. However, in this book, the aspect that is missing is the hero, someone to root for. I find my self wondering if I should root for the Drow or the lesser creatures.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    Byers vs. Salvatore

    Considering some of the other reviews, I think Byers did a decent job of enliving some of the initial ideas of Salvatore and the creation of "Underdark." I believe the bad reviews to be a quite credulous. Byers reaches inside a world created by another adding his own finesse and style to a world, which shows the dynamics of: 1. Creating a world in a book. 2. Following the ideas of SOMEONE else's mind. 3. He reflects on the total logic of "We are all mortal even the characters originated from Salvatore." Give Byers more credit. He may not have the same style and finesse as Salvatore, but that's what makes Salvatore... Salvatore and Byers... Byers. Finding a common ground with a main character from the series of Underdark Gromph Baenre, Byers shows a side of Underdark people sit and wonder about. Above and beyond the main characters established in Salvatore's novels... Byers finds the other side more intriguing and he creates a level of intrigue above and beyond the simple existence of Drow priestesses and Lolth. Byers shows a side of more than near immortal female priestesses of Lolth. The male drow are a part of Underdark too. For example, the honorable Zaknafein Do'Urden is a prime example of the answer Byers provides in War of the Spider Queen. I liked the book, but he still may not have the same finesse as Salvatore. He is doing well. Keep writing Richard... I will buy the sequels.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Madie

    Lol thts both gro ss and distuebing... did she go along with him touching her or was she scared?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Mariah

    I walk in, a crutch supporting me. I look around embaressed and then try to walk to a room. I stumble and fall against a wall. "Son of a-" i push myself up and walk to the room, my face redm

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    Posted April 5, 2014

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    Posted April 4, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Prim

    ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Must read

    Great epic of a journey to the underdark

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    A great story continues...

    Just a lot of fun. Always enjoy following a band of "adventurers" that keep you engaged, attached and looking forward to the next monster.

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