The Last Garrison: A Dungeons & Dragons Novel

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In the shadows between the living world and the land of the dead, the night’s terrors lurk…
For as long as anyone can remember, the mountain village of Haven has been under the protection of an ancient warlock known as the Old Stargazer. But after countless years spent deciphering the language of the cosmos, the old man is losing himself to the many voices of the night...

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In the shadows between the living world and the land of the dead, the night’s terrors lurk…
For as long as anyone can remember, the mountain village of Haven has been under the protection of an ancient warlock known as the Old Stargazer. But after countless years spent deciphering the language of the cosmos, the old man is losing himself to the many voices of the night sky.
Now, a dark figure controls the forest with minions of kenku marauders—crowlike humanoids that menace Haven with violence and mayhem. If the Old Stargazer cannot or will not protect the villagers, they will have to find someone who can.
Nergei, an orphan raised by the warlock, knows they must venture beyond the safety of Haven to find the help they need. With little to offer mercenaries, and a ragged band at his side, he sets forth in search of heroes, never believing in what he might find.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786957934
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 422,953
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

To some Matthew Beard is thought of as a recluse, but those people haven't been a part of his Tuesday night game. Between Michigan and Washington, the author's time is spent in pursuit of writing, gaming, and general Epicurean pleasures. As a side gig, Mr. Beard likes to take pictures of dice and monsters. You can see his photos and learn more about the author's projects at The Last Garrison is his first published novel.
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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    A Quick & Easy Read

    Starting off, I have to say that The Last Garrison was a fun, enjoyable read. While it ended up taking me longer to get through, than a book of this size normally would have, the times I was able to crack it open, I often found myself putting in one last chapter. Matt does a solid job setting the mood, and setting to the story. It did not take over description (commonly found in many other writings) to get a visual of Haven, its community, and the challenge that faced them. I liked the pacing and writing style of this story. Often times I find myself winding down at night looking for an easy, “mindless” adventure read that I can be brought along on. Often times in the past, I find myself getting stuck up in over-narrated combat scenes, or long winded descriptions of a local, and found that the scene flow, both in battle, and character dialog in this novel to be a smooth read.
    From the stand point of being a player of the game, there was a larger number of characters for the book size, but I felt the characters that needed to be fleshed out, were given enough detail to do so. This may be a different story for those not familiar with the game, or a first time reader of the novels who may not make the connections, may be looking for more back story on some of the lesser “Heroes” of the novel. Removal of a few characters or the addition of a few pages may have given the opportunity to dig deeper in to some of the classes presented for those unfamiliar with the game.
    My only big complaint with the book would be getting the opportunity to find out more on Nergei and Luzhon. The story to me personally, had me focused from the beginning on Nergei, growing as a character. I hope down the line that there is an opportunity to revisit them, without it, this part of the original story feels a bit “unfinished”. While we are left with the option to dream up what may have come to be, the time spent growing with them on this adventure makes me want to see what else Matthew may or may not have had in store for them. It almost makes this feel like the end to a table top game where we may not ever know what happens to him.
    What I liked:
    • Pacing & writing. It was a nice easy read. Enough was given to keep the story flowing. No scenes were overly drawn out.
    • Any questions I may have had during the read were all answered by the end of the book
    (The mystery of “The Old Star Gazer” and his lack of appearance throughout most of the book coming together.).
    • The “avenger” type villain character. The end of the book had me going back to rethink what would have happened has things gone differently for him.
    Things to improve on:
    • My main gripe would be seeing where the evolvement of Nergei leads him in the future. The story wraps things up for Haven, but not for him, which could have been addressed in an epilogue (now hopefully in another novel or short story collection in the future).

    If you want a quick, enjoyable read, I would recommend checking out “The Last Garrison”.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    A good stand-alone adventure

    This book has a good writing style making it a fun recreational read if you like the genre. Reminding me of scott kidd or richard byers; the story is about confident "heroes" using their abilities to save the day. You wont walk away saying this is a classic, but you wont be forced to put up with tired fantasy cliches like the "reluctant hero" who has marvelous powers but just wants to herd sheep.
    Stand alone novels are hard to find these days. This one is worth the time.

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