Plague of Spells: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book I [NOOK Book]

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Lovecraftian Horror in Faerûn!

Blue fire sears the face of Faerûn, leaving the twisted and mutilated dead in its wake. But a rare few escape death--and suffer some mystical mutation. Raidon Kane is one of those who survives, the wake of blue fire burning the sigil of the amulet he wears into his chest and binding him with all the power and responsibility it entails. With everyone he knows and cares about dead, Raidon must find within himself ...
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Overview

Lovecraftian Horror in Faerûn!

Blue fire sears the face of Faerûn, leaving the twisted and mutilated dead in its wake. But a rare few escape death--and suffer some mystical mutation. Raidon Kane is one of those who survives, the wake of blue fire burning the sigil of the amulet he wears into his chest and binding him with all the power and responsibility it entails. With everyone he knows and cares about dead, Raidon must find within himself the strength to lead the fight against the rise of an elder evil the likes of which would be the end of mortal kind.

Award-winning game designer Bruce R. Cordell depicts the rise of a monstrous nation of elder evil as only he can in this brand-new trilogy Abolethic Sovereignty. Dedicated to showcasing one of the most fascinating new aspects of the changed face of Faerûn, this trilogy is packed with the exciting battles, wizardry, and monsters that are the hallmark of Forgotten Realms novels as well as introducing a new never-before-seen element of Lovecraftian horror to Faerûn.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786962280
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 275,894
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bruce R. Cordell is a game designer, and in that role he has written over forty game titles, a few of which garnered awards. He lives in Washington State with his wife and a menagerie of gentle house pets.


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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    An interesting high-adventure tale with a touch of H.P. Lovecraft thrown in.

    'Plague of Spells' is the first book in the Abolethic Sovereignty Trilogy that promised to be quite entertaining. Set in the high adventure D&D world of the Forgotten Realms, the story has a lot of similar elements to another FR book, 'The Restless Shore.' Like 'The Restless Shore,' it has deeply flawed characters pitted against Cthulhuesque adversaries in a high adventure world. However, where 'The Restless Shore' couldn't make up its mind whether it was a horror story or a high adventure story, 'Plague of Spells' wisely focuses on the high adventure aspects. The story's main character is Raidon Kane; a powerful monk and hunter of abominations. Raidon's primary problem is his chronic inability to get over the death of his adoptive daughter and his fits of depression regarding this at times make him sympathetic and at other times make you just want to B-slap him. More interesting are the characters of Japheth and Anusha. Japheth is a powerful, charismatic and mysterious warlock, but he is also a drug addict and has a bad habit of dealing with powers he should not be dealing with. Anusha is both a Mary Jane character (one who has no major flaws save perhaps naivety) and a Golden Child (someone given great power due to not action of their own). Normally, Mary Janes are a bad idea as they can be hard to relate to, but in this case, Anusha counterbalances the book's more deeply flawed characters and makes them more bearable than they normally would be.
    The book also contains two other characters; Seren the Wizard, and Captain Thoster, a swashbuckling pirate character. Neither are fleshed out very well in this book, which leads you to believe they won't survive to the second one in the trilogy. They do, however, and later get fleshed out in the second book of the series but don't expect to learn too much about them in this book.
    The main characters all band together to either obtain or destroy, depending on the character, an object called the Dreamheart; an artifact from an ancient evil that could unleash that evil upon the world again. If you are a H.P. Lovecraft fan, just imaging someone running around with a petrified piece of Cthulhu and you get the picture. The fact that each character has his own motivations for obtaining the Dreamheart adds a lot of complications to the quest. In the end, one of them does obtain it, and that sets the story for the second book.
    'Plague of Spells' has so far proven to be one of my favorite non-Drizzt FR tales and I look forward to the last book coming out in a few months.

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