The Rose of Sarifal

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Cloaked in mist and layered in magic, the denizens of Moonshae Isles move in secret circles as capricious rulers vie for power.
 
High Lady Ordalf wanted her niece, the princess known as the Rose of Sarifal, dead. Instead, the young regent was secreted away by the high lady?s opponents. For years the eladrin queen of Gwynneth Isle has searched for evidence of her niece?s...

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Overview

Cloaked in mist and layered in magic, the denizens of Moonshae Isles move in secret circles as capricious rulers vie for power.
 
High Lady Ordalf wanted her niece, the princess known as the Rose of Sarifal, dead. Instead, the young regent was secreted away by the high lady’s opponents. For years the eladrin queen of Gwynneth Isle has searched for evidence of her niece’s death, and word has finally come in the form of a castaway’s tale. The princess lives on the island of Moray—a mad beauty who leads a nation of lycanthropes.
 
As long as her niece is alive, Lady Ordalf cannot rest secure in her claim to the throne. Enlisting a band of adventurers to seek out the princess is the first step toward stemming the Rose of Sarifal and her tide of wolves. Will those heroes see the same threat the queen sees in the beautiful young maiden?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786960262
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 713,600
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    When I first met Paulina Claiborne, she introduced herself as &l

    When I first met Paulina Claiborne, she introduced herself as “Prisoner 66-185.” She was serving a nickel in the Iowa State Penitentiary. I was serving beans. When my local seller of reputable books recommended The Rose of Sarifal, her name leapt off the cover. It brought back bittersweet memories, none of which are suitable to mention here.

    The Rose of Sarifal is a fantastic read. In this tale of adventure, pig-men, giants and demi-gods stand between our motley crew of protagonists and the inevitable resolution of the story. Or so you’d think….
    Claiborne delivers a skillfully plotted narrative, braiding political intrigue and racial tensions together with the healthy desire for treasure. Rose of Sarifal, her version of a damsel-in-distress story, inverts many of the stereotypes associated with D&D. She paints the elves, usually paragons of wisdom and virtue, as a race whose longevity has made them boring, petty, and generally unbearable. Her lycanthropes are awkward and pitiable. They carry their curse AS a curse, not a source of evil superpowers. I found her approach to these races refreshing. (Think about it: Eternity would make a person really boring)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it freely! I hope Paulina’s got a few more of these up her sleeve.

    -Melissa McFardy


    SPOILER NOTE:
    I was happy when Kip died. Screw him.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    One of the worst books I have ever read, hands down. Absolutely

    One of the worst books I have ever read, hands down. Absolutely no sense of the style or flavor of the Realms, nothing resembling an engaging plot, uninteresting characters, and poor writing. SImply awful. Sadly, I cannot pick zero stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Interesting FR read

    This novel has characters that are different than typical Forgotten Realms heroes. There is the good hearted but sometimes dumb ranger leader of an adventuring party. With one party member taken hostage, the party is forced to go to a werewolf infested island to recover the long lost sister of an elven queen.

    The dieties are less good or evil than capricious and enigmatic. The ending was not as satisfying but left things open for a sequel. Characterization is this novel's strong suit.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Skip this one

    Doesn'T JIVE WELL with the rest of the forgotten realms series, kind of rambling around for most of the book. Not a very good read if you are used to forgotten realms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    I want my money back

    This is by far the worst novel I have read in the Forgotten Realm books. Did anyone proofread this before it was published. I will continue to read Forgotten Realm books, but I will never purchase anything this author produces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    My God, this was painful to read

    Absolutey worst novel I have ever read, definately not a nivel I would recommend...and I have no idea how she got into the Forgotten Realms group of writers.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Failure.

    Complete and utter failure. Very simplistic characters. She introduces multiple plots, none of which are interesting, and she lacks the skill to blend them together, so they conflict and confuse. She assumes readers knows what she's talking about and gives no to little information about places or races. Total failure. Read a cereal box before you read this. You'll enjoy it more and it will definitely be more enlightening and engaging.

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