Depths of Madness: The Dungeons

Depths of Madness: The Dungeons

by Erik Scott De Bie

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ISBN-13: 9780786956746
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 04/07/2010
Series: The Dungeons
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 972,353
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Erik Scott De Bie lives in the Seattle area with his wife, two cats, and far too much gamer stuff. He writes technical documentation by day, fights injustice by night, and gives the rest of his time to his fiction, gaming, and his lovely lady (not necessarily in that order). He is the author of several books set in the Forgotten Realms, including Downshadow and its sequels, Shadowbane, and Shadowbane: Eye of Justice. He maintains an author's blog at, which is linked from his website,

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Forgotten Realms: Depths of Madness (Dungeons #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AceCometh More than 1 year ago
While I must admit that the story starts as a stereotypical dungeon crawl with the basic questing party components, it is still worth every penny spent on de Bie's first Forgotten Realms novel. A collection of prisoners are forced to band together to escape a dungeon in parts unknown. Fox-at-Twilight, or 'Light' for short, is a moon elf with a jaded heart and mysterious past that she refuses to share with anyone. She even carries a sword named Betrayal, ironic since being betrayed so often is what has darkened her outlook on life and love. While I'm not familiar with the classes used in D&D, the main character can move through shadows. Another interesting point about Light is that even though she is an elf, she cant enter Reverie. She actually falls asleep! There are so many twists and turns, it will surely keep you guessing who the enemy is that has trapped them. There is more death and darkness on a very personal level in Depths of Madness than in any other Realms novel I've read in a long time. All the supporting characters are well fleshed out and believable despite the fantasy genre it falls under. The battle sequenced are fast paced, excellent and on par with R.A. Salvatore's Legend of Drizzt series. Thankfully you don't have to know anything about the Forgotten Realms or D&D to enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very refreshing read. Not at all predictable. A very 'grown-up' Realms novel. This was my first de Bie book and I'm definately purchasing his other novel. If you'd like a Realms book that breaks the status quo, then buy this...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Depths of Madness easily lives up to the high expectations I had for Erik de Bie's second novel. It is an even darker novel than Ghostwalker and is just as well written. This book pushes the limits usually constraining the Forgotten Realms series, which I think is refreshing. It has new ideas and uncommon characters, rather than relying on stereotypical, tried-and-true formulas. Characters are not invincible they have their weaknesses and so they seem realistic. There is an array of both heroes and enemies, and the distinction between the two is not always obvious. Uncertainty is a common motif throughout. The story line is exciting and gripping, and sometimes even horrifying. Overall, this is an awesome book, and I can't wait to see what Erik de Bie creates next.
Lizymarie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I will refrain from going into much detail as BeezerMN has covered a lot of what I wanted to say. I do want to stress a few things on this book, though. It's a great side novel, if you are getting tired of reading series. It is a medium length, great plot, and will take you by surprise. Erik Scott de Bie did a great job building characters in this story, though you will realize quickly it doesn't appear as if they are "hero" worthy. Reading this almost felt like I was in an actual LARP/D&D session, the characters seem real in their personalities, and the dungeon was ever changing and unpredictable. This is also filled with gore, the perfect amount for me, though some may complain that it's too much. All in all: great plot, great character depth and creation, unique reading experience, perfect Forgotten Realms addition.
BeezerMN on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Depths of Madness is Erik Scott de Bie's second full length novel et in the Forgotten Realms. His first being Ghostwalker which is part of a series of stand alone novels in the Fighters series. Mr. de Bie also has two short stories in anthologies set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Those two stories can be found in Realms of Dragons II and Realms of the Elves. Much like Ghostwalker, Depths of Madness is also a part of a series of stand alone novels. Depths of Madness launches the series titled The Dungeons. Much like his first novel, Mr. de Bie pushes Wizards of the Coast's standard of writing novels that would fall no higher than a PG-13 rating. There is plenty of gore in this book and some of the scenes remind me of the Saw movie franchise, and that is not meant in a bad way at all. Even with the amount of blood in this book, it never feels forced or like it was put in the book as a shock factor. It always seems to be well placed and have a legitimate purpose. The plot of this book, at least on the surface, is rather straight forward. A group of adventurers (I hesitate to call them heroes) finds themselves deep in a dungeon with no idea how they got there, or how to get out. Pretty linear plot when written like that, not so much when you actually read the book. The adventurers don't know each other - nor do they necessarily trust each other. This dynamic plays out throughout the novel, in some predictable ways, but also some not so predictable ways. Along the way of exploring this dungeon they have been thrust in, the adventures discover things about themselves, the others with them, and more importantly the dungeon. Make no mistake about it, this plot is far from simple and linear. Fans of the Forgotten Realms who have read Mr. de Bie's story in Realms of the Elves titled `The Greater Treasure' will recognize the lead character of this book, Twilight. She plays a very prominent role in this novel. There are also several other characters that I believe most fans will enjoy, Slip and Gargan come to mind. You do not need to have read `The Greater Treasure' to understand or enjoy this book. It's a nice addition, but certainly not necessary. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the vast difference in all the characters. Each one seemed to have a distinctive `voice' and way they acted. Yet, at the same time, none of the characters seemed like clichéd characters that permeate the fantasy genre right now. It's refreshing to see an author put forth some obvious effort to have both a solid plot and interesting characters. I do have a couple minor criticisms about this novel. There were a few times where the perspective of the book jumped from character to character, and while some of that is good - at least one time the shift didn't seem to be at the right time and it ended up pulling me out of the story. A few of the shifts didn't seem to be totally needed either, but I understand that may be a personal bias too. Secondly, it was evident that the story was supposed to focus mostly on Twilight - yet, I never felt I was able to develop the strong connection to her as (I believe) Mr. de Bie was hoping for. The last thing I was hoping for was a bit more description of the setting. There were some wonderfully written descriptions, yet there were also a few scenes where I really wasn't sure what I was supposed to be `seeing'. With all that said, I think Wizards of the Coast made the perfect decision in having Mr. de Bie pen the first novel of this series. I don't think it's a coincidence that he also had the best Fighters novel as well. His fight scenes rival those of any of the top names in the genre today and his wit is quite evident during various scenes. All in all this was a very good book and I enjoyed reading it. It's one I can easily see myself recommending to others looking for a dark fantasy novel.
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DIY is better, imagine, Anndy DAbeck produced by a 3-D printer! The materials needed would read like Hannibal Lecter's new face escape. Rats! I forgot A.R.D's. A brainless psychopath, thank Satan! Dabeck hates Islam, just dumb!