This novel, by Bill Slavicsek, is one that is set in the world of D&D. It is his first novel, and I hope it is not his last. When 4th disposed of releasing Greyhawk and instead invented this world for the players to do with as they saw fit, what other perfect setting for a book such as this one.
This novel introduces the continuing series of The Abyssal Plague. It is a great introductory novel, introducing us to some of the characters we may love for future iterations of Dungeons & Dragons novels.
A dragon obliterates an adventuring party, the two survivors seeking vengence; a dragon and his kobold wyrmpriest; an undead mad emperor and his death knight bodyguard sent back to the material plane for some ungainly errand for Orcus; a young cleric's world is overturned in one day and his quest to discover why people are trying to kill him; a revenant with no idea on his mission with only feelings to guide him; a wizard apprentices first adventure; a single-minded creature, and a paladin of Bahamut with his warlock companion accompanying the unwary wizard.
Right from the prologue, the story introduces us to some of the major players of the series. We are introduced to Uldane and Shara, survivors from the conflict between their adventuring parties and the great green dragon Vestapalk and his servant Tiktag. The story continues to introduce many of the other characters of the story. Falon, Darrum, Albanon, Rohgar, Tempest, Erak as the protagonists, Bella, Magroth, Kalaban and NuAlin as the antagonists of the novel.
I like how the author brings all the characters together as if fate had a hand in it. I know that it is stereotypical, but the author adds a little flair of his own to the mix. Even the villains are brought together over time for a massive royal rumble at the end of the novel. The writing is clear and concice, and the characters are believable and consistant.
Overall, I like the writing style of the author and I like the way portrays the characters throughout the novel. I would say this is a good read, but for those who are not familiar with the world of D&D, then be prepared to make reference aften to the map at the beginning of the book. Just like any other new type of novel, you have to get used to world. (see my review on The Cloud Roads)