15896706The latest in the Forgotten Realms graphic novel family, this one is simply titled Forgotten Realms, and I can only assume it’s the first of several. Unfortunately it is not one of my favorites. If it wasn’t for the fact that Ed Greenwood himself had a hand with this, I would not have added it to my collection.

The story had potential to be interesting if it wasn’t such a rambling tale. Starts off with two rogues- who by the way are hardly charming or handsome-sitting on a rooftop talking about their latest score and where they go from there.  When lo and behold along comes a raven haired beauty who is kidnapped and whisked away by her captors, leaving the rogues behind to speak to her dying comrade who curses them to find her and return her safely to her family.

Who, by the way, are filthy rich.

So now we have the standard story of bored little rich girl.  She goes out with her guards, fakes a kidnapping to get attention from mommy and daddy, only to have everything go horribly wrong and be rescued by innocent bystanders.

The only bright side is that this bored little rich girl at least can handle herself and isn’t a whiny suck.  She just got in over her head and needs a hand.

Now the rogues are cursed with a horrible death unless they save the raven haired beauty.  They get caught up in a burning warehouse, stalked by an Ilithid, pass through an interdimentional portal, meet a ghost king, drow hunters and helmed horrors, and by the end of the book are still on the run trying to get home.

I know what happens sounds interesting, it just doesn’t make any sense.  If it made sense, it would have been better but it’s like dumb and dumber are leading the blind deaf chick on an acid trip through candy land.

See what I did there?  Sounds fun, but doesn’t make sense.

Ah well.  On to something that hopefully makes more sense.  The long awaited Lover at Last by J.R. Ward.

13570854Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one