362170Song of the Saurials closes out the Finder’s Stone trilogy quite nicely. Focusing mainly on the Nameless Bard -who we now know as Finder Wyvernspur- and his trial with the Harpers to determine his fate in light his recent actions during this series in the name of good.

All the friends are reunited of course. Alais, Olive, Nameless, Akash, and Dragonbait must join forces once more with new allies such as Elminster to defeat the returning god of decay Moriander the Darkbringer, and the Saurial tribe he has perverted to help him create a new body and a foothold in Faerun.

Bittersweet and confusing ending to this one.  I love the character growth that Finder goes through and the sacrifices that he -and everyone else- makes.  But we do lose two of the friends, and while one ending is bittersweet, we find the other life has ended only on Faerun but continues on another plane.

And I haven’t really touched on this throughout the series but the writing is pretty good. Well paced, descriptive, and the language was appropriate for the setting of the book. All in all the Finder’s Stone trilogy was a good read.

But onwards and upwards once more dear friends! Moving onto the Pools trilogy by James Ward and Jane Cooper, with Pool of Radiance leading the way.

291249The spellcaster, Shal, seeks to avenge the death of her wizard master.

The ranger thief, Ren, hunts the assassin who brutally murdered his beloved Tempest.

The cleric, Tarl, prepares for a confrontation with the undead.

A possessed dragon commands the undead armies of Valhingen Graveyard and the beasts from the ruins of Phlan. Desperate, Shal, Ren, and Tarl join forces to deliver Phlan and the entire Moonsea from the dark possession of evil reincarnate… Tyranthraxus.