1644602So this has the happiest ending of the Fighters series so far, and one of the more interesting stories.  It’s about a young, unremarkable barbarian of the infamous Uthgardt barbarians who is apparently chosen to be the vessel and wielder of the power of their totem animal, the Thunderbeast.  Aka: dinosaur.

But with great power comes great responsibility (don’t shoot me, I couldn’t resist), and young Vell learns that he is the only hope for the last few surviving thunderbeasts that his people so revere.

Lots of soul searching and personal growth in this one, as Vell and his companions are forced to face secrets they did not know they kept, and either overcome them or die trying.

Really cool thing here, Vell has the power to shape shift into a thunderbeast and after some advise and assistance he is able to temporarily grant that power to his companions.  It’s a pretty epic scene when a small herd of raging dinosaurs launches an all out attack on a Zhentarim stronghold to rescue those of their brethren held captive inside for…well…we’re not really sure why the creatures have been captured honestly.  Part ornamentation, part experimentation, part profit, and part ‘just because’ I guess…

Either way, there is magic, shadow conspiracies, and the kind of mayhem only pissed off rampaging dinosaurs can bring.  All in all, good stuff.

Almost at the end, and so far so good. Fourth, final, and I have a feeling not the least of all the Fighters, Bladesinger by Keith Francis Storm.

588682They are the half-bloods, the broken, the unforgiven.

They failed themselves and their people.
They are outcasts.

Then, in the bitter wilds of Rashemen, they receive a desperate plea they alone can answer.

If they succeed, it could mean their redemption. But if they fail, a troubled past will be the least of their problems.