588682Little bit disappointed in the ending, but overall the story was good.

You basically have a group of broken adventurers finding solace in each others company.  Two half elves, one an exile and the other a maimed druid, travel with a scarred halfling and his war hound mount.  Each has their own pasts and scars, and as is the way of wounded souls they banded -and bonded- together, and their travels take them to frozen Rasheman where they join forces with a boisterous ranger of these mystical lands.

Rasheman is a land of wild beauty and wilder spirits, ruled by witches who strive to keep balance but one witch has gone off the reservation, breaking ancient pacts and forging new ones with beings of darker powers.  Of course only our three heroes are capable of ending her schemes as the maimed druid has been chosen to sacrifice her life to renew the pacts the renegade witch has broken.

But, being a druid, she gives it gladly as it means it will save the lives of all creatures great and small who call Rasheman home.

The ending is really sad.  The other half elf, our male hero of the story, was found abandoned as a babe and taken into a community of full blooded elves where he naturally was always an outsider until he was banished when he accidentally caused the death of an elf maiden.  Trained as a bladesinger before his banishment, he tries to put his skill to use and redeem himself in hopes of one day going home.

So of course he falls in love with the lady druid only to lose her!  AUGH! It just broke my heart to see things finally going well for this guy.  Sad face!

Ah well. What can you do.  At least the writing was decent and the Fighters series has been a great improvement from the Pools.  Next up going to try my hand at a series I started and stopped a while ago, The Knights of Myth Drannor by Ed Greenwood. First up: Swords of Eveningstar.

713769They are the defenders of all that is good and decent in the Realms. A rollicking band of companions, the Knights of Myth Drannor have adventured their way down through the legends of Faerûn, clutching a royal charter from King Azoun himself.

In the picturesque village of Eveningstar, nestled at the foot of the Stonelands, the Knights of Myth Drannor began. Now, for the first time, here is their story: the battles, adventures, love, and death that brought together the band of the greatest adventurers the Realms have ever seen.