291625Easier time reading this one Compared to Shadows of Doom, I think because it had a clear plot and enemy:  the shape shifting wizard race of Malaugrym.  While I did enjoy Shadows of Doom, it was a little too slap sticky for me.

The timeline is a bit confusing too, because the entire trilogy has been billed as happening during the time of troubles, but it’s only here in Cloak of Shadows that the gods are actually referred to as walking the Realms in avatar form.

But aside from that it was rather fascinating, I think mostly because half of it was focused on the Malaugrym and their plotting to take down their Great Foe Elminster.

Unfortunately for them, they draw the ire of another of Mystra’s Chosen and Elminster’s love the Simbul, causing them to lose several of their more accomplished elder spellcasters and a new Foe to boot.

What’s really interesting for me though is how our three heroes -a lady Knight of Myth Drannor and two smart mouthed Harper lads- cross the planes to Shadowhome where all the Malaugrym dwell and ‘befriending’ one to boot with the help of the ghost of a dead Chosen of Mystra.

But all’s well that ends well.  They’re able to navigate that bastion of darkness and return to their native Faerun none the worse for wear.

Looking forward to the next one we have lined up here, final in the Hunger Games trilogy: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

7260188My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.