291738Picking up pretty much as soon as Baldur’s Gate ends, only you can’t tell that right away.  Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn follows our hero Abdel and his half elven lady love Jaheira as they’re hunted and hounded over hill and dale by an interesting sort of group.

Two humans, one a necromancer and one a vampire, both of them formally elves and both looking for god like immortality.  But of course such things come with a price, such as sacrificing a city of elves and the Tree of Life to bring forth murderous avatars of Bhaal from Abdel and his half sister to kill and elven queen.

Simple, isn’t it?

Traveling across Faerun, on the surface and into the Underdark, magic portals and teleportaion spells, encountering a silver dragon and saving her eggs from a city of Drow, accompanied by unlikely companions, being tortured and magically transformed into avatars of Bhaal, accompanied by a tavern girl who’s more than what she seems and an assassin of a local thieves guild, our heroes are tasked once more to save the world.

My only complaint is that in the beginning there’s a lot of chopping and changing the timeline.  I mean, the first chapter is Abdel being tortured in a dungeon and we have no idea why or how he got there until chapter 2. And at one point he’s fighting the bad guy and the next he’s all like ‘Oh! I’m dead!  Here’s how it happened…”  Little disconcerting, but otherwise it was good.

Well, that’s it for Ja No Read Mo 2015 folks.  Update tomorrow, with regular ‘scheuale’ as much as I have one, to resume on the 4th.  Here’s what we’ll be looking at for then: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

8492768A vibrant mother in her thirties learns what matters most in life when a car crash leaves her with a traumatic brain disorder called “left neglect.”

Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most.