62468As I said before, this is the first of many Realms as from here on out that’s pretty much all I intend to read from here on out.

Anyways, I was a little put off from this one at first.  The main character Jack seems very much the popinjay, and often not all that bright so it was hard for me to connect.

As the story progressed though, you can see that Jack is actually very intelligent, even if he is a bit of a fop.  He makes a very unlikely hero as he leads several groups on a merry chase across the city, trying to do his best to make off with a substantial sum of ill gotten gains, from whoever he can get it from.

And with a red wizard, an order of knights, a noblewoman and a plot to wipe out the ruling class, Jack has his hands more than full.

But of course no matter how smart you are there’s always someone out there smarter than you, and before long Jack finds himself trying to save the city from a mad warlord’s schemes with an ancient drow mythallar.  And in the end Jack becomes a very unlikely guardian of the mythallar and the power it holds, as Mystra herself tasks him to watch over it.

So overall the City of Ravens was pretty good.  Easy read, interesting story if a bit complex and confusing at times, and just fun overall.

Next up we’re going to start tackling The Twilight War trilogy with Shadowbred by Paul S. Kemp.

470068The Lady has spoken to me.

It has already begun.

Shadows move out of the shrinking desert, south to the rich and arrogant cities of Sembia.

“Be brave, little man,” says the shadowman, and the boy thinks his voice is surprisingly soft. “Stay with your mother. This will be over soon.”

The shadows swallow him and he is gone.

On the edge of a war that will change the face of Faerûn, the world will find that not all shadows serve Shade.