9152556A Romeo and Juliet tale across the generations, or at least that’s how it’s billed.

Rather, this is the tale of two devas, partners throughout the ages as they protect and defend a small shrine called Shadrun-of-the-Snows, which is unknowingly serving as a window into the world for some great being imprisoned eons ago by the Githyanki.

Dawnbringer begins with two pirates who break from their ship and attempt to create a new life with the help of a lady mage.  She wards a mountain fortress for one pirate, falls in love with another, and mysteriously dies after setting the ward, causing her lover to blame his partner for her death and begin a blood feud between their families that spans generations.

The ‘Romeo and Juliet’ comes in when the families for the most part are determined to stop a feud and arrange a marriage between the scions.  But as I said this story is all about the devas.

One deva follows the celestial path of her kind, watching as her partner falters along his path, eventually completing his transformation into a Rakasha in the end.  But the history of the pair blinds the celestial deva to her partner’s faults until it is almost too late.

The thing that bothered me the most is that the mysterious being pulling the string at Shadrun-of-the-Snows is left imprisoned and a mystery.  We have no idea who/what he/it is or it’s backstory.  It’s disappointing and frustrating as I don’t see the point in introducing something and making seem like a big deal or an integral part of the story an leaving it handing and unfinished.

It was good though as it gave more of an insight into the lives of these very rare creatures called devas and how easy it is for one of them to turn from angel to mortal to demon.

Next we’re going to work on finishing the Neverwinter Saga with…ironically enough Neverwinter next.

10299110With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone–and free–for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion–Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. But traveling with Dahlia is challenging in more ways than one. As the two companions seek revenge on the one responsible for leveling Neverwinter–and nearly Luskan as well–Drizzt finds his usual moral certainty swept away by her unconventional views. Forced to see the dark deeds that the common man may be driven to by circumstance, Drizzt begins to find himself on the wrong side of the law in an effort to protect those the law has failed. Making new enemies, as his old enemies acquire deadly allies, Drizzt and Dahlia quickly find themselves embroiled in battle–a state he’s coming to enjoy a little too much.