22219680Fucking. Loved. It.

 Again, one of these things that you don’t have to know/play/like D&D to use or enjoy this book.

 It is a wealth of information on many creatures familiar to fantasy readers as well as several that were unknown to this reader.

But not only that, it can serve a whole slew of people: writers, readers, players of any RPG game can find this useful in some way.

Beholders, unicorns, banshees, aboleths, humanoids of all shapes and sizes, along with their stat blocks and snippets of their species lore.

All in all a good read for most anyone with a fantasy bent

Going back to the Realms next with an older classic, Finder’s Bane by Kate Novak and Jeff Grub.

362194When Joel became a priest of the new god Finder, he knew it meant forfeiting the honor and security of his position as a master bard. Now his freedom and his very life are at stake as powers of evil embroil the priests of Finder in a struggle against a plot to resurrect the dead god Bane.
With his only allies the young freedom fighter Holly Harrowslough, the mysterious winged woman Jas, and the aging priest Jedidiah, Joel embarks on a mission to recover the Hand of Bane. His quest leads him from the Realms all the way to the extra-planar city of Sigil. There Joel must rely on all his courage, wisdom, and strength to thwart the return of Bane the Tyrant and rescue the god Finder from imminent death.