Fifth in the Brimestone Angels saga, Fire in the Blood is the continuation of Farideh and Havilar’s stories, it picks up a wee bit after the events of The Adversary, but before the end of the Sundering saga as Shade and the Netherese are still a threat.

Farideh and her family find themselves stuck in Cormyr, in the capital of Suzail no less, as Havilar’s sweetheart Brin attempts to get out of a royal marriage that he got himself into during the almost decade that the twins were held in stasis as per a bargain Farideh made to try and save them all.

It’s a difficult task navigating the twisting rules and regulations of Cormyr laws, more so when you are outsiders looking in and the Chosen of Asmodeus the god of sin himself.

But it’s kind of hard to worry about how long your sleeves need to be and what color is in fashion this season when you and your twin sister are constantly under attach because of who she is sleeping with.

Add to that a dead king, two missing princes, a Shadowvar spies in the castle as well as every noble house, and the Chosen of the supposedly dead god Azuth the Magistar of magic and is being driven slowly mad from the pain of his god…yeah.  I don’t think Farideh and company reeeeeally care about much else this time around.

Interesting tidbit though.  Farideh keeps having these visions os Asmodeus with a blue rune on his chest.  Turns out this rune is the symbol of Azuth himself and from the rambling of the mad Chosen it sounds like he’s the key to Asmodeus’ resurrection, and possibly his downfall.

I’m fuzzy on the details of Azuth’s death right now, but it sounds like he was badly injured by either another god or the collapse of the weave and was thrown down into the hells and to the feet of Asmodeaus.  And it sounds like the devil-prince-turned-god took matter into his own hands.  I want to say he killed Azuth, but if he did why is Azuth creating Chosen and why does the newly minted god of sin bear his mark?

Maybe the truth is that Azuth isn’t dead, but held captive by Asmodeus who is siphoning off Azuth’s godhood to maintain his own?

Ugh.  Too many thoughts and speculations running around in my brain right now.  I want to figure things out, but I think I’ll be better for waiting.  So let’s turn back to the Companion’s Codex and the final installment: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf.

Bloody war rages across the Forgotten Realms world in the third book of the Companions Codex, the latest series in R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga of dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden.

In the evolving world of the Forgotten Realms setting, the Sundering has given way to months of cloud-cloaked darkness, and war rages under that oppressive sky. The orcs have broken a hard-fought treaty that’s held, however tentatively, for a hundred years, and the time to settle old scores has devolved into an all-out brawl for control of the ancient realms of the North.