Mordekeinen’s Tome of Foes by WotC is the latest supplement to be published for 5e Dungeons and Dragons, and really it’s the first one that’s geared towards dungeon masters rather than players.

What I liked the most is that it goes through the history of the races and explains the origins of the Blood war and what it means for the demons and devils fighting in it, the fall of Loth from the pantheon of the elves and why the drow are continuously at war with their cousins, as well as what exactly happened to the duergar to make them hate and war with the other dwarf races so much.

It also explores the nuances between fey, eldarin and elves, as well as introduce the eldarain as a playable race with four racial options, as well as new subraces for tieflings and regurgitating the duergar as a player race option.

Lots of higher level and interesting monsters provided as well, including one of my favorites: the ashabai. Think dragonborn fiends with wings who serve Tiamat.  I love it because it’s a cannon enemy that can be introduced to the existing Tyranny of Dragons campaign or be used as a level appropriate encounter to extend said campaign. Plus they look freaking cool.

What I did not like about it…the fact that it regurgitated the duergar as a player race as they’re already found in SCAG, and the fact that it is geared towards DMs rather than player. I personally prefer more multi-use texts, so if you’re looking at it just for player options I would borrow a friends.  If you want it as a DM or as a player interested in the lore, go for it.

Next we’re looking at a mini series, Cold Steel and Secret by Rosemary Jones

Sent by the spy master of Neverwinter to investigate a group of rebels, Rucas Sarfael finds a worthy adversary in the beautiful fencing master Elyne. Matching wits and blades with the rebel leader, Rucas strives to prove himself and rise in the rebel ranks in part 1 of this four-part novella set in the renowned city of Neverwinter.

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