Review: City of Torment (Abolethic Sovereignty #2) by Bruce Cordell

The blog lag continues. This time my excuse is that I’ve become addicted to GTA V RP on Twitch and binging shows I’ve had in my queue forever on Netflix before my subscription ends (they jacked the price again, so I’m canceling for a while in protest). I do highly recommend Love, Death & Robots, and the new Ultraman.

Anyway, I did finish this one off earlier today. It was a good read and a decent sequel. I can recommend that you Happy Readers check it out. I’ll let you know how book 3 turns out too, but I’ll be jumping into the next Frontiers Saga first.

I have plans to work on some short stories, and I really have to firm up some D&D campaign details ASAP. That means the next review could be a while. But for now…

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

Lovecraftian horror from award-winning Forgotten Realms® game designer Bruce R. Cordell.

Raidon Kane travels to the subterranean fortress of the somnambulant aboleths, bent on killing the Eldest in its sleep. But he isn’t the only one bound for the hidden city. A warlock, an arch fey, a pirate, and a high priestess of the Abolethic Sovereignty all have designs of their own on the Eldest–if they don’t kill each other first.

And now the review!

City of Torment (Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty, #2)City of Torment by Bruce R. Cordell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story continues to spin in interesting ways in the second book of this series. Character development and growth along with interrelationships were balanced well with action and plot progression.

The cliffhanger of book 1 is taken back up at the start and sets the stage for the reasons the story goes in the direction that it does. You find out much more of the origins of Japheth’s pact. Seren’s backstory is revealed. Captain Thoster has light shed on his hinted-at issues as well. All in all, the characters of questionable character are shown to grown into likable (if still flawed) individuals. The story becomes more complex and remains interesting. The action and descriptiveness of the events are what we all want to see in our minds when we play a nice game of D&D.

The ending is very much geared to hook you into picking up the next book in the series. I’m torn on that being good or bad, but since the series in general has been worthwhile reading, I’ll defer to good. I will be reading on into book 3 of the series myself.

I give this one three stars and call it a Worthwhile Read.

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