Black Wizards



Black WizardsReleased In , Black Wizards Was The Second Novel In The First Trilogy Ever Published In The Forgotten Realms Setting

Douglas Niles is a fantasy author and game designer Niles was one of the creators of the Dragonlance world and the author of the first three Forgotten Realms novels, and the Top Secret S I espionage role playing game He currently resides in Delavan, Wisconsin with his wife, Christine, and two Bouviets, Reggie and Stella He enjoys playing his guitar, cooking, and visiting with family.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Black Wizards
  • Douglas Niles
  • English
  • 15 August 2019
  • 0786935634

10 thoughts on “Black Wizards

  1. Joseph says:

    A perfectly cromulent second volume in the Moonshaes trilogy most of the characters return from the first book, the canvas is broadened from Gwynnedd to the Moonshaes as a whole, the stakes are raised significantly, and while things do reach a conclusion, ground is definitely laid for the third final volume A perfectly cromulent second volume in the Moonshaes trilogy most of the characters return from the first book, the canvas is broadened from Gwynnedd to the Moonshaes as a whole, the stakes are raised significantly, and while things do reach a conclusion, ground is definitely laid for the third final volume

  2. Ralph Pulner says:

    Page 193 The nuts felt warm against her skin.Acorns Exploding acorns, come on The realms starts to expand as we are exposed to a new island with a large kingdom and sprawling city A Robin Hood esque forest town and plots of a takeover originating from far away Thay, home of the Red Wizards and the dreaded Lich King Glimpses of the sword coast and assassins from the desert kingdom of Calimshan are also in play We are exposed to all sorts of monsters and terrain for use in your DnD adventure Page 193 The nuts felt warm against her skin.Acorns Exploding acorns, come on The realms starts to expand as we are exposed to a new island with a large kingdom and sprawling city A Robin Hood esque forest town and plots of a takeover originating from far away Thay, home of the Red Wizards and the dreaded Lich King Glimpses of the sword coast and assassins from the desert kingdom of Calimshan are also in play We are exposed to all sorts of monsters and terrain for use in your DnD adventure Castles beneath the sea that rise when the um, plot point is right The Underdark Duergar, gnomes, wood sprites, ogres, zombies, animated skeletons and my favorite baddie of them all, the fishy sahaugins There s evil clerics, wizardly duels, magical staffs, wands, rods, mirrors and items for your thief Gods, both good and evil and the impact and influence they have on the world This was a solid read This felt like a Realms novel Being familiar with the areas of Faerun and the powers in play it added a layer of depth that strengthened what many reviwers considered weaknesses One thing Douglas Niles is very good at is evil characters There is some brutality on display that is stomach fluttering and it worked well Tristan is competent, finally He s growing into his role as the prophecy foretold Tristan loves Robyn 4eva, unless there s a few hundred years old dead Queen ripe for the taking Allisynn literally had to be like slow your roll, you idiot for a minute there Since when did Pawldo dislike Daryth so much He mentally talks a lot of smack for a minute, but why Did I miss something Anytime you have a half orc character you..ummhave to know it s usually a result of a joining, never willfully, of an orc and some helpless female In this we have Razfallow, whose MOTHER was an orc Whaaaat Dad s into some kink right there Wow Shiny things distract ogres Was this in the 2nd edition Monster Manual How many times are you going to lose your dann sword Really There s a band in Canada called Black Wizards and a band in the UK called The Black Wizards I wonder if anyone gifted them this book

  3. Jeffery says:

    I really enjoyed this book Read book one, Darkwalker on Moonshae, a couple of months ago for nostolgia s sake and loved it I remember buying it in highschool when it first came out and not finishing it for whatever reason So, I read it and loved it.I am an avid D D player 2nd edition only please to this day, but I don t think that influenced me in any way It s nothing as complicated as A Game of Thrones it s not as complicated as Stormbringer for that matter but its heart is in the rig I really enjoyed this book Read book one, Darkwalker on Moonshae, a couple of months ago for nostolgia s sake and loved it I remember buying it in highschool when it first came out and not finishing it for whatever reason So, I read it and loved it.I am an avid DD player 2nd edition only please to this day, but I don t think that influenced me in any way It s nothing as complicated as A Game of Thrones it s not as complicated as Stormbringer for that matter but its heart is in the right place It is like playing DD I caught myself trying to id spells and monsters, but I also got caught up in the stories of the main charachters The writing was tight and brisk and the stories flowed well.I took a break before beginning this second book The story pretty much picks up where the other left off Again, it is what it is and I recommend it to any fan of the high fantasy genre This is definitely good vs evil, so if you re all into that whiney, tortured anti hero stuff that dominates the fantasy market today, avoid it This volume ended, but it hasof a lead in to another story than the first book I very much look forward to reading the final book in this series

  4. Luke Scull says:

    A year has passed since the young prince Tristan inspired the Ffolk of the Moonshae Isles to victory over the forces of the evil entity Kazgoroth Angered by the defeat of its powerful minion, the god of murder, Bhaal, plots a new scheme to bring death and destruction to the land of the Ffolk An alliance is formed between Bhaal s sinister high priest, Hobarth, and a council of manipulative wizards controlling the High King of the Moonshaes Meanwhile, Tristan struggles to comes to terms with th A year has passed since the young prince Tristan inspired the Ffolk of the Moonshae Isles to victory over the forces of the evil entity Kazgoroth Angered by the defeat of its powerful minion, the god of murder, Bhaal, plots a new scheme to bring death and destruction to the land of the Ffolk An alliance is formed between Bhaal s sinister high priest, Hobarth, and a council of manipulative wizards controlling the High King of the Moonshaes Meanwhile, Tristan struggles to comes to terms with the responsibilities that accompany being a prince while Robyn seeks to master her druid powers under the tutelage of Genna Moonsinger.The sequel to Darkwalker on Moonshae and third in the vast line of Forgotten Realms novels that continued unbroken until 2017 is a less focused book than its predecessor Having gone their separate ways at the end of the first book, Tristan and Robyn must each deal with threats that serve Bhaal s plans for the kingdom in a subtler manner than the rampaging Kazgoroth Having gone from low level nobody to high level fighter in the blink of an eye though stumbling across a 4 long sword in the form of the Sword of Cymrych Hugh does help , Tristan seems to have foregone whatever character development occurred previously and is back to his old, drinking ways Robyn is saddled with the irritating faerie dragon Newt for the book s opening half his unamusing Jar Jar esque japes somewhat undermined my enjoyment of her sections.The story takes a while to come together and truth be told some of the developments seem forced A crazed and quite clearly dangerous old vagrant is head scratchingly adopted by Robyn, placing her grove in obvious peril, for little reason An entire sequence involving a submerged castle reappearing in just the right spot of sea to offer succor to our stranded heroes isn t hugely believable Somehow Canthus, a huge dog weighing the same as a fully grown adult male, is able to survive all manner of tricky situations requiring stealth and cunning Huge praise must surely be given to Daryth, Tristan s Calishite friend and houndmaster not only does he fight like Drizzt and pick locks and disable traps like a master thief, he can apparently train dogs like a master druid.As with Darkwalker on Moonshae, Douglas Niles really shines when describing the eldritch beauty of the Moonshae Isles but particularly when writing large scale battle scenes There are several worth mentioning, including the desperate defense of a druid grove against an army of undead, and a huge set piece showdown between various forces of human, dwarves, ogres and sahuagin loathsome fish men that no doubt helped inspire World of Warcraft s murlocs, as well as countless other imitators It s a shame both are resolved by literal deus ex machina.One area where this novel does succeed is in expanding the Forgotten Realms setting The introduction of Bhaal and Chauntea, as well as characters from various mainland nations, serves to stitch together the vast tapestry of the Realms in a satisfying manner There sof an obvious DD influence this time around Though being able to identify the spells and abilities used by the characters isn t exactly a hallmark of great fantasy literature, it s certainly fun for those familiar with the game The wizard spell charm is used to great effect, demonstrating that it is perhaps the most overpowered spell in DD Particularly in a backwater, low magic setting like the Moonshae Isles, a level one wizard packing a single charm spell can bend an entire kingdom to their will Who needs wish Black Wizards is a fair sequel to Darkwalker on Moonshae, sacrificing real character development and strong direction for exciting action scenes and expanded worldbuilding It s a notable step down in quality from the first two Realms novels, but is still worth reading

  5. Francisco says:

    As usual, for me at least, with a lot of these D D novels, I really enjoy the first half of the novels muchthan the second This is probably because I get bored with the inevitable long battle scenes towards the end of the books, and because to do those well you have to be a really good writer, which Niles isn t he s ok, but no great.So I enjoy mostly the plotty and character based stuff, and this, being a middle book in a trilogy has slightly less of that than the first one, there s no As usual, for me at least, with a lot of these DD novels, I really enjoy the first half of the novels muchthan the second This is probably because I get bored with the inevitable long battle scenes towards the end of the books, and because to do those well you have to be a really good writer, which Niles isn t he s ok, but no great.So I enjoy mostly the plotty and character based stuff, and this, being a middle book in a trilogy has slightly less of that than the first one, there s no need to set up the world or the main characters, as that was done in the first part, to you jump straight into the action after giving up an update on what is going on with our characters.It starts pretty well, with a kind of murder mystery and mysterious assassins and a quest to find those responsible, but soon it devolves into battle after battle, set in different locations and with constantly shifting casts I enjoyed the book when it was taking a breather, but soon got bored with the extended fight scenes Oh well Still, it s ok

  6. Keith says:

    I m liking this seriesandas it develops This feels muchaccomplished than its predecessor This series is really ahead of its time in terms of strong female characters in often unexpected places, breaking traditional tropes, which is really good to see in a fantasy novel.The setting here is great, the celtic base merged with the traditional fantasy elements works really well.My biggest criticism here is not of this novel alone but on inconsistencies between this and the first n I m liking this seriesandas it develops This feels muchaccomplished than its predecessor This series is really ahead of its time in terms of strong female characters in often unexpected places, breaking traditional tropes, which is really good to see in a fantasy novel.The setting here is great, the celtic base merged with the traditional fantasy elements works really well.My biggest criticism here is not of this novel alone but on inconsistencies between this and the first novel In the first novel the gods were fairly amorphous entities, embodying the nature of the land In this book the Forgotten Realms pantheon has been overlayed over what has been written before and it feels a little jarring comparing the goddess from the first book with her description here as a facet, if you like, of Chauntea feels a bit off at best In a similar vein Bhaal s connection to Khazgaroth not sure that s spelled right feels a bit forced

  7. Geoff says:

    I had read the first book in this series maybe 10 years ago and enjoyed it Where I am looking at getting back in to Dungeons Dragons I thought picking up where I left off with the Forgotten Realms would be a good way to ease back in so naturally I also picked up where I left off with this series I am glad I did.Douglas Niles is an excellent Fantasy writer I was able to dive in to this book without remembering very much of the first one and felt that I really did not need to have those memor I had read the first book in this series maybe 10 years ago and enjoyed it Where I am looking at getting back in to Dungeons Dragons I thought picking up where I left off with the Forgotten Realms would be a good way to ease back in so naturally I also picked up where I left off with this series I am glad I did.Douglas Niles is an excellent Fantasy writer I was able to dive in to this book without remembering very much of the first one and felt that I really did not need to have those memories even though they came back as the story progressed My attention was kept throughout the story and the writing style is very good along with character development and attention to detail with regards to story progress If you are a Fantasy enthusiast, particularly one who enjoys Dungeons Dragons, this is a 5 star read

  8. Ogre says:

    Once again, Douglas Niles has proven the truism that those who can, do, while those who can tshould have remained high school teachers In the continuing adventures of yawn Arthur and Gweneahem, Tristan and Robyn, a group of evil wizards with the motivations of wantingpower and nothinghave convinced the ineffective High King of the land that all the lords are out to get him There s even a Robin Hood clone in the woods, who is frankly portrayed as someone everyone listens Once again, Douglas Niles has proven the truism that those who can, do, while those who can tshould have remained high school teachers In the continuing adventures of yawn Arthur and Gweneahem, Tristan and Robyn, a group of evil wizards with the motivations of wantingpower and nothinghave convinced the ineffective High King of the land that all the lords are out to get him There s even a Robin Hood clone in the woods, who is frankly portrayed as someone everyone listens to, yet somehow he s a complete moron Even the humorous characters are lifeless and dull I found myselfinterested in the scenery than the actors A terribly dull read

  9. Kevin Zuech says:

    This was a little over the top This followed suit with the first book in the trilogy where Tristan didn t earn all the good stuff that happens and he gets numerous people killed Also as the same in the first book, he turns it around at the end His surrounding friends are his strength It is only the third book in the whole Forgotten Realms world and I know there were a lot of good books written after this but this was my least favorite book out of all of them I have read.

  10. Bill says:

    Fun fantasy readA fun read A lot of characters, so sometimes it got a little confusing, but the storylines kept moving forward, keeping the story interesting And it featured several different traditional monsters, so that was fun, too.

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