A Breach in the Watershed



A Breach in the WatershedBook One Of The Watershed Trilogy For Centuries, The Pristine Lands Of The Watershed Were At Peace But Now Only A Handful Of Heroes Remains To Fight Against A Dark God Who Has One All Consuming Thirst The Destruction Of The Watershed

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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  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • A Breach in the Watershed
  • Douglas Niles
  • 05 September 2018
  • 0441003494

10 thoughts on “A Breach in the Watershed

  1. Zackery Arbela says:

    The mid to late 90 s wre something of a golden age for Dungeons and Dragons derived fantasy Foremost among these, of course, were the various novels and short story collections put out by TSR bask when it was still a going concern an d not just another sub division of a subsidiary of a giant conglomerate But the influence of the game extended far beyond into the fantasy genre directly A new generation of readers and writers whose primary contact to fantasy fiction came as much from Saturday The mid to late 90 s wre something of a golden age for Dungeons and Dragons derived fantasy Foremost among these, of course, were the various novels and short story collections put out by TSR bask when it was still a going concern an d not just another sub division of a subsidiary of a giant conglomerate But the influence of the game extended far beyond into the fantasy genre directly A new generation of readers and writers whose primary contact to fantasy fiction came as much from Saturday nights crowded around a gaming table in someone basement as it did from actually reading stories was rising Douglas Niles is one of the authors that came out of these scene for lack of a better term, part of the same pack that included RA Salvatore, Richard Knaak, as well as the inestimable team of Weis and Hickman He was one of the original writers to work on the Dragonlance setting, and wrote the very first Forgotten Realms novel, Darkwalker on Moonshae The Watershed Trilogy was among the first works he died outside the warm embrace of TSR.In terms of style and plot, it shows its origins quite oplainly, being very much in the tradition of that old school high fantasy birthed by tolkien annd transmitted via DD to ensuing generations The hero, Rudger Rudy Appenfell, is a mountaineer in the parlance of the world, an Iceman who follws the usual hero s path from rustic obscurity to world changing adventure and the ultimate showdown against the Evil Dark Lord Pretty much standard fare by any account.What I find interesting about this story aside from nostaliga for my lost youth isn t the plot, which is rather forgetible, bur rather what iut symbolizes The effect dungeons and dragons has had on the developmenr of the fantasy genre over the last two ot three decades is a profound one for better and for worse High fantasy tropes were cemented in place, with elves, dwarves and so on become the default races, for lack of a better term , and in the process pushing the genre further into the mainstream.When the Watershed trilogy came out, the mainstreaming had only just begun In the eyes of the culture, fantasy was scifi evendorky little brother and if you were into Dungeons and Dragons you tended to keep it to yourself at my high school no one went around wearing a t shirt with DUNGEON MASTER written on it unless he had a death wish Magic the Gathering was just an odd card game and an incipient moral panic None of us at the time had an inkling that less than two decades later the genre would be winning academy awards and inspiring hit tv series on HBO The generation of writers and readers raised on Dungeons and Dragons had a big part to do with that, and while the Watershed trilogy might count as littlethan a footnote in the story of the fantasy genre, it was a sign of things to come

  2. Seth Bonney says:

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE the characters you fall in love with the world and the struggle immediately Simple design of a fantasy world yet complex in the entanglements You become immersed with the progression of the story, characters, and plot and will immediately grab book two Very underrated and unnoticed series Prepare to fall in love with the characters.

  3. Makoto says:

    Epic The first book to a trilogy that immerses you in the world of three realms human, faerie, and demons These realms are separated by watersheds however, now there is a sinister plan afoot to crack the watershed and those begin the realm wars.I read this trilogy starting in the 90 s and it was so good I even brought the entire set My only lament is that the second and third book is not in ebook form yet This book has everything suspense, a regular joe smo hero you can like and many ot Epic The first book to a trilogy that immerses you in the world of three realms human, faerie, and demons These realms are separated by watersheds however, now there is a sinister plan afoot to crack the watershed and those begin the realm wars.I read this trilogy starting in the 90 s and it was so good I even brought the entire set My only lament is that the second and third book is not in ebook form yet This book has everything suspense, a regular joe smo hero you can like and many other wonderful supporting characters The author is also great at story telling so definitely a plus

  4. Austin Poulsen says:

    Better than expected, but it s justof the same old 90 s d and d fantasy Nothing really fresh or original.

  5. Gillian says:

    For eons the Watershed has maintained the peace between the three lands Dalethica, Faerine and Duluth Trol But there are dark forces abroad and the Sleepstealer has stirred Rudy the Iceman finds himself plunged into his destiny when Prince Garamis, a pawn of the Lord Minion, sets into motion the evil which will threaten the lands Rudy, together with a band of companions he gathers along the way, feels compelled to save the lands using the good force of Aurianth This is a very typical Drago For eons the Watershed has maintained the peace between the three lands Dalethica, Faerine and Duluth Trol But there are dark forces abroad and the Sleepstealer has stirred Rudy the Iceman finds himself plunged into his destiny when Prince Garamis, a pawn of the Lord Minion, sets into motion the evil which will threaten the lands Rudy, together with a band of companions he gathers along the way, feels compelled to save the lands using the good force of Aurianth This is a very typical Dragonlance Forgotten Realm type saga story but no less enjoyable in fact having just discovered DD, I possibly hadfun reading it than I would otherwise

  6. Stephen says:

    This was kind of a fun book, even though I expected it would be dumb as hell The story has the usual tropes of a local farm boy with a destiny, but then there s also a snow lion and demons and fairies and magical water, haha What it does poorly is battle scenes are rushed or boring and the ending isabrupt The only thing I truly hated was that the map in the front of the book is confusing enough that I had to just conjure up my own idea of the map.

  7. Alex says:

    3.5 I enjoyed the story but it is perhaps a little fantasy formulaic It s the first of a three part series so let s see where it goes from here.

  8. September says:

    Adventure, magic and a dash of romance fill A Breach in the Watershed from start to finish The Watershed divides the three regions of the world Faerine the region of magic and the water of Aura Dalethica the region of man and regular, non magical water and Duloth Trol the region of the evil Sleepstealer, his Lord Minions, and their life force of Darkblood If the Watershed were ever to be breached, disaster would ensue, a disaster that is the very plan of the Sleepstealer Rudy Appenfe Adventure, magic and a dash of romance fill A Breach in the Watershed from start to finish The Watershed divides the three regions of the world Faerine the region of magic and the water of Aura Dalethica the region of man and regular, non magical water and Duloth Trol the region of the evil Sleepstealer, his Lord Minions, and their life force of Darkblood If the Watershed were ever to be breached, disaster would ensue, a disaster that is the very plan of the Sleepstealer Rudy Appenfell an Iceman from Dalethica is drawn into a whirlwind of destiny A tragedy occurs, leading him on a journey of revenge that will blossom into a grander meaning than he could possibly imagine Niles paints a lovely picture of his three realm world Faerine, Duloth Trol and Dalethica all contrast to such a degree that it brings out a unique quality to the Watershed world While we do not get a very good look at Faerine, there are plenty of hints to make you want to learnabout it Duloth Trol is a place just waiting to strike, adding a level of urgency to everything the characters do He nails a flat out evil villain, and adds a level of terror in having the Sleepstealer be an actual figure instead of just some ominous foreboding presence often referred to His world includes all the elements of true fantasy dragons, faeries, humans, magic, adventure, loyalty and the courage to stand against an overwhelming evil Lack of action and adventure is not a problem this book has in the slightest.These elements come with a downside, however, as the sheer quantity of fantasy tropes leads to utter predictability and a lack of depth While all the elements are there, it seems no revision was done to bring the characters from the page into the readers heart Not to say the characters are unlikable Danri the digger, for example He starts off with an endearing gruffness about him as he gripes about every little thing as the Madness overtakes him That many pages of and he continued his mindless digging should not have been as interesting to read as they were But near the end he becomespositive I saw no reason for this transition, so instead of growth it feltlike a lack of consistency Overall, the story is a fun one It feels, however, that it was not given the attention such potential deserved, that it was written and turned in without any technical revision that could have led to a deeper story But if you re looking for just a fun, clean fantasy story with all the elements you, as a fantasy reader, have come to know and love, this book should be right up your alley Although I doubt I would read it again, I definitely enjoyed reading it once

  9. Emma Deplores action-adventure-manga.co Censorship says:

    I read these books as a teen and was enthralled by the quick pacing and epic scale of the trilogy Since then, I ve realized that it s a Tolkien knockoff with manywomen and girls and without the all important quest to destroy an evil object, but otherwise a lot of similarities Still, these are fun books the main characters are likable and they re not all the same old stereotypes the hero s young niece plays a major role, for instance and speaking of the hero, it s nice to read a fan I read these books as a teen and was enthralled by the quick pacing and epic scale of the trilogy Since then, I ve realized that it s a Tolkien knockoff with manywomen and girls and without the all important quest to destroy an evil object, but otherwise a lot of similarities Still, these are fun books the main characters are likable and they re not all the same old stereotypes the hero s young niece plays a major role, for instance and speaking of the hero, it s nice to read a fantasy where the protagonist is neither the illegitimate child of someone important, nor secretly the heir to a kingdom There s plenty of action and some good epic battles, the romance is sweet and the world is fairly interesting The continent on which the action takes place is divided into three lands human, faerie, and evil determined by what sorts of liquids flow in their rivers Unfortunately, this leads to some bizarre logical errors for instance, when evil minions invade, they dam the rivers to cut off the flow of water That s right, cut it off completely Every dam I ve ever seen has had a river coming out of it, but not so in Niles s world, where it disappears or something Overall, I would say this book works well as light fantasy I don t mean that no one dies, but that it s a good romp that we re not meant to think about too hard I d recommend it for teens and for those looking for fun, simple fantasy books It gets four stars because, although it has its flaws, it was great entertainment and left me with a happy feeling inside

  10. Susan Henn says:

    12 13 Douglas Niles is a great storyteller This first volume of his Watershed trilogy is full of adventure and all the elements of good fantasy prophecy, magic, jealousy, vengeance, a motley crew of unlikely characters who fight evil against overwhelming odds, and of course a bit of romance The author s the inspiration for this book came from his trip to the Alps Seeing the way the watershed separated in the Alps gave him the idea of a watershed that sent three types of water to very differ 12 13 Douglas Niles is a great storyteller This first volume of his Watershed trilogy is full of adventure and all the elements of good fantasy prophecy, magic, jealousy, vengeance, a motley crew of unlikely characters who fight evil against overwhelming odds, and of course a bit of romance The author s the inspiration for this book came from his trip to the Alps Seeing the way the watershed separated in the Alps gave him the idea of a watershed that sent three types of water to very different lands creating a human realm, a magic fairy realm, and a darkwater realm of death and decay This trilogy needs to be put in electronic form

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