Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Obsidian Ridge (The Citadels #2) (Forgotten Realms)

Obsidian Ridge - Jess Lebow This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at by express permission of this reviewer

Title: Obsidian Ridge
Series: The Citadels, Forgotten Realms
Author: Jess LeBow
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 339

A King is trying to keep his realm together while merchants are pushing a new drug. The king's enforcer, The Claw, happens to be in love with the Princess.
Drugs, Enforcer, King and Merchants, all mixed together.
Throw in a rogue Magician who wants the Princess as his next bride, a magician powerful enough to use a flying castle, and you have a Forgotten Realms adventure.

My Thoughts:
I actually enjoyed this novel more than the first Citadels novel, but I had to rate it less because it was just so "pedestrian".  I'm tired of giving "ordinary" a higher rating just because there is so much utter and abysmal trash out there. I am tired of the fact that there IS so much trash out there.

The magician was a complete idiot and for someone who has supposedly lived as long as he has, well, he certainly didn't spend the time improving his mind. He was a 2 bit villain with a 5bit castle.

Sadly, this is the quality that people think of AND expect when they hear the words "Forgotten Realms".  The Citadels are just in the title unfortunately. It would be nice if they actually played a bigger part of the story.

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