Rejected at birth and raised in a village of tiefling misfits, Farideh expects a life without friends, love, or control over her destiny. Then she makes a pact with a devil named Lorcan, and everything changes. Lorcan promises all she ever dreamed of and asks for nothing in return. Her twin sister, Havilar, urges Farideh to resist the devil’s sway. But Farideh’s not so sure. Lorcan may be dangerous but the power he offers is exhilarating.
In the ruins of Neverwinter, Farideh’s doubts get tangled up in a devilish snare six layers deep. A succubus playing human pawns against an otherworldly foe sees the twins as obstacles in her path. And Lorcan’s monstrous sisters have their eyes on the city—and on Farideh. There’s no time to question her pact with Lorcan—it will take every ounce of Farideh’s newfound powers to get out of Neverwinter alive.
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This is a strong story, with excellent characters, and I look forward to reading the other books. Unfortunately, the narrator really spoils most aspects of this version, most especially in the character and tone of the dialogue which misrepresents the main characters completely. Frustrating!
The narrator seriously could be the voice of Velma from the original Scooby-Doo tv show. Too nasily, doesn't sound good, I see why many other people had issues listening to this book.
"The book is great"
I love the book but I have herd better voice acting from a blessing sheep.
Amazing story, and I am so glad it was pointed to in the D&D 5e player's handbook in the entry for Tieflings. Provides some amazing insight into the nature of tieflings and warlocks.
The narration was excellent. I was slightly disappointed with the voice for Asmodeus in the epilogue, as I would have expected a deep menacing almost omnipotent threat, but such a voice would be difficult to achieve without heavy audio effects, which obviously was not the style of this simple narrated recording. The voices through the rest of the book were great.
"Good start to the Realms for New Comers"
Very entertaining story focusing on Warlocks who get their powers from Devils and the inner workings of the Forgotten Realms' Hells.
Reader does well to have separate modes of speech for each character and stays consistent. However, it is hard to realize when there is a shift of perspective. Most jarring when it occurs mid-chapter especially when focusing on the devils.
My only issue with the story are a couple of moments when characters meet in contrived ways that seem impossible. The city that is in the story is relatively the size of New York yet three main characters bump into each other very easily with no one seeking the others out.
Overall a 5 because it's a good listen. 4's because of a few moments that took me out of the story.
Wonderfully surprised by the complexity and depth from this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!
Young Adult D&D
First Evans book.
D&D taken to a whole new level.
I try and listen through every book I purchase (get my money's worth). And hundreds of books later there have only been a handful I could not finish. This was one of them. Looking at the overall rating and reading reviews I figured I could not go wrong... but, it just wasn't for me. The introduction of main characters into the story was lacking at best. And the two main characters were... annoying teenagers. It seemed more like a coming of age story, then anything else. Maybe if I was a 16 year old it would have held my interest, but there are just too many books geared toward adults to listen to than that are outstrip this book. So, if your into the series, great, but new to the series and not a teenager, you may want to read more reviews to see if it is right for you.
"great addition to the forgotten realms cannon"
fun and easy to follow I can't wait to listen to the second volume in this series!
"A great beginning"
If you're a fan of Guy Ritchie films then this is up your alley. A series of choices, mistakes, and poor timing threaten to destroy Neverwinter and perhaps the world. A lone tiefling warlock and her family are caught in the middle. A great RPG story unfolds.
"A good first book"
I really love the world of dungeons are dragons so it was great to read a novel set in the world. That said, it would be a good idea to know something about that world before starting this book. Evans does explains a fair amount about some of the races and cities but buy in large you are expected to know about it's, gods, nations, and how's it's magic works already.
So it definitely favors readers how know the and play the games.
That aside I very much like the book and plan on reading the rest of the series.
Shut is Gud mang, I plan on finishing the rest of the series if it keeps the story a good as this.
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