- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Wizards of the Coast; Auflage: New edition (1. Mai 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786916060
- ISBN-13: 978-0786916061
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 2,4 x 17,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 533.922 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Night Masks: The Cleric Quintet, Book Three (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2000
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The young priest Cadderly learns more than he ever wanted to know when he runs to the city of Carradoon for solace and finds himself besieged by resident assassins, the Night Masks. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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R.A. Salvatore is successful in weaving a complex and suspenseful story, with amazing characters and interesting subplots. Ghost is a remarkable character. For those familiar with the Drizzt novels, just imagine what would happen if Ghost happened to meet the dark elf. Could Drizzt shield himself from the Ghearufu? Ghost and the Night Mask assassins present themselves as a tremendously evil force, and I often wondered if Cadderly and his friends could withstand them. At times, the story may seem like it drags, but I believe it was necessary to describe what Cadderly goes through in the Dragon's Codpiece. His ascension towards Deneir is quite a dramatic change in this series; Cadderly now has unfathomable powers that will only keep growing.
If you enjoyed the previous books in this series, or even if you didn't but want to know what happens after Sylvan Shadows, I recommend reading this book. It is the turn of the tide in the Cleric Quintet series, and the last few chapters of the book are quite spectacular.
Cadderly, meanwhile, has gone to Carradoon, fleeing the violence left behind in the elven woods of Shilmista, and his friends who have no qualms about killing monsters. The friends are, namely, Danica (a human warrior monk who is Cadderly's lover), and the Bouldershoulder Brothers (Pikel and Ivan, two hardy and fearless dwarves).
For his efforts against the evil Castle Trinity, Cadderly has been marked for death. The Night Masks are led by a cruel, dangerous and ruthless man, known only by the name of Ghost. Through the use of a powerful artifact, Ghost has the ability of being able to trade bodies with others (usually against their will), which makes killing others incredibly easy. Of course, he's never tried killing a powerful priest before.
Cadderly struggles at first with his guilt over his role in killing others, and questions his faith in Deneir. Yet as he reads more of Deneir's holy book, he comes to recognize his budding powers, and accept that he has become a vessel for his deity.
While Salvatore does well, as usual, pacing the story and filling the book with memorable characters, helping us understand Cadderly's inner struggles and introducing us to powerful clerical magic, one aspect of the series does perturb me, somewhat. At one point, Cadderly is told "You are not invincible. You are not all-powerful. You are not a god." Yet despite this warning, and I feel it is Salvatore speaking directly to the reader at that point, Cadderly becomes very god-like. His ascension is meteoric, and he is soon wielding powers which high priests would be hard pressed to duplicate. In short, I believe he fell into the writer's trap of making Cadderly too powerful too quickly. The reader is then left wondering, with 2 books in the series to go, how can Cadderly progress/develop further, given his current god-like powers?
For all that, it is an excellent book, which I highly recommend.
Hmmm. I shall make my feelings on the Cleric Quintet known right now: it is a strictly mediocre fantasy series. Nothing special. Salvatore is a very good writer, though. He wrote the Demon series, (As I write this review, I am currently reading the first book in the series, The Demon Awakens, and it is exceptional. Very promising. I shall soon write a review on that book as well.), the Crimson Shadows series (I haven't read any of those books), and the Icewind Dale Trilogy and Dark Elf Trilogy of the Forgotten Realms line of role-playing fantasy books. The Cleric Quintet is also part of the Forgotten Realms. This series, however, would never have been published as a stand-alone series, though. It introduces nothing new to the reader, the characters are dull and uninspired (even immature, to some extent), and is written in the typical R. A. Salvatore format that I have grown to dislike.
About this book, though, the third novel in the series, I read this one with considerably more enjoyment that the other two. It featured an interesting, challenging villian, and a plot more unique that the other books in the series. In addition to that, the two main characters' (Cadderly and Danica) relationship blooms into maturity. (In other words, they end up "doing it!" For those rigid, unmoving readers out there, though, don't worry: no actual eroticism in this book. Or the entire series, for that matter.) Like all the other novels in the Cleric Quintet, there is no interesting or even significant character development.
I think I'll cut this review short, because my opinion on the series is (or should be, if you're reading this) obvious by now, and no one wants to read why I think this series is such a mediocre waste of time. What about Salvatore's writing style, though? There is nothing unique about that, nothing that could even be called sophisticated.
If you've read my other two reviews on the previous two books, you'll know what to expect with the series, but, despite all my determined ranting, it is still pretty good to read, with exciting battles, and unexpected occurences. That, perhaps, is why this series isn't half bad. One does not know what to expect when reading it. That, though, perhaps, might be because no one cares enough to bother anticipating what will occur next in the book. . .