Nikonris Nogah the Kuo-Toa was interesting. Basically this event is more important to the realms than any event that has come before and probably anything that could come after. That appeals to nearly every single one of my sensibilities. The Lord of Bats was a very interesting Fey entity. Despite my many reservations I have actually quite enjoyed almost every post-spellplague FR book that has been released so far.
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Shelves: reviewed Key of Stars by Bruce R. Cordell- This is the third and final book in the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy. The first book is Plague of Spells and the second book is City of Torment. The trilogy is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.
Bruce R. Cordell has written a number of books set in this setting. Lain called Oath of Nerull. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies and written a few short stories, along with writing a few roleplaying adventures and source books.
The story picks up a few days after the events in City of Torment. The city called Xxiphu is now floating above the Sea of Fallen Stars after the heroes barely escaped.
However, the group wants to relax and reflect on what has happened. Raidon Kane, a monk and the barer of The Cerulean Sign and the sword Angul, is slowly falling into a depression over the loss of his daughter. He turns to the bottle for comfort. We then see Captain Thoster having repairs done to his ship. The mage, Seren, is trying to gather money to repay her debts to Thay. After finally having everyone there, Anusha calls for a meeting to see what their next steps are.
The group decides to go after Xxiphu and Malyanna, who is trying to bring about the Abolethic Sovereignty, however, Seren decides to take care of her business instead and departs.
After the plans are made, the group sets off to save the world, but are they already too late? Criticisms: 1 Pacing.
The biggest problem with the book is the meandering pacing. The story progresses at such a slow pace that at times I fell asleep while reading. For two-thirds of the story it seems like nothing is really going on. There were some times when the story did pick up, but it quickly became slow and plodding. The pacing was so slow that at times I became increasingly frustrated during reading. It just seemed like almost nothing was going on and it was too slow to keep my attention focused on it for long stretches.
The characters have to be the biggest disappointment of the book. The biggest offender is Raidon Kane. For about eighty percent of the book, he came off as little more than an annoying and whiny character.
I understand how the loss of his daughter would have affected him, and I was impressed during those times. However, instead of feeling bad about his daughter, he dwells on his long lost mother. All I have to say is why? He barely ever talked about her in the previous two books. He mentioned her once in a while, but he never brought up his feelings about his mother leaving him. That whole character point just came across as poorly planned and sudden. In City of Torment she had an interesting personality, but in Key of Stars she has nothing.
Captain Thoster is a decent character that needed more time to explain things with. Instead, everything is left unexplained and unsaid. Yeva is just, well, there.
He had some good moments, but overall he was little more than what Yeva was. Neifion, the Lord of Bats, is wasted. His total scene time is about twenty pages at best and he just shows up and leaves. Overall the characters were underwhelming, underdeveloped, and were extremely disappointing. Even with the slow pacing, I had trouble trying to understand what was happening. I still have no idea what the Abolethic Sovereignty is, what the Far Manifold is, or the whole point of the story was.
This is where the frustration comes in. I had no idea why the events were so important other than it could destroy the world. Praises: 1 Japheth and Anusha. The relationship between Japheth and Anusha was the only real good thing with the characters. Japheth had a very different personality then he did in the previous books, but you understood why and what caused it. You could almost feel the way Japheth loves Anusha, and that love improves as the story progresses. Anusha has the most development as the story goes on.
You started to see her grow as a character in City of Torment and it only improves here. Now she acts almost like the leader of the group, taking charge of things. However, the story is almost yanked away from these two in favor of Raidon, which I think was a mistake. For me, Japheth and Anusha carried the story. The climax of the story was very exciting and was a pretty epic moment, aside from the cheesy moment at the end.
The final battle was written extremely well with each person playing a specific role. However, the ending was very predictable, but it still was nail-bitingly good. Side Notes: 1 Seren. What happened to Seren? She was an amazing secondary character, and I sorely missed her witty humor and presence. I just hope that somewhere down the line we see what happened with her and if she dealt with her problems. I almost think that if Seren stayed with the group, the story would have been better.
You may need to read Stardeep to understand some of the things that happen in the story. I have yet to read Stardeep so I may have missed out on some of the background of who the Traitor is.
The artwork itself is pretty good. Seeing Raidon jumping through a sea of tentacles is pretty exciting. Way too small. The banner across the top is an eyesore and always seems to steal the focus.
Also, the title on the bottom takes up too much space. However, Key of Stars never really improved on what the previous book did. In fact it seemed to have taken two giant steps backward. The characters, for the most part, were disappointments. Raidon was little more than a whiny annoyance, Malyanna was a generic Bond villain with little motivation, and the rest were shells of their former selves.
However, Japheth and Anusha were great. You really do see the change in them. I have to ask again, what happened with Seren? I really missed her and her witty remarks. Also, the climax was very exciting and nail-biting. When all is said and done, is Key of Stars worth picking up? Otherwise, you may be as disappointed as I am.
Abolethic Sovereignty (series)
Edit The main goal of the Abolethic Sovereignty was to unlock the Far Manifold with the Key of Stars and open the gate to the Far Realm to unleash their masters onto the world. The aboleths kidnapped many living creatures for their ambitious experiments to improve the Symphony of Madness. The aboleths of the Sovereignty were far older and had thought patterns different to those of the Torilian aboleths. Torilian aboleths usually avoided, or even opposed, aboleths of the Sovereignty.
ABOLETHIC SOVEREIGNTY PDF
Share The Abolethic Sovereignty were the original aboleths of the Realms, who dwelt in the flying, obelisk-shaped city of Xxiphu, that has existed since prehistoric times. The Abolethic Sovereignty originally came to Abeir-Toril when the world was young, when Xxiphu plummeted to the world and settled deep below what is now the Sea of Fallen Stars. The oldest-known aboleth and possibly the progenitor of the entire species, the Eldest, was an enormous creature that rested atop the city like a throne. The main goal of the Abolethic Sovereignty was to unlock the Far Manifold with the Key of Stars and open the gate to the Far Realm to unleash their masters onto the world. The aboleths kidnapped many living creatures for their ambitious experiments to improve of the dreaded Symphony of Madness. They also held total control over the city of Olleth.
Key of Stars: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book III
Raidon Kane travels to the subterranean fortress of the somnambulant aboleths, bent on killing the Eldest in its sleep. Every beginning has an end. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Raidon Kane survived his clash against the eldest aboleth, but came away with his mind shattered. In the following decades, a branch of the Abolethic Sovereignty became interested in a pocket of Spellplague in the Underdark below Neverwinter and began to use it to further the experiments that would aid them to create the Symphony of Madness.
Edit Raidon Kane emerges from the Spellplague with a sapphire tattoo burned into his flesh, strange supernatural powers that aid him in fighting aberrant monstrosities such as aboleths , and eleven missing years, spent encased in crystal. Everything he knew has changed. His daughter is dead, his home has been destroyed, and the world desperately needs his help. A nightmare empire bent on reducing the world to chaos, known as the Abolethic Sovereignty , has begun to stir. Meanwhile, a powerful artifact known as the Dreamheart is infecting weak minds with twisted dreams of power if only they serve its ancient, alien masters. As the corrupted fight over the Dreamheart and use it to their own ends, they unknowingly aid the Sovereignty in realizing its terrible aim.