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Lady Ruin de Tim Waggoner
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Lady Ruin (edició 2010)

de Tim Waggoner (Autor)

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Revel in the ruin as award-winning horror writer Tim Waggoner brings the eldritch terror of Eberron® to life. Lirra Brochann is second-in-command to a force conducting secret military experiments on the creations of Xoriat, the Realm of Madness. When the government threatens to withdraw support for the experiments, the alchemist in charge, Lirra's own uncle, makes a drastic error and a portal to Xoriat is opened. In trying to stop the ensuing madness, Lirra becomes bonded to one of the experiments, a symbiotic tentacle whip with a will of its own. Maddened by his connections to Xoriat, her uncle and his sudden forces of symbiotically bound soldiers threaten all Lirra once stood for. But stopping them means she'll have to gain control of the tentacle whip. A blend of fantasy, horror, and military fiction Lady Ruin brings a whole new view to the post-war world of Eberron. With a Lovecraftian bent, this adventure will send chills up your spine.… (més)
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Títol:Lady Ruin
Autors:Tim Waggoner (Autor)
Informació:Wizards of the Coast (2010), Edition: Original, 288 pages
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One of the very last Eberron novels published and in many ways the only true standalone novel, 'Lady Ruin' runs only 250 pages and does not make the best use of its brief time. 25 additional pages are given to the 'Abyssal Plague' prelude cross-over event, but as there's no sign of it having anything to do with Eberron I'm skipping it. Waggoner's 'Blade of the Flame' trilogy is strong writing, but I can't say the same here unfortunately.

A Karrnathi warlord sponsors a secret weapons-development scheme involving bonding soldiers with symbionts to create a powerful army. The problem is that symbionts are creations leftover from the Daelkyr War nine thousand years ago. Products of chaos, the symbionts are dangerous to their hosts and nearly-impossible to control.

Captain Lirra is second in command of the effort, working under her father and supervising her artificer uncle in his experiments to master these weapons. An experiment goes wrong...and Lirra is the only one strong enough to do what must be done to prevent A Daelkyr from crossing over into Eberron and remaking the world in its twisted vision.

Lirra is our primary viewpoint character with only the occasional visit to other officers in the Outland Guard and the baddies scheming to unleash chaos. The story make little attempt to follow a "party" structure, Lirra is mostly on her own, and Waggoner can't seem to carry the story without it. There was little time for development of character relations, so when we reach climactic fight scenes I didn't feel any attachment to the characters. The book's saving grace is the examination of how symbionts behave with hosts and several scenes of horror as people and monsters are molded like play-doh to suit the needs of the villain. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Mar 30, 2020 |
I picked this book up on BN.com for my Nook based on my interest in the Eberron world from Dungeons & Dragons. I really, really wanted to like it, but there really wasn't much to the story. It was a very quick read and it was a "small" story limited to only one main plot, with no real subplots. The cast was very limited, the action was limited...it made me think of a movie with a very limited budget that kept it from doing very much more than a couple of locations and a few characters. I was also a bit confused at it being an Eberron novel. It could have been set in any fantasy world out there with little to no change. A bit generic for my taste, which was a bummer for as interesting a world as Eberron is.

The writing was ok, but not overly exciting. Very competent, middle of the road story and characters. If you can get it cheap, it's worth reading. Otherwise, I'd borrow it from a friend. ( )
  MatNastos | Apr 22, 2012 |
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Revel in the ruin as award-winning horror writer Tim Waggoner brings the eldritch terror of Eberron® to life. Lirra Brochann is second-in-command to a force conducting secret military experiments on the creations of Xoriat, the Realm of Madness. When the government threatens to withdraw support for the experiments, the alchemist in charge, Lirra's own uncle, makes a drastic error and a portal to Xoriat is opened. In trying to stop the ensuing madness, Lirra becomes bonded to one of the experiments, a symbiotic tentacle whip with a will of its own. Maddened by his connections to Xoriat, her uncle and his sudden forces of symbiotically bound soldiers threaten all Lirra once stood for. But stopping them means she'll have to gain control of the tentacle whip. A blend of fantasy, horror, and military fiction Lady Ruin brings a whole new view to the post-war world of Eberron. With a Lovecraftian bent, this adventure will send chills up your spine.

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