A hidden assassin has been stalking members of Faerun's group, the Harpers. With quick, silent, mysterious deaths, everyone is baffled as to who keeps killing. But then enter Arilyn, the recipient of a magical, mystical, and rare Moonblade who has unknown and yet widely known powers that makes itself stronger with each generation. Arilyn is taken in by Kymil and trained then set off on a mission to find and stop the Harper assassin but along the way she meets lots of trouble including...
Danilo, a wise-cracking, none-too-bright, bard that decides he is going to accompany her on the journey despite her best attempts at getting rid of him. Can the two together stop the assassin before one of them is the next target?
Overall this book was fairly good though it started quite strong and end a little muddled and confusing. The writing is fairly straightforward and Cunningham does a tremendous job at making the characters believable and have depth. My favorite, of course, was Danilo, who kept a fairly serious story light. A few times he even had me laughing out loud.
This book read like a typical Dungeons and Dragons adventure and had every ingredient one could ask for: tavern brawls, big dumb bad guys, poitical discussions, and magical weapons. Sparking a series, this book does a good job at leading the reader into the next one which I hope to read one day.
Cunningham does just enough in the end to keep a reader's attention, tossing in mild twists and turns that keep the story fresh. I would definitely recommend this book if you're a fan of DND-type fantasy novels (i.e. Dragonlance, Margaret Weis, etc) but I don't think it'll be your all time favorite book.
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