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Crypt of the Moaning Diamond: The Dungeons (Forgotten Realms)

Author: Rosemary Jones

Title: Crypt of the Moaning Diamond: The Dungeons (Forgotten Realms)

ISBN: 1435211588

ISBN13: 978-1435211582

Publisher: Paw Prints 2007-11-27 (November 27, 2007)

Language: English

Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Size pdf version: 1666 kb

Size epub version: 1307 kb

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Rating: 4.4/5

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Reviews (7)
Kemath
This review if for the book Crypt of the Moaning Diamond: Forgotten Realms by Rosemary Jones

I enjoyed this book. The writing style was good and the story was told with sufficient detail to make it easy to imagine. The setting was interesting and consistent with the Dungeons theme of this series of books.
I liked the main characters, and the story contained the important little details that help make characters seem like real people. I would have liked to learn more about them, but what was there was sufficient for the story that was being told. The villeins and secondary characters also had some depth to them, making them seem more like real people instead of simple plot devices.
The story follows a small team of mercenaries called the Siegebreakers as they venture through the ruins beneath a besieged city and face a variety of challenges. I felt that the story was fast paced with a fair amount of action. It was a little short on character development, but it was still enjoyable reading.
Kemath
This review if for the book Crypt of the Moaning Diamond: Forgotten Realms by Rosemary Jones

I enjoyed this book. The writing style was good and the story was told with sufficient detail to make it easy to imagine. The setting was interesting and consistent with the Dungeons theme of this series of books.
I liked the main characters, and the story contained the important little details that help make characters seem like real people. I would have liked to learn more about them, but what was there was sufficient for the story that was being told. The villeins and secondary characters also had some depth to them, making them seem more like real people instead of simple plot devices.
The story follows a small team of mercenaries called the Siegebreakers as they venture through the ruins beneath a besieged city and face a variety of challenges. I felt that the story was fast paced with a fair amount of action. It was a little short on character development, but it was still enjoyable reading.
Kulasius
The author does a great job of balancing character development with just the right amount of action and classic Dungeons & Dragons style dungeon crawling. I always give extra credit to a D&D novel that gives me the feeling that I could be playing one of the characters in a tabletop campaign, and this book does not disappoint in that department. After all, if I wanted straight fantasy I would not be buying a Forgotten Realms D&D novel. I want a touch of D&D in these books, and Rosemary delivers.

Often I'll get discouraged by some aspect of a Forgotten Realms book (those that get bogged down in excessive character development, endless streams of faceless characters with similar-sounding names, or too many sequels) and find my interest waning, but Rosemary Jones kept me hooked! She has a real knack for balancing character development with a fast-paced story.

I also own Neversfall and the Depths of Madness, and I found this book to be a superior read, though Depths of Madness is also a good book in its own right. Just a matter of taste, I guess.

The first thing I did after finishing this book in record time was to look for more from this author. It seems I'm in luck as "City of the Dead" is set for release next year (2009). Now I'll just have to wait half a year for it...!
Kulasius
The author does a great job of balancing character development with just the right amount of action and classic Dungeons & Dragons style dungeon crawling. I always give extra credit to a D&D novel that gives me the feeling that I could be playing one of the characters in a tabletop campaign, and this book does not disappoint in that department. After all, if I wanted straight fantasy I would not be buying a Forgotten Realms D&D novel. I want a touch of D&D in these books, and Rosemary delivers.

Often I'll get discouraged by some aspect of a Forgotten Realms book (those that get bogged down in excessive character development, endless streams of faceless characters with similar-sounding names, or too many sequels) and find my interest waning, but Rosemary Jones kept me hooked! She has a real knack for balancing character development with a fast-paced story.

I also own Neversfall and the Depths of Madness, and I found this book to be a superior read, though Depths of Madness is also a good book in its own right. Just a matter of taste, I guess.

The first thing I did after finishing this book in record time was to look for more from this author. It seems I'm in luck as "City of the Dead" is set for release next year (2009). Now I'll just have to wait half a year for it...!
Arlelond
Let a little love and compassion combine with tombs, crypts, villonous sorcerers, and oh so perfect and stuffy nobles...and you have one hell of a fun and light hearted novel.
Arlelond
Let a little love and compassion combine with tombs, crypts, villonous sorcerers, and oh so perfect and stuffy nobles...and you have one hell of a fun and light hearted novel.
Melipra
I really liked this book, I havent looked at the other lower ratings that others have given this book. I would assume that it is for the realitively small story or setting this is placed in. But what it lacks in spacial depth it more than makes up with character depth. I really liked all the characters and I hope that they will right more books about the Siegebreakers.
Melipra
I really liked this book, I havent looked at the other lower ratings that others have given this book. I would assume that it is for the realitively small story or setting this is placed in. But what it lacks in spacial depth it more than makes up with character depth. I really liked all the characters and I hope that they will right more books about the Siegebreakers.
Tetaian
This is a classic DnD adventure and pretty well written. The characters weren't all powerful, just average people making their way in Faerun.
Tetaian
This is a classic DnD adventure and pretty well written. The characters weren't all powerful, just average people making their way in Faerun.
lolike
Crypt of the Moaning Diamond is the first novel in Dungeons series, and also the first novel by Rosemary Jones. Unless something changes dramatically in her writing, I also hope it is her last. I read half of it, and I decided to stop wasting my time.
The novel is simply put - awful. Plot is boring and incredibly linear, a simple dungeon crawl. It is also marred with a great bit of naiveté and painfully predictable. Characters look more like a cliché ridden freak show, than a group of mercenaries that they are supposed to be. Villains are outright stupid. Besides that, all of them are terribly repetitive and annoying in their actions and dialogues.
The book leans on its "humor" a great deal. Problem is that it isn't funny a slightest bit. This whole book felt like an unintended parody to fantasy genre. I could understand the book if it said its intended for audience under 13 years of age, but with some bloody and gory parts, it's obviously not the case.
I hated the book and everything about it.
If you want FR novel with good humor in it, pick up Yellow Silk by Don Bassingwaithe. If you want child fantasy, take Harry Potter or Narnia I guess. Stay way from this book and save yourself some time and money.
lolike
Crypt of the Moaning Diamond is the first novel in Dungeons series, and also the first novel by Rosemary Jones. Unless something changes dramatically in her writing, I also hope it is her last. I read half of it, and I decided to stop wasting my time.
The novel is simply put - awful. Plot is boring and incredibly linear, a simple dungeon crawl. It is also marred with a great bit of naiveté and painfully predictable. Characters look more like a cliché ridden freak show, than a group of mercenaries that they are supposed to be. Villains are outright stupid. Besides that, all of them are terribly repetitive and annoying in their actions and dialogues.
The book leans on its "humor" a great deal. Problem is that it isn't funny a slightest bit. This whole book felt like an unintended parody to fantasy genre. I could understand the book if it said its intended for audience under 13 years of age, but with some bloody and gory parts, it's obviously not the case.
I hated the book and everything about it.
If you want FR novel with good humor in it, pick up Yellow Silk by Don Bassingwaithe. If you want child fantasy, take Harry Potter or Narnia I guess. Stay way from this book and save yourself some time and money.
Kifer
This was an interesting plot. Very unique
Kifer
This was an interesting plot. Very unique

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