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Publisher's Summary

Bhaal must be stopped! Someone is sabotaging the iron mines of the Sword Coast, pushing powerful realms toward a bloody war, and a young mercenary toward an unimaginable secret. Evil gods, giant spiders, murderous doppelgangers, flesh-eating ghouls, and wicked Zhentarim come to life in the action-packed novelization of the Baldur's Gate computer game form BioWare and Interplay.
©1999 TSR, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By David A Berube on 10-06-17

Poor Novelization of Good Source Material

I know the bar is pretty low for these kinds of books, but this is an extremely boring and poorly written novel. The author wastes so much time with dull and unnecessary tangents. The entire romantic subplot is tedious from start to finish and not at all reflected in the game. And how can you write a novelization of this RPG without Minsc or Imoen? The plot of the video game is a tight narrative, and the author should have just stuck with that. His changes might be forgiven if they added something, but all they did is subtract from the source material.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Simone on 09-21-17

Doesn't offer much.

Sadly, there isn't much to this book. The narration is only alright, while the story itself fails to capture much beyond the bare-bones of the original story of the game, and absolutely nothing of its feel. This would presumably be fine if the book was good in its own right, but here it fails as well, killing off most characters before they leave an impact beyond offense of their misrepresented personalities. However, the biggest nail-in-the-coffin of this book is the main-character himself, whom completely fails to be a likable protagonist, and only manages to be bareable by the very end. No one has any reason to go through this book, and if a person likes Khalid and Jaheira, it should be avoided like the plague for its crimes against these characters.

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2 out of 5 stars
By P. Teece on 12-01-16

It was ok

Apparently Phillip Athans had a deadline of two months to write this book. If this is true then it might explain the poor writing, however he was replaced for the third book so this suggests TSR/WoTC had ran out of patience after his second attempt.

I am currently running Murder in Baldurs Gate, a 5e D&D adventure that has Abdel and the Bhaalspawn as its main plot, I wanted to read this solely for background having not played the Baldurs Gate computer games for which the book is based on.

For those who don't know the Computer game is set in the D&D campaign world created by Ed Greenwood.

Now onto the performance of the Narrator.

His voice acting is great, he has a wide vocabulary of accents he can dip in and out of, and believe me this is a skill, as a Dungeon Master this has always been something I have struggled with, there are those that can do accents and those that can't this guy can. This is the only reason he gets 3 stars.

However he is just a poor reader.

Simple sentences have incorrect intonation, he emphasises words in sentences that don't need emphasising, it's a real shame, I hope he listened back to his performance and realises for the second book because I'm not looking forward to it.

If you are a fan of D&D then it might be worth reading/listening, if you have no clue what I have babbled on about then don't bother, trust me, it's awful.

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