The Abduction is the first of a series of nine books, known as the Double Diamond Triangle Saga, set in the Forgotten Realms. The book starts off slowly with a weak prelude (there will be an equally weak interlude and postlude).
The book is set in Waterdeep, the City of Splendors, on Faerun's Sword Coast, where it deals with the multiple plots aimed against Piergeiron Paladinson, ruler of Waterdeep and Lady Eidola, his bride-to-be, on their wedding day. It is in the midst of such mayhem that the main character, Noph, gets embroiled in an adventure whose outcome might very well change the course of history.
The plot as a whole is average as is J. Robert King's writing style in this book. On the down side, security seems very lax in Waterdeep for a royal wedding and there is no mention or sign of the city's other lords or high-level heroes/inhabitants/champions/protectors/adventurers with the exception of Khelben Blackstaff (naturally enough).
Moreover, Chapter 3, which included the Boarskyr brothers meeting with Piergeiron Paladinson was an insult to human intelligence!
In addition, the way Paladinson is portrayed points to Piergeiron the Meek... while Eidola is just strange and unwell in her behavior as seems to be their relationship as well; clearly not well thought out.
Finally, the book's title is a dead giveaway, not to mention the back cover's summary/description.
On the other hand, the author provides for some very interesting lore on page 54: "The Eye of Ao was supposed to have an empty pupil. The hole symbolized the place of dark mysteries through which all mortals flew after death."
Moreover, the exchange between father and son on pages 43-44 is quite powerful with the following quote standing out: "Speak, and I will empty my stomach on you, I swear it. You nauseate me. I nauseate me-the very fact that I am your son makes me sick. Let it be punishment enough that I have inherited your looks..." (Page 44)
In addition, J. Robert King does a very good job of presenting Khelben Blackstaff's awesome power as in his ability to slow down time on page 80, not to mention his dominating (and quite amusing) demeanor as seen on pages 53-54.
Finally, the graphic description of battle on page 64 was worthwhile: "His head split down the middle and fountained red upon all those around. The Open Lord reeled back in surprise and revulsion, and the body slumped to the floor. Eidola pulled back from the slain form, the sword in her hand dripping gore..."
The book successfully sets the stage vis-à-vis the storyline for the books that are to follow, while the cliffhanger at the very end makes the reader want to pick up the next book in line.
In short, Part 1 The Abduction is worth your while mostly for Part 2 The Paladins, that follows (and which is a great improvement at that) 3.3 Stars.