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City of Towers: The Dreaming Dark, Book 1 [Mass Market Paperback]

Keith Baker
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Feb. 1 2005 The Dreaming Dark (Book 1)
The City of Towers launches a brand new novel line set in the world of Eberron, Wizards of the Coast’s newest D&D® campaign setting.

Author Keith Baker’s proposal for the exciting world of Eberron was chosen from 11,000 submissions, and he is the co-author of the Eberron Campaign Setting, the RPG product that launched the setting. The Eberron world will continue to grow through new roleplaying game products, novels, miniatures, and electronic games.

AUTHOR BIO: Keith Baker is a freelance writer and game designer. In 2003 his proposal for the world of Eberron was selected as the winner in the Wizards of the Coast fantasy setting search.

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KEITH BAKER is a freelance writer and game designer. In 2003 his proposal for the world of Eberron was selected as the finalist in the Wizards of the Coast fantasy setting search. Baker lives in Colorado.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BLAH July 21 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Keith Baker, creator of the Eberron world, is a mediocre writer. The story itself is a typical arc, with a couple of somewhat predictable twists, but my criticism lies more with the characters, who are boring and flat.

At no time in the novel did I empathize with the protagonist(s), or feel able to relate to them in any way. I thought their actions in the story to be contradictory at times, and outright silly (badly so) at others. Their actions, and reactions were bland, and forced.

This book is a good way to familiarize yourself with the Eberron world, as it is a fascinating place created by the author himself (kudos there!)... but, unfortunately, its not good for much more than that.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice start for a new world Feb. 15 2005
By J. Coleman - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Overall I enjoyed the story and hope that not only does he continue his series, but others write in the world he developed. He created a rich new world with some very interesting ideas. Now to the actual plot. The plot itself was interesting, but he likes to be mysterious about every single character. After finishing the book, I did not know much more about each character then when I started. The devolopment of the characters was pretty much nonexistent, but the interesting plot made up for it. I hope in the future that he remedies this and feels that he can tell us more.

There was one minor irritant. I assume the book was edited, but if it was, there were a great deal of spelling and grammar errors. Whoever did edit it did not do a thorough job. I found them every five or six pages. It was not a huge deal, but it disrupted my reading.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great April 1 2005
By Kelley Gradert - Published on
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For those that don't play D&D (or don't anymore), it's an interesting (and maybe a little frustrating to start) introduction to the new world of Eberron. The book moves fairly well, but for those who don't know anything about this new world, it can be a bit hard to figure it all out at first.

The author seems to assume that readers wll have a passing familiarity before they pick up the book.

There is a glossary and some history of the world, however it is in the back of the book, and I didn't even notice it until I had already finished reading it.

Characters in this novel are a bit, shall we say, flat. They aren't unlikable, they aren't likable, they are just there. Not a whole lot to them at this point.

The story itself is good and once you have a grasp on the world and the rules of Eberron, it flows well.

It's worth reading and for myself, I will be really looking forward to Baker's second effort.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect intro to Sharn Dec 6 2005
By J. Alexander Bokholdt - Published on
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I have to say I am very surprised any other reviewers had much to say against Mr. Baker's writing skill. Other than feeling a little like the multi-layers of mystery were leaving me feel a little misused (as in "I just don't know what to believe") rather than piqued, I loved the book. Character development may have been a little slow at the beginning, but isn't it always so at the start of a series? The depictions of supporting characters was true and rich, and the detail used to color the city of Sharn and all its corners was immense (well, not quite Tolkien, but...).

I truly had a hard time putting this book down, and immediately knew I was going to HAVE to finish the series once I got about 1/2 through it. I genuinely recommend it to any readers, especially to those who may not like the idea of mixing fantasy and pseudo-science (artifice, as it may be more appropriately called in Ebberon). I am a bit a purist, and really prefer fantasy without tech, and though I was wary of the setting, I really had fun, wanted to learn more about the realm AND even the artifice & magics... Four and a half stars!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Launching a new world Aug. 14 2005
By Andrew Gray - Published on
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Baker gets the honors of launching the first book in a world that he created, and won a contest through Wizards of the Coast for that world.

There are a number of things that distinguish this world from others of the fantasy genre. A number of things that could be positive in books to come. Things such as; warforged, dragon marks, air ships, etc. I won't go into detail here, but they are rather intesting. I think there may be some good things to come for Ebberon.

Now, on to the novel. The City of Towers is basically an introduction tot h world for readers, and as such it needs to give the reader a great deal of background information. This detracts (at times) from the flow of the novel as the author is forced to explain things to us instead of assuming we already have been exposed to it.

The overall plot and story is so-so. Now I say that with some hesitation as it's the first book of a trilogy so the story may progress more in the next book. There are some interesting characters that could make the next two books in the trilogy enjoyable to read, but at times they seem like card-board cut out and just go through the motions. I wasn't impressed with Baker's descriptions of action scenes at all.

While this book won't rank as one of my favorites it's a good introduction to the world of Ebberon and this trilogy should be watched for future novels and see if Baker can get any better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich new world Jan. 7 2006
By Eli Meir - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For number of ideas and richness of the world, there are not many openings to a trilogy that beat out this one from Baker. The setting is obviously developed in his mind in great detail, so that it all holds together as the characters move through the story, and the ideas and mysteries within were intriguing enough to keep me reading the book straight through. If you ever played role playing games, you'll also recognize those late nights with the dice which is kind of fun. Looks like a great start, I'm waiting for book two.
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