Like many Forgotten Realms novels, Master of Chains is a simplistic adventure that is meant to be a quick read. In that aspect, it certainly succeeds. You won't remember this one as one of the greats in the fantasy genre, but taken for what it is, author Jess Lebow does manage to spin a tale that you should at least find entertaining.
Master of Chains is a simple tale of anger and revenge, with fights aplenty. Unfortunately, for all its action packed splendor, there are some serious deficiencies in the book. Most of these weaknesses present themselves in the plot itself. There are several hooks and holes in the tale that, if examined, make little or no sense. At times, characters make choices that are implausible or even laughable. However, that being said, if you come into this one not expecting a masterpiece, but rather a quick, entertaining read, you should enjoy it. Lebow does emit some emotion from the reader at times, and you will probably want to read to the end, if only to find out what happens to each character.
The bottom line here is don't expect a "thinker". Cleanse you mind of criticisms and just let Lebow take you for a ride of battles and emotion. If you can achieve that, you will enjoy this one.