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The Steel Throne [Mass Market Paperback]

Edward Bolme
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March 1 2002 The Four Winds Saga
The prelude to an upcoming Legend of the Five Rings series. This novel introduces new characters and settings based on the events in the Legend of the Five Rings: The Spirit Wars(tm) card set. This book also sets up the story for future novels in the upcoming series The Four Winds Saga.

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Edward bolme has been involved in Origins(tm) award-winning game design and fiction for 14 years. This is his first novel for Wizards of the Coast, Inc., but he has contributed short stories to various anthologies, including The Dragons of Magic, A Magic: The Gathering(r) anthology, and Neverwinter Nights, a Forgotten Realms(r) anthology. He lives in Washington.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro March 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great read, but it jumps around a little too much. There was a lot to be said but not enough pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Reign Feb. 2 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is without a doubt one of the best L.O.T.F.R. books written by Edward Blume. A new writer to the series, he does the already fantastic series justice. Taking place a little after "The Lion" this is the prelude to the for winds saga. I look forword to reading the next books in the series. I would recommend this book to any one interested in Asian folklore books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new Regin in Rokugan Jan. 30 2004
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The Steel throne is a very excellent book. Takeing place a little after the lion, Mr. Blume does an excellent job re-creating the mysticical land of Rokugan. At the back of the book it tells about each of the main characters so even if you forgot what happened or never read the origanal books you can get a good idea of what happened. I would recommend this book to any one that likes a book with acton, adventure, and a good plot that takes place in futile Japan/Asia
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most satisfying entry in the L5R series Aug. 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read them all, I'd rate The Steel Throne in the Top 3, along with The Crane, and The Dragon, in no particular order.
While the previous 7 books in the series deal with the doings of one main character within a short timespan (a few months, at most), this one spans the decades long conflict known The War Against Spirits and there is no main character. Instead, each chapter centers on one character, then jumps forward one month, or several years, to the next. This, far from being confusing, makes for an entertaining and dynamic read.
When dealing with game-based fiction, or shared-world fiction in general, one must thread carefully the narrow line between fulfilling reader expectations and crafting a compelling read, with a few surprises to boot. In my opinion, Mr. Bolme has succeded. Most bases are covered, questions long raised are finally answered, and a plot and characters only hinted at in one-liners on a piece of cardboard are made alive in this most satysfing novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, despite some continuity quibbles. July 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As has been mentioned on some listservs, this book has certain continuity errors; this is to be expected, as the book is produced by Wizards of the Coast, while Alderac Entertainment Group now handles the story. But, contrary to the dire criticisms I'd seen, the divergences did not hurt the book much. There were definitely some scenes I would have liked to see that were not included, but then again, this was only one novel :) It is not a great work of literature like Faulkner, Dickens, or Proust, but it is engaging and interesting, especially for a "gaming book". I also greatly enjoyed the human-human conflicts (okay, human-back from the dead human) as opposed to the clans versus the overwhelming evil story of the Clan War storyline. Overall, I have to give this book a very high recommendation!
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