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The Steel Throne Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (March 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786927127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786927128
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #831,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis DeMercer on 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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By A Customer on Feb. 2 2004
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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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By A Customer on 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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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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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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