|Submitted by DragonReader |
(Jan 03, 2008)
Neversfall is the first book in the Citadel series, a set on stand alone novels set in the Forgotten Realms (but does not require any previous knowledge of the Realms). The story begins with two groups of soldiers from different countries coming together to investigate the disappearance of a regiment of soldiers from a shared fortress in the wilderness. Things begin to go wrong even before they arrive at the empty fortress to find no trace of what has happened there. In addition to the determining the fate of the lost regiment these two groups will have to overcome their mistrust of each other in order to survive.
This book has something for everyone: Action/adventure, mystery, and even a little bit of political intrigue. The plot and story are very interesting and well written, but, for me, what really made this book great were the characters. The author writes characters that you canít help but have strong opinions on. The character of Taennen, especially, showed great growth over the course of the story and to me that was one of the more interesting parts of the book.
Even the secondary characters were quite memorable.
Another of my favourite aspects of the book was itís exploration of the concept of duty and the conflict that can arise between doing your duty and doing what you believe is correct, when the two courses of action may not be the same. This theme gives rise o several interesting issues and conflicts in the story and further add to the feeling of tension I mentioned above.
The author also does an excellent job of conveying to the reader the reader the spookiness of the fortress and the tension if the situation. The story is full of surprises and the mystery of just want is going on kept me guessing for most of the book. For this reason and for the great character I give the novel 5 stars (out of 5).