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Darkwalker on Moonshae
The Moonshae Trilogy - Book 1

TSR Code:

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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-88038-451-4
Author: Douglas Niles
Cover Artist: Keith Parkinson
Release Date: 1987
Format: Paperback book (380 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:

'On the side of Evil: a relentless army of giant firbolgs, dread Bloodriders, and preternatural incarnations of the Beast, the sinister Kazgaroth.
On the side of Good: an uneasy alliance of halflings and dwarves, bards and druids, sister knights, and the powerful children of the goddess Earthmother - the unicorn, the Leviathan, and the Pack.
Only Tristan Kendrick, troubled heir to the legacy of the High Kings, can rally the diverse people and creatures of the Moonshae Isles to halt the spread of darkness'.

This title is also rereleased with new cover art and text by Ed Greenwood, in 2004. Click here for details page.

Other titles in the Moonshae Trilogy:

By: Brett Franklin Date: 12-July-1999
Rating: GoodGoodGood
The very first FR novel I bought. Oddly enough I cant actually remember why I bought it, as I hadnt bought any Fantasy novel before. Looking back now the story isnt that great , but at the time I read it I was pleased with it.

The characters were good especially the animal ones. ie. Canthus , Newt the pseudo-dragon and Kammeryn the Unicorn. Good enemies too, with the Northmen and Kazgoroth being nice and evil (although i dont think it explained where he came from). I found the Earthmother a little confusing though - i knew she was sort of meant to be like mother nature, but all the other FR gods are in different planes , how is she sort of in the land?

When reading the book though you couldnt help but compare the Moonshaes to Great Britain.

Cover - the cover isnt anything special, the two characters dont match anyones desciption in the book , however you would assume that it was Tristan and Robyn. It did however show what Firbolgs looked like.

By: Jonathan Burness Date: 10-June-2000
Rating: GoodGoodGood GoodGood

This was the very first FR book and I think that it was really good of Niles to have no idea what he was writing for the most part and still have such a good book. The book was originally just an original book and then he adapted it to the realms.

I also have a complaint about a previous review on this title. The girl is one of the elven riders I'd imagine (I can't remember exact name) although I think she is lacking pointed ears on the cover. Anyways the other rider is NOT a firbolg! If anything that they are the bloodriders (think about it possessed northmen with blood red eyes).

By: Paul Gotts Date: 20-May-2001
Rating: GoodGoodGood GoodGood

A brittiant read for a lazy afternoon in the sun, the plot flows quite nicely, with evil seemingly winning the day until the bitter end. It's is a change to read that good although wins takes a beating (Druids turned to stone. The characters blend in nicely together but why is there always a halfling !!!

With the growing power in Robyn and the dangerous pairing of Tristan and Canthus the first book of the Trilogy plants the seed to entice the reader to read on to the second book.

With regards the first reviewer it would seem that he had forgot to read the book as the front cover is quite obviously one of the Sister Knights about to be attacked by the leader of the Bloodrider... This is one of the twists to the tale..

In summary, a good read on a sunny afternoon..

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