The Rage (Forgotten Realms: The Year of Rogue Dragons #1) ★★★☆ ½

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Title: The Rage
Series: Forgotten Realms: The Year of Rogue Dragons #1
Author: Richard Lee Byers
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 356
Format: Digital Edition



The Cult of Dragons is alive and well. They are trying to bring about a prophecy, interpretated by their found, Sammaster, that states the undead lichdragons will one day rule the world. Dragons go through a periodic phase of “Rage” where they lose all reason and kill and destroy mindlessly. That time is happening now across all of Faerun and the Dragon Cult plans to make the most of it.

Opposing them is a small group of adventurers who are sucked in against their will. Becoming allied with a shapeshifting dragon AND an undead vampirric dragon, this group starts out simply trying to save one town. This leads to the discovery that Sammaster is somehow controlling, and increasing The Rage, for his own purposes.

Now it is up to this ragtag group of human priest, halfling, arctic dwarf, human/golem hybrid and various dragons, to save humanity from an all encompassing slavery at the hands of eternal lichdragons.


My Thoughts:

Finally! Another enjoyable Forgotten Realms book. I was starting to think that I’d have to give up on FR altogether after my last couple of forays which encompassed The Night Parade, Blood Walk and Red Magic. Those were just plain bad. Thankfully, Byers has a pretty good track record with me and FR. I’ve never given his stuff below a 3star and his Haunted Lands Trilogy was a solid 3.5 across the board.

This lived up to past reads and my expectations for the future. It was a solid read. Given it is Forgotten Realms and some things are just part of that, Byers is still a good author and it shows in his storytelling here. I think that is one thing I’ve really enjoyed about Byers. Beyond his qualified writing, he can tell a good story. Too many FR books are just “conflict in a fantasy setting”. Byers tells stories that I want to read about.

I’ve ALWAYS wondered why the world wasn’t overrun or ruled by dragons. It had to be something more than that they were rare. I believe this trilogy will clue us in as to why they are so rare and why they’re not bigger players in the FR realm.

A disparate group that hates and loves itself and bickers constantly while they try to singlehandedly save the world? It works this time. I do have to wonder though, since Sammaster is a former Chosen of Mystra, will other “big name” Forgotten Realms characters become involved? Say Elminster or Blackstaff or Alustriel? Not really keeping track of the timeline,so those characters might have been gone for 100’s of years for all I know.

Ok, going to add a Forgotten Realms date to these FR reviews from now. Man, as if real history isn’t bad enough!

Date: 1373 DR (Dale Reckoning)





14 thoughts on “The Rage (Forgotten Realms: The Year of Rogue Dragons #1) ★★★☆ ½

  1. ‘Dragons go through a periodic phase of “Rage” where they lose all reason and kill and destroy mindlessly.’ –> Sooo, dragon puberty? 😛

    You got my full attention with ‘undead vampire dragon’. Good that you didn’t give up with the forgotten Realms books – and let us know which we should avoid and which are worth reading 🙂

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    1. Yeah, pretty much. But it seems to happen multiple times? Teenage dragons, over and over. Now THAT sounds like hell 😀

      Unfortunately, “Brimstone” the vamp dracolich, doesn’t play much of a part. He’s almost more of a prop than a real character.

      Yeah, this whole journey is one of finding the few gems amongst ALL the dross…

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  2. I haven’t read any Forgotten Realms outside of Salvatore. He started to get a little stale with Drizzt and Co., though he had some really fun novels. Then they changed up the world, which felt more like marketing ploy. I may have to give this one a go.

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    1. I gave up on Salvatore after about 10 Drizzt books. Salvatore can’t write characterization if his life depended on it and since the whole point of the Drizzt books is Drizzt being a character, I needed more than action.

      The world of Faerun/Toril/whatever it’s called, seems to change every couple of years. Part of that is based on whenever a new edition of D&D is released and they have to have stories to explain any rule changes, etc. But yeah, the rest of the changing world is marketing. Since they hire hack writers to spit these things out, they need new situations to hide the lack of ability.

      And yet I’m still reading these 😀


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