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Reviews of 'Lord Soth'

Lord Soth

by Edo Van Belkom
Warriors, Volume 6


Reviews of 'Lord Soth'

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Reviewer: Morten Brattbakk

Rating: Stars

There are some spoilers here, but if you haven't read the book but are still familiar with Lord Soth's background, it is quite safe for you to read on.

Edo van Belkom is totally new to Dragonlance, I haven't seen his name in any anthologies or game material. I had expected many contradictions. I also didn't expect enjoying this book very much because I already was quite familiar with Soth's descent into darkness; which this book is about. But I was pleasantly surprised on both accounts.

For once, van Belkom is more true to the established Dragonlance mythology than most other well established authors. There are very few things which are wrong or even questionable; the only ones I noticed was the letter to Astinus at the beginning of the book, which is dated 401 AC (that would really be well into the Fifth Age, where time is recorded differently and Astinus is no longer around) and his mention of Thoradin as a port town; Thoradin was a dwarven city nestled far in the Khalkists. He apparently mistook the name of the country Thoradin for being the name of an unnamed, but marked, port city on the pre-cataclysm map in the Atlas.)

But more important: Is the story itself any good? Yes, I think so. The novel starts with an awesome scene that took my breath away (a bit too awesome perhaps, it then slows down radically, making the first chapters pale in comparison to the prologue. But as the familiar story unfolds, it gets interesting again, and Belkom adds new touches and details which makes things interesting. A marriage problem between Soth and his wife, and its outcome, is a very interesting subplot. All through the book there are foreshadowing's to what will inevitably happen to Lord Soth, and we certainly get the feeling of inevitably as one dark deed leads Lord Soth into another, worse, in a descending spiral he is unable, perhaps also unwilling to stop.

While the story pretty much follows what we already knows from the Soth legends, (with additional subplots, as I have mentioned) there are some small deviations. For example, Soth's wife is from Palanthas in this novel, not Kalaman. And, a little unnecessary and annoying in my opinion, is the nature of the elves Soth encounters on his way to stop the Cataclysm. With the banshees being so important in the Sith legend, Belkom should have gone with the original story here.

But all in all, a good book with few inconsistencies. I would recommend it to all Dragonlance fans (and especially fans of Lord Soth, of course), and I hope Edo van Belkom is given the task of writing more Dragonlance novels in the future.

Review made Monday December 15th, 1997 on the alt.fan.dragonlance newsgroup


Reviewer: Tasselmarsh Sothfoot

Rating: Stars

Lord Soth is the first Dragonlance novel I ever read. I found it after I read Knight of the Black Rose (a Ravenloft book my friend let me borrow). Knight of the Black Rose was such an incredible read that I had to learn more of Soth. I found this book and read it very quickly. It didn't hook me on to Dragonlance (that came later with Autumn Twilight) and it really didn't go into that much detail about the extrememly detailed world of Krynn.

It was a stand alone story that could have taken place on Krynn, In the Forgotten Realms, Middle Earth or even a twisted version of our own HIstory. The book doesnt focus on surroundings, it focuses on Character, which is exactely what I was looking for at the time.

Its main theme is a very powerful one: do we overlook morality when we want to present a flawless image of ourselves? In other words is it justifiable doing evil things in order to look good? The author uses Lord Lorien Soth as a perfect vessel for this theme. We watch him fall farther and farther from grace, and we grimace and grown every time he is about to fall. By the end your asking yourself, how much farther can he change in negative way from when the book first begins.

Then we reach the end, which happens to be one of the best I have ever read in any book. Even though I already knew who Lord Soth was going to become by the end of the book, it filled me with such a reaction that I had to ask outloud "Why???"

For someone who hasnt read Dragons of Spring Dawning and has never heard of Soth, the ending of this book woud be an incredible treat, but even for diehard Soth Fans its still a kick! The ending is so powerful , I would consider it to be one of the few times that a book has left an impact on my life and has actually helped me make a few decisions. This is Dragonlance at its best!


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