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Saving Solace

by Douglas W. Clark
The Champions, Volume 1

Reviews of 'Saving Solace'

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Reviewer: BeezerMN

Rating: Stars

Saving Solace by Douglas Clark is the first book in a series of standalone novels in the Champions series. I believe this is Mr. Clark's first novel in the Dragonlance universe and he proves to be a quick study of all things Dragonlance.

The plot of this book is pretty straight forward and has few twists and turns. The book starts off with the town of Solace discovering a murder, and the victim happens to be their sheriff. Palin Majere, the town mayor, sends for the only man he thinks can take over the sheriff's job, Gerard uth Mondar. The book centers on Gerard's quest to find out who murdered the sheriff. Of course, along the way there are some hurdles he has to get across, but in typical fashion, in the end everything is resolved in a nice tight package. If you are a fan of Dragonlance books, which I am, this book has everything you have come to expect from one. Some Dragonlance books written in the past few years have started deviating from the style that makes Dragonlance so popular; well have no fear here, Mr. Clark writes a traditional Dragonlance book here, and writes it well I may add.

Some of the characters in this book are carry-overs from the War of Souls trilogy. Gerard, Palin, Laura, and a few others. This gives Clark a chance to jump right into the story as the characters have already been developed. However, the one complaint about this book is that there is very little true character development. In fact, I would even venture to say that the Gerard that is written about in Saving Solace doesn't resemble the Gerard written about the War of Souls. In WoS Gerard is a gruff, quiet, introspective soldier. Ye in this book he dances, cracks jokes and does things that he never did before. A minor continuity problem from book to book is all.

In you are looking for a traditional Dragonlance book that is a light easy read, have no fear and jump into this one. If, however, you are looking for a deep plot with lots of character development, you may be disappointed by this one. Yet, in the end scheme of things I would recommend this book to most fantasy genre fans. I enjoyed this book and it is good to see that the Dragonlance setting is getting back to what I know and loved about it before.

Reviewer: Gerrin

Rating: Stars

First off I would have to say Saving Solace was a breath of fresh air. The book Saving Solace was not only a change of pace compared to other recently released books but was surprisingly entertaining too read. The premise of the book perhaps is not as appealing as other books that have been released in the last year but nevertheless it deserves to be recognized as one of the best books released this year.

The story centers around Gerard uth Monder and his beginnings as the sheriff of Solace. Gerard enters Solace during a booming period of the town as its growth is almost non-stop and the trouble is only increasing. Once arriving there Palin Majere bestows upon Gerard the office of sheriff and Gerard quickly learns of the pleasures and troubles that are associated with that office.

With the previous sheriff murdered Gerard begins to investigate the crime, while policing the streets, helping prepare for the new Temple of Mishakal dedication, and trying to maintain the kender in the city. By following the pages of the adventure the reader finds himself immersed in the town of Solace and its charming and sometimes odd residents. Also the book provides a blueprint to what the town of Solace has become and covers all of its famous locales.

The author's love of writing is really well demonstrated in this book as he approached the usual problems of a boomtown with a new approach. His characters are all given personalities that reflect not cardboard cut outs of town people, but rather folks with real problems trying to get by. Also his solutions are much different then killing the villains; instead the characters respond to events and act according to their own conscience.

The book also creates a town that feels alive to the reader. Not only are the citizens given personalities but the reader will be surprised to the details the author put in. As the story progresses the reader will be given a clear picture of the problems in the town and the conflicts the main character is going through.

The writing style in the book is one that flows through and the reader will find it hard to put down. The author does an excellent job on expanding the character of Gerard. In the War of Souls trilogy Gerard appeared depressed and hateful of being a knight. After he leaves the knighthood and his father's overbearing presence he transforms into a confident man who realizes what he wants. Other characters are portrayed in the usual self and while Clark adds little to them, he does maintain their normal social behaviors.

In the end, the book is a fantastic read for those who want a change of pace from the other books the series is currently offering. It is a solid read in that the reader gains a ton of information about Solace, from local businesses to how the city government is run. To any gamer out there centering there campaign around Solace, this book would be a must have for their collection; to any reader this book is worthy read and well written. I would have to say that this book far exceeded my expectation going in and I am giving it 4.5 stars out of 5.

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