After finishing Harry Potter, I figured any book I read next had to be really good or I’d be disappointed. I rummaged through my e-book collection, picked out a few that sounded good, and read each of the prologues, but one stood out above the others. It happened to be a book I’ve been meaning to read and recently picked up called Temple Hill.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the story is a Forgotten Realm book and part of The Cities series. Each book in this series is independent but share similar themes. Temple Hill is book two of the series and written by Drew Karpyshyn. If the name sounds familiar it’s because he also wrote all three of the Mass Effect books along with the first Mass Effect video game. He has also written many Star Wars books and one Baldur’s Gate II book. I really enjoy his writing and always find myself getting lost in the characters. Temple Hill was no different.
Temple Hill was no different.
The story is pretty light-hearted, although it has it’s darker moments.
Among the dark streets of the city move thieves and cutthroats. And they don’t like independent operators like Lhasha Moonsliver. But when she hires the town drunk as a bodyguard, she gets more than she bargained for. Together they’ll have to battle the thieves’ guild, the Cult of the Dragon, and other, darker foes. And a fallen man will have to remember the proud warrior he once was. (Amazon Product Description)
It reminds me a lot of a video game, actually, and that is a good thing. It really shows that Karpyshyn has a love for this type of world, and a love for video games. Much like in a video game, the characters advance and often times learn new skills or acquire new means of survival in this book (they do NOT “level up”, thankfully) and the way Magic is used is a lot like I’ve seen it used in many RPG’s.
I’ve talked to Karpyshyn before via e-mail, he seems like a really nice guy. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking of sending him another email and telling him how much I enjoyed this book. So, if you’re looking for a pretty fast read, only about 320 pages, and love this type of fantasy world, you will not be disappointed. In fact, I wish it could have gone longer. I wonder if Karpyshyn has ever considered writing another book with the same characters?