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Alxbates01 Feb 2011 1:36 p.m. PST

I've read a lot of D&D novels since I was a teenager. Admittedly, I read most of those while I still was a teenager, but there are a few favorites that I've revisited from time to time.

Recently, I've been cleaning out my storage unit and sorting through my old boxes of books, and I've come across some of those old D&D novels – the Dragonlance Chronicles, Kaz the Minotaur, Pool of Radiance, Azure Bonds, The Wyverns Spur, the Gord the Rogue books. I don't think that any of them are really "good" books, but a lot of them are fun brain candy. What's your favorite D&D novel or novels?

Mine are:

Saga of Old City – (a Gord the Rogue book, about his childhood)

Pool of Radiance – (an absolutely cheezy story of how three adventurers come together to stop a posessed dragon)

the Doom Brigade – (about a legion of Draconians who are steering away from Evil towards Neutrality)

Alxbates01 Feb 2011 1:39 p.m. PST

If I was to include the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style Endless Quest books, then I'd add

Mountain of Mirrors

and

Blade of the Young Samurai

to the list.

Vosper01 Feb 2011 2:02 p.m. PST

I enjoyed the Dark Sun series, even though they were more of a tie-in to the product line than most of their novels.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine01 Feb 2011 2:16 p.m. PST

Clerics Quintet for the Forgoten Relams. Pretty predictable but fun to watch the characters go from level 1s upto arse kicking hero status. kind of a sad ending though.

richarDISNEY01 Feb 2011 2:35 p.m. PST

There was a series that had a mean ranger with a sentient hell hound cape and a smart mouthed pixie companion which were great! I think they were based on actual D&D modules…

Doom Brigade was awesome…

As well as I, Strahd…
beer

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2011 3:06 p.m. PST

Never really cared for any of the "official" D&D novels. I read the first Dragonlance novel, which was okay; I really don't remember much of it. I also read Andre Norton's Quag Keep, which was sort of "official." Don't remember much of it, either, aside from there being dice on the characters' bracelets that whirled whenever something happened (lame idea).

Other than that, I enjoyed the early books in Joel Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series, which were clearly based on D&D, and Elizabeth Moon's Paksennarion novels, which started out as generic (if well written) D&D character story and then morphed into something much deeper.

TSR's attempt at CYOA books never struck me as particularly good. But Steve Jackson's Warlock of Firetop Mountain was well done as a solo adventure, and even used dice and character stats you generated yourself.

mweaver01 Feb 2011 3:24 p.m. PST

The only ones I ever read were the original Drizzzzt books. Not completely horrible, but they certainly did not inspire me to try others.

Parzival: "Elizabeth Moon's Paksennarion novels, which started out as generic (if well written) D&D character story and then morphed into something much deeper."

Weird. I thought the first one was good, the second was a poorly disguised D&D campaign, and the third recovered a bit from the second but was still too "game-y"… which appears to be the opposite of how you reacted to them!

Brust's Vlad Taltos series grew out of a D&D campaign, if I remember correctly, and they weren't too horrible.

jpattern201 Feb 2011 3:32 p.m. PST

Dark Sun for me, too. I don't remember which of them was my favorite, though.

The Vlad Taltos and Guardians of the Flame books were better, but not official D&D.

Really hated everything Dragonlance, as well as Quag Keep. Still have them in my collection, though.

Farstar01 Feb 2011 4:06 p.m. PST

The Vlad Taltos and Guardians of the Flame books were better, but not official D&D.

Which is the crux of the matter. The "official" books are mediocre at best precisely because they are strongly D&D. The books that are based on a looser interpretation of the D&D experience average a bit higher. That includes Vlad Taltos, Guardians of the Flame, Cats Have No Lord, Liavek, Thieves World, and the elephant in the room: Midkemia.

Alxbates01 Feb 2011 5:06 p.m. PST

Ah, yes, the Guardians of the Flame series, and the Midkemia books. Both highly enjoyable, both very obviously D&D-inspired.

lkmjbc301 Feb 2011 7:45 p.m. PST

I haven't found any to be "readable". The "Crystal Shard" was actually good enough to actually finish…The rest… yuck!

Give my Gotrek and Felix anyday…

Joe Collins

Flat Beer and Cold Pizza01 Feb 2011 7:50 p.m. PST

The Dark Sun novels were pretty good. I could never get into the Dragon Lance series for some reason.

GoneNow01 Feb 2011 8:28 p.m. PST

I still enjoy reading the Ravenloft series. I have all of them but the Knight Of The Black Rose. I think my ex stole it after she read Vampire Of The Mist but moved out before finishing KOTBR.

Also I liked the Gord books too. The first one was better then the second one.

streetline02 Feb 2011 3:58 a.m. PST

I, Strahd and the Doom Brigade both had their moments.

Goldwyrm02 Feb 2011 12:32 p.m. PST

I read the early Dragonlance stuff. I was into it at the time. Not sure how it would read now.

Tbh, I enjoyed the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

KTravlos02 Feb 2011 4:23 p.m. PST

Wooww brings back memories

let us see

Drizzt series: Spine of the World (everybody hated it, I loved it)

Daughter of the Drow

The later Dragonlance series (Min I think).

richarDISNEY03 Feb 2011 2:02 p.m. PST

Found the ones with the ranger.
It was the Paul Kidd Novels.

White Plume Mountain (1999)

Descent into the Depths of the Earth (1999)
Queen of the Demonweb Pits (2001)

Loved them all.
beer

Ferrous Lands26 Jun 2011 5:23 p.m. PST

Hey, thanks for the book suggestions guys. I just started Markus Heitz 's The Dwarves and have been looking around for some good fantasy books.

nvdoyle17 Aug 2011 7:43 p.m. PST

Seconding richarDISNEY.

Sane Max18 Aug 2011 3:39 a.m. PST

'Beauty's Punishment' by A.N. Roquelaure.

(Whadya Mean? It had Dungeons in, and probably Dragons too?)

Pat

Grand Duke Natokina18 Aug 2011 12:10 p.m. PST

I started reading the Conan novels in Nam simply for something to do.

Patonius18 Aug 2011 12:32 p.m. PST

Saga of Old City – still read it periodically. My copy has fallen apart.

Crystal Shard/Streams of Silver – see above

Willtij18 Aug 2011 8:15 p.m. PST

Never got into the D&D books. Say what you want about Games Workshop but I always enjoyed the stuff from the Black Library like the Gotrek and Felix novels. Of course in my book nothing beats good ol' Conan (the ones written by Robert E Howard not the pastiche stuff).

The Angry Piper19 Aug 2011 3:32 a.m. PST

I just started Markus Heitz 's The Dwarves and have been looking around for some good fantasy books.

It's a fun read. I'm about to start the sequel, War of the Dwarves.

Chris B23 Aug 2011 7:39 a.m. PST

Dark Elf trilogy wasn't half bad, but it's the only D&D series I managed to get through.

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