I was a bit surprised by this book. I was feeling like reading some absolute fluff and took this down from the shelf for a read. It was significantly better than I expected. The low rating is just because I use one rating for all works of fiction, so its up against the likes of Hamlet and War and Peace. It might be that many of the virtues of the book, such as plotting and character are due to the videogame, which the book is based on. The videogame was by Bioware which is a very good company for plotting and character and has pushed the limits of what videogames can do. However, even if this is taken into account, the writing by Philip Athans is better than most writing for D&D novels and he knows how to set a scene and makes good choices throughout. Still its just meaningless genre fluff, but much better than one would expect.