Chronicles of Shandahar

2007 September 29
by Stupid Ranger

While I was at Gencon this year, I picked up the Chronicles of Shandahar books, Child of Prophecy and Warrior of Destiny, from the authors’ booth in the Art Show. I’m always reading something, and after skimming the introduction of the first book, I was intrigued. The authors, Tracy Chowdhury and Ted Mark Crim, were really nice and signed copies of the books I had purchased, and off I went home, excited about having something new to read.

I’ll admit, and I’m sure several of you have experienced the same thing, after coming home from a convention, I sometimes forget all the stuff I bought; this year, I kinda forgot about the Shandahar books. But once I found them again….

I could not stop reading them. The books are well-written and very engrossing. It is easy to become emotionally invested in the characters, and who doesn’t love a struggle of good versus evil where you really hope good will win, but you are a little nervous to turn the page in case things go wrong.

I visited their website, and I was not surprised to learn that these books were based on a campaign. There is so much in the storyline that reminds me of epic adventures in which I’ve played that I can almost picture friends at a table, rolling dice, making spot checks or casting spells or attacking the Big Bad.

I’m near the end of the second book, and I have to admit, I don’t want to end it because I’m going to be so sad when it’s over. But at the same time, I can’t wait to see how it all ends. I can assure you, no matter what happens, I’ll be looking forward to a third book.

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