The Parched Sea

The Parched Sea Determined to drive a trade route through Anauroch the Zhentarim have sent an army to enslave the fierce nomads of the great desert As tribe after tribe fall to the intruders only a single woman Rh

  • Title: The Parched Sea
  • Author: Troy Denning Fred Fields
  • ISBN: 9781560760672
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Determined to drive a trade route through Anauroch, the Zhentarim have sent an army to enslave the fierce nomads of the great desert As tribe after tribe fall to the intruders, only a single woman, Rhua, sees the true danger but what sheik will heed the advice of an outcast witch Ruha finds help from an unexpected source The Harpers, guardians of liberty throughout theDetermined to drive a trade route through Anauroch, the Zhentarim have sent an army to enslave the fierce nomads of the great desert As tribe after tribe fall to the intruders, only a single woman, Rhua, sees the true danger but what sheik will heed the advice of an outcast witch Ruha finds help from an unexpected source The Harpers, guardians of liberty throughout the Realms, have sent an agent to counter the Zhentarim If she can help this stranger win the trust of the sheikhs, perhaps he can overcome the tribes ancestral rivalries and drive the invaders from the desert.

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    • Markus says:

      When going through these shared universes, there's always the occasional book that is so lacking in any redeeming quality that I keep asking myself "why am I doing this?", leading to an existential crisis where I debate the reasons for reading fantasy in the first place.I believe I have successfully combated this disease this time, but the book was unfortunately still awful.A lot of these books at least provide some measure of insight into the world, peoples, areas or gods of the Forgotten Realm [...]

    • Benjamin Thomas says:

      Yesterday, I enjoyed an unexpectedly long lunch period so was able to complete Troy Denning's The Parched Sea a full day ahead of schedule. This is the first book in "The Harper's" series, part of the Forgotten Realms milieu in the Dungeons and Dragons universe. A note about novels that are game tie-ins: I never expect them to be outstanding literature but I do expect them to be nice diverting entertainment, whisking me off to fantastical worlds and allowing me to excape my own reality. They usu [...]

    • Matt says:

      Basically, this is Dungeons and Dragons meets Lawerence of Arabia. It's utterly predictable and unoriginal, and since its been nearly 20 years since I read it I can't really vouch for its (probably) pretty pedestrian prose. I don't remember whether this was particularly well writen or not, I just could never get over how derivative it was. Troy isn't that bad of a writer for being in the TSR/WotC stable and some of my friends enjoyed this, but that's about as much of a recommendation as I could [...]

    • Steve says:

      I’ve read my local library out of books I find interesting. I’m going to give the library a break for a month or two, so more new books get shuffled in, and I have some new stuff to read. In the meantime, I decided to go back into my Forgotten Realms book collection, since I’m getting interested in D&D and the setting again, and read some of the more obscure, lesser-known books. The first one I pulled out was The Parched Sea, by Troy Denning, the first book in the Harpers series.All in [...]

    • Jesse says:

      I really liked this book. I will admit that I was desperate for some fantasy at the time, and this one filled the slot well. It takes place in the desert of Anaroch. To be perfectly honest, the plot was only soso, but the descriptions of the people and society and culture were intruiguing to me. I love that stuff. This is also only one book, not a series, and I think that plot always suffers when the author is constricted to 300 odd pages. But I'd say he did a good job (also, there is another bo [...]

    • James says:

      The Desert Fantasy sub-genre isn't something you run across everyday. This book was for me like an exotic treat from a mystical land. I thought that the story worked well enough, I loved the two main characters, and there were a few surprises along the way. I was also impressed out how well-researched the book was concerning desert cultures. Even as a Forgotten Realms adventure story, there was so much real-life survival going on that it made the story seem real. You actually don't learn very mu [...]

    • Marc Lalonde says:

      Reading the Forgotten Realms novels in publication order, it is interesting to see what comes out of specific writers over time. Troy Denning wrote the least-intolerable book in the gods-awful Avatar trilogy (Waterdeep), then the pretty-good second entry in the Empires trilogy (Dragonwall), which worked fairly well as a semi-standalone novel, although it suffered in comparison to the first entry in that series (Horselords) by David Cook. Here in The Parched Sea, we finally get to see a Troy Denn [...]

    • Peter Greenwell says:

      Yes, as most reviewers have stated, this is a D&D rewrite of Lawrence of Arabia, but accusing a book of lifting its plot from a prior work is a pointless thing considering most fiction works in existence have done precisely this, and it's the done thing. But on its own merits, The Parched Sea is a lightweight and enjoyable read, which is exactly how your Dungeons and Dragons fiction should be. There are no profundities here, no depths of character or complex plotting. It's a simply told tale [...]

    • Badger Dubhghaill says:

      Spoilers: None of the characters were likable, you pretty much had to deal with Arabs treating their women like second class citizens just like in the real world. Ruha was trying to escape these oppressive people because she's a woman and a sorceress.(or witch as she keeps being insultingly called and spat at) in the end she stayed with the men that treated her like crap.By the end I was really hoping they all got slaughtered.

    • David Sarkies says:

      Apparently it is a copy of Lawrence of Arabia22 July 2014 After reading through a number of reviews for other Forgotten Realms books that I had read, and noting the regular comments on how terrible the writing is and how unoriginal the plots are, I decided that, after a 20 year break, I will try to find some that I have not read (because I am not sure if I could really force myself to read one that I have already read) so I thought that I would settle on the Harper's series. As it happened, as s [...]

    • Chip Hunter says:

      While this book was enjoyable for the most part, I really felt as if it was missing something throughout the story Its hard to say exactly what that something is, but I just wasn't fulfilled after this Harpers novel. More detail should have been provided in some instances and the background characters were too predictable (the sheiks and the Zhents). There's something else though that left me with a bored feeling throughout much of the novel. Maybe it was just a little too predictable or maybe I [...]

    • Doug Kallies says:

      I've always enjoyed Arabian fantasy. Mr. Denning brings the nomads of Anauroch to life in this action-packed adventure, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying the story. The cultural differences encountered by the Harper, Lander were an excellent method of portraying life in the desert. With a familiar villain in the Zhentarim, I rooted for the Bedine and their erstwhile Harper companion. Highly recommended. (As a side note, I found myself growing thirsty while reading the descriptions of life i [...]

    • Rhonda Abello says:

      I have wanted to read some Dungeons and Dragons based books for some time and came across this book and decided to give it a try. Game based books are almost never that great so my expectations were not too high. I thought it was a good, quick read. After reading through several very formulaic fantasy books it was nice to have a change of pace into the desert setting. The premise of the story was pretty standard, but the flavor of the atmosphere, as well as Ruha's magic made it very interesting [...]

    • Steve Ragusin says:

      The first book in the stand alone stories series The Harpers, The Parched Sea is the tale of Lander and a desert dwelling exiled witch Ruha. Another early work for one of my favorite fantasy authors Troy Denning. The story had a decent pace, probably dragged on 3 chapters too long, but overall some good early Forgotten Realms novel. This book does a good job of breaking the early mold of restricting itself to the D&D rules feel.A good story.

    • Todd R says:

      4 stars for TSR/WOTC novel. One of the better D&D franchise novels I've read in a while. The characters were good, both challenged by their environment and growing along the way as people. It was a little slow, but Denning keeps it on track during a laggy middle.Ruha, one of the main characters, returns in another Harper novel and I'm looking forward to catching up with her as I'm reading through the Harper series.

    • Jeff says:

      Re-read this book after 20 years just for fun. I wasn't terribly disappointed as I have been with many books I used to love as a teen and then take another look as an adult. This is a fun story and an easy read to keep you entertained. It's by no means classic literature but I don't think anyone who picks this up would expect it to be. Only real critique is, it needs a rogue in the story LOL

    • Steven Werber says:

      The book didn't know what it wanted to be. It didn't know if it wanted to be fluffy Fantasy filler or dark fantasy realism. It was just ok for me.

    • Alfonso Cavarero says:

      It's a 2.5,a novel without infamy,nor praiseA Lawrence d'Arabia settled in a Forgotten Realm world: a predictable plot,with predictable characters and an obvious final.Still you can enjoy it if you are a F.R fan, but no more special reasons to read it.

    • Liz says:

      Simple, fast and sweet read. Quite enjoyed it! Hope to continue in the series :)

    • AndrewP says:

      The Harpers Book #1. Set in the Forgotten Realms D&D setting.

    • Paul says:

      Pretty meh. I am reading for inspiration for my D&D campaign.

    • Chen Herzl says:

      This book made me appreciate and start drinking water :)

    • Rhonda says:

      it was slow for me to get into but once I did, I just devoured the book. I did not like at the end that a main character was killed off tho.

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