The Framing Story
Whereas DnD:HAT:TRtN (that title is a mouthful even abbreviated) is a prequel and subsequently has no spoilers for the film, be warned if you wish to stroll into the film understanding completely nothing. This assessment will talk about characters from the film. Equally, whereas I will not give away main plot factors from the e-book, I do reference issues talked about in promotions for the e-book.
Technically, DnD:HAT:TRtN is a narrative Edgin (performed by Chris Pine within the film) is telling his daughter. That story begins with Edgin the bard as a widowed father, having not too long ago stop the Harpers (suppose good man spies in Faerun) after his spouse was killed in retribution by enemies of the Harpers (that is referenced in one of many film trailers). Edgin is floundering amidst his grief and decides to go to the native tavern along with his toddler daughter for a scorching meal.
It Begins in a Tavern
Like all good D&D adventures, necessary issues occur in a tavern.
An exhausted Elgin meets Holga (performed by Michelle Rodriguez within the film), who has been expelled by her tribe, and so they find yourself serving to one another. Flash ahead 9 years, and Edgin and Holga go to that very same tavern once more, this time assembly Forge (Hugh Grant), a con man. When the city is attacked, Edgin, Holga, and Forge staff as much as get their stuff again, and find yourself hailed as heroes. Forge then parlays that into a possibility for them to make “simple cash” just a few months later, searching for somebody who disappeared.
Nevertheless it’s by no means that simple in a D&D journey.
Throughout that expedition, the group meets Simon (Justice Smith), a half-elf sorcerer striving to dwell as much as his household’s legacy. Afterward, Simon brings them a possibility to rob a rich, eccentric dragonborn mage.
Not like some D&D teams, Edgin and his crew put collectively a superb heist plan. Like most D&D campaigns, issues get difficult and do not go as deliberate.
Is it Good?
DnD:HAT:TRtN wanted to perform three issues: 1) encourage individuals to see the film; 2) please present D&D followers; and three) entice fantasy followers who’ve by no means performed D&D. The prequel does a superb job on all three counts.
The story seems like D&D adventures, and the e-book additionally has quite a lot of coronary heart. One in every of my complaints about Dragonlance: Dragons of Deceit was that I by no means felt an emotional connection to Destina or the opposite characters. In DnD:HAT:TRtN, I really feel for Edgin’s survivor’s guilt and wish to guard his household of misfits in a world with gnolls, beholders, dire wolves, and so on.
Writer Jaleigh Johnson additionally does not attain for the stereotypical causes when a greater one is plausible. Holga is an ideal instance. She’s a powerful, blunt, axe-wielding barbarian, however her causes for being reluctant about sure issues go deeper than barbarian cliches, and made me really feel for Holga.
Film novelizations and prequels are sometimes written whereas the film is filming, so that they have the taking pictures script to work from however no precise footage. Johnson does a terrific job of matching the characters’ dialogue to the tone and supply the actors use within the trailer. Within the audiobook model, narrator Fred Berman enhances this by evoking the actors with out doing precise impressions of them. It is simple to think about the actors of their roles.
I learn this e-book very quick as a result of it engaged me shortly, and I did not wish to put it down – and that is the mark of a superb e-book. Some D&D books really feel extra like they’re checking off an inventory of D&D phrases and tropes with shallow characters that evoke little curiosity or empathy.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves: The Highway to Neverwinter had sufficient twists to maintain me guessing, and characters I got here to care about. I used to be additionally much more entertained by it than different related books I’ve learn. If the precise film is something like this prequel, it is going to be good. A+