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The God Catcher by Erin M. Evans

Posted by travizzt on March 9, 2010

Living life on her own, Tennora is finally free. That is until she helps a woman claiming to be a dragon. The God Catcher is good, very good.


The God Catcher by Erin M. Evans- This is the fifth book released in the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series of stand-alone novels. This series contains five other entries, which are all written by different authors. With all stand-alone novel series, any of the other entries can be read out-of-order. The series is set in the Forgotten Realm universe. The other novels in the series includes; Blackstaff Tower by Steven E. Schend, Mistshore by Jaleigh Johnson, Downshadow by Erik Scott de Bie, City of the Dead by Rosemary Jones, and Circle of Skulls by James P. Davis (due out in June 2010). The God Catcher was released in February 2010. This is Erin M. Evans first full-length novel, but she has contributed a short story in The Realms of the Dead anthology titled “The Resurrection Agent.”

The story is about a noble girl named Tennora who doesn’t want to be a proper lady but just wants to study magic and lore. Her aunt and uncle worry over where she lives, an apartment complex called the God Catcher. The complex is called that because after the Spellplague, a giant construct that guarded the city of Waterdeep went crazy and was trapped half-underground and half above. After a visit from Tennora’s aunt and uncle, a seemingly crazy woman is yelling and throwing rocks at the God Catcher. After the woman vanished before the Watch could step in, Tennora thought nothing of her. Until she went to a tavern across the street and the crazy woman struck up a conversation with her. Tennora, feeling sorry for the woman, invites the crazy woman to have dinner with her. During their meal, the woman, Nestrix, claims she’s a dragon and that the landlady of the God Catcher could help change her back into her dragon body. Tennora decides it’s worth a try, and agrees to help after a deal is struck in which Nestrix promises Tennora a spell that can turn her into a powerful wizard. When they are leaving, a half-orc bounty hunter slips Tennora a piece of paper. Later, after reading the note, she finds out Nestrix is a murder and is considered to be crazy. After Nestrix pleads her case of self-defense, Tennora understands and continues to help her. After a chest that was Tennora’s mother arrives at her door, she discovers her mother isn’t who Tennora thought she was and the realization shakes Tennora to her core.  As things progress, Tennora and Nestrix get mixed up in a kidnapping plot that could bring about doom for Waterdeep.

Negatives:
1) Prologue. I really didn’t follow anything that was going on in the prologue. It just was plain confusing and odd. The only thing I got out of it were plenty of unfamiliar words and that two (or was it three?) dragons playing some sort of chess like game. Without any idea what is going on, it was almost unbearable to read through. At least, later on it does tie into the story.
2) Unfamiliar Words. Another slight problem I had were the words. These aren’t ‘normal’ words that you would find in a dictionary either. For example, what in the world is xorvintaal, dokaal, darastrix, or strixiki? The first time I came across these words I just scratched my head and wondered what they would even mean or suggest. However, as the story progresses, they were either explained or you had a basic idea of what they meant.

Positives:
1) Story. This was a real hard story to put down for to long. It flowed wonderfully and it was fast paced and exciting. I don’t remember a dull or slow moment at all. Also, the overall theme behind the story was interesting and fascinating. The theme has to do with identity and it was done extremely well. Every subplot or side story all seemed natural and fitting. There were no useless quests or missions to get some odd or end, well scratch that, there was one. But even that one added to the overall story in a number of ways. Not only that, but everything seemed to have an ending. But I do have a few small complaints. The first is that I never wanted to story to end and the other is why did it have to end?
2) Characters. I loved the characters. Each one had their unique quirks about them making them feel different. Tennora was more stereotypical of a heroine. Born in the upper class of Waterdeep, she left home because she didn’t want to be ‘controlled’ by her aunt and uncle. What makes her interesting is who her mother was, but I’ll get into that later. Nestrix was just wonderful. You knew she was a dragon, but at the same time it was hard to believe it. With all the crazy flash backs and moments of Nestrix being someone else, you would start to believe she really is crazy.Them you have the half-orc, Veron. While not a major player until the end, his presence really solidifies the whole theme. Suffice it to say, each character added to the theme of the story wonderfully. They all felt like they belonged and each and every one you really started to enjoy and like, including the villains.
3) Descriptions. To put it simply, it seemed like you were in Waterdeep. Everything was described well enough to give you an idea and it allowed for your imagination to create the rest. It’s as vivid and as abstract as you can get, all thanks to the descriptions. Where this is best shown is in the sewers. You just felt dirty and unclean when reading through that particular section.

Side Notes:
1) Nice Surprise. I’m not going to give it up, but I’m really excited when I read who Tennora’s mother was. It was a nice connection to the Sembia: Gateway to the Realms series. The only thing I can’t figure out is who her grandparent is. It couldn’t be the two sons, yet why would the daughter retain her family name? Sorry for my abstract-ness on this, but I can’t give it away.
2) More? I really want read more about these characters. Even though the story seemed to be done and over, I just want more!
3) Cover Art. I like the picture, but why couldn’t it be the full-page? I don’t understand why you have this border taking up half the cover and have the wonderfully detailed picture so tiny and small? It just boggles the mind!

Overall: 5/5
Final Thoughts:
To put it simply, I loved this book. I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved every second of reading it. While the prologue was a little odd, it didn’t hamper the story, it just started out on an off note. Quite honestly, I never wanted this to end. It’s a great read and I highly recommend picking it up.

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