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  • ebook
  • 148 pages
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Abraxis Wren of Eberron
  • Paul Crilley
  • English
  • 08 September 2019

About the Author: Paul Crilley

Paul Crilley is a Scotsman adrift in South Africa and has been writing professionally for the past 17 years In that time he has worked on over thirteen television shows, one of which was nominated for an international Emmy award.He has written eight novels, worked on five computer games, and also written comics for IDW His previous novels include The Invisible Order books, a middle grade series

10 thoughts on “Dungeons & Dragons: Abraxis Wren of Eberron

  1. says:

    The Art was good but the writing was so amateur.

  2. says:

    I really pride myself on owning all of the Eberron novels and the one comic that s ever been released The universe is absolutely spectacular and fascinating to me, so much so that I m quite obsessed with learning everything about it I m even in the process of acquiring all of the first generation sourcebooks on Eberron So, when I discovered the existence of this trade paperback, I bought it without hesitation After reading it today, I know it was damn well worth the moolah.Abraxis Wren is an Elven inquisitive private detective in the Eberron universe, specifically in the City of Towers, Sharn He has a Dwarven partner who joins in on his theatrics, and the duo are known to solve even the most seemingly impossible cases The first two thirds of the graphic novel follow Abraxis Wren and Torin, while the last story focuses on a former military officer from The Last War The very first and most important thing that I will say is that the comic will not be as enjoyable or satiating to anyone who is unversed with the Eberron universe, specifically its history and lore There are plenty of references to events that have occurred in this universe, especially The Last War the biggest event of its history, actually , magical facets, and races and cultures The Abraxis Wren stories aren t too bad with it as it s used in conjunction with plot via vague mentionings that can be chalked up to basic fantasy laced, imaginative writing The third story, however, is ripped straight from The Last War Unfamiliarity with what this event is, as well as a particular deity from Eberron, will make you feel like you re missing out on some big part It s wholly unsatisfying and leaves the door open to a bunch of unanswered questions that may make you feel robbed.With all of that said, I rather loved the comic relatively a lot Abraxis Wren is quite Sherlockian in his theatrics of crime solving The interactions he has with different characters combined with the way that the evidentiary elements are deduced definitely have that Holmes ambiance Toss in some British ish humour that s equal parts dry and cheesy, it creates a jovial and amusing tone overall Wren is very much arrogant yet charming, obnoxious yet intelligent, and narcissistic yet compassionate His partner is sassy and handsome The chemistry between the duo felt normal The only qualm I d have is that there weren t scenes with just two of them chatting up the case.The action was very good, steady even It kept to the natural flow of the story There wasn t an overabundance, yet it didn t feel inadequate to the plot, or cases, the twosome were working on The first case felt a bit rushed, but the second one was fairly perfect with its pacing The mysteries themselves weren t anything overly spectacular, or brilliantly outside of the box, yet they were still entertaining In the third story, it s a lot action heavy as it takes place smack dab in the middle of the bloodiest war in Eberron s history There s a lot bloodshed, less dialogue and panels filled with sound effects, the blur of a blade, or a splash of scarlet Because the tale focuses on one specific individual, you don t really expect much chemistry aside from angst and the brooding quality that tends to follow soldiers around like a shadow The illustrations for both were reasonably lovely It was aesthetically satisfying to physically see Sharn and finally have something to compare to the imagery that pops into my mind whenever I read the novels Sharn is a magnificent city and I m pleased with how it was depicted in the comic It was a wonderful complement to the city s environment I m happy that what I imagined was surprisingly close to the actual concept In the third story, the panels have fighting in them, so it can seem somewhat strenuous to decipher what s going on during specific scenes, but once again, it was a good complement to the violent nature of The Last War, and Eberron itself The not so great parts, aside from the reader needing some Eberron knowledge in order to fully grasp and appreciate the book, weren t too terrible Most of the issues I had were in the final story For example, the stories involving Wren created a charming foundation and expectation But there is a severe change in tone and mood, as well as setting, which creates a bit of discord to the comic in its entirety As I mentioned earlier, the final tale makes heavy references to The Last War, which will contribute to any befuddlement that unacquainted readers may be feeling I liked the story, from a lore standpoint It was titillating and fresh to gain some perspective on something called the Mourning of Cyre.Overall, as someone who is obsessed with Eberron, and a humongous fan of the world, I thoroughly adored the graphic novel and plan on re reading it again in the near future Nevertheless, I do not recommend this to readers who don t know anything about this world, specifically the history and lore of The Last War While you may like the fantasy bits and the artwork of the setting, the plot won t be nearly as engaging at all 4.5 eyes outta 5

  3. says:

    A high fantasy steampunk Sherlock and his Watson save the realm from total war, I guess there is no way that can be boring, right Quite a revelation, a neat story with a superpowered Elven detective.The other story in this volume is also quite interesting, although a bit dense for someone who has no idea about the setting It s ok, though, as the core story works nicely and is self contained.

  4. says:

    I dearly love the world of Eberron Of the three stories in this volume, I feel like the last one Eye of the Wolf was by far the better narrative It flowed better and the characters were interested The first ones focusing on Abraxis were to Sherlock Holmes for me.

  5. says:

    The protagonist is interesting, but this hodge podge collection doesn t really give him room to shine.

  6. says:

    I really had no idea what to expect from this book when I started it As it was a Dungeons and Dragons book which I got as part of a bundle, I expected some combination of swords, sorcery, and adventuring What I got instead was sort of a DD version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but with Holmes pretentiousness and assholish tendencies turned up to 11 That may sound terrible, as though it s a less good version of Holmes, but it isn t It s funny and delightful The characters banter is a great deal of fun to read And I quite liked the art It really conveys an interesting sense of place and the panels are well assembled I would, in fact, rate the two Abraxis Wren stories 4 stars, although with the caveat that although the character is Holmes esque, the plots of the stories are not really whodunits in the sense that the original Holmes stories are But, bearing that in mind, I still quite enjoyed them.However, after two Abraxis Wren stories, I was quite disappointed to find that the third story was ot an Abraxis Wren story, but rather a swords and sorcery during a war kind of thing, which was pretty disappointing I mean, it wasn t terrible, but there wasn t much character development and, in general, I didn t really understand why most of the characters were doing what they were doing most of the time I kind of felt like maybe the author had a really rich world behind it all, but it didn t manage to find its way onto the page The art in this part was good, although not as good as the art in the previous two stories.On the whole, I wind up giving the volume 3 stars due to deducting stars for the third story.

  7. says:

    Whatever else you might want to say about Eberron that it was created as a stunt and is overstuffed with AWESOMECOOL stuff you have to at least admit that it s a change from the usual faux medieval, half Tolkien worlds.On that level alone, these comics are interesting they provide a different landscape and palette, with tall spired cities floating ships lightning powered trains and a sort of magic gaslamp aesthetic that fits with two of the three stories here, which involve a quasi Sherlock Holmes figure, the titular Abraxis Wren.In one story, Abraxis is intrigued by a locked room mystery that turns out to revolve around extra dimensional horror in the other, Abraxis and his dwarven Watson face a murderer on a train Pretty standard stories in one way, but it s a nice mash up of detective and fantasy tropes.The third story is just a long flashback about a magical macguffin and a never ending war and the horrors that people do, etc., etc Not really engaging, though as a whole, I could see this collection as a jumping on point for some RPG players.

  8. says:

    Collects three separate stories.The first two are of a 2 part series, and follows Abraxis Wren and his dwarven assistant Watson, err, I mean Torin I really enjoyed the abrasive banter and jibes between these two and the mysteries they tackle are well done The first part is set in Sharn, one of the wonders of the newest relatively world of Eberron The artwork is great, delightfully showcasing the unique architecture of Sharn and the steampunk style magics put into commercial use.A flashback constitutes the majority of the third story, where we read the recounting of a secret mission undertaken by a captain of Cyre into the heart of Droaam Captain Greykell is an impressive and charismatic character I found the character artwork even better than the already very impressive artwork of Abraxis Wren and Torin I would love to see of Captain Greykell For Cyre and Galifar

  9. says:

    Three stories and two of them includes Abaraxis Wren and his companion Torin The first story is about a infestation from another dimension and the other is a murder mystery The last story is about Greykell and her quest to find the Eye of the wolf before her enemies Great art.

  10. says:

    I really liked these adventures They really captured the flavor of Eberron.

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