C7 continues to impress with this stunning region book detailing the area East of the Misty Mountains, including the Anduin Vales and Mirkwood. The book is beautiful; the artwork is gorgeous (like all of the art for The One Ring). The book is well organized, comprised of an Introduction, a section of the lands surrounding the river, a section on Mirkwood, and a section detailing new monsters to use in your campaign.
The sections on the River lands and the Forest are subdivided into smaller sections, each including details surrounding the history, folk, wildlife and notable personalities and places of these lands. These sections are also peppered with detailed LM maps, new Fellowship Phase Undertakings, variant Backgrounds, and new Cultural Blessings and Virtues. You'll also find dozens (nay, HUNDREDS) of adventure seeds as well as a detailed map and description of Dol Guldur.
The new monsters are great. They fit well with the source material and some even expand upon what has come before. My favorite are some of the named, unique creatures, including Bolg's son, Gorgol, and Nagrhaw, Chief of the Wargs. And, of course, the art is LOVELY!
I found the book to be a delight to read and only after the first few minutes my mind was being filled with many new and exciting adventure ideas. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was how well much of the content from Tales from Wilderland was integrated into and expanded upon in Heart of the Wild (the abandoned town of Haycombe and "Elendil's Camp" for example). The writing style is consistent with the other TOR books, as is the presentation. A DETAILED index and an updated LM's map (split over two pages at the end of the book) round out the book.
This is an amazing sourcebook for an even more amazing RPG. Kudos to C7 and crew for continuing to surpass my expectations!
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