Pool of Radiance (novel)

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Pool of Radiance
Author James M. Ward, Jane Cooper Hong
Cover artist Clyde Caldwell
Country United States
Language English
Series Heroes of Phlan
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher TSR, Inc.
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 316
ISBN 0-88038-735-1
OCLC 21019475
Followed by Pools of Darkness

Pool of Radiance is a novel based on the Pool of Radiance computer role-playing game. It was written by James Ward and Jane Cooper Hong, and published by TSR in November 1989. The novel is set in the Forgotten Realms setting based on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. This book was the first in a trilogy, followed by Pools of Darkness and Pool of Twilight.

Plot summary[edit]

Dragon described the novel's plot: "Five companions find themselves in the unenviable position of defending the soon-to-be ghost town against a rival possessing incredible power."[1]

Three companions, Shal Bal of Cormyr, Tarl Desanea, a cleric of Tyr, and Ren o' the Blade are brought together in Phlan by circumstance and encounter various threats as they work to purge the city of civilized Phlan, the restored part of the destroyed city of Old Phlan, culminating in a faceoff with the Lord of the Ruins, Tyranthraxus.


  1. ^ Kirchoff, Mary (January 1989). "The Game Wizards". Dragon (141): 69.