Sommerlund is not an adventure - it is a setting. This book details the history of Sommerlund, geography, and than important regions and cities in Sommerlund such as Tyso, Holmgard, the Southlund Marches, and Kirlunain Isles. For each location, a history is given, significant features are given, government and law is described, economic conditions detailed, and a map is provided. Sometimes, notable figures are described as they relate to specific locations around the city. I just wish that stats and abilities for these notable figures were provided.
This book would be very helpful if a group of adventurers was to visit one of these locations or adventure there. The presentation of information is a little wordy so the book doesn't serve well as a quick-reference. I think if I knew one of my adventuring groups was visiting one of these locations I would carefully read and take notes on the section - that way I could reference the notes at a quick glance and get the information I needed.
Unfortunately, a large portion of this book was previously made available online in Mongoose's Signs and Portents magazine. The information from page 17 to page 102 (in a 142 page book) was available from Signs and Portents in a slightly modified version. Maps and some sections are actually identical. Sometimes the language is clarified a bit. Sometimes facts are changed. For example, on page 48 it says "King Braern I granted command" but in that same paragraph in Signs and Portents it says King Kian, not King Braern I. Whether or not this represents a correction or not is not stated so we're left to draw our own conclusions as to which is correct. Ultimately, this kind of leaves me feeling cheated a bit that I paid $20.00 for something that was mostly available for free already.
It's a good reference book but I wish the formatting was a little easier to quick reference and I wish a little more original work has gone into the product.
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