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[Pages] of [Pain] is an [AD&D] novel by [Troy Denning] set in the [Planescape] campaign in the city of [Sigil]. Narrated from the perspective of [The Lady of Pain], it tells the tale of an [Amnesian] Hero that cannot remember his name, a [Dustman], a [Bleak Cabal|Bleaker], a [Sign of One|Signer], and a [tanar'ri], as they some how meet up with the [Amnesian Hero] who has accepted the task of seeking out [The Lady] to recall who he once was. Truly an excellent read for any fan of the [Planescape] setting. It has [factions], [fiends], and well written [fighting]. I was lucky enough to stop by my local non franchised small book store to discover that they had the [out of print] [hardcover] first printing of this book. I quickly snapped it up without even thinking twice, not even caring what to expect. To say the least I was seriously blown away, the author of this novel has succeded in creating a strong hero character with a whole mess of intriguing flaws. This is a great book, but you don't have to take my word for it*. Be warned however, if you are not familiar with any of the [Planescape] terminology, it may make absolutley no sense whatsoever. (Suggestion, play the computer RPG [Planescape Torment].)

Pages of Pain
Troy Denning
[1996] [TSR] Inc.
[Library of Congress Catalog Number] 95-62250
[ISBN] 0-7869-0508-5

* - I belive this was a trademark catch phrase from the [PBS] childrens' show [Reading Rainbow], hosted by [Levar Burton]...and no the scars are still healing from those early dull educational programming years.
Additional Thoughts
The telling of the story from the perspective of [The Lady of Pain] was quite interesting. She is given some normal un-godlike traits by Denning, mainly a hint of compassion, and a little bit of caring, worry and loving in her narrations. Then she pops up out of the filthy sigilian smog and does the whole [Lady of Pain] routine dishing out punishment and thwarting her clueless enemies.