The first book, Baldur's Gate, was written by Phillip Athans and released in July 1999 followed by Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn in September 2000 by the same author. Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal was written by Drew Karpyshyn and released in September 2001.
The story focusses on Gorion's Ward in the form of the mercenary Abdel Adrian, a 7 foot tall human fighter with superhuman strength. He tries to to unravel the events behind the manipulation of the iron mines along the Sword Coast. He has an affair with Jaheira, who later dies, and he stabs Sarevok Anchev to death in Candlekeep.
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnEdit
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of BhaalEdit
Abdel Adrian has gained invincibility but Illasera has cursed arrows that can harm even him. Sarevok gets resurrected and tries to join Abdel.
The novels feature a large number of inaccuracies, most notably:
- Minsc is described as as having long, red hair and a patchy orange beard. He is also not a warrior.
- All drow have lavender eyes, like Drizzt Do'Urden, instead of red.
The novels were set as the official version of the events described in the franchise in regard to the overall canon of the Forgotten Realms setting. Wizards of the Coast have however slowly started retconning this in the recent years. Now the canon is a mix of both the events in-game (including the Enhanced Editions) and the novels, though a lot of details are left ambiguous. Abdel Adrian is still the official version of Gorion's Ward.
The novels were widely criticized by fans of the games for being too inaccurate to the original story and spirit and even though they are said to be on par with most other novels of the genre.