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The Sage
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The old scroll [one of our oldest, in fact] has now reached one-hundred pages. It's usually good net-etiquette to start anew once a thread reaches that point, so I thought it best to do so now, with this particular discussion scroll.

Thus, heeding the words of the wise and long-time scribe, Lord Rad:-
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Just wondered how far though your Realms novel collection you all are, as in how many you have read. Also, what is everyone reading at the moment?

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Did not realize how old that other scroll was... Why, back then, Sage's to-do list was only at 17 volumes!

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The Sage
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Yeah, but that was the second series of Volumes.

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Dennis
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Finally back to reading FR fiction. I'm now on Insurrection, Book Two of the WotSQ, by Thomas M. Reid. I'm trying my very best to disassociate the Reid who wrote this book from the Reid who wrote the -ahem!- highly disappointing Empyrean Odyssey.

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The Sage
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Reid's Insurrection was actually my favourite book from the entire WotSQ series, and it's usually among the first Realms novels I re-read when I'm so inclined.

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i am now going to start Empyrean Odyssey which will complete my reading of all FR books pre-Spellplague, and thus will complete my FR book reading

then i get to start over!

p.s. i have read the Fall of Highwatch and broken my "buy no WotC material post-spellplague" but that was only because of my Bloodstone Lands project and the information in that book was a must for said project (it referred back in print to pre-spellplague times in Dammara/Narfell)

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I finished up Song of the Saurials and I decided to go with the Avatar trilogy next. I will either round it out with the other two books or read the third Brotherhood of the Griffin book after that (if I have a copy by that point).

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Wow, words are not enough to express how much I loathe Quenthel in Insurrection...If eliciting such emotion from the reader is what Reid intends in portraying Quenthel that way, I must say he definitely succeeds. I just hope Pharaun would strike her, even just once. I read Annihilation, then Dissolution prior to this novel. [I didn't care about the series at first; I only wanted to read a book where Gromph has a lot of screen time]. In Book 5, Quenthel wasn't that annoying. In fact, I sort of pity her. She almost gave up hope! But in this book, I fervently wish Jeggred gets busy somewhere so Pharaun would have the opportunity to [at the very least] spank the ungrateful bi***.

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I had the Blades of the Moonsea by Rich Baker trilogy rounded out for me at a recent birthday, so I will be moving onto Avenger next. I am, at the moment, re-reading The Sword Never Sleeps by Ed.
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quote:
Originally posted by coach

p.s. i have read the Fall of Highwatch and broken my "buy no WotC material post-spellplague" but that was only because of my Bloodstone Lands project and the information in that book was a must for said project (it referred back in print to pre-spellplague times in Dammara/Narfell)



-The book doesn't particularly contain much lore on Narfell.

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phareux
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i havent been keeping up with the Realms much, but i have a question. is there a specific novel or series which tells all about the cause of the spellplague? Or is just mentioned in the background of the more recent novels? Thanks for any help.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by phareux

i havent been keeping up with the Realms much, but i have a question. is there a specific novel or series which tells all about the cause of the spellplague? Or is just mentioned in the background of the more recent novels? Thanks for any help.

phareux

There isn't a particular novel or trilogy that deals primarily with the Spellplague. But it is used as a historical backdrop in some trilogies, like "The Haunted Lands," "The Abolethic Sovereignty," and referenced from a historical point-of-view in novels like Blackstaff Tower, for example.

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Dennis
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quote:
Originally posted by phareux

i havent been keeping up with the Realms much, but i have a question. is there a specific novel or series which tells all about the cause of the spellplague? Or is just mentioned in the background of the more recent novels? Thanks for any help.

phareux



Undead, Book 2 of The Haunted Lands trilogy by Richard Lee Byers.

The Empyrean Odyssey by Thomas M. Reid.

The Abolethic Sovereignty by Bruce Cordell.

Shadowrealm, Book 3 of the Twilight War trilogy by Paul S. Kemp.

Every beginning has an end.

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Tyrant
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I finished the first part of the Avatar trilogy, Shadowdale, and now I am about 100 pages into the next book, Tantras. I liked Shadowdale. I particularly liked Bane having to try to grapple with being more or less mortal. In Tantras, what happened? Did everyone have the idiot ball firmly implanted in them? I'm still reading and I will finish it, but I wouldn't have cared if Cyric killed just about anyone in Shadowdale after the start of that book. I assume that I will not get to see a scene of Elminster returning and literally slapping just about everyone? I also find Kelemvor's curse a little far fetched. Not the curse itself, just how he has managed to keep it secret. I can't believe there hasn't been a moment in his life where he randomly did something to help someone without a reward (on impulse) in a populated area. Oh well. I hate to complain because I do like what the author does with Bane.

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Tyrant

I finished the first part of the Avatar trilogy, Shadowdale, and now I am about 100 pages into the next book, Tantras. I liked Shadowdale. I particularly liked Bane having to try to grapple with being more or less mortal. In Tantras, what happened? Did everyone have the idiot ball firmly implanted in them? I'm still reading and I will finish it, but I wouldn't have cared if Cyric killed just about anyone in Shadowdale after the start of that book. I assume that I will not get to see a scene of Elminster returning and literally slapping just about everyone? I also find Kelemvor's curse a little far fetched. Not the curse itself, just how he has managed to keep it secret. I can't believe there hasn't been a moment in his life where he randomly did something to help someone without a reward (on impulse) in a populated area. Oh well. I hate to complain because I do like what the author does with Bane.



You know one of my biggest complaints about Shadowdale? Bane's avatar. The guy had such a cool name, and he was basically a throwaway NPC. They should have given him an okay name, and kept the cooler name for some more prominent NPC.

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phareux
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Thanks for the help it answers my questions.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

You know one of my biggest complaints about Shadowdale? Bane's avatar. The guy had such a cool name, and he was basically a throwaway NPC. They should have given him an okay name, and kept the cooler name for some more prominent NPC.

I actually liked Bane's avatar, and found it wholly appropriate for his betrayal as the "Black Lord Tyrant."

I do agree, however, that he was discarded too quickly.

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Dennis
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

You know one of my biggest complaints about Shadowdale? Bane's avatar. The guy had such a cool name, and he was basically a throwaway NPC. They should have given him an okay name, and kept the cooler name for some more prominent NPC.



Good for you it's only Bane you complain about. As for me, I dislike all the avatars. They were worse than petulant, gibbering preschoolers.

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just finished crypt of the moaning diamond.it was rather a dull affair where the whole book is seen through the eyes of the protagonist.why do authors do that.it also had a highly annoying character called kid who called everyone 'dear'.i also thought there wear too many characters in the group of good guys.it took me a while to work out who was who.heres hoping the howling delve is better.

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Tyrant
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I finished Tantras and I am 2/3 of the way through Waterdeep. I'm debating on if I should go with Prince of Lies/Trial of Cyric the Mad or Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy next. Although, if it gets here in time, I may read the third Brotherhood of the Griffin book.

I skimmed the end of Waterdeep just to get an idea about how the whole "book character become gods" thing goes down and I have a question. Does anything ever come of the fact that Cyric has Midnight's True Name?

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Dennis
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Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad is the only good book in the series. Two of Troy's signature characters, Malik and Ruha, are featured in that book.

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i thought prince of lies was good as well.i read that in about 2 days.just ordered depths of madness.

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Dennis
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I think I lost my Insurrection Why is it that when I'm already inclined to resume reading a book (that I put down for awhile due to some rather lengthy boring scenes) I couldn't find it?

Does anyone here like Aliisza? I just find her so misplaced. Well, I think succubus and incubus should be used only in Erotica, not in serious Fantasy.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis


I think I lost my Insurrection Why is it that when I'm already inclined to resume reading a book (that I put down for awhile due to some rather lengthy boring scenes) I couldn't find it?

Does anyone here like Aliisza? I just find her so misplaced. Well, I think succubus and incubus should be used only in Erotica, not in serious Fantasy.



I liked her. She was one of the few elements in the entire series that I found likable. (Unlike the majority of folks here, I had a lot of issues with that series, and will happily avoid reading it again or even thinking too much on it)

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Dennis
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She got away from all "nasty" things way too easily. Despite the power she possessed, I'd like to see her actually having difficulty meandering the Underdark. Her every appearance was like an unwanted distraction. If I didn't know before hand that she'd survived the War (Hah! She even got her own trilogy after!), I might have been wishing that Jegred would make her his plaything.

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I finished Waterdeep last night. I started Prince of Lies. I'm only a few pages into it and The Spectral Blaze showed up from Amazon today. I think I am going to give Cyric and company a short rest and read The Spectral Blaze. Or try to read them both maybe.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.
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