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Erikor
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Norway
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Posted - 16 Sep 2021 :  00:02:16  Show Profile Send Erikor a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
I'm reading the Cormyr books at the moment and I'm having a great time. It's cool to learn about the history of Cormyr and of the royal magicians.

The Masked Mage
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Posted - 16 Sep 2021 :  08:37:07  Show Profile Send The Masked Mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
the first was by far the best, at least in my estimation... read that one twice and skip the Highroad one :P
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 16 Sep 2021 :  12:51:30  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The first Cormyr book is the best of the bunch, by far. I, too, had issues with the second and third one.

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Erikor
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Posted - 16 Sep 2021 :  19:26:51  Show Profile Send Erikor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My issue with the first one is that you never get to know who the big bad is. It might be revealed in nr. 2 or 3, but I haven't gotten that far yet.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 16 Sep 2021 :  20:20:46  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erikor

My issue with the first one is that you never get to know who the big bad is. It might be revealed in nr. 2 or 3, but I haven't gotten that far yet.



I could've sworn it was revealed to be one particular noble family with eyes on the throne.

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The Masked Mage
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There are a bunch of bads in the first one. Which is realistic - a royal dynasty with generational adversaries... that is great. A single big bad behind every problem for hundreds of years is boring.
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George Krashos
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Posted - 17 Sep 2021 :  16:20:56  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Erikor

My issue with the first one is that you never get to know who the big bad is. It might be revealed in nr. 2 or 3, but I haven't gotten that far yet.



I could've sworn it was revealed to be one particular noble family with eyes on the throne.



Yes, the Bleths.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Erikor
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Posted - 17 Sep 2021 :  16:27:16  Show Profile Send Erikor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Erikor

My issue with the first one is that you never get to know who the big bad is. It might be revealed in nr. 2 or 3, but I haven't gotten that far yet.



I could've sworn it was revealed to be one particular noble family with eyes on the throne.



Yes, the Bleths.

-- George Krashos



Yes, but who was the female wizard? The one who started the whole thing and gave the nobles the gemstones?
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George Krashos
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Posted - 18 Sep 2021 :  01:17:27  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erikor

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Erikor

My issue with the first one is that you never get to know who the big bad is. It might be revealed in nr. 2 or 3, but I haven't gotten that far yet.



I could've sworn it was revealed to be one particular noble family with eyes on the throne.



Yes, the Bleths.

-- George Krashos



Yes, but who was the female wizard? The one who started the whole thing and gave the nobles the gemstones?




She was a Red Wizard of Thay who had knocked boots with Azoun, had a bastard child from him and - the joke was on her - thought that this was "special" and she could put him on the throne (and control Cormyr) after the Bleths and other nobles she had manipulated fomented enough disorder and chaos that the Obarskyrs would be overthrown.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Erikor
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Norway
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Posted - 25 Sep 2021 :  02:04:49  Show Profile Send Erikor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't even care anymore. About halfway through the third book I just wanted it to end. I*m about 80% in on third book and I have so many questions. I'm going to finish it because I've gotten this far but damn. First off: I hate Tanalasta. What a terrible character. Second: (this is from the second book) I know this is fantasy but how can you see someone's movement's from a mile away? And in the third book it's said that arrows can follow the enemy for at least 2 miles. Do the archers run after them or what? I still have a bit left but.. I just want the book to end.
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Cyrano
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Sep 2021 :  13:37:18  Show Profile Send Cyrano a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I remember really enjoying the first book when I first read it as a teenager. The little vignettes from Cormyr's history really stuck with me. Such a good way to give a historical overview of the country and make it feel tangible and dramatic.

I think the next two books suffer not just from the quality of the writing and plot, but through being just straightforward linear adventures instead.
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