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Jorkens
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Posted - 13 Sep 2006 :  17:16:59  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:

Originally posted by Chosen of Moradin

Things will be very funny if someone is trying to track some of us.


Especially with me wearing high heels and you wearing bunny-slippers

Sorry, don't throw anything.

Edited by - Jorkens on 13 Sep 2006 17:17:54
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MerrikCale
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USA
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Posted - 17 Sep 2006 :  03:35:15  Show Profile  Visit MerrikCale's Homepage Send MerrikCale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Icewind slightly over Cleric Quintet



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Faramicos
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Denmark
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Posted - 17 Sep 2006 :  13:40:28  Show Profile  Visit Faramicos's Homepage Send Faramicos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My vote goes to the Dark Elf trilogy... They hooked me to the realms and i have read them several times since. Love them.

"When dragons make war, worlds can only tremble in the shadow of angry wings"
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GMWestermeyer
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Posted - 29 Sep 2006 :  16:42:43  Show Profile  Visit GMWestermeyer's Homepage Send GMWestermeyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I choose the Elfshadow books as a series, but I think _Wyvern's Spur_ is the single best Realms novel ever. Really captured the life of Cormyr's country nobility.

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Eremite
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Posted - 30 Sep 2006 :  04:30:22  Show Profile  Visit Eremite's Homepage Send Eremite a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still have a soft spot for The Crystal Shard. To this day I still want to run an adventure similar to that depicted in the book. Hmmm... might be time to plan a campaign in the North....

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sleyvas
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Posted - 30 Sep 2006 :  12:13:42  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Song & Swords definitely. Elaine makes wonderful characters and interesting plots.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Zimme
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Denmark
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Posted - 30 Sep 2006 :  15:35:12  Show Profile  Click to see Zimme's MSN Messenger address Send Zimme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ah the battle of Mithral hall, and the defeat of the armies of Menzoberranzan is indeed a great tale. Legacy for me for sure.

Sometimes I feel like Beshaba is sitting on my back, devoting her entire attention to me!

Rannek.

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Ardashir
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Posted - 02 Oct 2006 :  18:41:10  Show Profile  Visit Ardashir's Homepage Send Ardashir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If I had to pick a series, it'd be a toss-up between either of Elaine Cunningham's two series (the Windwalker/Liriel Baenre trilogy and Songs and Swords), or really anything Ed Greenwood has done.

If a single novel, I'd choose Scott Ciencin's The Night Parade. One of the best Realms novels and a great horror story to boot.
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Twilight
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Canada
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Posted - 09 Nov 2006 :  08:28:22  Show Profile  Visit Twilight's Homepage Send Twilight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Return of the ArchWizards
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Victor_ograygor
Master of Realmslore

Denmark
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Posted - 09 Nov 2006 :  09:56:27  Show Profile  Visit Victor_ograygor's Homepage Send Victor_ograygor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for the Shandril''s Saga ( A vaste of time )

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khorne
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Posted - 10 Nov 2006 :  20:20:25  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Songs and swords, definitely.

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Enialus Meliamne
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Posted - 09 Jan 2007 :  09:47:13  Show Profile  Visit Enialus Meliamne's Homepage  Send Enialus Meliamne a Yahoo! Message Send Enialus Meliamne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My last post to this thread was in 04. After brief intervals of time away, I'm reading once again, deep into these forums/threads. Anyway, I've probably read a good 20-25 Forgotten Realms books since then (Some re-reads added in to that figure), and yet I still think the Cleric Quintet was and is my all time favorite, though admittedly Songs and Swords is moving up in the pecking order.

The things that appeal to me about the Quintet...Well, a searcher for his place in the world, and eventually finding it (I'm an agnostic, though for reasons I won't list here, my faith is growing), a pair of antic driven brothers (I have many friends like this that come in pairs), a beautiful and yet strong willed and tough woman (Just like my fiance that I know I'll spend the rest of my life with)...Etc.

The list goes on and on for me really. I think the Ghost scares me the most of any villain I've read up on. I admittedly cringed while reading some of the scenes involving him.

I really could go on in this thread on why, but maybe in a few years I'll redirect to it , and might have a different input by then.

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Reader of any author in FR who entertains or weaves a good yarn.
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boddynock
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Belgium
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Posted - 14 Jan 2007 :  14:07:54  Show Profile  Visit boddynock's Homepage  Click to see boddynock's MSN Messenger address Send boddynock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for the dark elf trilogies. It were the first novels that I ever read about Forgotten Realms. I really enjoyed the way the writer wrote about the live in Menzoberanzan.
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Lameth
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Posted - 14 Jan 2007 :  16:46:55  Show Profile  Visit Lameth's Homepage  Send Lameth an ICQ Message Send Lameth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finders Stone Trilogy
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Ateth Istarlin
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Posted - 16 Jan 2007 :  10:31:51  Show Profile Send Ateth Istarlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by coralleane

I had to vote for Heroes of Phlan... although I've read Icewind Dale, the Cleric Quintet, the Avatar series and the Moonshae Trilogy, the first FR books I ever read were "Pool of Radiance" and "Pool of Darkness" and there is *something* about them (and also Pool of Twilight) that still makes me want to snatch up my Bag of Holding and venture forth. It also has some of my favourite quotes in. ;)

~Coral



YAY see I am not alone in my like of those books! :)


Of course your not alone - I voted for the Heros of Phlan as well!
Although I have enjoyed almost all the FR novels I've read (apart from "Bloodwalk"), The Heros of Phlan seem much more like real AD&D adventures to me (most other books focus too much on 1 or 2 characters instead of the whole party).

The more I read about 4FR, the more depressed I am.
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gaasban
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Posted - 17 Jan 2007 :  21:16:31  Show Profile  Visit gaasban's Homepage Send gaasban a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I really enjoyed the Harpers series. My favorites were 4, 5 6 and 7... The Night Parade, The Ring of Winter (we need more Chult!), Crypt of the Shadowking and Soldiers of Ice.

But, I'm old school like that... I have not read many newer books that I have liked as much as the older ones.
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The Sage
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Posted - 17 Jan 2007 :  23:16:39  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gaasban

The Ring of Winter (we need more Chult!)
Well, we also have the Jungles of Chult adventure module. See the "Chultengar" and "Samarach" details in Serpent Kingdoms also.

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Aglaranna
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Posted - 18 Jan 2007 :  16:20:18  Show Profile  Visit Aglaranna's Homepage Send Aglaranna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hm...I'd have to say that my favorites are the Cleric Quintet and the Harper Series. And if I had to choose one over the other...Harpers all the way!

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In some celestial voice
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Grehnar
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Posted - 18 Jan 2007 :  22:28:10  Show Profile  Visit Grehnar's Homepage Send Grehnar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While some of my old FR books have been, shall we say, 'recycled' the Icewind Dale series keep coming out for a re-read. Longevity counts for a lot.
I still keep "Darkwalker" too for sentimental reasons.
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koz
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Posted - 21 Jan 2007 :  01:59:44  Show Profile  Visit koz's Homepage Send koz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This was a difficult decision. I enjoyed the Moonshae trilogy very much and the Drizzt novels are what introduced me to the realms and got me hooked, Icewind Dale being my first series read. I am going to have to settle for a tie between the Songs and Swords series and the Finder's Stone trilogy and it's spin offs. Both were very well written and kept me engrossed throughtout. I can still remember each series very fondly. Both series flew by in the time it took me to read them. I averaged just under 3 days for each book in Songs and Swords series and finished the entire Finder's stone trilogy in under 5 days!!!!! What stands out to me about each series is the characterization and humor. Both go a long way towards enjoyment of a novel I think.
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quajack
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Posted - 22 Jan 2007 :  18:53:53  Show Profile  Visit quajack's Homepage Send quajack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This Koz guy seems to know what he's talking about. Song and Swords and Finder's Stone. These are the standards that other authors should strive to achieve. My apoligies to Paul Kemp and Lisa Smedman as their trilogies are epic in their own rite. I feel as though I cannot give positive accolades to RAS on these boards because of the strong anti-Drizzt sentiment that exists in this community. Otherwise I'd have Dark Elf and Icewind Dale up near the top.
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koz
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Posted - 23 Jan 2007 :  04:34:53  Show Profile  Visit koz's Homepage Send koz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Quajack. I'm still a newbie here so hearing that someone with more knowledge than me agrees with my thoughts is high praise indeed. I also mean no disrespect to the current authors. In fact my favorite realms novel isn't in either of my two favorite series. That honor goes to Richard Baker's The City of Ravens. Jack Ravenswild has to be the most memorable character in any realms novel I have read IMHO. I do think that today's authors are doing a fine job of "carrying the torch" so to speak. Songs and Swords and The Finder's Stone set the bar very high but also set a very solid foundation for future authors. Here's hoping the bar continues to be pushed ever higher.

Edited by - koz on 23 Jan 2007 07:53:34
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yargarth
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Posted - 09 Feb 2007 :  05:50:15  Show Profile  Visit yargarth's Homepage Send yargarth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
i have read very few series and atm i have finshed all of the Drizzt books, the sellswords, almost done with year of the rogue dragons, and i am almost done with cormyr. PLEASE tell me what a good series is!!

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Jorkens
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Norway
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Posted - 09 Feb 2007 :  07:01:26  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, that would depend on your taste wouldn't it? Therefore I will try to answer more in line with general popularity and withhold a few of my own favorites. The Song & Sword books are generally well liked by everyone, the Finders Stone trilogy also, bare in mind that that one is out of print. The Sembia books and Erevis Cale books are also liked by most. The rest is much a matter of personal taste. If you enjoyed the Cormyr books and feel like more Greenwood I would suggest the Elminster series or the Shandril books.
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Zaknafein
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USA
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Posted - 09 Feb 2007 :  22:58:06  Show Profile  Visit Zaknafein's Homepage Send Zaknafein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
the Icewind Dale trilogy was the first series I read in FR and thats what got me into it. However I enjoyed the Dark Elf trilogy more than the Icewind Dale one.

Overall you can't go wrong with Elminster. Elminster in Hell is one of my all-time favorite novels.


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