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Brom Greenstar
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Posted - 13 Sep 2005 :  13:39:04  Show Profile  Visit Brom Greenstar's Homepage Send Brom Greenstar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The anthologies are a great option as are all the novels from the harpers series. My personal choice would be anything written by Elaine Cunningham.
With all due respect to the other writers.
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Dart Ambermoon
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Posted - 14 Sep 2005 :  18:12:00  Show Profile  Visit Dart Ambermoon's Homepage Send Dart Ambermoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As said before, it really depends. If you´re interested in the "why is it,like it is" background for the world, then the Avatar Trilogy is the place for you. If you want to get a feel for adventuring in the realms first, then I would also recommend the Harper´s Series, followed by the Anthologies.
I have to say that I´ve been successful on "hooking" people to the Realms with both tactics...ahem.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 14 Sep 2005 :  21:55:15  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Spellfire, unequivocally.

But the Songs and Swords books also convey a lot of nice "Realms flavor".

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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Brom Greenstar
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Posted - 15 Sep 2005 :  18:50:19  Show Profile  Visit Brom Greenstar's Homepage Send Brom Greenstar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
which of the newest trilogies should I purchase? I've already planned to buy scions of arrabar and my latest reading has been the return of the archwizards and counselors and kings
what i want is to buy something to keep up with the events of the realms that's also a good reading, and to be honest i have a limited budget (marriage is not so good for the hobby)
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Dart Ambermoon
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Posted - 15 Sep 2005 :  19:06:08  Show Profile  Visit Dart Ambermoon's Homepage Send Dart Ambermoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Really depends what your flavour and interest is. Tgey´re all worth their money IMO. If you´re interested in Elves, go for the "Last Mythal" books by Richard Baker, if you´re more interested in a Rage of Dragons and the Cult of the Dragon, go for the "Year of the Rogue Dragons" by Richard Lee Byers. Both are going to have some hard impact on Faerun, methinks. Then again, if you´d like to follow up on some Shade-Stuff, Paul Kamp´s Erevis Cale Trilogy is for you.
"Scions of Arrabar" is a great read, but presented in a quite specific locale. Same goes for Lisa Smedman´s Yuan-Ti trilogy.
I´m sorry, I can´t really give you advice to "buy this one", as they all have a lot of class, but maybe you´ll know which direction will suit you most.

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Crust
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Posted - 18 Sep 2005 :  23:07:29  Show Profile  Visit Crust's Homepage  Send Crust an AOL message Send Crust a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brom Greenstar

which of the newest trilogies should I purchase? I've already planned to buy scions of arrabar and my latest reading has been the return of the archwizards and counselors and kings
what i want is to buy something to keep up with the events of the realms that's also a good reading, and to be honest i have a limited budget (marriage is not so good for the hobby)



I definitely recommend the Last Mythal series.

Scions of Arrabar is just awesome. I have yet to delve into Emerald Scepter.

Year of Rogue Dragons is an entertaining series, especially considering the paired Realms of Dragons anthologies.

Erevis Cale's trilogy is also a good choice.

"That's right, hurl back views that force ye to think by name-calling - 'tis the grand old tradition, let it not down! Anything to keep from having to think, or - Mystra forfend - change thy own views!"

Narnra glowered at her father. "Just how am I to learn how to think? By being taught by you?"

"Some folk in the Realms would give their lives for the chance to learn at my feet," Elminster said mildly. "Several already have."

~from Elminster's Daughter, Ed Greenwood
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VEDSICA
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  01:17:11  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always have said that the best place to start would be The Avatar trilogy.The ToT was a major point in the Realms.It would get the new reader acquainted with some of the major gods.Especially Mystra,Cyric,and Bane..It takes the reader to three major areas of the realms.Also it's a great read.Add in the Trial of Cyric,and they are a real good read.No matter who the "Deathstar" killed off.

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The Twin Scimitars
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  02:29:34  Show Profile  Visit The Twin Scimitars's Homepage  Send The Twin Scimitars an AOL message Send The Twin Scimitars a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I haven't read the Avatar series, is it good?

Endure, in enduring we grow strong.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  02:40:35  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Twin Scimitars

I haven't read the Avatar series, is it good?



I wasn't a fan of the original trilogy, but I liked the two books that followed.

I consider the trilogy required reading, though, because so much else builds off of or refers to the Time of Troubles.

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Crust
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  03:00:45  Show Profile  Visit Crust's Homepage  Send Crust an AOL message Send Crust a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree that the Avatar trilogy is a must. I didn't enjoy it that much either, but I was drawn into the two sequel novels.

Of course, the real treat that follows the Avatar trilogy is the Shadow of the Avatar trilogy, which is one of my favorites.

"That's right, hurl back views that force ye to think by name-calling - 'tis the grand old tradition, let it not down! Anything to keep from having to think, or - Mystra forfend - change thy own views!"

Narnra glowered at her father. "Just how am I to learn how to think? By being taught by you?"

"Some folk in the Realms would give their lives for the chance to learn at my feet," Elminster said mildly. "Several already have."

~from Elminster's Daughter, Ed Greenwood

Edited by - Crust on 19 Sep 2005 03:01:14
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Lina
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  14:19:18  Show Profile  Visit Lina's Homepage  Click to see Lina's MSN Messenger address Send Lina a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd start with these:
Sembia Series
Cleric Quintet
Eliminster Series

“Darkness beyond twilight, crimson beyond blood that flows! Buried in the flow of time. In thy great name. I pledge myself to darkness. All the fools who stand in our way shall be destroyed…by the power you and I possess! DRAGON SLAVE!!!”

"Thieves? Ah, such an ugly word... look upon them as the most honest sort of merchant."
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 21 Sep 2005 :  19:57:49  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brom Greenstar

which of the newest trilogies should I purchase? I've already planned to buy scions of arrabar and my latest reading has been the return of the archwizards and counselors and kings
what i want is to buy something to keep up with the events of the realms that's also a good reading, and to be honest i have a limited budget (marriage is not so good for the hobby)



The Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy has excellent characters and dialogue as well as interesting information about dragons. Contrary to what one might think looking the book covers, it isn't just about people fighting off dragons, it's much more complex and interesting than that.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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The Twin Scimitars
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Posted - 22 Sep 2005 :  04:24:09  Show Profile  Visit The Twin Scimitars's Homepage  Send The Twin Scimitars an AOL message Send The Twin Scimitars a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To many series, not enough money...

Endure, in enduring we grow strong.
-Dak'kon, Planescape Torment
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DrJackal
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Posted - 23 Sep 2005 :  15:12:51  Show Profile  Visit DrJackal's Homepage Send DrJackal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Wyvern's Spur trilogy -- a fun read, and it leads up to the installation of a new god. Plus, Giogoni Wyvernspur is one of most nicest guys in the Realms, and I know Olive has inspired some halfling bards out there.

The Simbul's Gift -- The best-written FR novel in my opinion, as well as the best example of how even a godawful powerful character (The Simbul) can't always fight a foe by gazotting everyone in sight. The Simbul's concerns about her family are great, and the exchange between her and Alustriel about childcare was a hoot.

Starlight and Shadows trilogy -- I adore Liriel. Not really good, not really bad, with a better explanation of her non-typical outlook than Drizzt got. She does things, she takes risks, she changes, she has something to lose...and she does.

Elfshadow, Elfsong, Silver Shadows: If you want to read about elves, I'd start here. They're good adventure stories with great characters, and the nuances of elven society and psychology are woven into the plot.


ETA:

Finder's Bane
Prince of Lies

I'd recommend both of these books because they deal with the gods of Faerun, in different ways. Finder's Bane is an example of how a human might react upon being elevated to godhood if said human isn't entirely comfortable with it. Prince of Lies deals more with the politics of the gods, how they interact with each other, and how their nature inhibits them in certain ways. Mystra points out that only the gods who were once human can see another's viewpoint; the rest, being created (or imported) for a specific duty, can't.

"I was never on anyone's side in the first place, so how could I betray them?" -- Akabane Kuroudo.

"No man is a black magician in his own eyes." --- Richard Cavendish, The Black Arts

Edited by - DrJackal on 24 Sep 2005 17:21:56
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Beezy
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Posted - 01 Oct 2005 :  05:40:32  Show Profile  Visit Beezy's Homepage  Send Beezy an AOL message Send Beezy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I started with Spellfire, my brother loaned it to me somehting like 10 years or more ago. I instantly fell in love with that novel. I didn't overly care for the other 2 in Shandril's saga but Spellfire is one of my favorite FR novels to date.

I went from Spellfire to the Avatar Trilogy, to The Pools Trilogy, Realms of Valor, Realms of Infamy, to the Dark Elf and then Icewind Dale, and then on to the Cleric Quintet. After which my older brother gave me his 30-40 novel collection and then my interest really took off.

I think books like The Avatar Trilogy, Evermeet, and Cormyr are essential to read early on but it may be best to start off with some of the more popular books to get a real interest in the realms. Most people I think would enjoy Icewind Dale Trilogy, Songs and Swords series. It is important to get aquainted with some of the important characters early on such as Mystra's Chosen

I disagree with an earlier post stating that you should start with The Hunters Blade Trilogy. Not only are you skipping a lot of the story line and jump into the tail end of alot of big events that are constantly being brought up (relationship issues, past fights and events) but also these three books are not as good as the first 8 or 9.
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Keravin
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Posted - 06 Oct 2005 :  20:39:33  Show Profile  Visit Keravin's Homepage Send Keravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love everything Elaine Cunningham's written.

Really disliked the original avatar trilogy, but the sequels have been much better. I would not recommend the sequels to someone that's not familiar with the sourcebooks though.

Drizzt - I think I'm about 5 books behind.
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scererar
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Posted - 12 Oct 2005 :  04:55:17  Show Profile Send scererar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My first FR novel was Spellfire, then I went into the Avatar trilogy. I understand now days the sembia series is supposed to be the starting point for reasders new to the realms.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 16 Oct 2005 :  06:10:23  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It can be, but it doesn't have to be. :)

I recommended Spellfire because in spite of its flaws, I found it hard to put down--and it has that special "Realms feeling", to boot.

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Beezy
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Posted - 16 Oct 2005 :  06:35:05  Show Profile  Visit Beezy's Homepage  Send Beezy an AOL message Send Beezy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Spellfire really captured my attention as well, like you said I didn't want to put it down. When I read it the second time it had the same effect and it was hard to stop reading.
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Dhomal
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Posted - 30 Oct 2005 :  01:29:46  Show Profile  Visit Dhomal's Homepage Send Dhomal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello-

Heh - seems like this thread keep coming back every once in a while!

I have twide now recomended and leant my copy of Azure Bonds to two girlfriends of mine to read. I chose this one because I felt that it did indeed have a good amount of 'realms-flavor' - but also because it had a strong female main character. I felt that was important - so that neither of them got the impression that it (gaming or the novels) was dominated by males.

However - I must say - in neither case did the ploy really work. Neither one has been terribly interested in continuing the series, nor become interested in gaming. I suppose there is still a chance for the second one - as I am planning on starting a game 'soon-ish' - and I told her that she was welcome to play if she felt so inclined. Her responce was not an emphatic yes, but she did not seem to pooh-pooh the idea either....

As for opinions on other series - I was looking for myself too - as I have read quite a lot - but have become more and more behind. That - and I will not start a series now until they are all out (unless they are unrelated - like the class-novels) - it changes the way I read things.

I agree with the Icewind Dale books - and somewhat disagree with the Avatar series. It was confusing for me - or maybe I just could not get into it.

Another missed series that I liked was the original Moonshae Trilogy. That was my first FR read - the first book preceeding the original FR boxed set by a couple of months IIRC - and I liked it a lot! I have as yet, however - to read the second trilogy.

I may go make a couple of lists - what I've read and what I liked / disliked - and submit the information with the objective of looking for suggestions on what to read next.

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Beezy
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Posted - 31 Oct 2005 :  05:58:37  Show Profile  Visit Beezy's Homepage  Send Beezy an AOL message Send Beezy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I didn't really enjoy the Moonshae trilogy or the second one either. It just didn't seem very realms-ish. It seemed as if it was set somewhere else. It didn't have the same sort of magic used in other realms books and just didn't seem to fit the Realms of today but then again wasn't the moonshae trilogy the first FR books written? I suppose that would be why. I didn't hate them but I would not put them anywhere near the top of the list of best FR books
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Kuje
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Posted - 31 Oct 2005 :  07:40:24  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Beezy

I didn't really enjoy the Moonshae trilogy or the second one either. It just didn't seem very realms-ish. It seemed as if it was set somewhere else. It didn't have the same sort of magic used in other realms books and just didn't seem to fit the Realms of today but then again wasn't the moonshae trilogy the first FR books written? I suppose that would be why. I didn't hate them but I would not put them anywhere near the top of the list of best FR books



The first one was the first FR novel but it was originally supposed to be set in Dlance. :) Ed's Moonshae's are different then Dougs. :)

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hooper101
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Posted - 01 Nov 2005 :  17:15:36  Show Profile  Visit hooper101's Homepage Send hooper101 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Okay I would start with the Harper series and here are the five reasons.


1. You are introduced to a wide variety of landscapes
This series covers alot of the realms
2. You are introduced to a wide variety of classes
There are rangers, druids, witches, bards, wizards etc.
3. You are introduced to a wide variety of different groups of power
Zhents, harpers,Red wizards,Lords of waterdeep, Night masks?I think El, many different adventuring groups
4. You get to read from a wide variety of authors
From here you can find an author out of the many big realms authors and find another series written by them, it was here I discovered Elaine
5. You are introduced to a wide variety of the realms races
You get lots o' Elves, dwarfs, halflings, Dragonbait(I cant remember his race's name), gnolls, giants,constructs, gods

In short it probably is the most comprehensive series out there covering a world, it's gods, people, and politics, which we all have come to love
The novels are mostly good, a few rough spots here and there but as a general whole good reads

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Belthor
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Posted - 01 Nov 2005 :  20:18:48  Show Profile  Visit Belthor's Homepage Send Belthor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, I realize that I'm gonna catch alot of flack for this,but if I had read Spellfire as my first FR book, I would not have read another one. I started with the Dark Elf Trilogy and read on through all the Drizzt books. That may not be the best way to go, but if you want to hook someone on FR, it's not a bad way to start. The Harper series was also excellent. As an intro to new characters, places and peoples, the harper books covered alot of ground with relatively little pain or confusion.

If the rest of humanity were only as smart as my familiar......
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Beezy
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Posted - 02 Nov 2005 :  07:14:32  Show Profile  Visit Beezy's Homepage  Send Beezy an AOL message Send Beezy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by hooper101

Okay I would start with the Harper series and here are the five reasons.


1. You are introduced to a wide variety of landscapes
This series covers alot of the realms
2. You are introduced to a wide variety of classes
There are rangers, druids, witches, bards, wizards etc.
3. You are introduced to a wide variety of different groups of power
Zhents, harpers,Red wizards,Lords of waterdeep, Night masks?I think El, many different adventuring groups
4. You get to read from a wide variety of authors
From here you can find an author out of the many big realms authors and find another series written by them, it was here I discovered Elaine
5. You are introduced to a wide variety of the realms races
You get lots o' Elves, dwarfs, halflings, Dragonbait(I cant remember his race's name), gnolls, giants,constructs, gods

In short it probably is the most comprehensive series out there covering a world, it's gods, people, and politics, which we all have come to love
The novels are mostly good, a few rough spots here and there but as a general whole good reads



Dragonbait was a surial, forgive me if my spelling is off. The harper's series overall was pretty good. It would not be a bad place to start at all, since as you said it covers a wide range of the realms.
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