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ErinMEvans
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 28 Feb 2013 :  20:35:50  Show Profile  Visit ErinMEvans's Homepage Send ErinMEvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Ada

I have been searching around for a couple of days now and I cannot find any information on books or other types of reading outside of the Neverwinter series that expands or dives into the town itself or around the area. Can anyone help guide me on this journey of self-enlightenment into understanding more on the lore of Neverwinter?



Brimstone Angel is also set in 4E era Neverwinter. Specifically, it has more lore specific to the Ashmadai, other cults, and the rebuilding. Also contains the origin story (so to speak) of Rohini, who was picked up as an NPC in the NWCG and a villain in the upcoming MMO.

And if you've read the Neverwinter Saga, there's a small crossover involving Rohini's sister Arunika.

EDIT: Also, Brimstone Angels and its sequel, Lesser Evils, lead into my Sundering novel, The Adversary. So...you'll be ready!

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Edited by - ErinMEvans on 28 Feb 2013 20:55:18
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HardKano
Learned Scribe

Canada
156 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2013 :  04:26:23  Show Profile  Click to see HardKano's MSN Messenger address Send HardKano a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the info Beast ! old lore :)

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shorac
Seeker

USA
29 Posts

Posted - 10 Feb 2014 :  22:55:55  Show Profile Send shorac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well I myslef just discovered the realms not more than 2 years ago and It was a bit daunting when I saw how many books there were , not to mention i started reading dragonlance and WoW books at the same time. All in all the finderstone trilogy was an excellent series and it gave me a real feel for the realms and the harpers series was great too..

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HardKano
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Canada
156 Posts

Posted - 11 Feb 2014 :  03:03:12  Show Profile  Click to see HardKano's MSN Messenger address Send HardKano a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep ! i'm reading the harpers series now ! counting my total novels read to 67 ! :) hope i'll finish all the novels before 35 year old :P (i'll be 30 next month )

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Neo2151
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USA
109 Posts

Posted - 25 May 2014 :  01:28:33  Show Profile  Send Neo2151 an AOL message Send Neo2151 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
IMO, there really isn't any specific stories that are good "Introductory to the Realms" jumping off points.
For example, The Song and Swords series is a great set of books and I'd recommend them to anyone, but you learn nothing about the Northern, Eastern, or Southern, or Central areas of Faerun; It's all tied up in the Sword Coast for the most part.

The only way you're really going to "discover more" of the Realms is to want to. Which means that the best "jumping board" is going to be the strongest authors and most enjoyable series. Salvatore, Cunningham, some Greenwood, Grubb & Novak, etc.

For me? It was some friends saying, "Hey Sean, you really need to read this book Homeland because it's amazing." So I did. And before I knew it, I was 10 books in and waiting for Bob's next release. And then I said to myself, "I wonder what else there is to this world of Faerun? This Ed Greenwood guy created it, huh? Maybe I'll read his books now." And before I knew it, Cormyr and Waterdeep and the Dalelands and the Chosen and so much more became unfurled and suddenly I just had to keep delving into this world of Faerun.

So to tl;dr it a little bit, I'd say for a total beginner to the Realms:
•Icewind Dale and/or Dark Elf Trilogy
•Song and Swords series
•Sembia Series (probably my top pick for introductory novels)
•Starlight and Shadows
•Finder's Stone Trilogy

Then, later, when you've gotten your feet wet on the Realms and want to dig a little deeper? I'd recommend these as good intermediate choices (but definitely not "jumping board" choices!)...:
•Elminster Saga
•Shandril's Saga
•The Cormyr Saga and/or Evermeet: Island of Elves
•The Avatar Series
•The Shadow of the Avatar
•Return of the Archwizards

And now you'll have a much better appreciation for the Realms when you want to delve even deeper and pick up stories like The Last Mythal or Scions of Arrabar.

"Come looking for me, and I will blast you to dust, and then lay waste to all your descendants, ancestors, and the realm you came from, every last tree and stone of it. Why? Well, it's what I usually do."

-Baerendra Riverhand on The Story of Spellfire

Edited by - Neo2151 on 25 May 2014 01:52:36
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HardKano
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Canada
156 Posts

Posted - 12 Jul 2014 :  14:50:51  Show Profile  Click to see HardKano's MSN Messenger address Send HardKano a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've read almost all books you suggested and i agree with the way you think to learn the lore.

The on i didn't already is Sembia series and Return of the Archwizards. Ho and i've just seen that i didn't read Starlight and Shadows series... weird i've read all other Realms books of Elaine. I think is that i switch on the Harpers in the meanwhile lol too much to read ! ;)

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Mirtek
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Posted - 16 Jul 2014 :  22:38:27  Show Profile Send Mirtek a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HardKano

Yep ! i'm reading the harpers series now ! counting my total novels read to 67 ! :) hope i'll finish all the novels before 35 year old :P (i'll be 30 next month )
Hm, then you need to reserve a lot of time for reading as you'll need a hell of a pace.

There's 277 novels released as of now, and two more in the pipeline.

So with 212 to go in 60 months (not counting anything that will be released within this time and is just not yet announced) you'll need to read 0.9 novels a week

With phases of heavy reading and phases of little reading and in the end even having to wait at the edge of the release schedule for Wotc to catch up to me instead of the other way round it took me 16 years to read every one.

But it's a worthy goal indead

Edited by - Mirtek on 16 Jul 2014 22:42:12
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Artemas Entreri
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 12 Mar 2015 :  16:55:23  Show Profile  Visit Artemas Entreri's Homepage Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HardKano

Yep ! i'm reading the harpers series now ! counting my total novels read to 67 ! :) hope i'll finish all the novels before 35 year old :P (i'll be 30 next month )



Keep up the good work! I just finished my 213th Realms novel.

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therodfather
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Posted - 17 Jun 2015 :  20:47:54  Show Profile Send therodfather a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Newbie with a potentially silly question - What series worth reading were released in hardcover (or even better Anthology/Collection style) format?

I just caught up with Drizzt by collecting the "Collector's Editions" of the first few series and the single hardcovers of later books. Something about a hardcover in my hands feels right (and looks great on the shelf).

I realize aesthetics is unimportant to many but I'm silly that way. I just tracked down like new copies of the Daughter of the Drow trilogy on Thriftbooks (hoping they come in nice shape!) but I was curious what else is out there. Obviously Elminster is in hardcover - any others you guys would recommend?
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