Now, it's entirely possible that the scene in question was more slanted against the questioner than I recall, but this illustrates the point. Storm spends most of the novel feeling exasperated by the idiots she's surrounded with, and the book goes out of its way to suggest that she's right to do so. Worse, it extends this presumption to suggest that it's no great loss when most of these people die; Storm, as the book's moral center, has already served to showcase that none of them are worth saving."If I may ask, Lady Silverhand," began one of the mages at the banquet, "why is it that, although you're not a mage, Mystra has made you one of her Chosen?"
Storm sighed. "That is indeed an interesting question," she replied, her voice belaying her words. "Why don't you pray to the goddess I presume we both worship for answers, and see if she feels like enlightening you."
I'm pretty sure she (spoiler alert!) gets resurrected in a book we haven't gotten up to yet, though I forget which one. Reading sequence isn't quite synchronous with FR chronology, I think.Also, why in the heck is Sylune alive in this? We know it takes place after the Time of Troubles, so Sylune should be a ghost, but I seem to recall she's here in the literal flesh. What the heck?
You may be right, but that'd be quite a thing for her wiki page to miss.I'm pretty sure she (spoiler alert!) gets resurrected in a book we haven't gotten up to yet, though I forget which one. Reading sequence isn't quite synchronous with FR chronology, I think.
Huh, yeah. I SWEAR i remember reading it at some point. I recall it as basically a throwaway scene in an epilogue, she wasn't the main character in the book or anything, it was just basically 'poof, she's alive again as a side-effect to whatever the arbitrary magic resolution to the main plot was', and conveniently now the author can have her fall into bed with some character who's been doing the impossible tragic romantic pining thing all book.
Alas, I've never read anything Dragonlance, and have only a cursory knowledge of the subject (I've no idea about Krynn et al)- I remember a few articles back in the day, the odd book/module passed around, one of my Players kept calling his PCs Raistlin (but he almost always played Fighters, so- go figure) but I never made the jump/connection.I found this one to be almost as much fun as the previous book, to the point where I'm honestly not sure which one I like better.
Part of it is that I love crossovers in general (so long as they aren't dumpster fires), and this one had the same mixture of the Forgotten Realms and Planescape, a tiny pinch of Spelljammer (albeit slightly less now), along with a whole new helping of Dragonlance. Seriously, when's the last time we saw anything to do with a Dragonlance deity who wasn't one of the big three (Paladine, Takhisis, and Gilean) or their gods of magic (Solinari, Lunitari, and Nuitari)? I know that Zeboim and Chemosh got spotlighted in the "Amber" trilogy, and Sargonnas comes up whenever they reference the minotaurs, but that's still just over a third of the pantheon. So I found this somewhat refreshing.
The bit with Tyche was also a nice Planescape reference, since On Hallowed Ground had talked about how Tyche's realm was empty now, explicitly connecting her "demise" story - which created Tymora and Beshaba in the Faerunian pantheon - was acknowledged among the wider D&D multiverse. Though I'll note that this novel doesn't play into the fact that Tyche was part of the Greek pantheon, at least one of the gods of which was supposed to be investigating her loss. Likewise, the reference to "power keys" that connected priests to their gods on the planes was another nice nod to how things worked out there.
Emilo Haversack is a fun character, and Lost Gods book two ("Fistandantilus Reborn") is actually his story. I'd recommend it. It's a shame we don't get to see him in the Realms, because that has quite a bit of potential to be...interesting.
Nice catch, have you had a look it it, read it?
In truth, I hadn't heard of the book before now; I found that quote from Elaine Cunningham as part of some searching I did about how this one had escaped my notice. Based on what you've written here, I'm half-tempted to take a look at it simply to see how bad it apparently is.Nice catch, have you had a look it it, read it?
I stopped reading it primarily because I wasn't looking forward to the prospect of writing a review (such as they are) for it. If you get me.
Ah, so there were more of these three to come... that makes sense, they were the three in the book with legs, particularly Bronwyn.I loved most of this one, but I really felt like the paladins were unfairly handed the idiot/villain ball at times - some of the 'kill people as option #1 when even mildly inconvenienced' stuff they got up to was just ridiculous, especially for worshippers of Tyr who is supposed to be the god of fair and impartial justice. Agree that the Fenrisbane and the ending were underwhelming. I really enjoyed the history and Snowcloak, and I actually liked the glimpse of the machination at higher levels - it gave a bit of context and worldbuilding depth to the whole thing. It did leave a lot unfinished though - I believe this was intended to be the first in a series about Bronwyn/Ebenezer/Cara, but that the later books were never commissioned. Shame.
Don't think that last fact has escaped me...I was neck-deep in FR novel fandom at the time this came out, and even I'D never heard of Tren at the time. I think Cunningham needed a race of cunning assassin critters who ate their kills and pulled them out of a relatively obscure 2e monstrous compendium supplement.
This one ... lost me a little. It's still well-written and I do enjoy Cunningham's writing style, it just seemed a little unfocused and some of the resolutions too pat. The powers of the kiira seemed a bit of a grab bag of plot requirements rather than being themed consistently in any way ('It makes magic misbehave nearby, it makes its bearer obsessive and evil, it absorbs spells cast at it, it creates dream spheres!'). And I was getting a bit over Elaith at this point, to be honest. Well, maybe not over him as a character, but over being told how redeemable and honourable he was while he was still running around murdering people and supervising a vicious crime ring. I'd love to know what criteria the moonblades were judging his worthiness on, seriously. He's a well-written and interesting character, but he's undeniably a bastard, and it was a bit much being continually told how deep-down honourable he was. I did like some of the portrayal of Danilo's mother and the contrast drawn between Danilo's personal magical power and her social position and power and the strengths and weaknesses of both - it's not an angle that's often explored in D&D fiction.
There was another plot feature that annoyed me as well, but that's a spoiler for a later novel (I think the reading order is a bit wonky) so I'll leave it for discussion then.
And now if I'm reading your list right, you've got 6 or 7 consecutive Ed Greenwood Elminster novels coming up! Good luck...