I'm reading the Forgotten Realms Novels- #16 Homeland (Legend of Drizzt 1)

Goonalan

Adventurer
That's it really. I've got a list- last count 295 books (although that number may go up) and I've given myself 10 years to get through them. I've looked at a variety of websites (thanks to the fine people here at ENWorld) which tell me what order I should read the books, but... the bugger is getting hold of them so as often supply will dictate the order they get read.

I've bought the first 40 books on the list, so I'm committed.

My reasons- I've been DMing in the Forgotten Realms for I don't know how long (off and on- but a lot more since 5e started), and until this point I've never thought to do any background reading- of course I buy all the Wizards stuff, handbooks and modules et al (for most editions all the way back to AD&D) but I've never really paid attention to the geography, or the history- socio-political or economic, or any of it. Mainly because I've been just dying to DM and get to the action, and adept at making up my own little micro-settings within a variety of already mapped out worlds, but now I'm an old(er) git and with time on my hands and the inclination to find out more.

I'm not going to write reviews- they already exist elsewhere, there are also wonderful collections of online material for the Forgotten Realms- garnered from the novels and the myriad other sourcebooks- it would be pointless to attempt to duplicate any of this. So, feel free to ignore this thread- this is more just a reminder to me- read books, post here- keep going. That kind of thing, obviously the stigma and the shame if I don't make it to the end of the run will haunt me for the rest of my days. Nah! I'll survive, so- I'm giving it a go.

Cheers Goonalan

WARNING!
HERE BE SPOILERS!
 
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Goonalan

Adventurer
Books purchased and ready to read, and read so far (with links, nearly caught up)-

#001 The Crystal Shard by RA Salvatore (Icewind Dale Trilogy Book 1) 2/8/19 to 5/8/19
#002 Streams of Silver by RA Salvatore (Icewind Dale Trilogy Book 2) 6/8/19 to 13/8/19
#003 The Halfling's Gem by RA Salvatore (Icewind Dale Trilogy Book 3) 13/8/19 to 17/8/19

#004 Darkwalker on Moonshae by Douglas Niles (Moonshae Trilogy Book 1) 27/8/19 to 1/9/19
#005 Black Wizards by Douglas Niles (Moonshae Trilogy Book 2) 1/9/19 to 6/9/19
#006 Darkwell by Douglas Niles (Moonshae Trilogy Book 3) 8/9/19 to 14/9/19

#007 Azure Bonds by Kate Novak & Jeff Grubb (Finder's Stone Trilogy Book 1) 15/9/19 to 18/9/19
#008 The Wyvern's Spur by Kate Novak & Jeff Grub (Finder's Stone Trilogy Book 2) 18/9/19 to 20/9/19
#009 Song of the Saurials by Kate Novak & Jeff Grub (Finder's Stone Trilogy Book 3) 20/9/19 to 22/9/19

#010 Ironhelm by Douglas Niles (Maztica Trilogy Book 1) 23/9/19 to 27/9/19
#011 Viperhand by Douglas Niles (Maztica Trilogy Book 2) 27/9/19 to 30/9/19
#012 Feathered Dragon by Douglas Niles (Maztica Trilogy Book 3) 1/10/19 to 4/10/19

#013 Horselords by David Cook (Empires Trilogy Book 1) 5/10/19 to 8/10/19
#014 Dragonwall by Troy Denning (Empires Trilogy Book 2) 9/10/19 to 10/10/19
#015 Crusade by James Lowder (Empires Trilogy Book 3) 11/10/19 to 14/10/19

#016 Homeland by RA Salvatore (Dark Elf Trilogy Book 1) 14/10/19 to 16/10/19
#017 Exile by RA Salvatore (Dark Elf Trilogy Book 2) 17/10/19 to 18/10/19
#018 Sojourn by RA Salvatore (Dark Elf Trilogy Book 3) 18/10/19 to 21/10/19

#019 Prophet of Moonshae by Douglas Niles (Druidhome Trilogy Book 1) 21/10/19 to
#020 The Coral Kingdom by Douglas Niles (Druidhome Trilogy Book 2)
#021 The Druid Queen by Douglas Niles (Druidhome Trilogy Book 3)

#022 Pool of Radiance by James M Ward & Jane Cooper Hong (Heroes of Phlan Trilogy Book 1)
#023 Pools of Darkness by James M Ward & Anne K Brown (Heroes of Phlan Trilogy Book 2)
#024 Pool of Twilight by James M Ward & Anne K Brown (Heroes of Phlan Trilogy Book 3)

#025 Realms of Valor Anthology Ed. James Lowder

#026 Canticle by RA Salvatore (Cleric Quintet Book 1)
#027 In Sylvan Shadows by RA Salvatore (Cleric Quintet Book 2)
#028 Night Masks by RA Salvatore (Cleric Quintet Book 3)
#029 The Fallen Fortress by RA Salvatore (Cleric Quintet Book 4)
#030 The Chaos Curse by RA Salvatore (Cleric Quintet Book 5)

#031 Realms of Infamy Anthology Ed. James Lowder

#032 Once Around the Realms Guidebook by Brian Thomsen

#033 The Ogre's Pact by Troy Denning (Twilight Giants Trilogy Book 1)
#034 The Giant Among Us by Troy Denning (Twilight Giants Trilogy Book 2)
#035 The Titan of Twilight by Troy Denning (Twilight Giants Trilogy Book 3)

#036 Realms of Magic Anthology Ed. Brian Thomsen & J Robert King

#037 Shadowdale by Scott Ciencin (Avatar Series Book 1)
#038 Tantras by Scott Ciencin (Avatar Series Book 2)
#039 Waterdeep by Troy Denning (Avatar Series Book 3)
#040 Prince of Lies by James Lowder (Avatar Series Book 4)
#041 Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad by Troy Denning (Avatar Series Book 5)

#042 Shadows of Doom by Ed Greenwood (Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy Book 1)
#043 Cloak of Shadows by Ed Greenwood (Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy Book 2)
#044 All Shadows Fled by Ed Greenwood (Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy Book 3)

If you spot any howling errors in the suggested order of reading above then feel free to let me know, please however realise that I started out buying the books in the order that they were published. I'm now trying to target some of the earlier trilogies and series and fill in the gaps.

Again, if something looks really wrong then please offer an opinion.

Oh, and inevitably my pace will slow as I go on, although I've nearly broken the back of the first year (17 novels read in the first 2.5 months). I'm aiming to read fifty Forgotten Realms novels every year, but I have however given myself ten years to get them all done. We'll see... as I say quick to start but I know this is a marathon.

Cheers goonalan
 
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Goonalan

Adventurer
#001 The Crystal Shard by RA Salvatore (Icewind Dale Trilogy Book 1)
Read 2/8/19 to 5/8/19


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Yeah, I should have started with the Moonshae Trilogy but... I picked up all three of this series in a charity shop, and after reading this one the idea came about- don't stop here, read the lot, all of the Forgotten Realms novels.

Not a review but... Drizzt is as cool as everyone says, I so wanted to dislike him but alas, I do however now really want to find out how he escaped to the surface- what came before. Thanks Salvatore, first book and I'm hooked. Learned a lot about Icewind Dale and the Ten Towns, also lots of other good stuff about- Barbarians and their honour bound crazy ways, also nice power mad Wizard (being manipulated by the Crystal Shard), and plenty of other good stuff to recommend. Loved Bruenor (I heart Dwarves, what can I say- they're dependable) superb enemy- Errtu (the Balor).

Read!
 
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Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
Holy Ao! That is one crazy undertaking. I have quite a few of FR books, but I had no idea there were that many. Drizzt, as much as it is a fad to hate him, is by my opinion awesome as well. I should reread those too. The Drow Princess series is one of my favourites also, and then there was sort of ”Sherlock Holmes in Cormyr” novel, but I can’t remember what it was called. I do remember that I liked it a lot though...

EDIT: Murder in Cormyr! And what I referred to as Drow Princess, is apparently Starlight & Shadows in english.
 
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jasper

Rotten DM
SEE SEE THIS is punishment which a waits a paladin who has broken his oath. OR what sin did you could commit in a pass life to deserve this penance. Ok, I should confess I am trying to work through the Complete Oz books.
 

Goonalan

Adventurer
#002 Streams of Silver by RA Salvatore (Icewind Dale Trilogy Book 2)
Read 6/8/19 to 13/8/19


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Book 2- Artemis Entreri is a real bastard, filmic in his brooding menace and disregard for all of humanity. Oddly I seem to have confused D&D Halflings for Tolkien Hobbits, Regis- in the last book and this, is a bit more 3d- fleshed out, less self-sacrifice and all for one. Nice journey down the Sword Coast and around about a bit- didn't like the Harpells (too silly, reminded me of a few too many early homebrew Wizard schools, and for some reason Harry Potter- can't put my finger on it, I think its the mundanity of magic, I somehow thought that magical ability/aptitude as being hard to achieve, and rare, and incredibly difficult to wield and control). The Harpells section made it look mundane, ordinary.

Really liked the finding of clues to the Mithril Hall, and Silverymoon and the Lady Alustriel. Also Sydney is cool, but nowhere near as cool as Bok (I wantsa Golem). Bruenor (of course- he's a Dwarf, Dwarves rock!) saves the day with his sacrifice (leaving the others to do the hard work- kidding). Love the action with Shimmergloom and the Duergar, and the Guenhywvar side plot is really nice- and probably cements the bond between the magical beast and Drizzt. I'm still not sold on Catti-brie and Wulfgar, although I love their magical weapons (bow and hammer), I like a bit of story (plot) to go with my magical weapons/artefacts. Nice set up for the next one... please Bruenor, come on back to us! Now chase the Halfling... and that bad bastard Artemis Entreri, of course.

Read!
 
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Goonalan

Adventurer
#003 The Halfling's Gem by RA Salvatore (Icewind Dale Trilogy Book 3)
Read 13/8/19 to 17/8/19


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Book 3- Lady Alustriel to the rescue- Bruenor lives (YES! Shhh.. I knew he would), meanwhile Drizzt et al race to Calimport- loved the pirate interlude, made me grin out loud with the arrival of Bruenor (& Catti-brie) on their flaming chariot. I've almost forgiven the Harpells. Oh, and wererats- I love a good (bad) lycanthrope (Rassiter), some very nice action in the sewers.

Loved Drizzt's mask, and his inner turmoil- I have to wear a mask to be accepted. I can't just be me. In fact one of the things I have got out of this series is how great magic items can be (in game) which actually makes me want to give fewer of them out in my games- make them rarer, and with a history. Not the potions and spells, they're okay- but wonderous items that are as the name states- truly, wonderous.

Then a spin through Tarterus, and Drizzt saves the day- while Guenhywvar pops back to take care of Pasha Pook (great Thieves' Guild building), meantime the armies have taken back Mithril Hall. All is well with the world... except out there in the shadows Artemis Entreri continues to plot. No doubt, he'll be back with nothing but vengeance in mind, and at any cost.

Not sure about the kissy bit between (unconscious) Catti-brie and Drizzt, is this the start of some awkward love triangle? Kinda odd, but quickly forgotten- lost in all of the action.

Nice work. Read!
 
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JediSoth

Semi-Professional Author
I never liked the relationship between Catti-brie and Wulgar. If it'd been in a movie, I'd say the actors had zero chemistry, but this was a book so... maybe Salvatore just wasn't up to writing a believable romance at that stage in his career.

I still cannot think of the crystal shard without calling it Cren-cinnabon.
 

Salthorae

Imperial Mountain Dew Taster
Love this goal! Tymora's luck and Gwaeron's speed guide you.

I have all the books published up to the 4e transition and have read them all. I've kept up with only the Drizzt, Elminster, and the "big transition" books since then like the Sundering series.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
I think it'll start off easy enough, but as the fiction line got longer in the tooth, the quality...meandered. I just read The Ring of Winter not too long ago, and that got to be a slog.

If I recall correctly, the first FR novel I read was Spellfire or Curse of the Azure Bonds.
 

Mistwell

Hero
That's it really. I've got a list- last count 295 books (although that number may go up) and I've given myself 10 years to get through them. I've looked at a variety of websites (thanks to the fine people here at ENWorld) which tell me what order I should read the books, but... the bugger is getting hold of them so as often supply will dictate the order they get read.

I've bought the first 40 books on the list, so I'm committed.

My reasons- I've been DMing in the Forgotten Realms for I don't know how long (off and on- but a lot more since 5e started), and until this point I've never thought to do any background reading- of course I buy all the Wizards stuff, handbooks and modules et al (for most editions all the way back to AD&D) but I've never really paid attention to the geography, or the history- socio-political or economic, or any of it. Mainly because I've been just dying to DM and get to the action, and adept at making up my own little micro-settings within a variety of already mapped out worlds, but now I'm an old(er) git and with time on my hands and the inclination to find out more.

I'm not going to write reviews- they already exist elsewhere, there are also wonderful collections of online material for the Forgotten Realms- garnered from the novels and the myriad other sourcebooks- it would be pointless to attempt to duplicate any of this. So, feel free to ignore this thread- this is more just a reminder to me- read books, post here- keep going. That kind of thing, obviously the stigma and the shame if I don't make it to the end of the run will haunt me for the rest of my days. Nah! I'll survive, so- I'm giving it a go.

Cheers Goonalan
Would love it if you could pop in here after you complete each book with at least a one sentence review? Or any tidbits you thought helpful for DMing in the Realms? Or an interesting observation?
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
You might want to skip Rich Baker's The Shadow Stone. Despite being published as a Forgotten Realms novel, it was originally written for Birthright. But by the time it was set to be released, that campaign setting had been closed down, so Baker went back through and made some quick changes to turn it into an FR novel. Even today, the book makes much more sense if you place it in Cerilia rather than Faerun.
 

Yaarel

Adventurer
One summer, I read thru most of the scifi books in the library. (Scifi includes both speculative science and fantasy magic.) It is awesome. The memory of the books kinda start to blur together after a while. But there are lots of vivid experiences that say with me!
 

Goonalan

Adventurer
#004 Darkwalker on Moonshae by Douglas Niles (Moonshae Trilogy Book 1)
Read 27/8/19 to 1/9/19


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Yeah, this is the one I should have read first- in some ways I'm glad I didn't. Set in the Moonshae Isles (obviously) which is home to the Celtic mythos style Ffolk and the marauding Viking-like Northmen. Our hero is a bit of a... I don't know, and neither does he, that might be the problem. The start of the novel gets my back up for a good long while, awfully contrived and a bit (whisper this) unbelievable- when Tristan meets Daryth (a bit Drizzt lite). Also, what's with the faithful side-kick cats/dogs (Guenhywvar vs Canthus) who had the hound/canine companion first Salvatore or Niles. Pawldo is very Halfling.

The above aside it's a cracking read- Kazgaroth (and his boss) versus the Earthmother, plenty of hot druid action (and even more in the later novels) and the Beast in his many forms. Oh, and you've got to shed a tear when the Leviathan goes under, although secretly I was rather rooting for the Northmen (who doesn't love a Viking?).

Still, I found myself rooting for the bad guys a little too often, the central character/s can be annoying (including Robyn) and this doesn't let up in the proceeding novels- just talk to each, tell him/her how you feel and stop bottling up your teenage style sexual frustration/angsty angst. Cut the moping and the self doubt and we'd have room in the novel for another hefty helping of combat action, and there are some supercool bad guys that'd love another scene.

Read?
 
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Tkolhoff

Explorer
That's it really. I've got a list- last count 295 books (although that number may go up) and I've given myself 10 years to get through them. I've looked at a variety of websites (thanks to the fine people here at ENWorld) which tell me what order I should read the books, but... the bugger is getting hold of them so as often supply will dictate the order they get read.

I've bought the first 40 books on the list, so I'm committed.

My reasons- I've been DMing in the Forgotten Realms for I don't know how long (off and on- but a lot more since 5e started), and until this point I've never thought to do any background reading- of course I buy all the Wizards stuff, handbooks and modules et al (for most editions all the way back to AD&D) but I've never really paid attention to the geography, or the history- socio-political or economic, or any of it. Mainly because I've been just dying to DM and get to the action, and adept at making up my own little micro-settings within a variety of already mapped out worlds, but now I'm an old(er) git and with time on my hands and the inclination to find out more.

I'm not going to write reviews- they already exist elsewhere, there are also wonderful collections of online material for the Forgotten Realms- garnered from the novels and the myriad other sourcebooks- it would be pointless to attempt to duplicate any of this. So, feel free to ignore this thread- this is more just a reminder to me- read books, post here- keep going. That kind of thing, obviously the stigma and the shame if I don't make it to the end of the run will haunt me for the rest of my days. Nah! I'll survive, so- I'm giving it a go.

Cheers Goonalan

WARNING!
HERE BE SPOILERIvv
That's it really. I've got a list- last count 295 books (although that number may go up) and I've given myself 10 years to get through them. I've looked at a variety of websites (thanks to the fine people here at ENWorld) which tell me what order I should read the books, but... the bugger is getting hold of them so as often supply will dictate the order they get read.

I've bought the first 40 books on the list, so I'm committed.

My reasons- I've been DMing in the Forgotten Realms for I don't know how long (off and on- but a lot more since 5e started), and until this point I've never thought to do any background reading- of course I buy all the Wizards stuff, handbooks and modules et al (for most editions all the way back to AD&D) but I've never really paid attention to the geography, or the history- socio-political or economic, or any of it. Mainly because I've been just dying to DM and get to the action, and adept at making up my own little micro-settings within a variety of already mapped out worlds, but now I'm an old(er) git and with time on my hands and the inclination to find out more.

I'm not going to write reviews- they already exist elsewhere, there are also wonderful collections of online material for the Forgotten Realms- garnered from the novels and the myriad other sourcebooks- it would be pointless to attempt to duplicate any of this. So, feel free to ignore this thread- this is more just a reminder to me- read books, post here- keep going. That kind of thing, obviously the stigma and the shame if I don't make it to the end of the run will haunt me for the rest of my days. Nah! I'll survive, so- I'm giving it a go.

Cheers Goonalan

WARNING!
HERE BE SPOILERS!
I've been a FR novels fan from the beginning. I used to buy all the novels but got away from that over the last 10 yrs or so. Currently I have 120 FR novels and have read probably half of them or more.
 

Stunts

Villager
Assuming you have hard time finding some of the books, you can always get the audiobooks. Audible has the majority of them I do believe. I have also started this journey. I've read all the Drizzt books and have followed them for a long time. I recently decided to read others and have quite enjoyed it.
 

TheSword

Explorer
There are some crackers...

I really liked the Drizzt prequels Homeland, Exile and Sojourn... a really fun trilogy for lovers of the Drow and far better than the Icewind dale books IMHO

The Return of the Archwizards series is great

Also loved the Last Mythal series.

Come to think of it, I was partial to Troy Dennings books set in Cormyr.
 

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