I remember that! I remember getting excited for Shores of Dusk (by Mark Anthony), and then . . . . nothing. It's interesting to get some of the behind-the-scenes info on what went down.The problems between Thomsen and Salvatore got to the point where Thomsen commissioned a Drizzt novel written by someone other than Bob. Shores of Dusk. There were ads for it in Dragon. If Shores had not been (wisely) shelved by Wizards after they acquired TSR, Salvatore would likely have been done with Drizzt in 1997.
Some people liked Brian. I was not one of them. His management of the book line and the book department directly led to me parting ways with TSR as a writer and editor in 1994.Sounds like Thomsen wasn't a very good line manager and did a lot of damage during his time at TSR.
It won't happen (and probably shouldn't), but I've always wanted WotC to release Shores of Dusk digitally as a non-canon Dark Elf story. It's my understanding the novel was fully completed and ready to go . . . . I wonder if it's still sitting on somebody's hard drive at WotC, or if Anthony still has his manuscript? I'm just so curious about that story!
I'm about 100 pages in to this one, and I'll be honest I'm more than a little perplexed, and please keep in mind that I am coming from nowhere here, before I started this project the realms was a map (and nothing more) that I had seen maybe a dozen times before 5e came about.Hehe, I'm a sucker for any Elminster fiction.
I haven't read this trilogy in a long time, but I love the foes who are the main foes of this trilogy, and book 2 has one of my favorite scenes from FR even if many people don't like it
Hehe.It's the Time of Troubles- the time is ripe therefore the Malaugrym (& some Zhent) to kick Elminster's backside, and vice-versa- time for Elminster (et al) to do for the Malaugrym.
The issue is the buying of the books- I looked at different ways to do this (there was another thread here prior to this one asking people to suggest the correct order to read the books)- reading all of them in publication order, reading them as a sort of time line of the Realms, but the difficulty has (and will) always be getting hold of the books.Hehe.
That's a pretty accurate summation of events in this trilogy
In addition to this trilogy, Malaugrym show up in the first two Spellfire books as well as one of the Harpers books, Stormlight (book 14 in the series).
So it kind of depends on your reading order. I'd read Spellfire as one of my first FR books, and the Harpers series before I read the Shadows of the Avatar trilogy I think.
Ed wanted a monster potent enough to be a threat worthy of Elminster and other NPCs, but also very mysterious in the way they operate and present themselves so that they can also remind behind-the-scenes and drive intrigue.(snip) 1) Malaugrym? I had to go and look them up (about 30 seconds ago) I had no idea (apart from the description in the text) what they were. Why pick these guys- surely they're very niche. (snip)
I liked it as well, think my copy is on the shelf.Prince was supposed to be the roughly same length as the other Realms books at the time--100,000 words, according to my contract--but I wrote long and my editor successfully petitioned for me to be allowed extra pages. With the color map at the front, which ran in the first few printings, and the spot illos throughout, this made Prince something of a prestige paperback release in the Realms line. I still had to tighten the end of the story--I wrote really long--but I greatly appreciated having the extra pages.
Glad you enjoyed it!
eBay is a good starting place. The site bookfinder.com is a good used book search aggregator. You can sometimes find good deals there.The issue is the buying of the books- I looked at different ways to do this (there was another thread here prior to this one asking people to suggest the correct order to read the books)- reading all of them in publication order, reading them as a sort of time line of the Realms, but the difficulty has (and will) always be getting hold of the books.
I'm trying to buy as many as I can, while I can- when I get paid at the end of each month I have a splurge and attempt to pick the next however many. I got 30+ for Christmas from a variety of family & friends.eBay is a good starting place. The site bookfinder.com is a good used book search aggregator. You can sometimes find good deals there.
As the Realms series stretches on, many of the titles will become harder to find. The TSR books in the late 80s and early 90s went through multiple printings and sold over (some well over) 100,000 copies each. Many of the late Realms series releases from Wizards only went through one, relatively small printing. This has nothing to do with the quality of the books, but rather speaks to the differences between the bookselling market in the early 1990s and the last ten or so years, as well as the way the publisher perceived the fiction as part of their overall publishing plan.
Bob Salvatore's Drizzt books don't follow this model, of course. They are a thing unto themselves, with their own rules.