Seriously, either Ed Greenwood has way too much time on his hands, or people will simply read anything. Personally I think it is the second answer since Greenwood can pretty much get away with writing rubbish. This particular novel was very bad and very boring. Ed Greenwood was initially a writer for TSR, the company that developed and marketed the first ever roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons. I actually quite liked the world of the Forgotten Realms.
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Start your review of Elminster Ascending Forgotten Realms: Elminster Write a review Oct 02, Tyler Chelf rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
So I went into reading these books this is a collection of the first 3 books about this character hoping to really enjoy it. I have read other books set in the Forgotten Realms, and find the world itself very interesting. The material presented about the character this series is about is engaging in the gaming source books, so I wanted to learn a bit more about his background and story.
Unfortunately I found the books to be a bit of a let down. The first of the 3, Elminster - The Making of a So I went into reading these books this is a collection of the first 3 books about this character hoping to really enjoy it. The story starts out interestingly enough, a dragon and mage destroying a city and the child vowing to get revenge, but the story had a tendency to meander most of the time until suddenly the big bad reveals themselves and the story ends.
A lot of effort goes into describing his life during these times, and they piece together in the end, but weakly. I finished the book feeling less like I had read a cohesive story with a beginning, middle, and end, and more like I had read a random journal indicating "Well, I did this for a while and that got old, then went to do that and finally figured I would do this.
The next book in the series, Elminster in Myth Drannor, was a big better in that regard. It seemed more cohesive through out and there was a clear goal in mind from early on, but it still suffered from jumping from story to story. You also end up with a big of character flip-flop at times. One elven elder tells his house not to attack El because he will destroy them and bring dishonor on him, and when they ignore him and his predictions come true he swears to hunt Elminster down and kill him, making you wonder if he was lying earlier or if you missed something.
The last book, The Temptation of Elminster, takes place years later. It starts out with Elminster having been caught in a trap for that time and you know nothing of what happened between the last two, save that the city from the last book is now overrun with demons and devils.
You are well into the last 4th of the book before pieces start to come close to fitting together and new characters are still being introduced. He is purported to be the most powerful mage is all the lands, but as the story unfolds you find that his real power is being saved by luck or the goddess he serves. In fact the 3rd book ends with someone that has been hunting Elminster to hill him killing the closest approximation to a central antagonist, and then being killed by magical backlash.
As I said before, I really wanted to like these books when I started reading them and they seem to have a high score of user reviews, but after finishing the books I have to wonder if the scores are based more on the character and author than the actual content of the book.
Elminster: The Making of a Mage
Faezahn My sister bought me the Elminsteer Realms boxed for my 15th birthday when I visited her in college in Boston. Elminster 1 — 10 of 11 books. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring. But El and his friend have seen enough to hold a grudge. It starts with them all hiding in a cave structure made into a long term refuge. Which scene was your favorite? In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics.
Elminster Must Die