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Beyond the High Road (Forgotten Realms: The Cormyr Saga, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1999


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  • Series: The Cormyr Saga
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reissue edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078691436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786914364
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost and Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, as well as Waterdeep, Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. His most recent Star Wars novel is Star Wars: Crucible. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Cavallo on June 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cormyr, Faerûns forest kingdom, steeped in lore and pride. Long has it stood against the shadows of evil, a bastion of hope against the evils of the world. But, how is one to battle a shroud of evil from within, forged by the nation itself over its long and storied history? A year has passed since King Azoun IV lay awaiting death, incapacitated by an assassin's plot. Cormyr has survived the near loss of her king, but untold evils lie awaiting their opportunity to devour the lands unaware of the danger.
"Beyond the High Road" is the second in the, thus far, marvelous Cormyr Saga. The first title, "Cormyr: a Novel" by Greenwood and Grubb, functioned as a stand-alone title, this title does not. In no way does that diminish its value, or its success as a novel. That is not to say it requires you to read the precursor, but doing so will only serve to enhance the plot and the depth to the characters, whereas it will become vitally important to obtain and read the following title. In regards to the author, oft times Mr. Denning has been accused of "not doing his homework" when it came to realms consistency-the prime example being a Shou Embassy in Elversult-nevertheless, he's done his research for this title. His handling of the characters, and their personal voice and ambiance are seamless with previous works. His handling of such renowned characters as: King Azoun IV, both of his daughters, and especially Vangerdahast, is wonderful. This is without a doubt his finest realms work to date, and not to be missed.
Further, Tanalasta the much-maligned crown princess is handled extremely well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Shackelton on February 29, 2000
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If you need closure to a book, you might want to wait for the sequel and buy both at the same time. This is just an appetizer, the main course is to come. Tanalasta has improved since Cormyr the novel. She is driven and focused now. The creatures were vivid and chilling. I didn't put it down till the end and can't wait for the sequel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Cavallo on December 21, 1999
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Troy Denning's "Beyond the High Road" is set in the Forest Kingdom of Cormyr, in the wildly popular Forgotten Realms. This novel continues the saga of Cormyr, and in particular Vangerdahast, Azoun, and the two crown Princess'. Denning shows us his best face in this book. He has obviously done his research into Realms Lore; and his depiction of the characters, following so closely on the heels of "Cormyr: A Novel", both in Realms time and our own is seemless! The story is full of the classic elements, character growth, flawed heroes, the whole showboat. A top notch book, and a must have for any fan of the Realms. The end will leave you thirsting for more (Which you'll get next August in "Death of the Dragon").
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2000
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Having read many of Troy Denning's other books, I was expecting this book to be far more self contained than it was. In his previous books, even novels that were part of a trilogy stood alone fairly well. Unfortunately, this is not the case with this book. Virtually the whole book is a set-up for the next book in the series. (Which to make matters worse, is a hardcover, forcing the reader to pay quite a bit more money to find out what happens next, or wait another year for the paperback.) I applaud TSR for actually putting out a FR novel where something happens, but I would rather have had a least a partial resolution by the book's end. This book does have good qualities: Denning's plotting and writing style do a good job of keeping the reader's interest. On the other hand, I found that the story seemed to jump around and skip parts too often. Also, many of the characters act rather foolish at times. For example, even after they find that the Ghazneths (the main foes of the book) are largely immune to magic, they keep blasting away at them with spells. All in all I'd recommend waiting for the next book to come out before reading this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
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While Forgotten Realms books are entertaining, over the years I've seen them too frequently become a little predictable and simplistic. BEYOND THE HIGH ROAD mostly (thus 4 stars instead of 5) rises above that, with several twists and turns turns that held my interest, along with good characterizations and solid prose. I've only read a couple of Denning's other novels, but I was impressed with them and I'm impressed with BEYOND THE HIGH ROAD--an intelligent, well-written fantasy novel. I'm looking forward to Denning's additions the the Star Wars: New Jedi Order series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1999
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Troy Denning's "Beyond the High Road" is set in the Forest Kingdom of Cormyr, in the wildly popular Forgotten Realms. This novel continues the saga of Cormyr, and in particular Vangerdahast, Azoun, and the two crown Princess'. Denning shows us his best face in this book. He has obviously done his research into Realms Lore; and his depiction of the characters, following so closely on the heels of "Cormyr: A Novel", both in Realms time and our own is seemless! The story is full of the classic elements, character growth, flawed heroes, the whole showboat. A top notch book, and a must have for any fan of the Realms. The end will leave you thirsting for more (Which you'll get next August in "Death of the Dragon").
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