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Elminster Must Die: The Sage of Shadowdale, Book I [Kindle Edition]

Ed Greenwood
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Elminster Returns!

Elminster Must Die is the debut 4th edition appearance of one of the Forgotten Realms® world’s most iconic characters, written by the creator of the original Forgotten Realms campaign setting. An instant classic, and a must-read for every Realms fan.
 
When the goddess of magic was murdered, Elminster’s world shattered. Once the most powerful wizard in the world, immortal, beloved of the goddess of magic, and the bane of villainy, he is now a tired old man. He is powerful but mortal, and with all the enemies a man who makes a habit of saving the world tends to accumulate. To make matters worse, Elminster has needs—feeding powerful magic items to the Simbul, his lover, is the only thing that keeps her sane—but their increasingly risky collection leads his enemies right to him.

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    About the Author

    ED GREENWOOD is the creator of the Forgotten Realms® fantasy world setting and the author of more than 170 books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over two dozen languages. In real life, he's a Canadian librarian who lives in the Ontario countryside with his wife, a cat, and far too many books.


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    • File Size: 666 KB
    • Print Length: 352 pages
    • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (October 5, 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0045EOIWI
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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars but good enough to me for a 4 star rating. September 19, 2010
    Format:Hardcover
    Elminster Must Die! The Sage of Shadowdale book 1 is the newest novel about Elminster by Ed Greenwood. Previous books are about Elminster are Elminster the Making of a Mage, Elminster in Myth Drannor, The Temptation of Elminster, Elminster in Hell, and Elminster's Daughter as well as short stories in multiple anthologies. Bury Elminster Deep is slated to come out August 2011 and the set is expected to be six books total.

    Elminster Must Die! introduces a lot of new characters since this one takes place 100 years after the spell plague. Also there are appearances of older characters such as Storm Silverhand, the Simbul, Alusair, and Vangerdahast. With Elminster's magic gone and the Simbul's ailing affliction due to Mystra's death, Elminster has to choose between saving his love, the Simbul and saving the world. Along the way, an old enemy is doing everything in his power to finally best Elminster and take Cormyr for himself. Other plotlines involve another villain who is seeking magical artifacts to further his own evil goals, the same magical artifacts Elminster needs to save the Simbul. Along the way, Elminster is discovering that he is not the mage he used to be and may need more help. Then there is Amarune a masked dancer who has her own problems and doesn't know that she is about to become a bigger part of the world. There are some other subplots involving a love interest and a young noble, but for spoiler's sakes, I will stop here.

    The story moves as a quick pace and things happen quickly. It is typical Greenwood fashion and jumps around a lot. There are so many things going on that it can get a bit confusing trying to follow all the plot lines and the characters. It keeps the pace moving quickly, but breaks up the flow of the novel trying to keep everything straight.
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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad August 21, 2010
    By Stan
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    After reading many of Ed's books, I really should not have been surprised at the whirlwind chain of events that occurred over the last 30 or so pages. But this one was a little extreme. Way too much happens near the end and I felt as though he had a lot more to say but realized that he was limited to X number of pages, so he just started wrapping things up. Unfulfilled chaos is the best way to describe the ending. So that's the bad. The good was seeing familiar characters from pre Spell Plague again. It was also nice to see the world settled and somewhat normal again. If you enjoy reading about the Old Mage, then get this book but either read it very slowly or hold on to it till the next one comes out as the story definitely does not end in this book.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Confused and confusing May 31, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Pretty much as long as there has been a Forgotten Realms campaign setting there has been an Elminster in it. In this book, an old enemy has a plan for Elminster, and for Cormyr. El himself is increasingly desperate, stealing magical items to briefly prop up the sanity of the failing Simbul. With his few remaining supporters, he needs to stand up for the Realms, and save the day. But, with Mystara gone, Elminster is a shadow of his former self, and before he can save the world he is going to need to save himself...if he even can!

    OK, where do I start? I am a fan of Ed Greenwood's work, and especially of his Forgotten Realms books. This book, however, is not among his best works. The story is chaotic and confusing as the multiple characters run around, interact and sometimes die, all at a rapid clip. At times I was scratching my head trying to figure out what happened to this character or that - were they dead or just waiting in the wings? To make matters worse, the ending is a cliff hanger, leaving you waiting for the next installment of the series, and wondering what all happened and why.

    Overall, I found this to be an OK book. The characters are interesting, and the action is very good. It's the story that is the clinker - confused and confusing. In a way, it won't be possible to fully appreciate this book until the series is complete, but since it's not complete this book needs to stand on its own, and it only does an OK job of doing so.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed January 11, 2014
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    This was my first Ed Greenwood novel purchase. As the creator of the world of Faerun, I was expecting a lot more. Instead I got a novel that was difficult to follow, and failed to keep me interested. I guess the author is a lot better a world building that he is at writing stories that occur in said world.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed April 23, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Never cared much what was going to happen. Seemed like lots of random events.
    There was no build or climax.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. May 30, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The only thing I actually enjoyed about this book is that it took me about 10x longer to read than it normally takes me to read a book. I never really got into it.

    I've read other books by this author and liked them very much. This one is ... bleh. The story revolves a lot around a "mask-dancer" aka stripper. Without being too harsh on Mr. Greenwood, he writes about sexual things as though he is a 13 year old boy who has only fantasized about such things and never experienced them for himself. It just seemed... stupid.

    I will say that I bought the second book, but I'll save that review for later. I didn't want to judge the whole series just off one book.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome new beginning
    I love the new team and story building around them. El is one of my favorite characters in the forgotten realms and Ed my favorite authors
    Published 13 days ago by J Miler
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    The book meandered from one encounter to the next. Hard to follow how the different storylines were interrelated.
    Published 8 months ago by John J. Conti
    2.0 out of 5 stars Bummer
    Not at all like the other Elminster books with the exception of Elminster's Daughter. They both were very slow and hard to get into. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by T. McPhetrige
    4.0 out of 5 stars The ending of an age or the beginning of a new one?
    Having grown up with the forgotten realms and elminster. I found reading this book a little hard. All my heroes dead or dying. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by J. Suarez
    2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappoing.
    I found it to be choppy and hard to follow since I haven't read any of the previous books in the series.
    Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars amazing
    I have always been a big fan of the forgotten realms books! Especially R.A. Salvatore and his amazing dark elf! Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Love Elminister books
    A little slow starting but worth the read if you are an Elminister or ed Greenwood fan. A very entertaining read.
    Published 20 months ago by Curtis Tipton
    4.0 out of 5 stars Full Of Mystery and Unexpected Action
    It is interesting to see how so many characters figure into the overall story. Amazing sub-plots. Like I'm in the story.
    Published 22 months ago by Papa
    5.0 out of 5 stars el
    great book.love the elminster series,one of my favorite characters in the realms.ed greenwoods style i allways a pleasure to read
    Published on April 25, 2013 by leafthief
    2.0 out of 5 stars Ehh
    Was ok nothing special no real action no real substance. Just run of the mill save this save that and with elminster so weak was frankly a boring story
    Published on April 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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    About me...

    Thought by some to be an incarnation of one of the Great Old Ones, the being now commonly known as Ed Greenwood fell to earth in the heart of a shooting star on the Night of the Unicorn Moon. Overnight. he grew to bearded manliness, becoming by the end of that month the Canadian fencing-with-saxophones champion and a doctor of strange games played while wearing fishnets, before embarking on potty training (largely completed now), belly dancing training (belly attained, but Ed is still working on the dancing) and the road to greatness that he still hasn't found the first milepost on (perhaps he missed it among all the Yield and Stop signs).

    Admired by many for the inspired lunacy of his school projects, he--

    Oh. Sorry. The REAL version. Uh-huh.

    --Boring bragging commences . . .

    Ed Greenwood is an award-winning Canadian writer and game designer. Although most Canadians don't know his name, he has been in the top ten (usually top five) writers of bestselling Canadian fiction writers almost every year of the last two decades.

    Ed created the Forgotten Realms® fantasy world for the Dungeons and Dragons game; it has been featured in board, roleplaying, computer and card games, comic books, and a bestselling novel line that has spanned twenty years and hundreds of titles by more than sixty writers, including R.A. Salvatore's famous Drizzt novels. Ed is currently Canada's only judge for the prestigious World Fantasy Awards, and has published over 170 books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over a dozen languages. He has written three novels already this year, and by the time they are all published this fall, he will have written at least the first drafts of three more. Ed usually writes fantasy, but has also written science fiction, horror, romance, mysteries, song lyrics, poetry, and many, many magazine articles and columns. He even appeared (as himself) in comic books published by DC Comics and by TSR, Inc. Ed's novels regularly climb the New York Times and other major best-seller lists; his 1987 novel Spellfire has sold over three million copies worldwide in various editions, and the Waldenbooks bookstore chain reported that his novel Crown of Fire was its top-selling game-related publication of 1994. His writing has won many awards down the years, and he was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design's Origins Awards Hall of Fame in 2003. Ed has been a guest of honor at more than four dozen conventions all over the world, from Stockholm, Sweden to Melbourne, Australia.

    In real life, Ed Greenwood is a large, well-padded, bearded man who is all too often mistaken for Santa Claus. He has worked in public libraries for forty years, and lives in an old farmhouse with more than 80,000 books. When he was younger, he loved exploring caves, fencing with swords, and camping. These days, he much prefers a well-padded fireside armchair where he can curl up and read books about exploring caves, fencing with swords, and camping. Or books about crazies in armor who ride dragons, hurl spells, and seek princesses in castles. Ed has lived for more than a decade in rural Ontario, but was born and raised in Don Mills, now part of Toronto. He comes from a literary family; his mother, Barbara Greenwood, is the author of several popular Canadian children's books, including A Pioneer Story, A Question of Loyalty, and The Kids Book of Canada. Ed's parents together wrote Stand Up! Speak Out! (a book on public speaking for novices), and his uncle W. G. Hardy was a major figure in Canadian literature decades ago, writing such bestsellers as The Unfulfilled, City of Libertines, The Scarlet Mantle, The Bloody Toga, and Alberta: A Bicentennial History.

    Ed has been an editor of Dragon Magazine and a columnist for The Campaign Hack (Canada's longest-running gaming magazine), the media magazine Realms, Polyhedron™ Newszine, Cryptych, and several other fantasy and gaming periodicals. Ed is a charter lifetime member of the RPGA (Role Playing Game Association) and a lifetime active member of SFWA (the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America). Ed has been hailed as "the Canadian author of the great American novel" (bestselling fantasy author J. Robert King), "an industry legend" (Dragon Magazine), "one of the greats" (Games Magazine), and "a true genius" (bestselling SF and fantasy author Elaine Cunningham). Bestselling fantasy author Margaret Weis said of him: "Ed Greenwood is a master of fantasy adventure worldbuilding. His magic and wizardry are wondrous to all!"

    Bestselling SF and fantasy author and game designer Michael Stackpole said this of Ed: "Creating fantasy requires imagination and a deft but subtle hand, which Ed Greenwood has long showed himself capable of in his creation of the Forgotten Realms world. His skill lies in his ability to make the ordinary magical and in integrating magic and legends so thoroughly in his work. His sense of humor and drama combine in wondrous adventure tales with depth and pacing that make his books single-sitting treasures."

    Computer game enthusiasts will find Ed's short story "Moonrise over Myth Drannor" in the Myth Drannor Forgotten Realms computer game from Strategic Simulations, Inc., and his short story "Living Forever" in the Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor computer game from Ubisoft. Ed was one of the writers of the classic Interplay computer game The Two Towers, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Ed's lore has been used in over two dozen computer games, including the best-selling Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series. Ed cocreated the Mornmist fantasy world (published by Vision Books) with noted fantasy author Lynn Abbey, and is developing more fantasy settings, as well as assisting in the preparation of an on-again-off-again Forgotten Realms television series and movie. Ed has contributed literally hundreds of articles and short stories to dozens of magazines, including Dragon, Dungeon Adventures, Gameplay, Troll, Games Unplugged, Realms, Game Trade, Amberzine, and The Excellent Prismatic Spray. He has written forewords for several books, including the Planet Stories/Paizo Publishing reprint of Gary Gygax's The Samarkand Solution (2008).

    Ed also contributes weekly articles to the Wizards of the Coast site (www.wizards.com). These include the long-running and now completed Realmswatch, Ed Says, Elminster Speaks, Realmslore, Waterdeep News, and Border Kingdoms columns, the current Eye On The Realms column, and Realms short stories such as "Never a Warpig Born" (2001); "One Comes, Unheralded, To Zirta" (2001); "Wisdom Comes to the Maimed Wizard" (2002); "Ladies Night at the Yawning Portal" (2002); "Only a Woman Can Take This Sort of Abuse" (2003); "The Night Tymora Sneezed" (2004); "The Silverfall Interview" (2005); "A Ghost Of a Chance" (2005); "Far Too Many Thieves" (2005); "Dark Times in Hastarl" (2005); "Revenge among Thieves" (2005); "The Lady of the Mists" (2005); "Every Revel a Masterpiece" (2006); "The Weaver of Dreams" (2007); "Volo Breaks a Hot Tale" (2008); "Night of the Dread Pudding" (2009); "The Rise of Bardic Beauty" (2010). In 2005, the Wizards of the Coast Legendology website published Ed's novelette Oroon Rising in serialized form.

    Via one of his players, Ed regularly answers fan questions in the "Chamber of Sages" Candlekeep forums at forum.candlekeep.com. Those wanting to hang out with Ed, hear his latest news, and buy new fiction by him should head to TheEdVerse.com.

    -Ed Greenwood, Dec 2013

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