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Realms of the Elves: The Last Mythal Anthology (Forgotten Realms) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2006

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078693980X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786939800
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very good story none-the-less.
Andy Gray
I recommend this book to all Forgotten Realms, Dungeons & Dragons and fantastic literature fans.
The way it was written felt like someones notes and there wasn't much depth to anything.
Travis Eisenbrandt

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Andy Gray on February 15, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Realms of the Elves is the latest anthology released by Wizards of the Coast and is set in the Forgotten Realms. Like most of the other anthologies WotC releases there is a central theme to this one, and that is Elves. This anthology is supposed to drum up more interest for the final installment of Richard Baker's Last Mythal trilogy.

Instead of giving a full review for each short story, which would take entirely too long, I will try to say a few words about each story. I will do so in the order they are in the book.

#1- "Traitors" by Richard Lee Byers. This is an ok story. For whatever reason, Mr. Byers can't stay away from dragons right now. Everything has to have something to do with his The Year of the Rogue Dragon trilogy. See his last novel Queen of the Depths for what I mean there. I had a feeling dragons would appear and they did. I was disappointed by this story. Average at best.

#2- "The Staff of Valmaxian" by Philip Athans. Athans was the editor of this book, so I am a bit surprised he found time to write his own short story as well. Decent short story here. As with most short stories they either grab you quick and interest you, or you have to drudge through and finish it to move one. I enjoyed this story, but not to the extent I was hoping. Slightly above average for this one.

#3- "Necessary Sacrafices" by Lisa Smedman. This story, I think anyway, is the crown jewel of this anthology. It was a fantastic read. It has a small compact plot, interesting characters and a very, very good ending. In fact I gasped at the ending of this. This story grabbed me right away and didn't let go the whole time. Excellent read in my opinion.

#4- "The Greater Treasure" By Erik Scott de Bie. This story is the hardest to rate out of this anthology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neso on March 14, 2007
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Here are my reviews of these seven not-so-short stories.

1. Traitors by Richard Lee Byers. I'm not a big fan of Byers' works, because I find his novels way too action oriented for my liking, with plot and character development often completely disregarded. I was pleasantly surprised by this story. A very strong story of conflicting loyalties. He kept a nice pace through all of 70 pages, and gave us a good ending. Indirectly touches the events in his Year of the Rogue Dragons trilogy. ****

2. The Staff of Valmaxian by Philip Athans. This story didn't sit with me, to be honest. Had a promising start, by completely faded towards the end, which was a big cliché by itself. **

3. Necessary Sacrifices by Lisa Smedman. A beautiful, sad story. The idea was simply great, but got a bit drawn out. Could have been shorter. A very good story, nevertheless. ****

4. The Greater Treasure by Erik Scott de Bie. The author shows us again that his storytelling is brilliant. The characters are interesting (if a bit annoying) and well fleshed out. It is worth the mention that this is maybe the most erotic story ever published by WotC. Very good.****

5. Comrades at Odds by R.A. Salvatore. Besides some good, deep dialogues on the nature of orcs, this book also gives some flesh to one potentially important character in the upcoming books. A good Drizzt short story. ****

6. Tears so White by Ed Greenwood. I've given up on trying to decipher Greenwood, so I simply skipped this story.

7. The Bladesinger's Lesson by Richard Baker. While reading this story, I had a feeling of déjà vu, and that is never a good thing. Don't get me wrong, it's not boring or anything, but it really offers nothing new or unique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis Eisenbrandt on January 14, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Realms of the Elves Anthology

Realms of the Elves is edited by Philip Athans. It was released in February 2006 and was published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc. This anthology is based on the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. The Realms of the Elves anthology ties into Richard Baker's The Last Mythal trilogy. There are seven stories included in this anthology and are written by Richard Lee Byers, Philip Athans, Lisa Smedman, Erik Scott de Bie, R. A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, and Richard Baker. The Realms of the Elves anthology focuses on the elves of Faerûn.

"Traitors" by Richard Lee Byers
Rhespen Ash has been a councilor to the gold dragon Orchtrien for over a hundred years. After barely surviving an ambush by a group of rebellious elves, Rhespen is put in charge of overseeing a hostage named Lady Winterflower. After time passes, Rhespen falls in love with his ward and goes to Orchtrien only to be sent away on a mission to raid enemy land. When he returns, he finds out things he would have rather not known.
Overall: 4/5
"Traitors" was a good way to start this anthology. It had a great main character in Rhespen. Everything that he goes through develops him into a wonderful protagonist. The story was really good as well. It relied more on the relationships the characters had to carry it along and that added something unique to the experience. However, the whole 'hostage' situation didn't sit right with me. Why would an enemy send their daughter to their enemy? It just seemed too convenient and lessened the overall enjoyment of the story. Also, a quick side note is that "Traitors" ties into Richard Lee Byers' The Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy and the story could have done with less dragons in it.
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