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Realms of Shadow (Forgotten Realms: Return of the Archwizard anthology) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: The Return of the Archwizards
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078692716X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786927166
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RZ4 on April 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll start off by saying that many people will buy this anthology merely for the R.A. Salvatore short story. The thing is, that's perfectly alright. When I first picked up this book, I looked at the table of contents and found the Salvatore story, "That Curious Sword." I promptly turned to the indicated page and read an incredible short tale involving two amazing characters: the cunning assassin Artemis Entreri and the pragmatic dark elf Jarlaxle. I, along with other FR fans have been looking forward to this piece of writing from the pen of RAS. This marks the first return to his popular duo since the book Servant of the Shard. Long story short, this nineteen page short story is worth the price of the book alone.
Alas, like I said many will buy the book for the Entreri & Jarlaxle story, but there are many more reasons why this book deserves a five star rating. There are tales delivered by Troy Denning(whose current trilogy is the backbone of this anthology), the creator of the Forgotten Realms Ed Greenwood, and last but not least an author that I have grown to enjoy just as much as RAS, Elaine Cunningham. Elaine Cunningham dishes out a great story that is connected to her recent Counselors & Kings Trilogy. So all in all, Realms of Shadow is truly a satisfying and enjoyable entry in the FR anthology line. Albeit, not quite as well rounded and long lasting as some of the former FR anthologies(Realms of Valor and Realms of Magic), but it obviously delivers the goods from the well-known FR authors and has more than a handful of good impressions made from some of the new talespinners that have made their first imprint on the Realms.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ellisfan on July 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unlike the other reviewers, I found this particular collection to range from truly awful to good; there is nothing spectacular here, though. Troy Denning, an FR author I usually enjoy quite a bit (and whose first two books in this particular series are excellent), delivers a plodding, predictable story that degenerates into standard fantasy fiction stereotypes without any significant characterisation. This is atypical for Denning, and for this reason I am likely more disappointed than I might have been had another author penned the tale. Salvatore and Cunningham, as usual, deliver satisfying tales with memorable characters. Jessica Beaven is, to me at least, a new contributor. In my opinion, this should be her last attempt. Her tale was disjointed, stylistically pretentious and without any storytelling merit whatsoever. While this may tide one over between "The Siege" and the forthcoming "The Sorcerer," it would be best to not bring too much hope for an overall satisfying FR experience with this particular anthology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
From Lisa Smedman's Netherese mystery tale to Peter Archer's Indiana Jones-esque reprise of a character from Realms of Mystery, Realms of Shadow offers a nifty tie-in which stands effectively apart from the polarizing Return of the Archwizards trilogy (personally I like the trilogy a lot, but plenty of you don't -- do not let that discourage you from buying this anthology). I particularly like Paul Kemp's story (watching this guy. He's going to be Salvatore-big some day), Elaine Cunningham's comedy and Richard Lee Byers' adventure tale set in the ruins of Tilverton. Ed Greenwood's story sets some kind of "sets of villains in one story" record with four - phaerimm, malaugrym, shades and Bleth/Cormaeril renegade Cormyrians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "slightlyaskew" on April 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This Anthology was very well done and really helps add to the current crisis presented by the return of Shade Enclave in the Forgotten Realms. From front to back, the stories were arranged chronologically beginning with the first one which takes place before the fall of Netheril in -470 DR and ending in the current Realms year, 1372 DR I believe it is. About half of the stories are set in the current time period, while the other stories lend a little background emphasis on Shade Enclave's past. Very nice planning. This should definitely wet your whistle while you await the 3rd volume of the Return of the Archwizards trilogy set to come out later this year.
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