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Realms of Valor (A Collection of Short Stories) Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 1993


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; d edition (January 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560765577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560765578
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Lowder has worked extensively on both sides of the editorial blotter. His credits include the bestselling novels Prince of Lies and Knight of the Black Rose, short fiction for such anthologies as Truth Until Paradox and Shadows Over Baker Street, and comic book scripts for DC, Devil's Due, Moonstone, and the city of Boston's First Night celebration. His work has been translated into more than ten languages, including Hungarian, Yiddish, and Russian. He's written hundreds of feature articles and book, film, and game reviews for such diverse publications as Dragon, Amazing Stories, Sci-Fi Universe, Milwaukee Magazine, and The New England Journal of History, and published role-playing game material for Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Marvel Super Heroes, and various other systems. As an editor, he's directed book lines or series for TSR, Green Knight, and CDS Books, and has helmed a dozen critically acclaimed anthologies, including The Book of All Flesh, Hobby Games: The 100 Best, and Worlds of Their Own. He's been a finalist for the International Horror Guild Award and the Stoker Award, and has won five Origins Awards and a silver ENnie Award.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "lancer101" on November 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Oldies, but Goodies," still hold true today. I re-dug this book out of the boxes of Forgotten Realms books and read it again for the first time. Valor isn't just a word, it's an idea. Take a spin and read this book, as you put yourself in each main character's shoes, and see if you think you might have Valor. I highly recommend this book to those who think deeply and have an open mind to different opinions in Valor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis Eisenbrandt on July 6, 2009
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Realms of Valor edited by James Lowder was released in 1993 and it is currently out of print today (2009). Comprised of 11 short stories by Douglas Niles, Ed Greenwood, Christie Golden, Elaine Cunningham, David Cook, Scott Ciencin, Mark Anthony, James Lowder, Jean Rabe, Troy Denning, and R.A. Salvatore. Some stories revolve around well known Forgotten Realms characters; Drizzt Do'Urden, Arilyn Moonblade, Elminster, and Jander Sunstar to name a few. Plus there is an Afterword by Jeff Grubb that tells of the "secret" history of the Realms

Lord of Lowhill by Douglas Niles- This story follows two halflings, Pawldo and Stefanik, as they search for treasure in a dark, evil place. Pawldo is found in the Moonshae Trilogy.
Negatives:
1. Cliché. The story just seemed like a cliché. Greed takes one adventurer to far and he realizes it to late. It just seemed cliché.
Positives:
1. Characters. I did like Pawldo and Stefanik. I'm not quite sure really. Like my theory on halflings says, halflings give people consciences. Dang halflings.
2. Fun read. It started out kind of boring and whatnot, but ended up being a pretty fun read.
Overall: 4/5
*If the story would have introduced something different, it could have really benefited.*

Elminster at the Magefair by Ed Greenwood- The story is about Elminster and Storm Silverhand going to a magefair to pick up a key. The key invites trouble from younger mages and an old friend.
Negatives:
1. Boring story. It's not a bad story by any means, it just wasn't all that exciting.
2. Confusing towards the end. There just was to much going on to really follow. Then of course, you have to sit and think about what happened and what was so important.
Positives:
1. The magefair.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 20, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
James Lowder, ed., Realms of Valor (TSR, 1993)

Realms of Valor was the first short story collection to showcase the continuing adventures of various well-known personages in the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons world of the Forgotten Realms (a second, Realms of Infamy, appeared later). Each of the stories is written by someone who was instrumental in the creation of the original characters, e.g. Scott Ciencin, who wrote parts of the Avatar Trilogy under the name Richard Awlinson, gives us a tale about Adon, the priest from the adventuring party in those books, and Robert Salvatore brings back Drizzt Do'Urden, who's spent time on the New York Times bestseller list on quite a few occasions over the past decade.

The book's probably not a starting point for reading about the Realms, but for those who have a few series' worth under their belts, it's great to see one's old friends again. The stories, in general, live up to the novels that introduced the various characters within. They do so well enough, in fact, that some characters with which the reader might not yet be familiar may inspire the more industrious reader to go looking for the books that the characters came from. Very good stuff. *** ½
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By Eric Frei on July 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was relatively simple to read front to back. I enjoyed the stories very much, as they only took up no more then thirty pages an author. This book expresses a broad scope of literary imagination, involving everything from curious halflings to zealous religious enemies and everything in between. The stories are (overall) well written and simple in language. None of the stories seem to mirror another, so each story will feel like a new and different adventure. The reason this book gets four out of five stars is because I diddnt feel it needed to be as easy as it turned out to be. If the content were to be slightly more geared to adults, I would have readily jumped on the ideas for my own campaign adventures.

Perhaps what drew me to read this would be the last story by R.A.Salvatore and his infamous Drow character, Drizzt. I would have thought I would treat the stories leading up to that one like previews for trite movies at the cineplex that you can't fast forward or skip through. I would prove myself wrong on that, as there was plenty of humor, tricks, and clever situations that caught and held my attention. If you play the Forgotten Realms campaign, or just read the stories, you would have fun with this book both ways.
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This is an oldie but goodie! Borrowed from my brother, I was truly excited to read this book again. Its the grandfather of the Forgotten Realms/ Dungeons and Dragons characters, and a fascinating ride through rich characters. I hear this is hard to find now- if you see one, GRAB IT! Then do a review so others may hear.
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