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The Halls of Stormweather (Forgotten Realms: Sembia series, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Sembia
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786915609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786915606
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The character was really interesting and well done.
Alan DeHaan
So i absolute recommend this book to all fantasy lovers and Forgotten Realms fans, for this is very good entertainment.
Steffen B. Pedersen
Warning: If you buy this book you will have to pick up the rest of the series!
Carrie Johnson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steffen B. Pedersen on October 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was placed in the realm of Sembia, and the story took place in the city of Selgaunt - one of the biggest trading cities in Sembia. The book consisted of seven really good stories. Officialy it was an anthology, but I would't call it that because of the lenght of the stories and the way it was built up. The entire book told the tales of the rich merchant family - the Uskevren - and their lives and early days history.
The book had seven stories, and each of the stories told the tale of one of the family members. There were the story of Thamalon the Patriarch, which I liked very much. Normally i don't like anthologies, but this book felt as if it was a whole novel. All the different characters worked very well together.
It was a very dark book, after my opinion. There were lots of intrigue, and murders, and other terrible things, done for the purpose of outdoing each one's rival. As said before, the city of Selgaunt was a city of trade, so there was lots of plotting against each other. So the stories had all, a really good plot. Lots of other Forgotten Realms books is just hack-an-slash battle books, but this one had really kept me reading for a very long time, even if it was 4 past 12 in the night.
Normally i only read Dragonlance books, but i have always wanted to learn about the Forgotten Realms world. So it was because of that, I bought the book. It was a book designed to introduce new fans to the Forgotten Realms, so I immediately picked it up. But still, I don't think that the book serves that really well. There was still so many confusing things, that I didn't knew a heck about, but the well built plot lines kept me reading it, so it is absolutely not a bad book - even if it didn't serve as a great introduction book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Milak on July 16, 2000
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If your a fan of Ed Greenwood or the Realms, this is a must read for you. It's a great way to write a book. "Seven parts" means seven different authors writing seven chapters of the same story. The story is about the Uskevren's, a noble family in sembia. The authors take different members of the household, write about each, and tie them all together from one to the next. In a way, it was a refreshing change from reading the same author through a whole book. This was a great way to start a four book series on Sembia. The back-stabbing and subterfuge of the Sembian nobles is almost Drow-like. You can hate one character, only to find out that the next chapter is about him, and end up seeing there is alot more to him than you thought. WOTC should do this with more series. It gives you more than one point of view, but better than a regular anthology could.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sloan on October 1, 2000
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An excellent anthology that just seemed to be get better with each new chapter. I was immediately drawn to the idea of the exploration of the rarely seen Sembia. Each author was able to explore in reasonable depth the exotic new characters of this on going storyline. I eagerly look forward to the next book, and think that the butler with a past Cale, will go on to become one of the Realm's favorite characters. Though Cale is a stand out in the book. I do hope that the other interesting members of the Uskevran household will be explored in future works. Overall a great read for the long time fan, and an excellent jumping off point for the new to the Realms reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Johnson on March 8, 2003
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This is an excellent novel, with only a few faults. The main gripe I have with the book is that it is truly a series of short stories, but is treated like a novel. What I mean to say is that there is no table of content that allows you to easily jump one from story of interest without having to scan through the entire book. The tales need not be read in order at all, and yet you are expected to do so.

Each story centers on one member of the Uskevren house, starting with the Patriarch all the way down to the maid. Each of these people seem to have some special quality about them, and their secrets are kept close to their breasts. Sometimes, it seems that there is a reason that each person is so special or has so deep and dark a secret. Clearly, there is more to this family than is initially let on, and only further tales will reveal what is so special about them.
In case you did not know, the shorts in this book are but preludes to the other novels in the series, they are basically the set up tales that get you interested, but really give you no completion. Many things are left unsettled by the end of this book.
The only downfall I can really see, and it has nothing to do with this novel in and of itself, is that the final book that was to be penned by Greenwood has been canceled. I would love to see another anthology of tales to close out the series.
Of them all, the Best tales deal with the matriarch, the butler, the maid, the daughter, and the second son. The Patriarch's tale is informitive, but dry and the heir's story has plenty of drama, but no depth. Two out of seven aint bad! Besides, they are still decent tales.
Warning: If you buy this book you will have to pick up the rest of the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson on August 2, 2000
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I truly enjoyed the total book, but found I particularly liked Erevis Cale as a character. I'd love to see some of these characters explored more in depth, but especially Cale.. and intriguing and well thought out plot surrounds him! Bravo Mr. Kemp! I can't wait to see what you do in November!
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