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Beyond the High Road (Forgotten Realms: The Cormyr Saga, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: The Cormyr Saga
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reissue edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078691436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786914364
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cormyr, Faerûns forest kingdom, steeped in lore and pride. Long has it stood against the shadows of evil, a bastion of hope against the evils of the world. But, how is one to battle a shroud of evil from within, forged by the nation itself over its long and storied history? A year has passed since King Azoun IV lay awaiting death, incapacitated by an assassin's plot. Cormyr has survived the near loss of her king, but untold evils lie awaiting their opportunity to devour the lands unaware of the danger.
"Beyond the High Road" is the second in the, thus far, marvelous Cormyr Saga. The first title, "Cormyr: a Novel" by Greenwood and Grubb, functioned as a stand-alone title, this title does not. In no way does that diminish its value, or its success as a novel. That is not to say it requires you to read the precursor, but doing so will only serve to enhance the plot and the depth to the characters, whereas it will become vitally important to obtain and read the following title. In regards to the author, oft times Mr. Denning has been accused of "not doing his homework" when it came to realms consistency-the prime example being a Shou Embassy in Elversult-nevertheless, he's done his research for this title. His handling of the characters, and their personal voice and ambiance are seamless with previous works. His handling of such renowned characters as: King Azoun IV, both of his daughters, and especially Vangerdahast, is wonderful. This is without a doubt his finest realms work to date, and not to be missed.
Further, Tanalasta the much-maligned crown princess is handled extremely well.
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If you need closure to a book, you might want to wait for the sequel and buy both at the same time. This is just an appetizer, the main course is to come. Tanalasta has improved since Cormyr the novel. She is driven and focused now. The creatures were vivid and chilling. I didn't put it down till the end and can't wait for the sequel!
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A few months after the Abraxus Affair (which claimed the lives of several nobles and almost the King himself) chronicled in the initial novel, the naive princess Tanalasta has decided to leave the palace and experience more of the outside world. Her ascension is still in question as Azoun, Queen Filfaeril and Tanalasta have many affairs to settle, nobles to placate and monsters to quell. Azoun being in his 60s isn't helping matters along either. If only they could combine Tanalasta's flair for compassion, book-learning and negotiation with her sister Alusair's military acumen and combat prowess. Tana's magical skills have also been developing rapidly, under the tutelage of the Grand Wizard Vangerdahast himself.

The monsters that plague the kingdom this time, ghazneths, are brutally vicious and deadly, but also extremely cowardly. Vulnerable to simple iron (but not steel) and virtually immune to magic, these ghastly wasp-human hybrids will flee upon sustaining the slightest flesh wound. Devising countermeasures takes up a considerable portion of the book, but it never feel dull or wordy.

Tanalasta finds love, as all fantasy princesses must. This is made more complex and tense due to the role of the ranger's noble heritage, especially given the recent treachery in the very recent past. Twists and turns aren't focused upon the actions of the characters or ghazneths, but rather on Tanalasta and her feelings for her soon-to-be-husband. There are subtle hints and gestures that are misinterpreted, leading to misunderstandings (although these are, fortunately, cleared up in short order). The importance of talking things out and laying one's feelings bare are themes as clear as water from the Swiss Alps.
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First allow me to fully disclose my background - I love Forgotten Realms as a setting and have read more than 100 different books from nearly all the authors that write for the Realms. Yes, I even maintained a fan page for the Realms books for a long time (thanks to Geocities and similar sites during the mid-90s), because I loved the way the authors weaved their stories.

That being said - Troy Denning certainly knows how to tell a story. I'd rate him in my top list of Realms authors (although not my favorite). Cormyr is a region of FR steeped in history, lore, heroes, and foes. There are creatures and landscapes that aren't found anywhere else in the Realms and Denning puts them all to good use in this book.

This is Book 2 of the series, so please be mindful and read them in the right order, lest you feel lost and confused. The evil that is being unleashed on this family is marvelously detailed and really makes you feel the tension as it draws near. There are some points that even I had to reread to make sure I understood what Denning was trying to convey, but overall, he pulled it all together and told a story worthy of a Realms weaver.

Unfortunately, not a lot of attention is given to this particular part of Forgotten Realms, so at times, unless you are an avid fan of this gaming world and have done some research, you may be a little lost - but this isn't to say that you'll not enjoy the story. It just helps to really know some of the characters, the settings, and the back-story to really feel what the author is conveying. So, if there was something I could say was bad of FR - it is that it isn't an easy world to break into.
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