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Elminster Enraged: The Sage of Shadowdale, Book III (Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms) Hardcover – September 4, 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Sage of Shadowdale Series

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About the Author

ED GREENWOOD is the creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world setting and the author of more than 170 books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over two dozen languages. In real life, he's a Canadian librarian who lives in the Ontario countryside with his wife, a cat, and far too many books.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786960299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786960293
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the final book in this trilogy, I expected a lot more. The writing was very loose, and multiple minor plot lines bounced around rather aimlessly until they all sort of fell together at the end. It's really not Greenwood's best novel. As another reviewer stated, it was much more of a "clean-up" intended to get certain things set up for the launch of 5th Edition Forgotten Realms.

Unfortunately, very little is actually explained. Nothing new is learned about what happened to the goddess Mystra. Nothing new is revealed about the past they've had to suffer through without her. Even the blueflame magic items (artifacts?) aren't really expanded upon at all. We don't even really get any details about what the Simbul was doing, why it was so important to Mystra, or how (or even if) it had any kind of impact on Mystra. In general, I get that the Simbul was repairing rifts. But why would a fallen goddess want to expend the energy of her last remaining followers on this? Was it important to the Weave? Why did these rifts form in the first place? And if they were dumping out that many demons over the past 100+ years, why haven't the Realms been overrun? No answers, sadly.

The major villain, Manshoon, loses focus for much of the book. Interesting characters like Amarune and Arclath are totally glossed over and do nothing. Instead, there's an exceedingly clunky and lengthy diversion into the Underdark, which ultimately seemed rather pointless except to reunite Elminster with the other characters. That would have been fine, had anything meaningful or interesting happened along the way.
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Perfectly fine book, but there are tons of loose ends just left out there. The book series seems to be aimed more at clearing up the mess the setting has been left in than at telling a compelling story. I expect more answers and clarity from an Elminster book. I'm left with the same feeling as the 80s Transformers movie - the book kills off major characters to set up interest in new products. That said, the book was entertaining, just unsatisfying.
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Maybe I just dont get these books but this entire series was subpar. Nothing really happened, and in fact in this book, the status quo was set back to what it was before. Tbh it felt as though he was just milking one of the most famous characters for easy cash. The ending was as though he ran out of time and did the everything gets fixed up in 5 pages, things he only hinted at were cleaned up leaving you to ask, what was the point of them in the first place? What were their motivations other than to just give you a reason to kill them off. Overall the series was ok, should have been a lot better, and still leaves you asking, why did I read all the books?
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That is the impression you will have throughout most of this book. Only at the end will you understand the meaning behind the title. Villainy everywhere and good folk dying left and right. Love lost as quickly as it is found and an ancient love lost through self sacrifice. What will it take to make Elminster loose it?
Here you will finally see.
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I have liked some of Ed Greenwoods previous novels, but this one really fell short. To me it was basically a big long book filled with a lot of word dialogue and not really any story to be heard of. I am glad I got this one on special for $3 or I would have given this book one star for wasting not only me time but my money too.
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A fun Romp, but it did little more than to Make Elminster the same as he was in in the prior Forgotten Realms era. No real growth in any of the characters. It is basicly Ed Greenwood porting all of his favorite characters into the new Forgotten Realms with as little change as possible and as many new Realmsian curse words as his spellcheck could handle . After doing this for the last four books, the lack of resolution and growth disappoints.
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I have always been a big fan of the forgotten realms books! Especially R.A. Salvatore and his amazing dark elf! But when I picked up other books based in faerune I noticed that elminister popped up everywhere! So I started with Ed greenwoods first book about the crafty old sage of shadowdale and couldn't put it down! Elminister and mystras chosen are amazing characters and great reads! I suggest you get your time line and start from book 1 I promise you won't regret it!
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After the second book, I was pretty skeptical that I would enjoy this book. After finishing it (why did I bother?), my skepticism was proven accurate.

I would love to see someone try to write a coherent plot summary for this book. Or, at a minimum, tell me what the point was. What happened to the main villain? He was a major part of the first half, and then he kind of disappeared. Elminster didn't even try to rehabilitate him like Mystra wanted?

Please, don't waste your time reading this!
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