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Elminster Enraged: The Sage of Shadowdale, Book III (Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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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.Read more ›
Here you will finally see.
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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