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Twilight Falling: The Erevis Cale Trilogy, Book I Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2003
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Cale is an assasin/butler whose master is dead. He decides to leave his employment and is hunted down by a vicious band of terrorists( joking), shapechangers who are after an artifact which will gain their master power.
The race is on for Cale to find out what the Hell is going on and why they are after him. His only companions are a halfling theif/cleric and a ex Zentil Keep assasin who really doesn't like either of them. Trust is pretty low.
When i say Cale tries to do good, i mean that his basic intentions are good but he has no problem getting down and dirty solving a problem, or torturing someone to get what he wants.
This book far exceeds the majority of Forgotten realms books i have read or sold ( I work in Dymocks Garden City Perth) and i should know having read my share of FR books. Now we all like our Salvatore books with Drizzt but i have to say that i like Cale better, not only can he fight, but the story is darker and you get that feel that the lights are down low and monsters around the corner. Also Mask the god isn't so much of a pansy as i have read in other books. With Salvatore you get that knight in shining armour feel which can get predictable after a while.
Paul Kemp has crafted a novel of dark fantasy, rife with meaning, tone and richly detailed characterization, all the things you would wish from an outstanding work of literature. Along with an interesting plot and a writing style that practically forces the next page to be turned, This is among the finest fantasy novels I have read in some time.
Erevis Cale is an assassin, who, at the beginning of the story, also works as a butler for a powerful merchant family in an part of the Forgotten Realms known as Sembia. This book starts off where a previous novel of Mr. Kemp's, "Shadow's Witness," ends. The death of the family patriarch has provided the impetus for Erevis Cale to move on, to leave behind the life of family butler and to embrace his new role, that of a Priest to the God Mask, Lord of Shadows.
As Cale puts it, several times, Mask is a bastard, and rarely do things go well for Cale as he, and a former rival Drasek Riven, another assassin, are drawn into the schemes of a mage the god Cyric the Mad and his attempts to transform himself into a Shade, a being of shadow that is practically immortal. Along with Cale and Riven is Cale's friend Jak Fleet, a Halfling cleric and a former member of a group of do-gooders called the Harpers. These three heroes must discover who is trying to kill them and why before the Shadow Mage accomplishes his task.
Throughout the novel, Mr. Kemp creates characters that, for want of a better phrase, are as real as possible in a fantasy setting. Erevis Cale is constantly at war with himself.Read more ›
The only complication about entering the Erevis Cale Trilogy is that it really helps to have read the entire preceding Sembia series, starting with Halls of Stormweather. Only Shadow's Witness stars Cale and is by Kemp, but the story of the Uskevren clan is made up of many threads, and a few of those are tied up in Twilight Falling. One can go on and enjoy the book, of course, but a more complete attachment to Cale - and yes, the other stars of the Sembia series - is necessary to fully appreciate certain moments. It also helps to have read a post-Shadow's Witness Cale short story whose name escapes me at the moment, but which is now available for free on Mr. Kemp's website.
Whew. Enough intro. One of the first things one might want to say about a Kemp novel (or a Salvatore novel or a Gemmell novel) is that the action, the fighting, the choreography, is great. And it's true. But don't make the mistake of thinking that action-heavy equals plot/character-lite. I believe a mantra Kemp goes by is "don't write action sequences; write suspense sequences that require action to resolve." It's an approach that's worked very well, and the reason is that suspense, I think, requires a level of affection for the characters in the predicament. A mindless fight with characters you don't care about is unfulfilling.Read more ›
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I was pleasantly surprised as I was recommended this book through Amazon's profiling system after reading the first novel from The Sundering series about Drizzt. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alvin
A great start to the trilogy. Moves a little quick at the start, but everything comes together very well. Looking forward to reading the rest!Published 13 months ago by Syed
I love this book, it's a great book, there's lulls in the storyline but it picks up.Published 16 months ago by BarbieMagoo
Very intriguing and well written a recommendation for anyone looking for a new author or a new trilogy to read.Published 16 months ago by Jaron Listar-Guest