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Twilight Falling: The Erevis Cale Trilogy, Book I Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Erevis Cale Trilogy Series

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About the Author

Paul Kemp is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. He is the author of the Forgotten Realms title Shadow's Witness and contributed a short story to The Halls of Stormweather. Kemp lives in Michigan.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Erevis Cale Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786929987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786929986
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We liked Angel in Buffy, Belthazzar in Charmed and we now have Erevis Cale as our semi bad guy who trys to do good. This book is really gritty and down to earth. No airy fairy type crap in here. I liken it to David Gemmell's "Waylander". Dark but good.

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.

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Rarely do I come across a book that so quickly and completely captivates my imagination. Twilight Falling, the first novel of "The Erevis Cale Trilogy," is one such book.

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.
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By Kris Miranda on July 26, 2006
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The Forgotten Realms, and most shared fiction universes, tend to be disdained as less-than-substantive, and the writers as second-rate folks who don't have what it takes to get a "real" book published. Once in awhile, sure, a tie-in book is mediocre, but don't you get that everywhere? A lot of authors have proven time and again that tie-ins can be pretty damn great, and Paul Kemp is one of them.

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.
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The half-elven assassin Erevis Cale is now serving the Uskevren merchant house of Selgaunt, and feeling restless. Fate serves him as plateful of adventures when a monstrous squad of Zhentarim slayers irrupts into his life with fire and steel, searching for an item that is related to a religious power struggle between the followers of Cyric and Bane. He and his companions, the human assassin Riven and the halfling cleric Fleet, suffer various setbacks against their skilled adversaries as they try to piece together and foil the ultimate purpose of their violent foes. While the book is a good read with a number of plot twists and a lot of action, I didn't develop an attachment to the heroes, preferring instead the vicious wickedness of their antagonists. Various characters seem to have one facial expression only, and more wit and humour would make for a more enticing tale, even if the story relies primarily on grim moods and dark undertones to deliver a hard-punching adventure.
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