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Forgotten Realms – Elminster 02 – Elminster in Myth Drannor
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It is the time of the great elven city of Cormanthor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, wicked dragons rule the skies, and the elven people trust no one. Wizards and warriors alike threaten their civilization in vain, arrogant, and ignorant quests for glory.
There he dwelt for twelve summers and more, studying with many mighty mages, learning to feel magic and know how it could be bent and directed to his will.
Elminster in Myth Drannor by Ed Greenwood
It is recorded that when the Mythal was laid, and Cormanthor became Myth Drannor, Elminster was among those who devised and spun that mighty magic. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published December by Wizards of the Coast first published January 12th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Elminster in Myth Drannorplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Elminster in Myth Drannor. Lists with This Book. Oct 14, Kaila rated it liked it.
As a young teenager, when I first read this book, I loved it. As an adult, I enjoyed the first third ishwas fairly satisfied with the next third ishand by that point realised that everything had appeared to go downhill. I have never read, and will probably never read, any of the other books in the series. He doesn’t have any agency. When a pro As a young teenager, when I first read this book, I loved it. When a protagonist feels only like an observer, a pawn who is guided by the hand above him, things become problematic.
While Elminster does have his task to complete, and while he does occasionally do things by himself, mostly anything he really achieves is because of Mystra. There’s no fear for Elminster – Mystra isn’t going to let him die – and when he begs for help for the hundredth time, it gets a little old. I was particularly dissatisfied with the twenty year jump.
Absolutely nothing wrong with it, except that the last third felt overly rushed, and a little like Greenwood hadn’t really planned much past the first half of the book.
Dec 12, Joe Colistro rated it really liked it. Greenwood continues his streak of penning elaborately woven plots that are more about the place they occur in than the title characters themselves. Indeed, several of the subplots within this book never actually end up having an effect on the main storyline, but their presence acts to flesh out the world around you and render everything in fuller color.
Much like Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that events would have played out more or less as the Greenwood continues his streak of penning elaborately woven plots that are more about the place they occur in than the title characters themselves.
Much like Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that events would have played out more or less as they did even if Elminster had not been in the story.
Elminster: The Making of a Mage
It’s a little thing, I know, but it irks me. Jun 08, Pedro rated it really liked it. I found this third book be better than the previous ones. I think Elminster’s story gets better as you go, more mature. This focuses on Elminster’s training with the elmonster and his relationship with them, as well as their relationship with the world. This book unveils a crucial piece os history from the Realms and bring lots of characters to the front that everyone today will recognize, but that Ed Greenwood was creating.
May 13, Adam Barnes rated it it was amazing. Just eljinster good twenty years later, the story of the forging of Mystra’s most beloved Choosen and the making of the Mythral of Myth Drannor should be read by all who like a book with a good bit of magic within. Oct 19, Eric Barnum rated it it was ok. This could have been the best book in the series.
When the brought in the Scooby Doo tropes and cliches, I gave up and sped read the rest to see of it ever recovers. Dec 06, Dave rated it liked it. This was a good book. Unfortunately, only parts of it felt like a true elmnister of Elves. Many elves in this book come off as too human.
However, the story of the creation of Myth Drannor is important to know. I look forward to reading more about it in future books. Dec 20, Camilo Navarrete rated it really liked it. Posee un mejor desarrollo que la primera parte, explicando el avance del mago en su aprendizaje. Mejora mucho en sus descripciones, pero le falta enganchar mejor al lector en varias escenas. Dec 27, Jesse rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t remember a lot about this book I don’t knowbut I really struggled to get through this book.
I will say, on its behalf, that there was more of the history of forgotten realms in this book than in any I don’t remember a lot about this book I will say, on its behalf, that there was more of the history of forgotten realms in this book than in any of the other books I have read that were not written in the last 5 years. This was a big thing for me, since the whole reason I’m reading all these old books is so I feel like there is nothing that I’ve missed.
I will also state, there are still plenty of holes in the history, plenty of things only written about in the rule books and in time lines The coolest stuff was seeing the city of Cormanthyr in its prime, but it was a lot like power corrupted Nertherese cities; somewhat ridiculous with magic, with good and bad elves fight with each other.
The big confilict is whether or not the Coronal of Cormanthyr should open the city for all races to live in. He has people who think its a good idea and people who think it sucks. There is lots of intirgue and underhandedness. Elminster is sent to help the Coronal with his stuff by Mystra. He spends a lot of time with the Shrinshee, another mysterous character always mentioned in FR lore, but never really described in detail until now.
She is an ancient elf who holds all the knowledge and lore kinda like and elder brain of the elves. She’s pretty cool in the story, and Mystra gives her back her youth, so she’s hot in the end, too.
There are lots of spell battles and stuff, some of them very long winded, some of them seem very inconsequencial In the end we get to see the Mythal raised eominster Cormanthyr, which changes the name of the city to Myth Dranor after the elf, Dranor, who created the spell. And the whole process is kinda cool.
Thats all I really remember Another one I felt like I must 0 to be a better fan of Forgotten Realms, but if I really think about it I probably could have found something better to do elmminster my time. Apr 21, Tomi rated it liked it Recommends it for: As he often does, Ed Greenwood paints a beautiful landscape for his readers, of elves, their city, and the way of life. However, there is no real story in this book.
Sure, Elminster is given the task to go to Cormanthyr and the book begins with great promise. Indeed, the first half of the book is interesting but after that you get a great sense of uneasiness that the author had not really planned what to do with the second half.
Elminster is truly nothing more than an observant in the events and As he often does, Ed Greenwood paints a beautiful landscape for his readers, of elves, their city, and the way of life. Elminster is truly nothing more than an observant in the events and kind of a distraction in fact. Things happen around him and he has very little to do with anything. What’s worse, he is utterly unnecessary, and all he does is plunder and is then saved by Mystra.
Only to plunder again and to be saved again. There are characters in the story that have little to do with the events themselves. It is almost like a documentary on the lives of the elves, and while interesting, has nothing to do with the plot. Most of the characters appear only be to be vaguely mentioned, once or twice, and with elven names being what they are you need a notebook to keep track of them, only to find out they were inconsequential anyway.
The book also jumps some two decades between two chapters and for no real reason. There is the semblance of plot worked around this but it falls flat when it leads to the book’s grand finale, which is rather anticlimactic, when, once again, Elminster calls for Mystra’s help for the tenth time only for the Goddess to appear and give it. This is the running theme in other stories about Elminster as well, where as the Goddess of Magic simple appears and solves most of Elminster’s problems.
Have an evil wizard trying to mind control Elminster? Not to worry, Mystra will save the day. Is Elminster out numbered by other bad wizards who want to kill him? No sweat, Mystra helps and holds his hand through it all. In fact, if you look at overall plot of the book, Mystra could have just gone to Cormanthyr herself and solved the problem he charged Elminster with.
It is sad and disappointing. Jan 27, Doppelganger rated it liked it. Elminster in Myth Drannor is a story about a developing, somewhat naive but powerful mage that is sent to Cormanthor to aid the city in some manner deemed necessary by his god, Mystra.