Erevis Cale - simple butler or much, much more?
The shadows grow long on the mean streets of Selgaunt...and the sun sets on one man's service to Sembia's merchant lords.
The day's end finds Erevis Cale serving a new master, one who is beyond the petty accumulation of wealth.
After all, what is gold to one who trades in souls?
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The story and characters were solid.
It was an easy story to follow. It has its twists and turns but the author keeps it with the core people. I like Drizzt books but sometimes you spend handfuls of chapters and Drizzt and his group then another few on some bad guys etc. It can make it a little hard to follow... but this book was really nice.
Awesome. Not only did he change his voice but he really went above and beyond with accents etc. I never thought I'd listen to someone who was as good as Bert Bevine but John Pruden was cool.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
Yes love them
Back story of Hell and some of the politics of Hell.
All 3 should of fit into one.
I wish they had a book that just focused on the politics of hell see dragon magazine for the article.
The characters are in depth and so is the story. You don't get that cartoon like feel that comes with some fantasy stories. It seems that world could be real and the people in them are dealing with their own real/ magical stuff. Not to mention it is a fun adventure!
kemp likes to try to bring in as much gritty realism as he can. Also, how the heroes are not only dealing with outer conflict, but the conflict within themselves and between each other.
I like them all, but Jack stands out to me.
This book is truly difficult to review because depending on personal knowledge of the reader, the experience will be vastly different. If you are familiar with the Forgotten Realms setting, as well as such arcane concepts as Ioun Stones, Githyanki, and the various colors of Slaadi, you will love this book. If not, you do not have the requisite subknowledge to fully comprehend and enjoy this book or the other Erevis Cale books. As I have been playing D&D since 1981, far before the publication of the Forgotten Realms, this was not a problem for me. Unlike many of the earlier Forgotten Realms novels, you do not see the dice rolling in the text. I also found it refreshing to see well written stories based on incredibly high level characters that did not involve Elminster or the Harpers.
The storyline is a basic variation of the Hero's Journey. Erevis Cale is a major domo for one of the ruling families in one of the southern trade cities. His house is attacked and he vows to avenge this outrage. The remainder of the story is difficult to explain with ruining the whole series, but among other issues, Erevis is the first priest of Mask, the God of Shadows. This trilogy and the next are basically Mask meddling in Erevis' life.
I would be interested to talk to someone without the intimate knowledge of the gaming system, but I am afraid it would be a very negative experience.
The book established the characters and their complicated relationships very well but lacked a fluid story. Not too bad though.
"Not for me"
I enjoy all the Drizzt novels so I may have been spoiled by the writing of R A Salvatore. It may appeal to D&D readers but I though it was very one dimensional.
No interest in following up this hero or his companions.
Victor Bevine narrates the Drizzt novels very well so he could be a contender. John Pruden did not differentiate between the characters and therefore did not add to the intensity of the story. Very disappointed.
Not for me.
I will not read any more books by this author or the narrator,
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