I would recommend this for readers who want to expand their knowledge of the Forgotten Realms and provide a backdrop for other novels in the universe...Show More » I would not recommend it to someone looking to enjoy a standalone book. There is a fair amount of filler. After a somewhat jarring introduction, the plot lags for most of the book.
I read the first three books when they were first released as, "The Avatar Trilogy." Then life got in the way of my, as it is wont to do, and I lost ..Show More »track of events in The Realms. Now, nearly 30 years later, I've discovered the wonders of audiobooks, the Kindle, and the awesomeness of immersive reading. I started reading some of the more recent Forgotten Realms titles and it felt as if there were gaps in my knowledge of the history of Aebir-Toril. I saw multiple references to Kelemvor as Lord of The Dead and became confused. As far as I knew, Kel WAS dead. When did he get promoted?
So I decided to go back and re-read, or perhaps I should say, "re-experience" for that seems like a better description of immersive reading, some of my old favorites and discovered that the tale of Midnight, Kelemvor, Adon, and Cyric didn't end in "Waterdeep." Now I know how he became part of Faerun's pantheon of gods. I can't wait till I get off work this evening so I can start on the next book.