Elaine Cunningham expands her talents with Dream Spheres. In one way a conclusion to a 5 part series set in the magical city of Waterdeep, in another sense this book is a gateway into more adventures to come for her well rounded and sympathetic cast of characters. In general these books end too quickly. Anticlimactic would be the only criticism, which is more a criticism of the corporate franchise format than the intentions and skills of the author. Probably the books are not allowed to be too many pages by the publisher. The writer really needed 20-30 pages more in each of these books to do justice to the complex plots and epic conflicts she arranges for the reader.
Especially poignant and emotionally moving was the love conversation between Arilyn Moonblade and Danilo Thann. No other forgotten realms author can match Elaine Cunningham’s female characters and ability to create compelling romantic narrative.