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Elminster: The Making of a Mage

Elminster The Making of a Mage From the back cover It is the time before Myth Drannor when the Heartlands are home to barbarians and wicked dragons rule the skies In these ancient days Elminster is but a shepherd boy dreaming o

  • Title: Elminster: The Making of a Mage
  • Author: Ed Greenwood
  • ISBN: 9780786902033
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • From the back cover It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics When a dragon riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers and evil sorcerers.

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    1. Seriously, why did I ever read this rubbish?17 May 2012 You have seriously got to be kidding, a bad novelist has turned a bad novel about a seriously annoying character into a franchise. When I ran a search for this book on I discovered that there is a whole series of books about this Elminster character, including: Elminster in Hell, Elminster's Daughter (what, he actually got laid, I though this mighty super magician was above love), Elminster Must Die (and I bet you he doesn't) among others. [...]

    2. 5/10/11: UPDATE: Despite having nothing other than Elminster and SkyMall magazine to read during takeoff and landing I officially, disgustedly, completely gave up on Elminster on page 133; wherein Elminster gets turned into a girl and is SO totally diggin' the boobs, man. I wanted to puke. Fortunately, SkyMall offers a variety of products to help with that. 5/09/11: Sixty pages into this book, my darling, dear, precious, sweet husband asked me, "Why are you reading a D&D book**?"::blink, bli [...]

    3. I first read this book several years ago and liked it. Now, older and maybe more cynical, I didn't enjoy it quite as much. Some of it has to do with the writing style where I feel like I'm missing out on information. I've always liked Elminster even if he is the ultimate Gary-Stu. I liked the look into his formative years as it helps to understand the mystery that is Elminster, and yet I think he's better as a side character. One who's mysterious and powerful, who pops in when he's needed.

    4. Ed Greenwood has done it again.Flat characters, uninspired dialogue, unbelievably boring plot. It doesn't help that the hero is the greatest Gary Stu in the Forgotten Realms universe, who will make it unscathed in the end. There's no tension - or anything else worth speaking of, really.Plot summary: Elminster goes from place to place, gains levels and that's it.D&D fiction at its worst. Pass!

    5. Elminster is Ed Greenwood's D&D character, and it shows. He can do no wrong and is absolutely pure of heart and every god or goddess favors him and delights in the goodness of his soul. First, this blessed immortal-to-be becomes the finest warrior ever seen, then the best thief, then the most devout cleric, moving finally to become the supreme mage in all the land and Mystra's Chosen. Naturally enough, he's also the king of the land, but his great humility requires he give it up to pursue hi [...]

    6. A definitive piece of Forgotten Realms literature, and the wondrous beginnings of one of the greatest characters the realms have ever produced.

    7. This was an interesting, if somewhat disjointedly and hastily written, edited and thought out book. It could be a lot better and the author admits as much: He had a very tight deadline, and the publisher wanted the character to advance through a number of character classes (fighter, thief, cleric, and mage) so he could be the ultimate polymath. The author thought that the demands were over the top, so he said, well, why not have him be a woman as well!The book is plagued by continuity, logical, [...]

    8. You never expect a D&D novel to be high literature, but this is bad even by their standards.Follows Elminster as he starts on his path to being the greatest mage in the whole Forgotten Realms, and that is where it lets itself down. For all of the danger he finds himself in, you KNOW he's going to come out of it.Any sense of suspense is non-existent as he goes from one quest to the next (usually with someone helping him along - on his own he's pretty useless).The dialogue is pretty dire and c [...]

    9. Behold, Elminster. One of the greatest mages in all of Faerun. Watch as he repeatedly pleads, "Mystra, aid me" as he eats shit before looses consciousness.

    10. I gave this book the good old college try, but I couldn't finish it. I got about half way and then skimmed the rest. First off I found the names to be a bit much, like they were ripped out of a fantasy name generator. The writing was full of unnecessary descriptive words in some sections, and not enough description in others. Then El was turned into a woman and I kind of lost it. I tried to push past it but only read a few more chapters before I began to skim. At times I felt like the author was [...]

    11. I had high hopes for this book. I remember reading great articles by Ed Greenwood in Dragon magazine in the early '80s. Ed designed the Forgotten Realms setting for Dungeons and Dragons, which I think is the greatest shared universe in fantasy. Several important wizard spells in D&D are named for the wizard who created them: Elminster.I enjoyed reading the story of the mighty Elminster. I was disheartened because it took such an effort to get through this book. I think Ed had a great concept [...]

    12. Finally finished. Took me long enough.It has been a fleeting debate wether I should rate this book 2 or 3 stars. Although I found moments in this story enjoyable, it was riddled with confusing descriptions of scenes that I just didn't feel like going over again. The drive to finish this book and get it over with was just too strong. I've played D&D in the Realms a long long time ago, but as a new player, it was the same to me as any other setting would have been. So, possibly my unfamiliarit [...]

    13. Before I started this book, I read some of the bad reviews and I foolishly thought, "It can't be that bad!". Then I started reading it. And, honestly,I didn't think it was that horrible at the beginning. I kind of even enjoyed some of the parts when he is a thief. But it got worse from there. Too much stuff was squeezed in, there were too many one-dimensional characters that I didn't care about, and it was too much effort to figure out what was going on at times, especially at the climax of the [...]

    14. I'm giving this book 2/5 mainly because Ed Greenwood's writing style is very hard to follow. I don't enjoy reading books where I have to go back and read something over again just to figure out what is happening a few pages ahead. I am a massive fan of Forgotten Realms though and enjoy learning about the history of the world and of Elminster himself and that is why I forced myself to finish the book and the rest of the series. I will clarify once more that this isn't an enjoyable read but if you [...]

    15. Okay,This was a bit torturous, but in the end I actually feel like it was worth it. This wasn't the first thing I read by Greenwood and I will admit that I am not a big fan of his work. However, I will also admit that he is starting to grow on me now that i'm on, like his 5th book I will state that if you are interested in reading many forgotten realms books, this character is called apon and mentioned and discussed ALL the time, so it might be worth it to read his beginings. However, don't let [...]

    16. All the naysayers clearly don't know how to take a Forgotten Realms novel for what it's worth. Geez. I was introduced to Elminster, or his legend, via Baldur's Gate pc game, and he likely popped up in other Forgotten Realms fantasies I've perused over the years, so this book I ordered at the library. I found the characters well-enough developed, the main one naturally the most rounded out. Amongst the griping about El's being changed into a woman, the figure was only mentioned once and he/she wa [...]

    17. Fue interesante leer un inicio como este, pues anteriormente el futuro mago o hechicero ya poseía poderes desde la infancia, esto cambia con Elminster cuya motivación inicial para recorrer mundo fue la venganza y no la búsqueda o refinamiento de su poder. Sin embargo, esto decae pues la novela cae en el estereotipo de “el elegido”, oh sí, Elminster tú eres el afortunado ganador.Si bien el sistema de magia no se explica al cien por ciento, me parece es similar al utilizado en Dragonlance [...]

    18. This is the Forgotten Realms equivalent to Legend of Huma (Dragonlance). Both should be the first book you read in each campaign setting of AD&D2 and should be considered required reading to grok the universe you are venturing into. Elminster's history is critical to a proper understanding of Forgotten Realms. His works influence so much else in the Setting and the book is written well to immerse the reader in Realms culture. It uses the AD&D2 rulesets and I'm glad for the parallels and [...]

    19. Elminster was this epic sage character who did monster explanations in Dragon magazine when I was growing up. So when I heard about these books, I was excited. And then, I read them. It was well-written. It failed all my expectations. This is a danger I guess when you have years of them based on how he was presented in Dragon. It would not have been hard to construct the character and tell the story. The effort they spent instead to male him an overpowered waffling divine avatar/whatever was dis [...]

    20. Disclaimer: I read this over a year ago so I may be missing some bits. I've read other Ed Greenwood books so I knew what I was getting into with this, but I felt from the get-go that this one didn't quite fit together as well as some of his other works. He tells the long, complicated origin story of Elminster with tons of side characters and recurring plot-threads, but this time around it just seemed a little too stuck together. Couple that with an almost overly-archetypal "last scion/lost princ [...]

    21. This was one of those instances where I wanted to go back in time to see what the Great Elminster was all about, and I was sort of sad that I did. I struggled to get into this book. The characters felt flat, especially the main character who goes on through multiple books to have many an adventure. The dialogue was very unnatural and difficult to relate to, and a part of me wondered if at the time Greenwood was trying to purposely capture the over-the-top conversations player characters delved i [...]

    22. As I work my way thru the Forgotten Realms Novels this was my introduction to Elminster. I first came across Elminster in the Dragon magazine years ago. I found this novel interesting and it introduced a number of ideas to me that I will use in future RPG campaigns. This is also a coming of age novel for Elminster as it starts when he is about 12 years old then he makes his way to becoming a Mage over a number of years. I would recommend this novel to all who enjoy Fantasy and novels set in the [...]

    23. I tried really hard to like this book. I've read War of the Spider Queen series, some of Salvators work and the Erevis Cale trilogy and really fell in love with the Forgotten Realms. Unfortunately, I hated Elminster as a character. He is an amazing rogue/warrior/cleric and finally Godlike Wizard. Everyone loves him (for whatever reason) and he is a Prince and uncrowned King on top of being a Goddesses chosen one and lover. See the trend here? There isn't any tension in the story, the characters [...]

    24. A nice, action packed fantasy novel involving one of the Faerun's most widely mentioned characters. Tends to jump over extended periods of timeline, but offers a really good insight into the Forgotten Realms magic universe.

    25. Perhaps the worst book in the entire Forgotten Realms canon which is sad considering it was written by the person who created the Forgotten Realms. Great creative mind and world builder. Writer, at least at that point in his career, not so much.

    26. This wasn't the book I should've started with if I wanted to get into Elminster. Too long in build up with the whole multi-class/multi-gender thing then a lot of confusion on what the mage lords were and how they all died.

    27. I LOVE this genre and the Forgotten Realms universe (being a huge D&D nerd) but even I found this book - while engaging on several fronts - lackluster in it's character development in particular.

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