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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Non-Physical Forgotten Realms Books: Ebooks and Audiobooks Only

For a little over a decade Wizards of the Coast has heavily pushed the fact that Dungeons & Dragons novels are available in ebook form. When they started pushing the paperless option though, they also released a few novels, novellas, etc completely as digital products; meaning there are no physical copies of these books.
If you're a collector like me this is unfortunate. The trend may have even led to the shortage of novels written for the Realms in recent years (something I hope WotC rectifies soon).

This post is to point out and list all the Forgotten Realms books that are not available physically. These were all published from late 2011 through 2012.


  • Spinner of Lies by Bruce R. Cordell, also known as Sword of the Gods: Spinner of Lies, is the sequel to Sword of the Gods. Both books are part of the overarching Abyssal Plague series. While the first book is available physically, sadly the sequel is not. It only comes in ebook and audiobook formats.
  • Cold Steel and Secrets by Rosemary Jones. A novella divided into four parts, it is only available in ebook format.
  • Shadowbane by Erik Scott de Bie is the sequel to Downshadow (from Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep), another book that was physical with an earlier book that sadly went completely digital. In ebook and audiobooks formats.
  • Eye of Justice by Erik Scott de Bie, sometimes called Shadowbane: Eye of Justice is the sequel to Shadowbane. Again it is in ebook and audiobook formats.
  • Prince of Ravens by Richard Baker is available only in ebook and audiobook formats.
  • If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair by R.A. Salvatore is a novella only available in audiobook format, and is specifically advertised as narrated by Wil Wheaton.
  • Spider and Stone by Jaleigh Johnson is available in ebook and audiobook formats.
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Friday, March 20, 2020

March Book Haul: The Harpers

This post is specifically for those interested in the physical aspect involved with reading every book in the Forgotten Realms. I may do these every so often as I gain a decent amount of books.

I recently received a package with 16 books: the entirety of The Harpers series.
I bought the series in one purchase on eBay. I have found that eBay generally has the best deals for online shopping when it comes to Forgotten Realms novels.
Breaking it down I paid about $4.38 for each book, almost $2 cheaper per book than every other option.

Sadly, most eBay sellers use USPS Media Mail, which is not the best, but if well-packaged it's perfectly fine. Make sure you look at the quality, and if they have a picture of the actual item, look closely. You can also ask questions of the seller, and this can be really useful. I once had someone tell me a book was in very good condition just because every word was readable, though it had looked like a rather mistreated copy, something I would consider acceptable. So the ratings aren't always consistent; if there isn't a picture offered you run the risks of getting a book of lower quality than you desire.

Thankfully these were well packaged.

In this case most books were also in really good condition, with a couple being okay or acceptable.


While it will probably be a good while before I get through all of them, I am really excited to dive into the series about one of my favorite organizations in The Realms.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Oddities In Sembia Word Usage?

I am currently making my way through Sembia: Gateway To The Realms and am on book four of the seven part series. So far I am enjoying the series but today I wanted to point out some oddities in some Realms' specific words.

I first noticed them in The Butler: Resurrection by Paul S. Kemp, one of the short stories in The Halls of Stormweather(THoS) the anthology and book one of Sembia. Kemp uses the word "lurienal" to refer to the halfling language. For those who don't know, if the halfling language ever is referred to by name it is generally "luiric", and is presumably named for the nation of Luiren whose vast majority of its population being hin (ethnic term haflings use to refer to themselves by). Mayhap Kemp was just unaware of the already existing term of luiric, which seems to have existed at-least by 1999, THoS having been released in early 2000 both of these terms may have come into existence around the same time. Lurienal itself looks as if it tries to be the language of Luiren, but puts the i after the r instead of before. So far, I have not seen this word anywhere else.

Another word found in the same story by Kemp is "thayvian" in reference to a person of Thay. Not as obscure, Thay gets more attention in lore, this may sound queer to any familiar with the vastly more popular term "thayan". Again I thought that belike Kemp had simply created his own term because of the absence of knowing the common word. Thayan can be attested at least as far back as 1992. I thought these were all flukes of Kemp's but in Black Wolf by Dave Gross (Sembia #4, 2001) the author refers to a thayvian rug. Note that in Lord of Stormweather (Sembia #7, 2003), also by Gross, he instead uses the more popular Thayan. Again, maybe Thayvian exist elsewhere, but I have yet to encounter it outside of the Sembia series.

It could be that these are dialectal terms used by Sembians. What are your thoughts?

One we know is a word of "ancient Sembia" is the word wolmoner which literally means "vigil man" and originally meant bodyguard and advisor but as of the 14th century DR it generally meant a servant but could also be a bodyguard or even a spy.--

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Curses, Swears, and Expletives of Faerûn

People swear, everyone does it, even those who don't swear. The peoples of the Forgotten Realms are no different. When reading books set in the Forgotten Realms you will come across a variety of curses, some more often than others. Today I want to talk about a few of those that I have encountered the most.

I first encountered the Forgotten Realm's unique curses in the first novels I read: Brimstone Angels. Evans uses a handful of curses quite often in the series, and since there are a multitude of cultures in Faerûn, there are a multitude of languages with their own unique swear words too. The ones the tiefling sisters Farideh and Havilar use are Draconic, specifically the Tymantheran dialect.

"I am so stlarning scared for you" (pg. 304, Erin M. Evans, Fire In The Blood)

In a fantasy setting it makes perfect sense to have different curse words from our own. I have always been a fan of this, whether it's cursing by the Lord Ruler in Mistborn or growling light in the Wheel of Time. They help immerse readers in the fantastical worlds of the pages in front of them. The Forgotten Realms is no different.

I will list the ones that come to mind, though anyone who wants to comment any more are most welcome!


Common Tongue

Naeth, or the Southern Naed, is an exclamation meaning "dung"

Stlarn, as quoted above, and Hrast. Used like the f-word, but very mildly offensive. So basically "Stlarn you!" would be "Screw you!" or "Darn you!". Hrast is a little more complicated. Hrasting specifically is somehow a more mild form of stlarning. Hrast by itself means "damn" and in the south they say hrammar instead.

Sabruin and Tluin basically means "get lost", though tluin is harsher and is probably more comparable to "f* off"

Straek basically means "go kill yourself"

Dark (and empty) seems to be an expletive favored by those of the underworld in Selgaunt, Sembia (perhaps elsewhere too). The addition of empty is added for a harsher effect.


Draconic

Aithyas means s*

Dokaal, while not exactly a curse word is a term referring to bipedal humanoids in general.

Henich, or the Thymantheran Henish, apparently literally means an unhatched, rotten egg but can be translated as "bastard".

Karshoj is the F-word with Karshoji being f*ing

Pothachi means "dummy"


Dwarvish

Jargh means "idiot" or "joker" but was also a term used for halflings

Giant

Ettin is the term for a type of two headed giant but it really means "runt".
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Completed Series: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep

Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep is a series of six standalone novels, each written by a different author, and all taking place in Waterdeep. Each book is introduced by the creator of Forgotten Realms himself, Ed Greenwood. Overall it is a exciting ride, where the reader can learn of many intriguing inhabitants of the City of Splendors. From gravekeepers, to thieves, to mages, to rogues, paladins, wizards, sorcerers, monsters, spellscarred, nobility, commoner, etc, etc, the ride is basically nonstop.

Unlike the previously posted Completed Series entries, which were series finished some time ago, I just finished Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep yesterday, on Friday the 13th of March, 2020. Though I did start it in April 2018. I'll explain.

It is possible to get Circle of Skulls with a matching cover to the first five.

Blackstaff Tower by Steven E. Schend (2008) - Good
Mistshore by Jaleigh Johnson (2008) - Good
Downshadow by Erik Scott de Bie (2009) - Acceptable
City of the Dead by Rosemary Jones (2009) - Exceptional
The God Catcher by Erin M. Evans (2010) - Exceptional
Circle of Skulls by James P. Davis (2010) - Acceptable

Let's Start at the top.

Blackstaff Tower by Steven E. Schend kinda, sorta acts as a sequel to another novel Schend wrote in the Forgotten Realms: Blackstaff. I have yet to read it though, but Mr. Greenwood touches on it in his introduction. The story of Blackstaff is laid out simply early on; the sixth Blackstaff, Samark Dhanzscul, is murdered by power hungry wizards of the Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors. They take his Tethyrian heir, Vajra Safahr, to torture the secrets of the Blackstaff out of her. Our main heroes are: Renaer Neverember, the estranged son of Open Lord Dagult Neverember; Laraelra Harsard, daughter of the guildmaster of the Cellarers' and Plumbers' Guild, and fledgling sorceress; Meloon Wardragon, a sellsword and descendant of an early Waterdeep Warlord, Laroun; and lastly Osco Salibuck, who is introduced later than the rest, is the charming halfling rogue of the party.

The story progresses quickly with barely any rest. I won't spoil it, but overall the story was very fun to read, and felt a little more old fashioned than the other books in the series. There were some really great moments near the end that were written rather well. You learn quite a bit about the history of the Blackstaves (here I was thinking Khelben was still around), as well as the beginnings of Waterdeep, the Spellplague's effect on the city, and a small specific amount on the figure of Dagult Neverember and his relationships. My main gripe is that there are a bit to many minor characters, which can be confusing.

Moving on, Mistshore takes place in it's namesake, a forsaken beach of floating debris where outcast eek out a semblance of life. Icelin Tearn finds herself in trouble and quickly connects it with her troubled past. Icelin is afflicted with a perfect memory, though most see it as a great blessing she views it as a curse. Her past is slowly unraveled, and for such a short book it is done rather expertly. One of her main companions is Sull, her butcher, who was my favorite character. He is so loyal and is just heartwarming to read his persistence to stay by her side. Her other companion, Ruen, grew on me as the story progressed but his part is essential to the intricacies of the story.

The story can be rather slow at times, but reads very swiftly most of the time. What really makes the book is the characters. There are so many I could mention but the best is the villain, he isn't evil, but is so misguided and lacking understanding, you have to read it to understand.

Downshadow is the third book in the series, and is yet again named for a part of the city. Downshadow is the upper layer of Undermountain beneath the city of Waterdeep; a good chunk of the story takes place above ground though. Easily my least favorite of the series, but not bad. It can be really messy at times, and I was left me wondering what the whole point of the book even was a large portion of it. Who was the bad guy? It doesn't become obvious until the end. 

The main character, Shadowbane, is a Paladin to Helm, Tyr, and Torm in their all in one, post-spellplague, package. He is spellscarred, and can not feel much of anything; pain, touch, pleasure, etc. He acts as a vigilante in Downshadow and really reminded me of Batman early on. The story involves a lot of women being interested in our protagonist, with lots of blushing and flirting. It was just kind of weird. It is kind of made up for at the end, which was great. This is also the first in the Shadowbane series, which as of now (and forever if WotC continues to let anyone but Salvatore write Forgotten Realms novels) has two more books.

On the plus side there is some interesting magic at play and de Bie has loads of potential.

City of the Dead is interesting because I have to pull from memory back in 2018. I remember loving the eerie (perfect word for this novel) setting of the dead leaving the City of the Dead (Waterdeep's cemetery) and haunting the nobility of Sea Ward. I may have to go back and reread this one, but I can say Sophraea Carver is braver than I.

This is the second of Jones' Realms works that I have read, the first being Cold Steel and Secrets

Again, I read The God Catcher in April of 2018 and the thing I remember the most is how much I love Erin M. Evans prose. It's so readable and fun. This was her first novel in the Realms and I specifically read it after enjoying Brimstone Angels so much. Tennora Hedare, a young member of the nobility (her mother was a Uskevren) is an aspiring wizard who takes an interesting turn into multiclassing. Her main companion is a mysterious woman, Nestrix who thinks she is really a dragon. A very fun read with lovable characters and a highly intriguing story (with dragons) where Evans make convinces me she grew up in Faerûn instead of our world.

Circle of Skulls, the final book, revolves around a deva and his quest to kill an angel working for Asmodeus, and a sect (of Ashmadai?) called the Vigilant Order. Interestingly a deva is considered a type of aasimar, but instead of being part celestial and mortal, a deva is the soul of an angel put into a mortal body that is reborn every time they die. Our hero, Jinnaoth has been around four about 4,000 years and originally served the dead gods of Mulhorand. He remembers bits and pieces of his past lives, but generally nothing at all besides how to fight. This crops up memories from time to time, and even brings in people who remember him while he does not remember them.

His team is a moon elf warlock and a night hag (along with other, interesting, characters). There is lots of action, as is usual. Though a few times Davis seems to have forgotten to connect/bridge actions (like saying that someone was sitting and talking and then they opened a window without stating that they ever stood up).  Another thing, why is an angel working for Asmodeus, the Lord of the Nine Hells? Surely it's a fallen angel and that would make it a devil. This is never answered. Another gripe, a murder takes place early on and Jinn becomes the suspect. It would have been extremely obvious to any witnesses that he was not the murderer, so the watch painting him as such immediately after the death is a little farfetched.

Another cool enemy are the ahimazzi, who are mindless serfs to Asmodeus that failed him and lost their souls at some point. I don't believe these are anywhere else in books, supplements, etc. and I thought they gave a sincerely disturbing aspect to the story. I also appreacite the lack of human characters for the good guys. I often feel for a fantasy setting with several racial options that humans are overdone.



In conclusion, it’s hard to give a set of stand alone novels a rating, but I still think Ed Greenwood presents Waterdeep is Good, and I would love to see something similarly done in Neverwinter, Baldur’s Gate, Suzail, etc. Thankfully for those who love Waterdeep you have six books that take place in the splendid city (each 1479 and 1480 DR), and for those who aren't interested in reading all of them, you can easily pick and choose. No real order is necessary either. For example, there is one point in Mistshore that makes it obvious that it takes place before Blackstaff Tower. I myself read them in order of 4, 5, 3, 1, 2, and then 6 and that was perfectly fine.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Review: Spellstorm by Ed Greenwood

While I will probably stick mostly to my Completed Series post, sometimes I will post single book reviews. This will almost always be the case for the “other" category of Forgotten Realms novels; books that don’t fit into a series.



On February 29 I finished Spellstorm (2015) by Ed Greenwood.
The book is an Elminster book, and takes place before Death Masks and after The Herald, but again it is not part of any series. I would not recommend starting here if you want Elminster’s story. Ironically I started with The Herald, only because I had a copy lying around. I plan to remedy this by starting Elminster: The Making of A Mage soon(where you should start for Elminster's Story). 

Unlike chunks of The Herald though, this book is readable without previous novels under your belt. It is Greenwood’s attempt at a murder mystery. A dozen or so archmages from across Faerûn to get their hands on the Lost Spell, who the aging lord of Oldspires in Cormyr, Lord Halaunt, has somehow acquired. Mostly in the spotlight for the host side is Elminster, Mirt the Moneylender, Myrmeen, and the ghost of Alusair. In the other corner is Manshoon and Shaaan the Serpent Queen among others. Surprisingly, with all the characters, I was never lost in who was who but it could certainly be a problem for some.
While all the powerful and power hungry archmages are inside, a Spellstorm rages outside, cutting off any easy entrance or escape, and also making magic highly unreliable in Oldspires.

There is lots and lots of death in this book (and lots of it offscreen, so to speak), and it honestly gave the sense that Greenwood wanted to tie up loose ends with these super powerful players running around in the world. I could easily be wrong on that plenty of characters are completely new in this book, but it seems that way a little. 

I did take heavy notes, as I was inspired by things I felt I could easily integrate into my own Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Also much appreciated is the room-by-room map of the mansion.

Overall it was an enjoyable read, but not the greatest of the Realms. During the busy weekend I made time to to finish, it honestly started me along another binge of Forgotten Realms novels. Spellstorm by Ed Greenwood is Good.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Completed Series: The Icewind Dale Trilogy

Reading about the Companions of the Hall in the Icewind Dale Trilogy makes it obvious why Drizzt is so loved among so many fans. There are great developments of story and character. Epic fights, and big results. Oh, and dragons.



The Crystal Shard (1988) - Acceptable
Streams of Silver (1989) - Good
The Halfling’s Gem  (1990) - Good

The worse of the books is in-fact the first one. This is not because of plot or setting or characters, but the writing. This is Mr. Salvatore’s first novel and it is very obvious. This hinders the read, especially since the lack of strong voices for each character and the choice of third person omniscient for the POV. Don't get me wrong, it is still good.

There are many classic D&D things that appear, dark armies, an ancient evil (in the form of the Crystal Shard), demons, and two dragons: Icingdeath and Shimmergloom. The first book mainly focuses on Kessell and his evil attempts to conquer Ten-towns and all of Icewind Dale. The Second book is a journey to reclaim Drizzt’s dwarf companion homeland of Mithral Hall. The Halfling’s Gem involves a debt the halfling Regis has with a thieves guild in the far south of Calimport. 

I read the first book in September of 2018 but only got a little into Streams of Silver before life got busy and I picked it back up to finish it and the third book in December of the same year. The first part of Streams of Silver is a little slow but gets very good later on. The Halfling’s Gem I found enjoyable the whole time. I do think that the non-stop, with heavy fighting, is a bit overdone and unsatisfying at the conclusion. Overall though, the series is entertaining and a classic. The camaraderie between Wulfgar, Bruenor, Drizzt, Cattie-Brie, and Regis is admirable, if not a little reminiscent of Conan (and less so Tolkien); being more straight forward than in-depth.

The Icewind Dale Trilogy is Good.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Completed Series: The Dark Elf Trilogy

The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore is highly acclaimed and I was not oblivious to this when I started reading Homeland in April 2018. I finished the entire trilogy in about two weeks. Sometime prior I had actually gotten about 40 pages into Gauntlgrym, number 23 of extensive Legend of Drizzt (a book I had bought because of its Neverwinter label), before giving up. Throughout the trilogy you learn about Drizzt’s origins from his birth from his arrival to Icewind Dale. One of the strongest appeals is Drow society; which is toxic, brutal and unforgiven.



Drow are worshipers of the the Queen of the Demonweb Pits, Lolth (Lloth) and are generally inherently evil. Enter Drizzt Do'Urden who is anything but. Though I found drow society interesting it was a bit tiring after awhile. Drizzt doesn’t become that likable until he becomes easier to connect what emotionally which happens more in the second book. While the third book is interesting it’s really just running from his past over and over and is largely boring though the events do build Drizzt as a character. I couldn’t help but feel his character was overrated (as well as the writing of Salvatore), though the fight scenes are indeed done really well; good fights do not make a book or a whole series. Overall I found the support characters interesting but shallow. Guenhwyvar is an astral panther and can only be so deep, while Zaknafein was an interesting ally (and foe) to Drizzt’s moral dilemma. Though poor Clacker and svirfneblin Belwar Dissengulp make fun and unique adventuring party companions.

The trilogies three books are:
Homeland (1990) - Acceptable
Exile (1990) - Acceptable
Sojourn (1991) - Acceptable

Interesting to note the Dark Elf Trilogy was written as a prequel after Drizzt’s rise to fame with The Icewind Dale Trilogy. Because of this some would suggest starting with The Crystal Shard rather than Homeland. I am glad I started with Homeland because I’m not sure how I would have felt going back after reading The Crystal Shard, a novel that is very obviously Salvatore’s first with it’s rough writing. It is really up to the individual reader what they would find better to their own needs, tastes, and desires.

Overall, the consistent development of Drizzt is satisfying, but not that much. The Dark Elf Trilogy is Acceptable.
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Monday, March 9, 2020

Completed Series: Cold Steel and Secrets

Cold Steel and Secrets is a novella by Rosemary Jones set in Neverwinter and divided into four parts. It follows Rucas Sarfael as he infiltrates a rebel group that are against Lord Protector Dagult Neveremeber's rule in Neverwinter. I’ll keep this short because I don’t remember much besides really enjoying it. The story itself involves undead from a Red Wizard of Thay and the mystery of the necromancers identity. 



I read this in March 2018 over a couple days, the same week I first played Dungeons & Dragons . I wish it was available in a format that had all four together (and a physical version at that). Anyways, this novella led me to read City of the Dead by the same author. If you don’t mind the couple dollars for each part, it’s a swift and exciting read.

For a novella, Cold Steel & Secrets is Exceptional.
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Completed Series: Brimstone Angels

This is the first in a series of post that cover the Forgotten Realms series that I have read all of the novels in.
I will give the books and whole series a grade but it is not empirical, but is based off feelings at the time I read the books and how I feel now. The ratings do not have specific qualities that mark them, they are just descriptive words. Here they are for your reference from worse to best.

Ugly
Bad
Poor
Mediocre 
Acceptable
Good
Exceptional
Amazing



Brimstone Angels by Erin M. Evans is the first series of Dungeons & Dragons novels I ever read. This was from the end of August to the middle of September 2017 when I read all six in that two week period. At the time I had never played D&D, though I had played other TTRPG's, Brimstone Angels was a strong factor for my later start of playing of the game.

The books are such:
Brimstone Angels (2011) - Acceptable
Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils (2012) - Good
The Adversary (2013) - Good
Fire In the Blood (2014) - Good
Ashes of the Tyrant (2015) - Good
The Devil You Know (2016) - Good

My first impression was that it was fun but a little slow. It slogged a bit because of strong usage of lore.  This changed drastically during Lesser Evils as the story got more exciting when the Harpers went to search for the library of the netherese Tarchamus the Untielding. From there  I flew through most of the books. There is a decent focus on relationships, which range from okay to a little annoying, but that takes a backseat from the great action and the unfolding storyline involving devils, gods, warlocks, and politics.

Farideh and Havilar are easy to relate too, and a fun set of twins. This is probably is heightened because I myself am a twin and am relatively their age. There story takes them from Neverwinter to Waterdeep, to Suzail, to Djerad Thymer and to lost libraries and secreted Netherese fortresses. The cast of characters, from the Zhentarim, Harpers, nobility of Cormyr, devils of Malbolge to the devoted of deities is very rounded and likable, even when they aren’t necessarily of good alignment.

Farideh is the main character and at the start of the story she makes a pact with a cambion which results in exile for her glaive wielding twin sister, Havilar, and her adoptive dragonborn father, Mehen. Ilstan, Dahl, Tam, and Lorcan are among the most memorable support characters.

Book 3 is also book 3 for The Sundering, and I feel it fits in pretty well. It did not seem forced to me, while some things in books five and six maybe could have been condensed.

Lore wise, I gained quite a bit of knowledge about Cormyrean politics, the denizens and hierarchy of the Nine Hells, a plethora of draconic curses, tiefling types, and a nice guide to deities statuses during the Second Sundering.

A note for those who wish to own books physically (like myself), the first and second books are generally quite expensive though 3-6 can be found easily at reasonable prices.

Overall the consistent quality of the books makes me say that Brimstone Angels is: Exceptional.
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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Does A Novel Belong In the Forgotten Realms?

To put on the list, or to not put on the list: that is the question.


Since diving into reading the Forgotten Realms I have run into a few items that have confused me somewhat. So far there have been two types of cases.

First is exemplified by Murder in Tarsis by John Maddox Roberts, Fistandantilus Reborn by Douglas Niles, as well as Under the Crimson Sun by Keith R. A. DeCandido; books in the Mysteries, The Lost Gods, and Abyssal Plagues series respectively. At first glance one might notice that neither of these take place in the Fearûn or the Forgotten Realms at all. Murder in Tarsis and Fistandantilus Reborn are part of the much praised Dragonlance, and Under the Crimson Sun is set in the bleak Dark Sun setting. I have not read either of these but the fact that neither of these novels are in the Forgotten Realms but are listed in series that are leaves me wondering if I should read them on my quest.

The Second is something I have only identified once. Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden is a novel of the Ravenloft setting. I have yet to read it but as far as I am aware the novel partially takes place in Waterdeep on the Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms. Should this be on list to read or should it not?

If anyone has any thoughts I would love to hear them. Though I think I will get to the three mentioned here, it may be a long while because of their odd predicaments.

Welcome!

Hail and well met!

Olore' and welcome to Adventuring Through the Forgotten Realms! I have made the goal of reading all the published Forgotten Realms novels. This is quite daunting when you look at the 300+ library. I do not have a deadline in mind, but just want to enjoy reading in one of my favorite worlds. I will occasionally post reviews and progress I have made.

My journey started after reading Brimstone Angels by Erin M. Evans in August 2017. Since then I have journeyed among the pages with adventurers in Waterdeep, Cormyr, Myth Drannor and beyond. As of this post my latest read was Downshadow by Erik Scott de Bie. There have been ups and downs but for the most part the journey has been filled with the broad array of adventure that accompanies Dungeons & Dragons.

Feel free to join me on my trip; to recommend you favorites, share your opinion, and compare insights!

I am keeping track of my progress in a spreadsheet that can be found here.