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Death Masks I have been reading Forgotten Realms books since 1994 and have read them all and thus is why I continue to subject myself to reading Ed Greenwood s FR novels I don t know what happened from his earlier works that were really good Stormlight in The Harper s series as well as Spellfire and Crown of Fire also the Shadow of the Avatar trilogy was a fun read Elminster, The Making of a Mage and Elminster in Myth Drannar were great What s happened since I couldn t tell you Now it is just the same I have been reading Forgotten Realms books since 1994 and have read them all and thus is why I continue to subject myself to reading Ed Greenwood s FR novels I don t know what happened from his earlier works that were really good Stormlight in The Harper s series as well as Spellfire and Crown of Fire also the Shadow of the Avatar trilogy was a fun read Elminster, The Making of a Mage and Elminster in Myth Drannar were great What s happened since I couldn t tell you Now it is just the same old droll in a certain city.So now that previous places have been ruined, Ed Greenwood now turns his sights on Waterdeep The City of Splendors has now become just another big city full of whining nobles, treacherous lords, and dastardly deeds thwarted by Elminster, Mirt, and Laerel Once again we have a book of a million characters which are uninteresting and have hard to pronounce names and of course the reader is subjected to their full names most of the time To make matters worse, now the cool places I ve read about by other authors are either destroyed or plague ridden so as to make them uninhabitable Downshadow, made popular by on of my favorite realms authors Erik Scott di Bie, has parts of Waterdeep falling into it from sinkholes and there is rumors of a plague down there Then there is Mistshore, another area made popular by Jaleigh Johnson, is now burnt to the shoreline I wonder if Steven Schend may be a bit upset with the way Mr Greenwood has downplayed Vajra Blackstaff and turned her into a weak brainless character If I were to pick a character that was interesting to read about, it would be Mirt He was the only one who was likable and I was able to connect with Everyone else felt 2 dimensional and uninteresting.The writing for this one is all over the place It should not be called ADD but ADHD It constantly jumps from one view to the next I constantly found myself having to re read passages to get back on track with what was going on There is so much that I could go on and on, but I think this is enough.The reason for 2 stars is there were some times when the story was engaging and entertaining and I upped it from 1.5 stars which is where I would have put it and don t think it was horrible enough for a 1 star rating If it wasn t for the fact that I want to continue to see where the realms are going and continue with realms lore, I would quit reading Mr Greenwood The only other 2 authors being published right now are R A Salvatore and Erin M Evans whom I think is hands down the best author to date It does look as though Troy Denning will be writing for the realms again as well and that will be a welcome change While I was reading one chapter, my partner looked over my shoulder and said, well if that s not the most awkward sex scene ever written , to which I replied You clearly haven t read the rest of the book If I hadn t needed to read this as part of my prep for running Dragon Heist, I would have stopped At one point a cloud giant castle turns up and then has nothing to do with the rest of the story Okay then Women s clothes just fall off all the time and Elminster can only copy bodies by kiss While I was reading one chapter, my partner looked over my shoulder and said, well if that s not the most awkward sex scene ever written , to which I replied You clearly haven t read the rest of the book If I hadn t needed to read this as part of my prep for running Dragon Heist, I would have stopped At one point a cloud giant castle turns up and then has nothing to do with the rest of the story Okay then Women s clothes just fall off all the time and Elminster can only copy bodies by kissing and or groping them How old are you, six Mirt the Moneylender responds to some bad news by straight up murdering a man And nobody says anything about it What A lot of the prose is completely incomprehensible on account of the author s tendency to use an em dash to completely go on a tangent mid sentence and expect you to remember where you were when he returns you to the original sentence four lines later Mirt is about as unlikeable as characters get, and reading any scene where he eats food made me feel sick.Which heroes live and which die in this story says an awful lot about the personal ideals of the author, or whoever it was told him to kill off two prostitutes and a homosexual Meanwhile, two other characters deus ex machina their way out of certain death The story was convoluted and overwrought and the foreshadowing re the polished floor was about as subtle as a full pack of Imodium.Glad I read this before DMing Dragon Heist because I have some things to get right I d give this book 3 stars if I could The story itself was decent, but it was kind of all over the place, and some of the character development on the newer characters I felt was lacking Every character also seems to have the same type of dry humor Some spoilors ahead But it wasn t horrible, and there were some good lore bits about what was going on in the Realms, such as Storm, Rune, and Arclath helping to establish favorable relations between elves and Cormyr Also, there are temples of I d give this book 3 stars if I could The story itself was decent, but it was kind of all over the place, and some of the character development on the newer characters I felt was lacking Every character also seems to have the same type of dry humor Some spoilors ahead But it wasn t horrible, and there were some good lore bits about what was going on in the Realms, such as Storm, Rune, and Arclath helping to establish favorable relations between elves and Cormyr Also, there are temples of Eilistraee popping up in Waterdeep, and as a fan of the Dark Maiden, and glad for her return, this made me smile I was happy to see a same sex couple in this book Jalester and Dunblade , even though their amorous relationship seemed to have developed rather abruptly, unless they had been lovers beforehand And it ended tragically The last one, in Elminster Enraged , ended sadly too Longclaws and I am forgetting his name It was never expressly stated that they were in love, but it was implied And Elminster taking over Dunblade s body right after his death, and then hugging Jalester okay, I understand El needed a body, but he wraps his arms around Jal and says I ll be your friend I realize he is trying to comfort Jalester, but come on His lover just died I love El, but that was a bit low Like Laeral, this book made me miss Khelben I liked the tidbit about how she could commune with Dove, Sylune, and even Florin in the Weave, but Khelben went to Arvandor even though he wasn t an elf So at least he s in a good place I felt kind of sorry for Vajra, but I prefer Khelben as the Blackstaff However, the torch or staff, in this case has to be passed at some point The sky giants arriving was a big part of the first part of the book, but it isn t mentioned or dwelt with through the rest of the book, so I am wondering what is going to happen with that Perhaps it has to do with the next big Realms event being rud to involve giants, so it was mostly used as a setup for that There was definite intrigue, with treachery upon treachery taking place, and it was fun to read a book set in Waterdeep again There is always something going on or below that city The end left an opening or a sequel, if that happens It was nice to read a new FR novel, few as they are these days, so I finished it quickly I could have savored it, but I wanted updates, and I was hungry, so to speak This is marketed as an Elminster novel, and El is in it, but the main character is arguably Laeral El isof a background character through most of the book It is a stand alone, but people who read it should have some Realms knowledge, and what has recently happened in the Realms I wonder why it is harder for priests to resurrect, though they can still heal The gods are quieter in fifth edition, but they seem distant to even their clerics and priests even Mystra to her Chosen As a fan of the gods, this has me a bit concerned However, Mystra still makes herself known, and does continue to speak to her Chosen, so maybe I m just paranoid Recommended to Realms fans This was a fairly enjoyable adventure featuring Elminster inof an ensemble book than in the past It does still feature the same ribald adventure as other Elminster books, and is just as saucy, this time featuring some same sex couples, which was a welcome change There were some references to other Forgotten Realms properties, which was fun, and brings in some of the other Chosen of Mystra as main characters, as well as continuing the focus on Mirt the Moneylender, and bringing in a myste This was a fairly enjoyable adventure featuring Elminster inof an ensemble book than in the past It does still feature the same ribald adventure as other Elminster books, and is just as saucy, this time featuring some same sex couples, which was a welcome change There were some references to other Forgotten Realms properties, which was fun, and brings in some of the other Chosen of Mystra as main characters, as well as continuing the focus on Mirt the Moneylender, and bringing in a mysteriously surviving Volo It s particularly well suited to the audiobook format at high speed, given the writing style, which I think helps to smooth over some of the issues other reviewers have complained about bad one liners, in particular Ultimately, it was another enjoyable if perhaps a tad forgettable Elminster adventure I wanted a classic Forgotten Realms style book and with hoping to start playing a Waterdeep Heist campaign, I thought this would be a great way to get myself into the mood This book however, failed to deliver It was a ponderous plot full of long, difficult to pronounce and remember name of characters that were there simply to hold a place The big gotcha at the end was fairy predictable, and the few characters that I did care about were only window dressing for the main story I finished thi I wanted a classic Forgotten Realms style book and with hoping to start playing a Waterdeep Heist campaign, I thought this would be a great way to get myself into the mood This book however, failed to deliver It was a ponderous plot full of long, difficult to pronounce and remember name of characters that were there simply to hold a place The big gotcha at the end was fairy predictable, and the few characters that I did care about were only window dressing for the main story I finished this book but only because I m a glutton for punishment The beginning of the book is pretty great, with tons and tons of wonderful, deep lore and detail for those like me who are Waterdeep addicts The plot, and most of the middle, is not good in my opinion Downright disappointing Cant really go into details without major spoilers The end, however, redeems it all, or at least for me So wonderfully satisfying, waythan wrapping up plotlines and such Its a bounty of smiles and feel good moments, and really, really made the read worth it in th The beginning of the book is pretty great, with tons and tons of wonderful, deep lore and detail for those like me who are Waterdeep addicts The plot, and most of the middle, is not good in my opinion Downright disappointing Cant really go into details without major spoilers The end, however, redeems it all, or at least for me So wonderfully satisfying, waythan wrapping up plotlines and such Its a bounty of smiles and feel good moments, and really, really made the read worth it in the end I was internally cheering and cheering for the last 2 chapters It really satisfied Without an interest in Waterdeep, The Seven Chosen, Mirt, etc i am not sure if I would have loved the ending as much To use a TV analogy, if you have watched 5 seasons of a show and finally the main characters get married, its a lotspecial of an episode than if you are just starting the series and havent seen all the lead up, wiil they or wont they, etc Id say this is a novel for existing fans, not those new to the City of Splendors What an awesome book, took almost a week to read it only because I was enjoying it so much that I savored the final couple hundred pages over the last 3 days Another work of art from Greenwood Just have to hope that he hasElminster Mystra tales left in him A real diamond in the rough that was just sitting on my shelf waiting to be read Maybe there arein FR out there that I haven t read Onwards Ed Greenwood, who is synonymous with the Forgotten Realms, leads readers through a story that combines the rollicking fantasy adventure for which he is famous with a murder mystery thriller THAT S WHAT, FOUR LORDS DEAD Revealed in death to have been Masked Lords, three citizens had been murdered over the preceding day and night the Sembian wine seller and collector Oszbur Malankar the half elf sorceress and artisan Dathanscza Meiril and the moneylender, landlord, and investor Ammasker GweltAll of Waterdeep now knew someone was killing the Lords of Waterdeep, one by one Yet that was about where truth ended and speculation however plausible began The broadsheets were full of wild conjecture Who s behind this The ousted Lord Neverember The Zhentarim, the Cult of the Dragon or some other Outland Power The Xanathar Some cabal of guilds or nobles planning a coup The rumors would rage on, whether the Open Lord Laeral Silverhand did something or not That was the trouble with rumors once loosed, they roamed free like snarling, untamed beasts, with no simple way of stopping them And all rumors aside, Waterdeep has become A CITY OF MURDERERS I really enjoyed this book It s the first in the Forgotten Realms world that I ve read, which is odd, since it s one of the most recent that s been published The story was very good, my only point of contention is that there was a point in the middle of the book where it was a bit of a slog to get through I felt like the book was going on and on without coming to the climax However, this doesn t mean that the story wasn t good I would certainly recommend this book to fantasy lovers. If you are a DM running a DnD game in Waterdeep or are planning on running Dragon Heist, then you need to read this book It has a lot of background and information in regard to lore and npc motivations in the city A clear view of the relationship between the masked lords, the guild masters, and the watch, etc Also the relationship at least at this time between the Zhentarim and the Xanathar Read this DO IT


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