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Elminster in Hell [Hardcover]

Ed Greenwood
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Aug. 1 2001 The Elminster Series
Ed Greenwoods signature character (Elminster) is easily recognizable as one of the most popular figures in the setting. Ed Greenwood takes us into the mind of his signature character on what could very well be his last adventure. After a two-year wait, fans are eager for this next adventure. Captured by a powerful demon, the Forgotten Realms legendary wizard is imprisoned in hell and tortured for his most prized and valuable possessionhis mind. To resist means certain death, but to give in means absolute madness.

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Gods and mortals alike succumb to gambling fever aboard the Peace of Boona on its yearly baccarat cruise, and would-be lovers Max and Eleanor, children of two of the game's celebrated fixtures, are alternately seduced and repulsed by the frenzy. From up above, Kronos, Apollo and other celestial powerhouses dabble in earthly matters as the Titan Argus competes with the mortal D.A. Holon for the strumpet La Petite's love in Mark Broderick's madcap first book, Baccarat: Nine Lives South of Boona.
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ED GREENWOOD has written numerous articles, game products, columns, short stories, and novels. Among his most recent novels are Death of the Dragon (with Troy Denning) and Elminster in Hell. Greenwood resides in the Canadian province of Ontario. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome, but be prepared Aug. 9 2001
By "frfan"
Let me start by saying that this is an amazing book, easily the
best Elminster book yet. However you will want to prepare yourself
before you read this book, this book is not a first-read book. This
book has quite a few prerequisites, including the previous 3 El books,
the Avatar trilogy, and the shadows of the avatar trilogy (and the two
books that follow those), and MOST definately Silverfall. I should
point out that this book takes place in the current date of the Realms
timeline, and occurs just after the events in The Summoning, and a
reader may also consider reading that book before hand to see what
caused El to go to hell (and also consider the three Netheril books as
a prerequisite to The Summoning) Now that the prerequisites are out of
the way, we can reveal some content. The book is about our beloved
Elminster trapped in the first layer of hell by a powerful devil who
will not rest until he has raped El's mind of all his precious
memories. The first few pages of the book explain this, and also give
the realms dates for those memories. This book is one of the very
best Forgotten Realms books I have ever read (numbering over 70, and
growing), and would place this book in the top five, along with
Servant of the Shard (another amazing Realms book). This book is very
enjoyable if you take the time to prepare yourself by reading
Silverfall, and the other books mentioned above.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this I Beg you Nov. 4 2001
By CBaz
(...) I would like to clear some things up. 1st the point in the endless memories and romantic memories that some where not even his was to contact his friends by using their own memories, further more he was stalling, he did not want to give Nergal(the arch-devil)what he wanted. 2nd Mystra did not get beat by devils down in Hell, she killed hundreds of devils, and then left because her being a God and all, and crashing her way into Hell to find Elminster and basically turning it upside down she was opening many more rifts in the surface that would cause more harm than good so she left to fix that little problem. (...) But anyway this book is very good, and really tells the reader that not everyone is invincable and shows you that the great Elminster is no exception. The arch-devil also kind of tells you how powerful Elminster really is compared to all other mages on Toril. I think this book was very good and you should read it, but it is for I would say more advanced and mature readers (...) but mainly because of how Ed Greenwood has written the book and you will see what I mean if you read it. And there is a bit love memories in there but whats a book without Elminster and love? If you are wondering how Elminster got into Hell in the 1st place(they dont tell you in the book)then I suggest you read The Summoning Return of the Archwizards Book I(which is a very good book by the way)and Elminster In Hell is kind of a side adventure or quest to that book and the upcoming The Siege Return of the Archwizards Book II, and The Sorcerer Return of the Archwizards Book III. Thank You for reading this and I hope it will be helpful to you.
Recommends: Elminster: Making of a Mage, Elminster in Myth Drannor, Temptations of Elminster, Homeland, Exile and Sojourn(The Drizzt Do'Urden trilogy) and The Summoning Return of the Archwizards Book I(which I really recomend because it's great and its circled around a lot of Shadow magic and Shadowmages which are really cool too)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, terrible book June 19 2004
By C. Toth
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just completed the novel, "Elminster in Hell." It is my policy to complete every book I start, and this one was painfully agonizing. I am certain that Greenwood is an accomplished writer, but this novel left something to be desired.
The premise sounded really interesting: one of the most interesting characters in all of Faerun trapped in Hell and must fight to stay alive. Unfortunately, the approach was less than interesting. I wish the book focussed more on Elminster's past (and over 800 years, there should be quite a bit to write about), but instead the book focussed on one boring story to the next (similar to anthology). Do not get me wrong, there were a few interesting tidbits, but not enough to keep the book moving.
Because of this book, Greenwood's writing style has left a bad taste in my mouth, and I may be a little leery about trying trying another one his novels in the near future.
If you wish to read really interesting stories in the Forgotten Realms universe (in my opinion), you may wish to check out the Cleric Quintet or the novels featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, all written by R.A. Salvatore.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent characterization June 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Elminster novel I picked up, and although I didn't read it out of order, I read the first three with lackluster interest, if only to ensure that I didn't miss a beat. This fourth edition, while compelling, left me scratching my head.
Although El was weakened and injured during his battle in the rift, it strikes me odd that the Chosen of Mystra, one of the most powerful beings in all of Faerun could be so easily cowed and subdued by a mere devil. I would have thought that El's centuries of life exposed him to many creatures on many planes and how best to defeat them, but it just seemed highly unlikely that he would be so weakened as to be unable to fight back except with his mind. Even with the addition of several other Chosen coming to his aid (and failing), the sheer power of the devils in Hell against these powerful mages made me second-guess the whole purpose of the book.
Ed Greenwood created an amazing role-playing world for D&D gamers, but his writing structure is hitchy at best, and he has a difficult time getting his point across. Even though I would say this is the best of the Elminster series, it still lacks the impact I would have liked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
As with some of his other titles, it meanders a bit, like a collection of short stories and snippets. But the overall effect is different and interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Timothy Baril
4.0 out of 5 stars Elminster in Hell
I took a little bit to get into reading the book
but once into it i found it to be a very good read and captivating story line
Published on Dec 14 2004 by J
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually One of Greenwood's Better Books
The last written book in the Elminster series turned out to be the least confusing book for me. His battles where still very confusing but the storyline was actually pretty good... Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by R. Reinhart
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for skimming and nothing else.
I had read the other elminster books and found them to be on the level. This one however, seemed to be written for no other reason than to make money. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by "maferious"
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much a bunch of extra filler
While the plot of the book was good, and the way he used the memories to keep power from Nergal was an interesting idea. Read more
Published on June 1 2003 by Ken
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost not worth your time
The idea is straightforward. Dump Elminster in Hell. Have a demon torture him, again and again and again. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic
Sadly, I've watched this author's work get worse and worse with time. This book should have been great. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and boring aren't strong enough words
As a devoted fan of the Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms series, this book was an automatic purchase as soon as I saw in on the shelf. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002 by K. A. Hering
1.0 out of 5 stars Recycled Material
The other customer reviews are right, read the other books involving Elminster first. When you do, there's no need to read this one. Read more
Published on July 23 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Up to the Old Greenwood Standard!
This book was horrible, absolutely horrible. I had given up on TSR/WotC books a long time ago but thought that I'd give this one a chance because:
1) in general, because all... Read more
Published on July 20 2002 by Jason
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