Elminster in Hell Hardcover – Aug 1 2001
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About the Author
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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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.
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)
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Timothy Baril
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
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 morePublished on March 8 2004 by R. Reinhart
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2004
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 morePublished on June 1 2003 by Ken
The idea is straightforward. Dump Elminster in Hell. Have a demon torture him, again and again and again. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by Amazon Customer
Sadly, I've watched this author's work get worse and worse with time. This book should have been great. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2002
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 morePublished on Aug. 15 2002 by K. A. Hering
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 morePublished on July 23 2002
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