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Midnight's Mask: The Erevis Cale Trilogy, Book III [Mass Market Paperback]

Paul S. Kemp
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Nov. 1 2005 The Erevis Cale Trilogy (Book 3)
The shadows deepen in every corner of the Realms.

The sun no longer shines on a man who has embraced the darkness within him.

The day's opposite finds Erevis Cale so far along the path away from his own humanity, he may never again walk as a man.

In the end, to be Chosen by a god like Mask is more curse than blessing...

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Paul S. Kemp is the author of several previous Forgotten Realms titles, including Resurrection, Shadow’s Witness, Twilight Falling, and Dawn of Night. He also contributed a short story to The Halls of Stormweather.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... June 16 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first book in the series was awesome. But as the series continued I just found myself in a hurry to finish it. The characters were great, but I was disappointed with this book overall. You just find yourself asking; why? by the end of the book.

And on a side note; I'm getting tired of this Jerry idiot spewing on about some stupid book in every single fantasy review on here. Hey Jerry: did you write the book? If not then shut up!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, March 17 2006
By Jerry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great ending. The whole trilogy is worth reading. Exciting, action packed and well done. Wonderful.
If you like books like this one, might I suggest another I've recently come across. The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. It's another fantasy adventure sure to please. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good conclusion to the trilogy Nov. 22 2005
By Andy Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Midnight's Mask written by Paul S. Kemp is the conclusion of the Everis Cale trilogy. This first two books in this trilogy Twilight Falling and Dawn of Night set the stage very well for this third book.

In this book the main character Cale is again faced with tough decisions and we see him grow as a character. The growth of Cale not only in this book, but the entire series is a roller coaster ride few authors can compete with. There are several instances within Midnight's Mask that help define the character in large scale terms. Several other characters develop substantially as well in this book, most notably Riven and Mags.

While all the characters are certainly worth the read alone, the plot is also very good along with the multiple sub plots that are interwoven within the story. These subplots keep the novel moving along at a frantic pace daring the reader to put the book down. One subplot, and my only minor complaint with the book, is the relationship between Cale and Mask. While this relationship is touched on in the novel, I just didn't get the feel of any closure that I would have liked. The rest of the plot (and subplots) are very well done - no spoilers here though. :-) One thing I liked about this book is it is darker than most Forgotten Realms books available today, that change of pace makes this book stand out even more.

Even with the well written plot lines, this book is character driven. The characters, as mentioned above, are believable and either make you root for them or hate them (sometimes at the same time)! Great characters are hard to come by in novels, and this book has several great characters.

Overall, this book is well worth the read (the entire series is for that matter). If you are a fan of the Forgotten Realms, or looking to start in the Realms this series would be a very good place to start.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run for Kemp April 19 2006
By Festus Baggleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A satisfying conclusion to the Erevis Cale Trilogy, while still leaving you thirsting for further adventures.

Fast paced and exciting, Midnight's Mask wonderfully closes out the trilogy. It exposes the reader to incredible magical feats but remains a character driven story. The two champions of Mask are further developed and solidified as two of the most interesting characters in the Realms. Characters from the previous books are further explored while new interesting characters are revealed as their parts in the story play out.

The two main points that I enjoyed from the previous books are still present in the third. The dark nature of the story makes it all the more real, while the depth of the characters makes you feel you know them. This book, like Twilight Falling and Dawn of Mask, is well worth the read. Give me more!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unorthodox review... Nov. 14 2007
By Joe Rixman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Paul S. Kemp has, once again, delivered the goods with Midnight's Mask, the third book of the Erevis Cale trilogy, following Twilight Falling and Dawn of Night.

The story felt epic in nature as the events chronicled in this book took our intrepid heroes from the ratty streets of Selgaunt to the deepest depths of the Inner Sea. However, when it comes down to what Midnight's Mask really is and, indeed, what this entire series will best be remembered for, the answer is simply, the characters.

Erevis Cale leads a battered and beaten troupe of friends, the psionic teafling, Magadon, the stalwart Halfling priest Jak Fleet and the mysterious Drasek Riven, an assassin and fellow follower of Mask whose loyalties seem to constantly shift. These four companions are opposed by a being of immense power, The Sojourner, and two of his "sons," powerful creatures known as Slaads. From the first page to the very last of this novel, Erevis and company must fight overwhelming odds to stop The Sojourner from completing his task. They battle to stalemates, flee for their lives and fight to the death. This is a dark story that, at its heart, is a simple allegory concerning man's selfishness versus his need to belong to something greater than himself. It is about sacrifice and friendship. It is about human beings, creatures who are always more than what they appear.

It is no fluke that Mr. Kemp's heroes are flawed, real characters, while the villains are a mirror to those heroes, a device to show them...and us, the readers...what is truly important in a world that seems to have gone haywire...where nothing makes sense and where the darkness seems to have taken a foothold over the land...and over the heart. Mr. Kemp has shown a magical ability to create and bring to life characters of deep meaning and ones which we care for, even though we question in the back of our minds why we should. They are complex characters. They are as real as fiction can make them.

The Erevis Cale trilogy, and Midnight's Mask in particular, is a gory, dark and deeply disturbing look into the shadows of the heart and soul. It is also an incredibly emotional and uplifting tale of men who struggle daily with that darkness...and choose instead to follow the path of light and goodness. Midnight's Mask is about wanting to make a difference...wanting to be a hero in the truest sense of the word. It is also about not enslaving oneself to a perceived course of action, a destiny, if you will. This is a story about following your own heart...your own course...for your own reasons.

This novel brought me to tears. It did so because of its honest portrayal of what is important to the human heart. Mr. Kemp shined a mirror into the hearts and souls of his readers...and his entire trilogy showed us that even those who live in darkness never have to let that darkness consume them. Midnight's Mask not only gets my highest recommendation, but a promise to this author that my loyalty to his work has been more than earned for, hopefully, decades to come. Thank you, Paul! And well done!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid conclusion to a good series Nov. 21 2005
By Grue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the third and final book of the Erevis Cale trilogy. I enjoyed it and thought it met the relatively high standards Paul Kemp set in his previous two books. The conclusion satisfyingly ties up most of the open threads of the series while leaving open the possibility of a sequel series.

Midnight's Mask has a relatively grim flavor which I liked, but may disappoint readers looking for witty dialog. It also focuses on high-level characters (level 12+ equivalent) which again can be good and bad. Regardless, it contains a number of innovative elements which put it above the average D&D book. For instance: magic which based on mathematics as much as willpower; the protagonist teaming with an evil assassin; what a raise dead spell can and can't do; the motivations of the godlike (but occasionally childlike) Vhostym; a tap drawing off both the weave and the shadow weave; a pair evil but well-characterized slaad.

I would have given this five stars but one of the central conflicts of the book is between Erevis and his patron god Mask, and I felt this thread was not very well developed. Erevis grows in power but seemingly not in his relationship to Mask. Apparently Mask gives powers to Erevis even though he hates Mask personally, and doesn't seem to share any of Mask's ideals like trickery or evil. Erevis gains his powers without any work or understanding, like a man who walks down the street and his arch-enemy hurls a wad of bills at him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best trilogies.... Jan. 8 2006
By Jase Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stunning conclusion to one of the best trilogies I have ever read. Great character building, great spell and combat detail, specks of philosophy, intriguing storyline involving followers of gods, and a villain more powerful than perhaps Elminster himself. Short and sweet review, to a long and powerful trilogy. 5/5.
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