SHADOWDALE Mass Market Paperback – Jun 17 1989
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The Tablets of Fate have been stolen! Ao has cast the gods of Toril to the earth untill they have been returned. The gods are forced to take on Avatars (Mortal Form).
Magic is now unstable since the gods have begun to walk the realms. Cleric can only cast their spells if they are withing 1-mile of their diety's. The arcane weave is wild. Sometimes spells work, and sometimes they go haywire producing effects unimaginable and usually horrible.
Bane & Mykrul: The god of strife and the god of the dead team up with the intention of returning to their kingdoms and destroying Ao.
Mystra: Searches for a shard of power she had hidden with a mortal being before being cast from the heavens by Ao.
Four mortals are drawn into the conflict. Kelemvor, a warrior with a dark and deadly curse. Midnight, a mage with a strange pendant grafted to her neck. Adon, a cleric of Sune. And Cyric the rogue.
What will happen? Who will live? Pick up the novel and find out yourself.
The Time of Troubles has begun!
The concept for the novel is intriguing, particularly if you have some basic knowledge of its place in the mythology of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. The four main characters (Kelemvor, Midnight, Adon and Cyric) find themselves in a world turned upside down by the expulsion of the gods from the heavens. The gods have taken avatars (i.e. human hosts) and are attempting to reassert themselves; only adding to the chaos in the Realms.
Unfortunately, the potential of that tale was not met. With the notable exceptions of Kelemvor and Cyric, I felt that the characters were one-dimensional and wholly uninteresting. The story itself was thin, with leaps in logic that I found implausible. To put it quite simply, it was fluff.
I was entertained enough to attempt the second book in the trilogy (Tantras). However, I only made it a few chapters before I gave up because it was simply too much of a stretch. I suppose, to wrap up, I agree with those that have said it is the best DnD module they have ever read. The books did feel like Mr. Awlinson played in a game with that plotline and then attempted to turn it into a novel.
I would only recommend the book if you are looking for an easy read to kill some time.
This is a very juvenile style of writing. Great images with no real substance. Anyone who has had exposure to the likes of Brooks, Jordan, Hickman & Weiss should stick to them. Ironic, because the latter mentioned wrote the amazing and highly recommended "Dragonlance" series also produced by TSR. It really too bad, because I was hoping for something along that level. But it's enough to give Salvatore's take on this world a shot.
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Richard Awlinson stood for all-in-one. A group of TSR writers wrote different parts of the series. This one was written by Scott Ciencin. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by thule222
Ok, i just bought Shadowdale , by Richard Allsion(a pen name for 4 Tory Denning)
I have not started reading it yet and i see this. Read more
It is clear from the way this novel is written that author Scott Ciencin expects the reader to have read the D&D Player's Handbook, or the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting at... Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by Yu-Jin Chia
I just finished Shadowdale and I must say I did enjoy reading this book. After reading 4 Drizzt books in a row, I needed a change. This series seemed like a good choice. Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by Water Monkey
...I found Kelemvor Lyonsbane to be one of the more interesting characters in the Forgotten Realms, and would LOVE to have read about his quest for the ring of winter. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2002
WOW! Thats all i can say for this book in one word is, WOW!! I loved it!! One day i went to the bookstore cause i recently finish my harry potter book ( im a big fan on that... Read morePublished on March 30 2002
I love the Forgotten Realms series and the AD&D RPG games to go along with it. After just finishing the last of R. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002
As a 15 year veteran of the D&D world, the novels are one aspect which I grade harshly. After years of putting it off, I bought the whole Avatar trilogy. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2002 by Eduardo Luis Costas
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