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SHADOWDALE [Mass Market Paperback]

Richard Awlinson
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June 17 1989 Forgotten Realms Novel: Avatar (Book 1)
When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faerûn in the guise of mortals.

When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder.

When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.

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Scott Ciencin is the author of numerous novels, including Shadowdale, Tantras, and books set in the world of Dinotopia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING TRILOGY!!! June 4 2004
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Definitely a great fantasy epic and one of my personal favorites, The Avatar Trilogy- Shadowdale, Tantras, and Waterdeep, is about the Time of Troubles when the Gods walked the Earth (in this case Toril). The books are so incredibly well written that the reader feels that they have been transported to another plane of existence and are actually present among the characters, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel, sensing what they sense. The authors have truly outdone themselves and have presented us with a masterpiece of literature the likes of which we have seen only in JRR Tolkien's work, RA Salvatore's The Dark Elf and Icewind Dale trilogies, and in authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies. Love, honor, bravery, magic, and heroes are all about. In conclusion, it's what Fantasy reading SHOULD be. A GREAT trilogy indeed and a "must read" along with James Lowder's Prince of Lies and Troy Denning's Crucible: The Trial of Cyric! DON'T MISS IT!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Search for the Tablets of Fate Feb. 23 2004
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The first book starts off a bit weak, I agree. But as it progressed I began to thouroughly enjoy it. Though it definatly reads more like a campaign module than a novel. It was also very interesting because it dealed directly with the gods. Something not a lot of novels do. All in all if your a little patient with the begining I think you will enjoy it. Heres a little bit of info on it :)
*******MINOR SPOILERS********
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!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth it... Oct. 21 2003
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I found this book in one of the many boxes of books in our closet, on a night when I was looking for something to alleviate my boredom. To that end, the book served it's purpose.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stream of conscious fantasy writing? Sept. 19 2003
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I agree with one reviewer who says that the author must have played the module that this book is based on, and then wrote about the adventure. It a shame too, because the premise had some real potential. A pantheon of gods are cast down by their head honcho for being selfish, neglecting thier duties and most importantly, allowing the sacred tablets to be stolen. They must work their way back to the heavens and redeem themselves. Enter the band of adventurers who get caught in the middle. Just when I was thanking my stars that this was a not one of the countless "boy savior" stories, the author writes a mediocre tale with a scattered narrative. Giving no back story to characters or explaining arbitrary actions. They literally hop from one battle to the other. Do you know those "Choose your own Adventure" stories? Imagine reading one that someone has already done and just left their choices in the book. There is no through line, characterization, even the exposition is shoddy. Maybe I'm overanalyizing this, but these are basics in telling a story. The descriptive writing however, is very good. The author has a knack for conjuring up some great monsters and locales.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars avatar
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 more
Published on June 18 2003 by thule222
3.0 out of 5 stars a little help please
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
Published on May 27 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars The Best D&D Module You'll Ever Read!
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 more
Published on April 30 2003 by Yu-Jin Chia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good at points, but sometimes hard to follow
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 more
Published on April 25 2003 by Water Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
...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 more
Published on Sept. 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! SIMPLY BRILLIANT! A 15 year old reviewer...
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 more
Published on March 30 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of Time
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 more
Published on Jan. 23 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear God !(Or Gods for that matter...)
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 more
Published on Jan. 18 2002 by Eduardo Luis Costas
4.0 out of 5 stars some good, some not so
For the good...this is the start of a series that lays a foundation for a lot of what happens in the other FR books. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2001 by Cameron Case
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