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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786905204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786905201
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #642,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are among those hoping that Ed Greenwood will develop his characters more as time goes on, Stormlight is sure to disappoint. In it, Storm Silverhand becomes involved in a scheme by a dead god to revive himself. (Those who have read TSR's Lost Gods offerings will find this a familiar theme, though Stormlight is not part of that series.) Despite several interesting moments, Stormlight falls short on at least two counts.
First, Greenwood's characters continue to develop in raw power without any concurrent personality development. Even though she is likely the least powerful of the Seven Sisters, Storm is revealed to be a near-god by the end of this novel: she has lived for centuries; she has allies among the kings and archwizards throughout the land (and drops their names liberally in her dialogue); and, though not a wizard, she exhibits practically undefeatable spell-like abilities. Meanwhile, her personality remains shallow and inconsistent, e.g. bemoaning the fate of a long lost love at times and flirting with various male characters at others. Sadly, we learn very little of her past, or her connection to Elminster, Mystra, or her sisters.
Second, the plot has roughly 75 pages worth of substance, but the author presses the formulaic battle-then-regroup button long enough to churn out the requisite 312 page TSR novel. A potentially interesting secondary villain is quickly introduced then defeated by characters only peripherally involved in this novel, leaving the reader to wonder if interesting subplots have been deliberately clipped out by a sadistic editor.
In short, I recommend Stormlight only to those desperate for a Forgotten Realms story.
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By Kara S. on May 11 2000
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Not a good book to read your first time through the Realms, but quite amusing if you know anything about Storm or the Seven Sisters.
Ed Greenwood's writing is anything but stimulating here, but FR fans do get plenty of Storm's biting humor. However, there are frustrating plot-defects. Storm's habit of ending up nude distracts from the book and is plain annoying. I read "Spellfire" and "Crown of Fire" long before this book (found neither of them gripping) and there are mentions of Selune and the loss of Storm's lover which contradict everything in "Stormlight" from the appearence of Selune to everything else in Storm's life.
The only other thing that trips up this novel is the fact that being a Chosen of Mystra makes Storm next to invincible, killing any hint of suspense that could have existed here. So if you are a Seven Sister's fan and can straighten out those little life-plot inconsistencies and like to see snobby nobles getting an earful, then go check this one out at the library or borrow it before deciding to add it to your collection.
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By A Customer on May 27 1999
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This book is a fine example of everything Ed Greenwood does wrong when he writes a novel. Ed seems incapable of creating characters who are anything short of omnipotent. Storm can always fall back on some poorly explained mystic power whenever her sword-weilding abilities or wits fail her. This is terrible because it dampens all of the excitement of the fight scenes. No matter how well the author could choreograph a fight ( and I'm not saying he does it well), the reader is bored because he knows somehow this Storm character is in no real danger.
Ed's supporting characters are usually stereotypical, and the nobility described in this book are no exception. They are snobish, condesending, and incapable of displaying any intelligence that could save them from their impending doom. Ofcourse it is up to Storm to gallantly and selflessly save them from their ignorance. Please!
Ed "peppers" his book with nude scenes of Storm that do nothing to develop the story, and are completely inappropriate to the moment at hand. Who is he catering to? Adolescents? He reveals more about Storm's anatomy than he does about her character, her motivations, her past, or her fears. Instead of writing a believable, living, breathing character Ed fails and creates a pin-up girl.
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Too bad that I could not give this book a lower rating than 1 star, coz it seemed more like a supernova of fantasy to me! Hey Ed Greenwood! Back to the drawing board! Spare us the "all powerful, invincible character who kicks everyone's a**" bit and try to describe some less powerful mortals for once, okay? There is no fun reading about a protagonist who just could not lose the struggle no matter how many enemies have pitted themselves against her and no matter how powerful they are. Even if she walks around nude much of the time. How do you do it? Usually I like at least some minor character in a book. But here I don't care about anyone, not a soul! The shapeshifter should have gotten them all! The story was pointless, the action sad, and well I already said what I thought of the characters. In fact the best thing about this novel was the end. Mainly because it was the end! If you want to get a good Forgotten Realms book, take the money and go buy a book by Elaine Cunningham. She may not have superhuman invincible characters, but she can do one thing: write!
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