Stormlight: Stories of the Seven Sisters Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1996
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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.
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.
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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... Ed Greenwood has little grasp of plot, charachter development, or suspense. This book reads like a fifth grade book report. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by 1Wolf
I'v read lots Fantasy books and on StormLight I had no clue what was going on. I don't even know Storm's personalty. Read morePublished on May 6 2001 by Lulu
Though the characters are a little flat and the plot a simplistic, the book was still a good read. The story has everything that a TSR book should, including the the dim but... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2000 by Ian Cruickshank
Another amusing and enjoyable offering from Ed Greenwood. This one is not for times when you're looking for something thought-provoking - it's straight action (with a few twists... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2000 by "AC"
Someone, or something, is killing servants, armsmen and nobles in Firefall Keep. Killing them with evil magic that leaves no trace. Read morePublished on April 19 1999
Action in its finest form, appealing plot twists, and a very human character. Human in the sense of her attitude, of course, as she's pretty resistant. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 1998
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