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on January 22, 2002
What to say about book in setting that is so dried up, that hardly any juice comes at all. Some of you sceptics, and cynics out there will surely think what I have thought first time this book came into my hands. "Another lousy piece that is meant only for Realms fanatics to buy." Well, I was wrong. I didn't read Avatar Trilogy, so I didn't know the background of this novel (maybe it is better). Basic plot (You can read it on the blurb, but nevertheless) is as follows: The Lord of Dead - Cyric is trying to create the book called Cyrinshad which would bind all mortals (and gods) to his will when they read them, Of course the good goods can not allow it, so Mystra, Torm and some others which I will not reveal form an alliance that should break the Cyrics plan. It may seem as a lousy plot, but the new thing is that main characters are Gods, so it's very interesting to see the world trough theirs perspective. For the litteral sake, the book is very poorly written, but You should put that out of Your mind. If You look for complex go and read Tolstoj, and if You just want to have some fun for a few afternoons, and do not want to break head on the matter what was author trying to say, buy and read this book.
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on August 19, 2001
*Prince of Lies* is the 'sequel' to the Avatar trilogy by Richard Awlinson. It's approximately ten years later, and Cyric has become God of Murder, Death and Strife and plans to take over all of the Realms with the release of his history, the Cyranishad. Unfortunately, he has been unable to find a scribe capable of drafting this fictional account of his rise to power.
Meanwhile, Midnight, now Mystra, Goddess of Magic and the other Gods are doing their best to stay on top of Cyric's evil practices day-by-day. Kelemvor, the hero of the Avatar trilogy, is hiding somewhere in Hades, and Cyric has assigned all of his best denizens to task of locating him. And a fighter named Gwydion has been trapped in Hades though he is a follower of Torm. With the assistance of Mask, Oghma and Mystra, Gwydion may be the key to the undoing of Cyric.
There are many subplots in this novel, and it's enough to keep the reader entertained for the duration. It's a definite must read if you want to know what happened after the trilogy.
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on September 17, 1998
Most authors focus on either the "talk" or the "action" when they write. What made this book work for me was the equal attention given to both and the seamless interaction of the two. The characters really come to life in your head, and you know what? The gods are weird,singleminded wackos!!! Hmmm. Sounds like an Oliver Stone flick....
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