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The Magehound (Counselors & Kings #1)

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Some are born with magic.
Some without.

Matteo, un-magical counselor to the mighty of Halruaa, has devoted his life to the truth -- until he finds that he may have a hidden spark of magic after all. Now, with only a street waif for a companion, he's on the run from the mysterious Cabal. In the dismal Swamp of Akhlaur, Matteo will seek his own truth while battling a creature
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Wizards of the Coast
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Mark Schebel
Jul 02, 2010 Mark Schebel rated it really liked it
Quite good for a simple, D & D-based, fantasy novel. I've always enjoyed Elaine Cunningham's FR work and this one certainly didn't disappoint.
Cheri Edwards
Apr 04, 2012 Cheri Edwards rated it it was amazing
I almost gave up on this book, glad I didn't. The prologue is great, as is the 2nd books prologue. but the 1st chapter somehow for some reason lost me, good chapter though. Was thinking about other books I'd rather be reading than this, so I read about 4 other books, after each book finished i'd look at the spine of the book on my shelf and read some other book, thinking that 'Magehound' was going to be dreadful.But after a couple more novels I finally gave it another try....where I left off. If ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Wendelius rated it liked it
As someone who hasn't read a Forgotten Realms since the late 80ies (Curse of the Azure Bonds, the story which inspired the SSI game of the same name), it was a bit of an adjustment, if not unexpected, to enter a universe where everything has such a strong AD&D flavour. Classes are stricly defined, mages memorise X number of spells, ... It does constrain the story a bit but the story itself has been engaging so far.

Basically, a Dark Elf with her own plans for the province of Halruaa tricks a
Oct 13, 2014 Jesse rated it liked it
Shelves: forgotten-realms
This was not my favorite book by Cunningham. The plot seemed stunted, and while there were interesting characters, I feel like I never really understood what their goals were...why were they running around doing these things that they were doing?

With that said, I do like the fleshing out of Halruaa. The author creates a great setting with solid atmosphere and tone.

I'm hoping that this first book in the series reads more like an introduction to the series...

I guess I'll have to wait and see...
Feb 23, 2012 Ken marked it as sold
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Kush Mehta
Aug 01, 2012 Kush Mehta rated it really liked it
Great fantasy novel. Would recommend.
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Elaine Cunningham is an American fantasy author, best known for her contributions to shared-world settings such as the Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, EverQuest, and Pathfinder Tales.
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