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Magefeu (Les Royaumes Oubliés, #10) (Shandril's Saga #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,974 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
The Fire That Burns
... It can lay low a dragon or heal a wounded warrior.
... It is the most sought-after magical power in all Faerûn.
... And it is in the reluctant hands of Shandril of Highmoon, a young, orphaned kitchen-lass.

Now she's on the run from half of the evil sorcerers in the land, not to mention their relentless minions. But with the help of a handsome young wiz
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Published (first published July 1st 1987)
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Matheus Rios
Although the writting style is a little flat sometimes, and that the excessive number of characters and different plots are very confusing, this a fun introduction to the Realms, and a must read for Dungeons and Dragons fans.
Ranting Dragon
Jun 10, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Spellfire by Ed Greenwood is one of the very first novels published in the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, and the first by the creator. It set the stage for what would become dozens upon dozens of books in one of the largest shared-world fictions ever made.

An introduction to the Realms
Being the very first major setting novel to be published in the Realms, which was originally picked up as a game setting rather than a fiction setting, Spellfire seems hel
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Kiri
Jun 04, 2011 Kiri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fant, reviewed
This is the last read for this particular copy. It has been through years of worldwide travel, reading, and more than one flood. (I'm not going to elaborate on that tussle with the geese) So I shall bid a tearful farewell to Shandril, her friends, and my old battered and beloved copy as I take it to the recycle. Don't gasp if your reading this.. it is in no condition to ever be read again... believe me if I didn't recall the missing parts it wouldn't have been readable these last few times. =)

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Taddow
Jan 10, 2015 Taddow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book long ago in my youth and I had fond memories of enjoying it. Going through my book collection, I happened to stumble upon it and decided to relive the past nostalgia- boy was I wrong. This story was a chore to get through. I got the impression of it dragging from scene to scene and filled with a secession of coincidences and conveniences. In the end I was left feeling pretty disappointed at my shattered memory.
Zac Petrich
Feb 19, 2012 Zac Petrich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Corny, to say the very least. I'm an enormous fan of the Forgotten Realms setting and the sword and sorcery style books it entails but, this book is too Disney Channel for my liking.

To be brutally honest, I didn't finish it. Shandril's character is one dimensional. Also, this might sound weird but, there's too many exclamation points and too many words in italics. For example:

"Do *I* stand and gawk? If I did, what would the guests eat *then*?"

"Shandril snorted. Great chance, indeed, of *that* e
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Brett
Mar 14, 2012 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
My feelings for this book are a bit biased I'll admit...because this was the first fantasy book I ever read, and I've been reading the genre ever since...

So thanks Ed! :-)

I was a young teen (or close to it) when I read this book and I remember it being full of magic, wonder and even having some serious dramatic moments in it...at least for my age...

But even now I KNOW I enjoy reading books by Ed Greenwood. His writing style is interesting, his dialog for some of his key characters (certainly in
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Aldo Campos
Aug 15, 2015 Aldo Campos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lemmed
I wanted to like the first book by the famous creator of the Forgotten Realms, but, alas, there's nothing to like here. The plot is plain and uninteresting, does nothing to keep you reading. The most annoying thing, though, are the unidimentional characters, most of them are there to fill the dungeon-crawl formula (my own RPG campaings have had more developed characters). And I really, really hate Gandalf, err... Elminster. I bet he was a fun character when Greenwood played as him in his D&D ...more
Dan Chapman
Jan 11, 2016 Dan Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true story of herpes.

It was awesome. I could not ever put it down for to long. You will love this series of stories
Amanda
Mar 31, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spellfire by Ed Greenwood...I liked it well enough...but I definitely had some issues with it. Particularly the love scenes between (view spoiler). I hated those moments so much that there were times I had to put the book down and walk away for a few moments in order to resist the urge to huck the book across the room. They made me cringe not in a "that's so cute way" but in a "please let this be over soon" way. I'm sorry, I just don't buy the whole "falling in ...more
Marc Lalonde
Feb 05, 2016 Marc Lalonde rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although he created the Forgotten Realms, his skills as a campaign creator and dungeon master did not translate to being a good author! At least not in this case. Ed Greenwood wrote many books set in the Forgotten Realms, I can only hope that his writing improved over time. Spellfire was an almost unendurable novel. Were I not invested in the setting and D&D, I don't think that I would have completed the novel, and I rarely give up on a book. The problems are countless: a heroine / lead char ...more
Karmakosmik
Aug 24, 2015 Karmakosmik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Un fantasy piacevole ma non scevro di difetti. La storia, anche se piuttosto banale, è discretamente coinvolgente, e la prima metà del libro Greenwood riesce a calare il lettore in una bellissima atmosfera tipicamente D&D. Poi, dalla cattura di Shandril, il libro si ingarbuglia parecchio, oltre che perdersi in diversi momenti e piccole sottotrame alquanto inutili. Ultimo difetto, la magia, che viene usata in continuazione, ed in molti tratti esagerata. Poi, ci sono i personaggi, Shandril pia ...more
Chloe
Nov 12, 2008 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I read this book in second grade and it is responsible for landing me with a lifelong love of the fantastic.
Thomas
Feb 03, 2016 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Rating of 5/5 is for the earlier edition, which has much less about Elminster. Almost entirely from Shandril's viewpoint. Very good introduction for novices who want to play D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) or other fantasy RPG (Role-Plaing Games). Great ending!
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Longer & later edition got 3/5, since his style changed. Also requires knowledge of D&D Forgotten Realms beyond what's in the book. In D&D terminology, DM (author) gives away too much too soon to players (reader).
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Tarl
Jul 22, 2016 Tarl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ed Greenwood's first novel in the Forgotten Realm world to showcase it back when TSR released the game world to the world. When I first read this book in my youth, I didn't know that and it is nice that they rereleased this novel with added material so that the reader can see everything Greenwood wanted to have in his story originally.

Yet as nice as it is, it made for a very long and drawn out novel of characters reacting to everything around them and not really DOING anything. Couple this with
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Alex Bergonzini
No se si me ha acabado de gustar,pero lo que si estoy convencido es que me ha aburrido. Comienza con el típico antiheroe que con el tiempo comienza a tener control de si mismo, pero aquí es donde chirría la historia, la capa y espada se ve mezclada con un romanticismo alcoholizado que desluce la fantasía. La historia desde el principio esta cargada de batallas y violencia, propia de las gestas de aventuras,pero cuando aún estas cogiendo aliento tras la primera batalla, llega una segunda y una te ...more
Rhonda
Sep 29, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Taken from the cover: "Spellfire: The word brings to mind magic and dragons. Unthinkable energy.
Magical energy that a simple scullery maid can't possibly control.
Shandril of Highmoon, an orphaned girl, is bored. her solution: run away, in search of adventure.
What Shandril doesn't know is that her whimsical action will take her to the grotto of the most feared creature in the Realms...or that the only magic strong enough to defeat the unspeakable evil surrounding that dracolich must - thanks to t
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Victor
Aug 23, 2012 Victor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story is simple: Shandril has always longed for adventure, and when she is able to leave her predictable life behind, she does so. Everything is very ordinary until she discovers she possesses this powerful form of magic which she is not able to harness or completely control.

I feel that Greenwood has many elements to craft a fantastic story. This is the original Forgotten Realms novel and it contains a great amount of information about the world and some of its characters. However, Greenwood
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David Sarkies
Nov 22, 2015 David Sarkies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody at All
Recommended to David by: Some Guy at the State Library
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A Story About a Powerful Peasant
19 March 2012

To put it blunt this book was utter rubbish. Sometimes (actually most times) I wish Goodreads would have a rating system of 10 as opposed to the one they currently have (five) simply because I feel that a rating out of 10 gives a much better idea of what I actually think of a book. Then again, when does one stop, at 20, 50, 100? I personally don't know, but I have always liked to use a rating of 10 simply because giving a book a 1 seems to have more
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Josh
May 14, 2008 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I have had this book just sitting around for years and I never had a desire to read it. Then, just the other day I got an craving for deep fantasy and I picked it up. My craving for it was well satisfied long before I got half way through. The writing style was fine, but it is a Forgotten Realms book, so its like reading a role playing game instead of playing it. There was no real plot, just event after event after event. It was tiring at first but you get used to it after a while. I love fan ...more
Marcelo
Jun 02, 2012 Marcelo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The most hardcore Forgotten Realms fan
If you like an OK high fantasy story featuring many of the most iconic Forgotten Realms characters, this is your book. Do not except a masterpiece — this is a far cry from other Ed Greenwood's such as Elminster: The Making of a Mage but I think it's understandable, being one of the very first Forgotten Realms novels that came out from TSR.

There's a lot of spell-slinging, something I like very much, and all the characters are over-the-top (I became particularly fond of the Rogue Torm and Rathan t
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Jesse
Feb 28, 2009 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forgotten-realms
WOW! This was the best Greenwood book I've ever read! I'm so relieved! I don't know if he's just becoming a better author or if I'm getting used to his whimsical writing style, but this was a big leap for me...I can honestly say that I'm actually looking forward to the next book in this series. It's crazy, I know.

This book starts out, like so many others, at the Inn of Highmoon. The main character is Shandril Shessair; a nobody washgirl who dreams of adventure. She hooks up with a group of adven
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Joakim Ruud
Should you read this steaming pile? MAYBE if you, like me, have huge nostalgia for it from your junior high school days. If not, avoid avoid! I barely made it through, and only because it is such a forgiving read.

The supporting cast is a bunch of cardboard cut-outs. There is never any twist or progression to the plot, it is all just a series of magical one-upmanship by stereotypical archmages. The actions of the characters reads like a transcript of an AD&D session by a bunch of min-maxing r
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Necropenguin
Sep 12, 2015 Necropenguin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Okay, I admit I'm a bit biased in my rating fo this book. But it was the very first fantasy novel I ever read, aside from kiddie books when I was little. As such, it was what really got me into fantasy and D&D stuff. I even created a D&D character that I based on Shandril (the main character).

So, yeah, I'm biased towards this book. If I looked at it objectively, it'd probably be somewhere between a 3.75 and a 3.9 rating.
J.R. Geary
Jun 27, 2015 J.R. Geary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!!

Love Eds' writing, falling head over heels for The Forgotten Realms!!! I've been a lifelong gamer since D & D was the ONLY game, starting back with the old Tactical Studies Rules Blackmoor boxed set. I devoured ALL things Greyhawk & would hear of nothing else!! Due to the writings of Ed & many others I've become hopelessly enamored of the Realms!!!
Alison
Oct 13, 2015 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After almost a year, I FINALLY finished this book. It dragged on forever, with very little direction. In fact, with twenty pages to go, I honestly couldn't imagine how it would wrap up. The ending turned out to be fairly good, but it took so long to get there. The main character was terrible, and the love story that she was part of was even worse. I wanted to smack some sense into the ridiculous couple from the first moment they met each other's eyes. I liked the world that the book was set in t ...more
Mical
Jan 30, 2009 Mical rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well, I must say that this book, which represents (so far as I have been made aware) one of the very first (if not THE first) forays into the Forgotten Realms is a good one. The only real complaint I have is that there is SO MUCH happening in the book the story feels a bit overloaded. There is a feeling of being unable to catch one's breath between one major event and another.
Granted, the author does point out that he did this purposely to try to give everyone a sense of the depth and magnitude
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Peter Greenwell
What a likeably silly book. I think this was Greenwood's first outing as a novelist and to say it shows is superfluous. It's written with such an overwhelmingly amateurish exuberance that it almost glows with its own light. I'm sure this is Greenwood's home D&D campaign transcribed into fiction, particularly from the way some of the action and set pieces are staged.

It's lacking in many departments - the cut-up phrasing, the reliance upon coincidences, the minimal characterisations, the poorl
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Jinx
Aug 21, 2014 Jinx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Fantasy novel I can remember reading. It's worth revisiting and getting into. Ed Greenwood is a fantastic author and still a favorite to this day.
Doug Frizzle
I found this book in a resort take-a-book shelf. Reading it I found that there was too much action and not enough character development for my taste.
Jordi de Groot
Jun 05, 2014 Jordi de Groot rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
De los peores libros que he leído: historia predecible, personajes incongruentes y situaciones absurdas. Tengo muy mal recuerdo de este libro.
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Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world, which became the setting for his home D&D game in 1975. Play still continues in this long-running campaign, and Ed also keeps busy producing Realmslore for various TSR publications.

Ed has published over two hundred articles in Dragon magazine and Polyhedron newszine, is a lifetime charter member of the Role Playing Game Associa
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