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The Lost Library of Cormanthyr (Forgotten Realms: Lost Empires #1)

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"The Lost Library of Cormanthyr"
Is it just a myth? Or does it still stand . . . somewhere in the most ancient corners of Faerun?
An intrepid human explorer sets out to find the truth and what starts as an archaeological expedition soon becomes a race against time as an undying avenger is determined to protect the secrets of the ancient, xenophobic elven empire of Cormanth
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Paperback, 315 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by TSR
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Lauren
Aug 28, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
For a book based on an RPG, this was a lot of fun. It's about a library, and the hero likes books, so I figured it was worth a try. Lots of swordfighting & magic, and even skeleton warriors. Plus a talking bat. Who could resist all that? :)
Daniel Millard
Aug 04, 2013 Daniel Millard rated it it was ok
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David
Mel Odom's style is mostly efficient and simple to read, while keeping a good brisk pace. The plot was interesting enough, dealing with a search for a vast storehouse of hidden lore. The ending was satisfying too. The problem with this story is that it's marred by the author's inconsistencies. In the early parts of the book, a character was introduced that felt like a main character, but a few chapters in, and that character was never mentioned again (no explanation). The author was unbalanced i ...more
Jesse
Mar 01, 2009 Jesse rated it really liked it
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I liked this one.

Some good history. The polt was a bit long winded, getting around to what was really going on and stuff. But, as always, I was looking for some good history about the realms, and this one did deliver.

The best part is that in the end, the Library is still hidden! Wow!

I liked the main character's familar, a telepathic bat with twin tails that shoot lightning! I know there was other things I liked, so check it out if you like the realms stuff.
Eran Brodet
Oct 17, 2015 Eran Brodet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dry and dull writing, mediocre characters, and hardly any plot for most of the book (it gets a bit better towards the end). Mostly feels that the author cares more about expressing how DND savvy he his rather than telling a story. Luckily this the series seems to be of standalone books by different authors, maybe the next would be better.
Mical
Jan 27, 2009 Mical rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Well, I must say this was a fantastic read. Although the protagonist was a bit too naive for my tastes, he acquitted himself well and was, if nothing else, original in concept and intelligent in execution. This is one of those 'old school' fantasy books that lead the genre, before cliches became, well, cliches; and showing the Forgotten Realms in much of it's glory and prestige.
K. Axel
Oct 15, 2008 K. Axel rated it liked it
One of the absolute best Realms books written to date, mostly because it keeps true to the high adventure theme of the setting. The hero(es) travel around in the realms, uncovering the ancient realms, revealing secrets... a good Forgotten Realms book by an author who went on to write more than just shared world books.
Shinjak
Oct 04, 2011 Shinjak rated it really liked it
Good fast read. I liked the main character and the world around him, despite some inconsistencies in the author's narrative. I'm not sure if there are more books about this character, but I for one would like to see more of his exploits.
Roger
i've never read a Forgotten Realms book. the cover art says something to me, and it's book one in the series, so i'll give it a spin. it might be the only Forgotten Realms book i read!
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aka Jordan Gray

Mel Odom is a bestselling writer for hire for Wizards of the Coast's Forgotten Realms, Gold Eagle's Mack Bolan, and Pocket's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel book lines. His debut SF novel Lethal Interface made the Locus recommended list . The Rover was an Alyx Award winner. He has also written
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