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Sword Play by Clayton Emery
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Jan 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-realms, high-fantasy, fantasy
Read in July, 2010

One of the original Realms books, this story depicts the first installment of the fall of the Netheril Empire, the older Faerunian race of god wizards.

Sunbright Steelshanks is a barbarian banished from his native tundra and trying to find his way in the world. He falls in with a caravan, meeting a beautiful half elf who becomes one of his travelling companions.

Then he meets the Netherese, first in one of their hunting parties as their prey, then is whisked away to one of their floating palaces, and into the hands of a steward by the name of Candlemas.

A grain blight is decimating crops and threatens to starve the people under the Netherese, and Sunbright is recruited by Candlemas to aid in the restoration of the crops. So off troop wizard, barbarian and elf, and in their quest they are thrown into the home made hell of a mad sorceress. They make it out, minus the elven maid, but in the end are no closer to keeping their people from starvation.

Loved this first installment. Looking forward to the next.
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