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Twilight Falling

(Forgotten Realms: Erevis Cale #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,857 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Erevis Cale - simple butler or much, much more?

The shadows grow long on the mean streets of Selgaunt... and the sun sets on one man's service to Sembia's merchant lords.

The day's end finds Erevis Cale serving a new master, one who is beyond the petty accumulation of wealth.

After all, what is gold to one who trades in souls?
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2003
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Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Ranting Dragon
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dan

Twilight Falling is the second novel by American fantasy author and lawyer Paul S. Kemp. It is the first book of The Erevis Cale trilogy, centered on the character Kemp introduced in the excellent group series writing project Sembia, and set in the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting.

Take a setting and make it your own
I’ve been a Forgotten Realms reader pretty much since I was able to read. I’d estimate I’ve probably read about 70% of all Forgotten Realms fic
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All you sinners.
This is the first of a series of books written by Mr. Kemp that I would really call the best fictional fantasy series I have read in a long time. The realism that the characters experience in this magical world ruled by corrupt politicians and two-faced gods is so in sync with the laws of reality, it feels like you are right there with Erevis Cale during every assassination and Slaad killing. Sure, there's magic and swords and the occasional dragon, but just because there is that element of fant ...more
Eric Smith
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it once I got past the authors assumption that I had read the earlier series that these characters apparently showed up in. I have read quite a few Forgotten Realms novels by by no means have I read all of them and while I am going back and catching up on a few characters in preparation for the Sundering story line later this year I am not going to dedicate that much of my time to it.

The book is fast paced and interesting and gives a look at a type of priest in the Realms that isn't a
I never expected to enjoy this book this much - to think I've been putting off reading this trilogy! I'll get started on the next one pretty soon.

Erevis Cale, the subject of this trilogy, is a butler/assassin. I didn't realise that it actually follows one of the books in the 7-book Sembia trilogy and I almost wanted to stop reading. Glad I didn't. I would say there's little lost from not reading the Shadow's Witness even though it makes numerous references to it. It never does it in a puzzling,
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. For me to give it 5 stars just means I cannot find any negative points to it. Some may argue that the character Magadon was "rushed out". While I would've liked for the author to introduce him earlier, that's just because I like psionicists so much. In fact, introducing him so late, made me look on the book with more eager eyes, to what is to come next. As such, here is where I think this book excells:
- The story - captivating due not only to the characters but to the pl
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forgotten-realms
This is the best Forgotten Realms book I've read in years.

Great plot, great characters. Story moves along at a great pace (which I must admit, I was concerned about knowing that there is a page limit to these books). Kemp does an excellent job creating heroes AND villains that are flawed and we love them anyway! He also impressed me with his world creation. I mean, he's working a pretty fleshed out environment, and yet he was still able to create fantastic destinations and add a lot of flavor t
Aug 26, 2009 rated it liked it
I would characterize this book as "just good enough." It was just good enough for me to keep reading it and just good enough for me to be intrigued at how the rest of the trilogy might play out. I really enjoyed the Sembia series that spawned Erevis Cale, which led me to try this trilogy. Again, this wasn't a bad book, but it was pretty slow in parts and, while I'm sure the author is building characters for the final two books, they seem a bit hard to read at times. The one thing this book does ...more
Will Geist
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Twilight Falling (good title) is the first book in the Erevis Cale trilogy. There is so much I want to talk about, especially the last 30 or so pages. But, for obvious reasons I'm not going to go THAT far. so all I will tell is it's such a great book that leaves you wanting more....also the chacter scheme gives the chacters flesh and blood (life)
Chris Conley
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was the first Forgotten Realms book I've ever taken the time to read, and I'm skeptical that there are many (if any) of them out there that can compare. The writing, characters, and story are better than most of the things I've read in the genre which gives me a confidence in authors writing for "someone else's" world that I lacked previously.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, audio, fantasy
I hovered between 3 and 4 stars with this one. I'll be generous and give it 4. Part of the problem also might have been due to the mediocre narration of the audiobook.

I think the synopsis is poor and doesn't seem to hardly fit the book. This is a D&D based adventure where a party of three adventurer types have to go up against a group of baddies. Some of the writing seemed so utterly dry and the beginning, while at some points seemed to expect the reader to know all about this character, ha
Joel Mitchell
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is pretty good for a Forgotten Realms novel. That isn’t high praise, but it was entertaining enough that I’ll be reading the next book in the trilogy rather than abandoning it as the bland, derivative trash with overpowered magic and amateurish plotting that is the majority of FR books I have tried to read.

This trilogy plunges us into the shady underworld of the Forgotten Realms with assassin/priest-turned-butler (though that doesn’t last long) Erevis Cale as our protagonist. Once we clean
Nov 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Goodreads gave this book greater than 4 stars. With that kind of rating, I opened this book eagerly waiting to be regaled by a new world or some kind of crazy plot or a different magic system or, or something that would at least make me nod in understanding why this book was rated so highly.

Instead... I opened the book to 400 pages of disappointment.

I had a lot of major problems with this book. The "in medias res", the telling-not-showing, the nature of the characters, the character dynamics, t
Jeff Powers
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite a departure from the Salvatore side of the FR world of novels. This book feels rather modern, with its straight forward swearing, darker storyline, and even allusions to science, while still being set in the familiar world of Faerun. Kemp also manages to write and pace his novel so that it doesn't feel like yet another campaign adventure, but ultimately a lackluster plot and forgettable characters severely hinder the story. The end result is an even mix of the good and bad, leaving us with ...more
Nicholas Ross
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After years on a literary hiatus, i took a chance on this in a used book store. This series revived my love for reading. The balance of lovable, albeight begrudgingly (looking at you, Riven) characters, intriguing story and worldbuilding drew me in from the first to last page, through the shadowstorm to elgrin fau, to the abbey of the rose and down to the realm of mephisopheles himself. That is one rollercoster I have, and will, ride over and over again.
Marc G
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Started out pretty meh, the implication of a previous love story made me roll my eyes so hard. Thankfully it pretty much dropped after it was first explored. As a person who plays DnD it was fun to read the written form of clerics and guess at what the creatures that were mentioned might be. Very fun quick read!
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great D&D fun!
Scott Cook
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed it. One thing about listening to it as an audiobook is I chuckled every time I heard the phrase (which was often) "Jack asked"
Kagan Oztarakci
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
"Part well, regret nothing."

"That, I thought, I would never see.
You will see everything if you live long enough."

"The best lies always contained a hint of truth."
Adam Whitehead
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Erevis Cale is a butler in the service of the Uskevren family, a merchant house of Selgaunt. He is also a skilled assassin and a secret priest of Mask, the god of rogues, whom Cale has an ambiguous relationship with. When the Uskevren estate of Stormweather is attacked by assailants using powerful sorcery, Cale sets out to track them down. He is aided by his old friend, the halfling Jak Fleet, and an old enemy, the Zhentarim assassin Drasek Riven, who seems to have also been granted Mask's favou ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Short Version: I highly recommend this book to any fan of the Fantasy genre that is looking for a tight action packed story. The characters are well crafted and feel real. The combat is well written and avoids becoming boring or over-used. The only real knock I can give the story is that there are a number of scenes where characters indicate events from a previous series without going into much depth about what happened. It's done well enough though that you can figure out the key points.

Tessa Barding
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This is a book I’d been so very much wanted to like. I’m not familiar with the Forgotten Realms universe but I’ve read enough fantasy to be able to grasp it, I think. Plus, I’ve read Kemp’s “Lord of the Sith” and loved every bit of it. The idea of a killer/mercenary/assassin-turned-butler/whatever instantly appealed to me and I started the book all excited—then it dragged on and on and I just couldn’t get into it. I gave up around 40% or so and I don’t think I’ll pick it up again to finish it.

David Fernau
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Originally reviewed on Otherwhere Gazette)

For some reason, dark heroes are very popular in literature. From Robin Hood (who was, honestly, a thief) to Batman to Ghost Rider, people with a dark side who nonetheless try to do the right thing are all over.

Twilight Falling, by Paul Kemp, introduces another dark hero, Erevis Cale. He’s a cleric of Mask, the god of thieves, yet he does his best to do the right thing while still doing his god’s will. That’s not always easy, because not only is Mask a
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Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Throughout my time as an avid reader, I have not known (with the exception of Salvatore's characters) a more morally distraught—although very unique and strong—character. From the very beginning Erevis seems to have some heavy weight on his shoulders, and it only gets heavier as the story progresses. The good and bad inside a man, and the decisions he makes concerning them can really sometimes send a reader's thoughts into places they weren't expecting—reflecting this man's dilemmas on their own ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Meh - I like the action and the flow and movement - I did feel that some of the events was to illistrate that, yes, the author knew the D&D rules, but overall it was a good read - BUT - my biggest issue is the ending - I know that this is the first of a trilogy, but the point of a trilogy is that you read a good book about a character or characters and WANT to read more - not have to - I have already made the commitment to read the trilogy but I feel like this is going to be more of an overl ...more
Steve Drew
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Forgotten Realms books were a fun, fast-paced read for me back in the late 80's and early 90's. It was all about the action and, where it could be found, areas of character / plot development. Fun stuff.

By the mid-1990's I was done with the sugar-rush candy buffet nature of stories churned out under the Forgotten Realms label. My formerly favorite authors seemed to be mailing it in and I felt like one cannot live on fight-scenes alone.

Years later, I picked up Paul S. Kemp's Twilight Falling on a
Randy Smith
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ashley Kempkes
Enjoyed reading this, it was pretty good, a quick read and I've missed the high fantasy genera. That said, I couldn't stop comparing it to other Forgotten Realms books I've read and it just isn't of the same caliber.

Also, I know this is a series, but the end of this book was not satisfying. The author had a really cool premise, but the reader didn't get to it until page 175 and since the book is only 300 pages, the main story, was told in the last half of the book which left the ending feeling r
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