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Spellfire (Shandril's Saga #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,315 Ratings  ·  94 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 Faerun.
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 wizard, some
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published August 12th 1988 by TSR (first published July 1st 1987)
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Matheus Rios
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dan

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
Jan 15, 2009 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
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I recognize all the merits Ed Greenwood had by writing the very first saga for the Forgotten Realms. But the book has many, many problems. For starters, those who are not familiar with this world - like I wasn't - will feel like this is a very strange narrative. Because it talks about people and places like you already knew them, never explaining where they came from or who they actually were. It is confusing, specially because Greenwood inserts so many parallel stories.

Also, the characters them
Jun 04, 2011 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. =)

Zac Petrich
Feb 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Aldo Ojeda
May 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Dan Chapman
Jan 11, 2016 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
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I read this book in second grade and it is responsible for landing me with a lifelong love of the fantastic.
Roman Kurys

I really wanted to like this book. The first book that started all the Forgotten Realms adventures and with a lot of promise to boot! Cover art made me salivate and then I started reading and the more book progressed the more angry it made me.

Characters: 2
Very unlikable characters made this book very boring to read for me. It was as if everyone in this book wants to protect Shandril. (A genius name, probably he best part about characters was their name). And I mean...everyone. From the first mo
Fco. Salvador
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reinos-olvidados
A Ed Greenwood hay que agradecerle la creación de los Reinos Olvidados, y como ya dije cuando reseñé la saga de Elminster, lo que sorprende es que un escritor capaz de idear entretenidas anécdotas sobre un simple objeto mágico (como sucede, por ejemplo, en sus artículos para la revista Dragón) defraude tanto cuando se trata de una novela.

Como en el caso comentado, "Fuego mágico" es un libro sin estructura, aburrido en muchas ocasiones, basado en la superposición de duelos mágicos y con muy poca
Daniel Willis
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not realize this was the first Forgotten Realms book when I found it on a bookshelf somewhere. I had already read many other of the novels and liked this blurb -- a low-level girl who has some mysterious power. I hoped for a change from the ultra-powerful high level god-like characters in many of the other books, perchance a more believable more challenging adventure of discovery.

I was disappointed. Elminster and his gang of one-swing-and-the-bad-guy-is-dead Knights dominate too much of th
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Austin Whipple
Aug 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I like Forgotten Realms books, but this book was so bad that I temporarily stopped reading anything, and I couldn't even finish.
Aurélie  StarwarsCookie
Il était bien sympa celui-là ! Notamment parce qu'en tant que lectrice, j'avais pu m'identifier à l'héroïne.
Raul Lara
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Very good History, rich in various characters and filled with the art of magic, at last readed this Ed Greenwood creation is worth reading.
Jesus Christ, this book took me forever to read, and by the time I got to 90% on my Kindle, I was done. I love Ed Greenwood, but this one is wordy and a bit repetitive. It serves as a nice introduction to the Forgotten Realms, but I am willing to be that the original version of this book--about 100 pages shorter--would have been sufficient. So: spells. Dracoliches. Spellfire. Harpers. Elminster. Shadowdale. The Art. More dracoliches. Beholders. The Cult of the Dragon. Dracoliches.

Like that. A fu
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
David Sarkies
Mar 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody at All
Recommended to David by: Some Guy at the State Library
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Action, adventure romance, and encounters with famous people from the Forgotten Realms universe all happen here. Shandril has grown up as a kitchen servant at an inn, and has never seen the world beyond. A chance encounter with a group of adventurers who get into a brawl at the inn leads her to decide to take a chance and run off with the adventuring company in search of adventure.
Little does she know what awaits her.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Troy Osgood
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites. It's also felt the closest to an actual D&D campaign then any other book I've read.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Puf, la verdad que me costó acabarlo. No es lo peor de lo peor pero es una incongruencia detrás de otra. No quiero espoilear pero si lo he acabado es por que soy muy fan de Forgotten.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Marc Lalonde
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
May 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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
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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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