Elminster Must Die
"Elminster Must Die" is the debut 4th edition appearance of one of the Forgotten Realms(R) world's most iconic characters, written by the creator of the original Forgotten Realms campaign setting. An instant classic, and a must-read for every Realms fan.
When the goddess of magic was murdered, Elminster's world shattered. Once the most powerful wizard in ...more
As a Realms completionist, this is just one of those books that you have to struggle to get through. This one probably wouldn't have been too bad if Greenwood omitted all of the scenes/dialogue where the villains were busy laying out their plans like a diabolical bad-guy from an episode of Scooby Doo.
Thank Ao for skim-reading. ...more
Ed Greenwood created the Forgotten Realms setting in the early days of D&D. Many of his characters were created all those aeons ago in the far flung 20th century. OK, so it's not all that far off, but this is his world and these are his characters. Elminster Aumar being one of the most memorable of them all. Elminster, a grey old Gandalf character, was the chosen of Mystra the goddess of magic. With the advent of the Spellplague, for those of us in the real world, more or less, that would be the...more
that said, its a bit of a escapism, its fun if you have come from the gaming exposure of things like Baldurs Gate or Icewind Dale to then find out more about the Forgotten Realms and all in all its a quick and easy read.
However, go ...more
I like the story, but Ed has a tendency here to overuse certain style elements, and particularly certain type of characters. The repetition of using loud-mouthed idiots for basically every war wizard that opposes Elminster (generally for good reasons) gets old quick. It makes you wonder how Cormyr has survived this far.
The paranoia that Elminster showcases in this book is also out of the blue and unfunded - since it is obvious that there are people who suppor ...more
I found the much criticized court intrigue stuff fun, I loved the villains all the way around.
Our cast of heroes is having what in football might be called a growth season--not a lot of strength, but a lot of personality.
Greenwood has moved his main protagonist into the world of 4E with cleverness and grace.
Ed has published over two hundred articles in Dragon magazine and Polyhedron newszine, is a lifetime charter member of the Role Playing Game Associaton ...more