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The Temple of Elemental Evil (Greyhawk Classics #4)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  222 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A sinister force, long thought destroyed, stirs in the land. As a she-demon bent on wreaking worldwide havoc struggles to escape her prison and a foul demigod plots to bend her to his will, a band of desperate heroes must infiltrate the very heart of darkness in a daring attempt to stop them both.
Paperback, 298 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Wizards of the Coast
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Gianfranco Mancini
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grown up old AD&D DM/Players who run/played the original adventure campaign module

"So bad, but so good" Ted(2012)

A funny movie reference to say that this review was more a 2,5/3 one, but nostalgia factor raised the final vote for good.

Average writing.
Not much fleshed characters.
An avoidable romance between the main character, the elf wizard Shanhaevel and the party druidess, falling in love in a few pages.
The aforementioned elf watching his master die in the prologue because he not memorized offensive spells before travelling and becoming a "destroyer of worlds" high-powered
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm reading all seven of the "Greyhawk Classics" in "level order", so this one came after Keep on the borderlands, which means it had a really low bar to get over. It got over that bar by a bit, but was not a fabulous book. The best part was how well the author kept the GAME MECHANICS correct in this novel. When I read about D &D I want to see the exact spells I know from the game, and that's what I got.

Mar 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
When 3rd Edition of D&D was released, they also released an homage module Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil. Time has passed, so that if you played the original Temple of Elemental Evil module, this would be a return to an adventure with similar themes and setting, but many years later. Concurrent with the release of the Return module, they released this novelization of the original adventure so that folks who missed the original could catch up on the story of what happened. Great conce ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And updated version with giants and drow that included connections between each of the modules, in case you did not use the transporter magical items.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I quite enjoyed this. The mage turned into the hero in the end.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hardcore AD&D fans.
I've been wanting to read this book for a long while, and I knew it would be a stand-alone adventure, with characters created for the sole purpose of novelizing one of the most classical AD&D adventures of all time. And, as such, I wasn't expecting much out of it. It's indeed an OK book, nothing fancy or outstanding about it. I was pleased when I realized the protagonist would be an elf wizard, because I seldom have the opportunity to read a book wherein the main character isn't a human warr ...more
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
by Thomas M. Reid, published in 2001.

This novel is part of the Greyhawk series of novels released which deal specifically with a classic Dungeons and Dragons modules of old. I’ll list them at the end with the authors should you wish to try and collect them as I have.

As you can guess, this one is “The Temple of Elemental Evil” which, back in the old days of gaming, made up of the module “The village of Hommlet” as well as the extra content written by Gygax to make up “The Temple of Elemental Evil
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The book is entertaining and somewhat engaging. It follows a group of adventurer's (heroes of a sort) attempting to destroy an evil temple near the kindly village of Hommlet. It is a quick read based upon an almost universally well regarded fantasy roleplaying game adventure series (T1-4 The Temple of Elemental Evil, produced for use with the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons RPG). That is a work I know pretty well and many of the characters in the book felt familiar to me (e.g. Elmo, the druids, ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thoroughly mediocre. I wanted to read this because I'm running the adventure for my D&D group and I wanted to see how Thomas Reid handled the material. Being familiar with the original module, I can say I liked about 20% of the choices Reid made in his narrative interpretation of one of the most popular D&D adventures of all time. Many of the reviews I read about the book complained about the flat characters and the gaping plot holes, and now that I've read the book I can wholeheartedly ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
So I wasn't going into this expecting it to be a masterwork of literature. I mostly picked it up because I played through this campaign a few years ago and had a lot of fun with it and all I really wanted from this was a cheesy dungeon crawl adventure in novel form. The cheesy is there all right, but to my utmost disappointmetn I'm slightly under halfway through the book and Our Heroes have yet to enter the temple.

Anyway, this gets three stars for being the worst thing I've read in years, to the
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-fantasy
Novelization of an RPG experience actually getting published. Who knew that was a thing? This book was surprisingly good. A quick read over a weekend, that was an enjoyable tale. The characters were a bit shallow, and love blossomed from no discernible seeds, but the writing wasn't bad overall. In a novelization of a role-playing game, its sometimes obvious who the player-characters are, and that doesn't happen overmuch in this book. Some of the iconic experiences are missing, perhaps due to sti ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
The Greyhawk D&D based fantasy books remind me of the pulp-fiction scifi and spy stories I used to read. The story is fairly straight forward with out to much thinking required to follow along. The story follows a young wizard name Shanhaevel and his party as they take on the evil forces rebuilding the Temple of Elemental Evil. For those that played D&D the story follows the module of the same name fairly closely with a lot of elements clearly being pulled from the source material. Its a ...more
kartik narayanan
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is my first Greyhawk realm book. I heard of this through the game of the same name, I played a few years back.

The book is straight up D&D fantasy. It was very much like playing the game. Unfortunately, there was not enough character development to pull me into the story and make me care for the characters. When they died, I really was not bothered.

Otherwise, this book delivers on its promise - a straight up dungeon crawl in textual form.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Silly, cheesy, and good clean fun. An incredibly light read, and exactly what it sets out to be. The writing hardly reaches even a high school level, but all this can be forgiven because the book never claimed to be anything else. I would definitely recommend to fans of D&D, but only if they don't have anything better to read. If you're not a fan of D&D, skip it.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I had read a few D&D based novels back in the day, none of them were particularly notable.

This was loosely based on a dungeon adventure I had liked, and so I gave it a shot, and it was actually remarkably good. It is fast paced, pulls in some characters and features from the dungeon, without requiring any familiarity with the game at all to follow along or enjoy. Nicely done!
Christopher Colton
Fun, but not the best

A fun read, especially if you're familiar with the D&D adventure. The writing is mediocre, though, and the characters not particularly well fleshed out. Still, it was entertaining enough.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story was interesting and had a lot of great character interactions. The stories is about the forming of an adventuring party and then their task to stop the Temple of Elemental Evil from taking over the country side. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoy fantasy.
Tim James
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
In reality probably 2.5 not the greatest story in the world or fantastically written it was the nostalgic side that allows me to give it a 4. Was like the game with all the silly stopping to memorise spells not having the right ones for the situation.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I had some nostalgic fun reading this novelization of an old D&D adventure, but it occurred to me that what is good to play is not necessarily good to read. And vice versa.
David Roenicke
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A good quick read.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, tie-in
It was ok. It wasn't the best adventure novelization that I've read, but I would still recommend it for fans of D&D.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
The worst book I have ever read all the way through. By the end it appeared that the editor didn't even care about all the continuity errors and just gave up on it.
Scott Carmody
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A light pulp fantasy read. 3 stars mostly for nostalgia from running the old module.
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Thomas M. Reid grew up in Dallas, Texas as an enthusiastic Dungeons & Dragons player. He performed at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival with his high school jazz band. After obtaining a degree in history at the University of Texas in 1989, he moved to Wisconsin and began working for TSR, Inc., a Dungeons & Dragons publisher, then moved on to be an editor for Dragon, a Dungeons & Dra ...more
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