The Kingless Land by Ed Greenwood
To say there is little plot to The Kingless Land is an understatement. I used to game with a number of players where one of them kept notes of our gaming session. The next time we came together to game, he would recap what occurred the last time we played. Mr. Greenwood apparently has this down to an art form. The Kingless Land reads exactly like a D&D gaming session. I can't think of anything more boring than reading about someone else's D&D adventures.
I can summarize The Kingless Land in one sentence:
Action, action, action, minor annoying plot point, action, action, action, minor annoying plot point.
If you are, say, under the age of 13 and you can suspend your disbelief enough to enjoy a story where the main characters are bea... Read More
Ed Greenwood(1959- )
Ed Greenwood is the creator of the extremely popular and award-winning Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting for Dungeons & Dragons.
Band of Four — (2000-2004) Publisher: Aglirta is known as the Kingless Land — once prosperous and peaceful, it has now fallen into lawlessness, studded with feuding baronies engaged in a constant state of war. The only hope for peace lies in the legend of the Sleeping King: destined to rise and restore peace when the Dwaerindim stones are recovered. Lady Embra Silvertree is the sorceress daughter of a bellicose baron with an eye towards world domination. She has been imprisoned by her father who hopes to use her as a magical battery to fortify his castle. When a pair of good natured rogues attempt to steal one of her jewel encrusted gowns, they are quickly enlisted as allies to help her escape and, with the aid of a shape-shifting cleric, to seek out the Dwaerindim.
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The Kingless Land by Ed Greenwood
The Falconfar Saga — (2007-2010) Publisher: Rod Everlar is a writer who has created a fantasy world called Falconfar, into which he is drawn. There, he discovers that three dark wizards dominate the land. Now he must learn to seize control of Falconfar and find a way of defeating the corruption within. DARK LORD displays all the hallmarks of Ed’s reputation for creating a richly realised fantasy setting, and characters that shine.
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Dark Lord by Ed Greenwood
Ed Greenwood tries something a little different with Dark Lord. The main character is an author of both fantasy and other fiction who is magically tied to his created world of Falconfar and who has the power to shape this magical land with his ideas and words. It's not a bad premise, but it would take some really great writing to avoid being too much of a personal fantasy.
Dark Lord is not a long book and it's packed with lots of action. I felt like I was reading some of the Forgotten Realms books... oh, that's right; Greenwood wrote some of them. In the FR series I usually felt like I was reading the depiction of a Dungeons & Dragons game with some nice padding to flesh things out. That's mostly what I felt like with Dark Lord.
Greenwood's writing style is solid and he creates an interesting world in which to tell his story. But, I found his characters to be a little flat. Some of them... Read More
The Cities — (2000-2005) by Richard Baker, Drew Karpyshyn, Mel Odom, Ed Greenwood, and Elaine Cunningham. Publisher: A new series of stand-alone novels, each set in one of the mighty cities of Faerûn.
The City of Splendors by Ed Greenwood and Elaine Cunningham
The City of Splendors is very different from Wizards of the Coast's usual fare. In fact, it's even unusual for The Forgotten Realms, and that's saying something.
The story almost seems to have no main character, no central conflict, and no central motivation. It revolves around many characters who live their lives in Waterdeep, also known as the City of Splendors due to its astonishing beauty and variety. The interconnectedness of the central characters and the way that they interact with each other and the city that surrounds them (both the actual city and its citizens) is so cleverly written that the reader is never sure just what might happen next.
As with any sword and sorcery novel, there is the usual blood-letting, magic-hurling, rescuing damsels in distress sort of plot line,... Read More
The Knights of Myth Drannor — (2006-2008) by Ed Greenwood. Publisher: After they saved his life, the king grants Florin and his friends what they’ve always dreamed of: an adventure! But the “adventure” proves a little more difficult then the newly named Swords of Eveningstar had thought it would be. Scions of evil from across the Realms manipulate the Swords like pawn, and it’s all the Swords can do just to stay alive!
Swords of Dragonfire by Ed Greenwood
Although I generally don’t like reviewing the second book in a trilogy, (middle books often seem to just be filler) I just had to write about Ed Greenwood’s Swords of Dragonfire which continues the early exploits of the Knights of Myth Drannor, some of Greenwood’s more interesting characters. A roaming band of adventurers, loyal to the crown of Cormyr, the Knights are perhaps some of the most successful bunglers in the history of the Forgotten Realms. Florin Falconhand and his friends had appeared as wise and worldly adventurers in previous Greenwood books, but their history had never been fully explored. The Knights of Myth Drannor series is Greenwood’s story of their humble beginnings as callow youths in love with the spirit of adventure, but who know nothing of its atro... Read More
Niflheim — (2007-2008) Publisher: Orivon Firefist was captured as a six-year-old child by the Nilfghar — the dark elves — who attacked his village by night on one of their surface raids. Fifteen years later, he is a moon-pale, scarred, muscular giant of a man, who has spent his days at forgework for a dark elf family. He is also forced to use his great strength to shift furniture in the grand rooms of their castle. He has been trained (and flogged and ordered about) by the beautiful Tsarnarra, a lash-wielding matron who is icily cruel, but proud of the slaves that she has trained. Through all of this, Orivon’s spirit has never been broken. He longs to return to the surface world, even if that means destroying the entire dark elf empire along the way!
Shandril’s Saga — (1988-2002) by Ed Greenwood. Publisher: 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 Faerûn. 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 rough-and-tumble Knights of Myth Drannor, and a certain old mage of Shadowdale, she just might manage to stay alive. At least until tomorrow.
Elminster — (1994-2004) by Ed Greenwood. Publisher: “In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic… The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra – and her kisses were wonderful.” (Priest Halivon, Tharnstar Tales Told to a Blind Wizard). It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers. With patience and grit, Elminster sets about to change all that. The result of his labors is a world reborn and a mage made. The origins of Elminster, mightiest mage in Faerûn, have long been lost in the wash of time. Only the old wizard himself remembers how he came into being, and he hasn’t told. Until now…
The Shadow of the Avatar — (1995) by Ed Greenwood. Publisher: It was the Eve of the Time of Troubles. The chaos of spilled blood, lawless strife, monsters unleashed, and avatars roaming Faerûn was still to come. Unbeknownst to mortals, the gods had been summoned together, and among them was Mystra, grown proud and willful in the passing eons. With the others, she was about to be stripped of her goodhood. The secret of her power gave her an idea. She made certain preparations, looking always for one who would be her successor… But until that person’s ascension, her power must be preserved. A lone mortal must carry the greater share of her divine energy until the power could be reclaimed, and it was the fate of this mortal to risk being destroyed or driven wild, involuntary and without warning. This was the occasion of Elminster’s Doom.
The Cormyr Saga — (1996-2000) by Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb, and Troy Denning. Publisher: The epic struggle of a family… and a nation. Cormyr has been ruled by the Obarskyr family since its inception one and a half millenia ago. Now its king, Azoun IV, lies on his deathbed, and the vulturs are circling, hoping to usurp the throne for their own. Against this crisis of state, the history of the Forest Kingdom unfolds, relating the previously untold story of a nation, its rulers, and its wizards.
Silverfall: Stories of the Seven Sisters — (1999) by Ed Greenwood. Publisher: Rise, and be not afraid. Widespread and many-tentacled is the evil that threatens Faerûn. Before its heart can be found, all of the Seven Sisters will play a part, and all too much blood will be spilled… drow blood. Seven beautiful sisters, all touched by the hand of the goddess Mystra, are together in one book for the first time as they match wits and magical powers with a Realms-spanning conspiracy.
The Harpers — (1991-1998) by Troy Denning, Elaine Cunningham, Jean Rabe, Scott Ciencin, James Lowder, Mark Anthony, David Cook, Charles Alexander Moffat, Ed Greenwood, Kate Novak, Jeff Grubb. Publisher: Determined to drive a trade route through Anauroch, the Zhentarim have sent an army to enslave the fierce nomads of the Great Desert. As tribe after tribe fall to the intruders, only a single woman, Ruha, sees the true danger — but what sheikh will heed the advice of an outcast witch? Ruha finds help from an unexpected source. The Harpers, guardians of liberty throughout the Realms, have sent an agent to counter the Zhentarim. If she can help this stranger win the trust of the sheikhs, perhaps he can overcome the tribes’ ancestral rivalries and drive the invaders from the desert.
Double Diamond Triangle — (1998) by J. Robert King, James Ward & David Wise, Ed Greenwood, Roger E. Moore, Dave Gross, David Cook & Peter Archer, and Richard Baker. Publisher: Someone has kidnapped the fiancee of the Open Lord of Waterdeep on the eve of their wedding. Now the lord, Piergeiron the Palidinson, must find out who — but nothing is quite what it seems.
Sembia — (2000-2003) by Ed Greenwood, Clayton Emery, Paul S. Kemp, Richard Lee Byers, Dave Gross, Lisa Smedman, and Voronica Whitney-Robinson. Young adult. Publisher: The Halls of Stormweather, a novel in seven parts, is the first book in a series that explores the mean streets of a city where everything has its price and even the wealthiest families will do anything to survive! Ed Greenwood — The creator of the Forgotten Realms begins the tale with the capable but embattled patriarch of the Uskevren family. Clayton Emery — The heir to the family fortune is brought to life by the author of Star of Cursrah and the Netheril Trilogy. Lisa Smedman — A veteran science fiction and fantasy author shows us a young woman who’s more than just a maid. Dave Gross — The author of An Opportunity for Profit tells the story of the youngest son who carries a horrifying curse. Voronica Whitney-Robinson — The story of the willful daughter Thazienne is told by the co-author of Spectre of the Black Rose. Richard Lee Byers — The author of Dark Kingdoms tells a tale of a wife with a past as long as it is dark. Paul Kemp — A talented newcomer creates a servant with more secrets than his master could ever guess.
The Best of the Realms — (2003-2009) Favorite Forgotten Realms stories. By R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, Elaine Cunningham.
Waterdeep — (2008-2010) by Steven E. Schend, Jaleigh Johnson, Erik Scott de Bie, Rosemary Jones, Ed Greenwood (editor). Young adult. Publisher: A Call for Heroes! A young group of friends stumble across a terrifying conspiracy that holds the heir to the Blackstaff, the defender of the city of Waterdeep, in terrible danger. These friends must search deep within themselves to become the heroes their city needs to save its champion from those who would see both brought low. Ed Greenwood, beloved author and creator of the Forgotten Realms, presents the first book in a brand-new series dedicated to showcasing both the City of Splendors and our most talented up-and-coming authors. A series of stand-alone adventurers, this book and the series to which it belongs were written specifically for those readers with no prior knowledge of the Forgotten Realms, making it an excellent entry point for new readers.