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Beyond the High Road
The Cormyr Saga - Book 2

TSR Code:

Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-7869-1436-X
Author: Troy Denning
Cover Artist: Matt Stawicki
Release Date: December 1999
Format: Paperback book (375 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:

'The seer Alaundo prophesied that seven scourges would sweep Cormyr away in ruin. For centuries the royal family has stood watch against that day and devoted their lives to the protection of the realm.  But in a time when their ancient guardians slumber and their most loyal servants disappear, when a terrible evil prepares to sweep down upon their home -- who will protect the royal family?'.

Other titles in the Cormyr Saga:

By: Carl Reyes Date: 19-December-1999
Rating: GoodGoodGood GoodGood
Ugh. Mixed feelings. I give this book an excellent rating because that is how well I think it's written. The story is engaging, the characters well described and living. 

My major concern is where this is leading. Vandergahast is all but dead, and the title of the coming continuation "Death of the Dragon", leads me to believe all hell is about to break loose as Azoun buys it.

One of the major attractions for me of FR is the continuity of the world. Drizzt and friends may battle Lloth, but the world goes on. Elminster battles Malaugrym, but the world goes on. This feels less like 'business as usual', and smacks of a heavy-handed Dragonlance approach.

Whatever happens, I hope the world goes on after this.

By: Jonathan Burness Date: 06-August-2000
Rating: GoodGoodGood GoodGood

First of all I would just like to say that this book should not be book 1 of the Cormyr Saga. It is almost a direct continuation of Cormyr: A Novel and thus should be book two. Plus it has the Cormyr Saga inside the cover and Cormyr: A Novel is included.

Now to the Book, this book was extremely well written and kept be reading until the end. I really like how it acctually has the feel of an epic/world changing experience instead of a book that makes no differance to the realms as a whole. The Ghazneths are very interesting foes but a bit of origin information would have been nice (but I realize that their mystery is what makes them so interesting).

Overall the book was great and the end leaves me craving to find out what happens. Unfortunatly I'm going to have to dish out $40 dollars (I live in Canada) to do so or wait another year for soft cover.


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