Counselors and Kings - Book 1
|TSR Series Code:||None|
|Cover Artist:||John Foster|
|Release Date:||April 2000|
|Format:||One book (312 pages).|
|The following text is taken
from a description of the reverse of the product by TSR:
'Some are born with magic. Some without
Other titles in the Counselors and Kings series:
|I would pay any price to
bring death to Halruaas wizards, and count it a bargain.
Kiva, the Magehound, by Elaine Cunningham.
The Mageound is the latest Forgotten Realms novel by Elaine
Cunningham, who is best know for her Harper stores of Danilo Thann and
Arilyn Moonblade. These stories are frequently set in the Savage North,
if not infamous Waterdeep itself.
I left Cyric tied to the rail near the tavern,
The Magehound tells the tale of a young man named Matteo
who is a jordain. They are an elite group of men (principally there
are some women in their ranks) who theoretically possess no magical ability
and are in fact naturally resistant to certain magic. In Halruaa, where
magics comes in surplus quantities, much people are valuable because if
for no other reason than as an alternate perspective. The jordain are
a specialty trained group, who are officially dedicated to truth, justice,
and the Halrauun way.
...for many moons to come, the evil that the wizard Akhlaur
had created would be visited upon his descendants.
All of the above are worked together with the usual Cunningham skill
for making convoluted plots work, both in the story and of the story.
Since when did monsters become ordinary?
There are some draws backs to the novel.
No, my lady, I am not such as fool as that.
It is a rousing good read and a refreshingly new view of an old world. It is also well worth the money. The merits of the book easily outweigh any of its flaws.
|By:||Mike G Jordan||Date:||10-June-2000|
Mixed fealings. For one thing the cover work is incredible and brings a fresh sense to the book. Also, I was thrilled that it wasw set in Halruaa. Elaine Cunningham described Halruaa in an incredible way. The jungle scene's were stounding, everything was great, from the skyships to the cities, to the people.
The beginning is absolutely amazing. The rest of the book is good, however, there is something rather annoying that I've noticed in other Cunningham books. The characters just seem to kind of wander around for no apparent reason. This is good to describe everyday life, but it goes on for too many pages. The characters were very interesting. I loved Matteo! The book had a wemic, which I love! Wemics RULE!
However, sub plots just seemed to be dropped, and information gotten for no reason. If I remember correctly, a main charachter just wanders into a Behir shop and picks up a book about the Jordaini lineage and starts reading. Am, why was it there? However, this is probably my favorite Cunninghams of all time, and is definetely a good read. I recomend this book.
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