The Avatar Trilogy - Book 1
|Cover Artist:||Jeff Easley|
|Format:||Paperback book (335 pages).|
|The text below is taken from a
description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:
'The gods walk the
Realms. Banished from the heavens, they now roam the world, from Tantras to far-off
Waterdeep, seeking to regain their full powers. Malevolent Bane, power-hungry
Mystra, and Helm, guardian of the heavens, all know the lost Tablets of Fate are the key.
Other titles in the Avatar Trilogy:
See the rereleased Shadowdale novel for 2003.
See also the Shadowdale adventure (Part 1 of the Avatar Adventure Trilogy).
| The Avatar
trilogy as a whole wasnt written with any special style - it was well written in some
parts , others very poorly - yet it is the fact that these books contain events that are
so fundamental in the Forgotten Realms world that makes them must-reads. Forever after the
Time of Troubles is used as a reference point and is mentioned in most other FR novels.
Shadowdale is written fairly well , with a good climax at the end in the battle of Shadowdale.
Also shown was a good detailed map of Shadowdale.
All the characters were well thought out and although there wasnt much to Adon I thought his situation was accurate.
Cover - Poor , poor , poor. I dont know why they had the picture in a little box (the TSR rerelease uses the whole cover) but it didnt work. And the four in the picture dont look anything like the four in the story!
Time of Troubles is a legend for those who hadn't read the original story. You hear or read about it in other tales and it sounds legendary.
But in fact it is not as it seems from the outside. Sadly, the beginning of the original Time of Troubles story is written poorly as the rest of the series. It is a whole dissapointment for me. The scenario may be good, but mounting it is terrible. Also the dialogues of the characters are poorly written.
How should Midnight speak to Lord Ao like this?
Shadowdale and the rest of the series is only readable if you're really interested in the Forgotten Realms history.
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