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The Avatar Trilogy - Book 2

TSR Code:

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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 1-88038-748-3
Author: Richard Awlinson
Cover Artist: Clyde Caldwell
Release Date: 1989
Format: Paperback book (338 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:

'Elminster has been murdered.  Now Midnight and Adon, who saved the Dales from the evil god Bane in the Battle of Shadowdale, have been sentenced to death for the murder.  But chaos has taken hold of nature and magic since the gods were exiled from the Planes, and the heroes are the only ones who know the location of the first Tablet of Fate, which can save the Realms from the fallen gods.
Even as the heroes escape, Bane and his ally, Myrkul, God of Death, set in motion a plot to steal the Tablets of Fate for themselves.  The heroes face deadly assassins, nightmarish creatures, and violent storms on their way across the Dales, but the worst threat of all is unexpected - one of Midnight's friends has joined Bane and the forces of Zhentil Keep'.

Other titles in the Avatar Trilogy:

See the rereleased Tantras novel for 2003.

See also the Tantras adventure (Part 2 of the Avatar Adventure Trilogy).

By: Brett Franklin Date: 12-July-1999
Rating: GoodGoodGood
 Although there wasnt anything particularly bad about the way 'Tantras' was written , there were things in this novel that just seemed out of character to me. For instance, I dont think the people of Shadowdale would be that blind and ignorant as to blame Midnight and Adon for the death of Elminster (especially the way Storm is treated). When Elminster is remet in Tantras , it doesnt seem right that he would avoid the heroes and then be reluctant to help them. And finally the character of Cyric undergoes a very big change in this novel! It must have occurred to the writers at this stage who the new gods would be and so Cyric unbelievably becomes very evil and ruthless to the point where it doesnt seem possible of the Cyric in 'Shadowdale'.

The novel did have some good moments though - seeing two gods fight was pretty cool.

Cover - I still cant figure out who and what this scene represents but the picture and its detail has become a part of the Forgotten Realms. Good , but I feel , inappropriate.

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