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Elminster: The Making of a Mage
The Elminster Series

TSR Code:

Hardback: 8548
Paperback: 8548P
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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-7869-0203-5
Author: Ed Greenwood
Cover Artist: Jeff Easley
Release Date: Hardback: December 1994
Paperback: December 1995
Format: Hardcover book / Paperback book (249 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:

'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 by 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'.

Other titles in The Elminster Series:

See also the Elminster Ascending omnibus.

By: Brandon Gibson Date: 08-July-2001
Rating: GoodGoodGood Good
 The book is very good. It is very intrigueing. It has lots of suprises in it you would believe. After reading the book you have a deeper understanding of this great archmage. It starts out when he is a boy. He grows up under very hard circumstances. Then he goes thru several different stages in his life. He does everything because he wants vengence for the death of his parents at the hands of magelords. How he goes about doing this is interesting. In the begginning of the book he hates magic and by the end he loves it. What sweet irony.
By: Aaron Farrell Date: 04-August-2003
Rating: GoodGoodGood Good Good
 This is by far the best novel i have ever read, because of this one book Ed Greenwood has suddenly become my favorite writer, to think my old fav used to be R.A Salvatore well anywayz this books is full of action, after each chapter you will just have to read the next, i have actually read this book 7 times and well i never read books more than twice.....
By: Chris McDonald Date: 14-September-2003
Rating: GoodGoodGood

This was the first FR novel that I ever read. I have actually read this book twice. I must say that this is by far the best book in the Elminster series. Ed Greenwood can be congratulated on this work. I enjoyed learning about Elminster's beginnings on his road to greatness. He is witty, clever, adventurous, and all around likable guy. There are plot twists, magical quirks, and best of all, no realm shatering magic.

There are a few points where the story is a little predictable. I mean, Elminster becomes Elmara, I wonder who Myjala could be. But all those things can be overlooked as the general story is a good one. I still find the use of one syllable nicknames annoying, but I suppose that Elminster wasn't a widely known person at this point. If only Ed had built upon this beginning, he would have been a truly acceptable author. Oh well. This one is worth the read.

By: Robert Date: 19-February-2006
Rating: GoodGoodGoodGood

I would have to say that this is one of the best fantasy books i have ever read.

This is the book that got me into the realms. the book is about the background of El in Athalantar before the orc hoards killed the land. The story starts of in the village of Helden where events change his life to becoming a mage. Then the book tells of him being a outlaw - then it drifts to him being a rogue. The part i love in the book is when he was in the temple and the one true spell comes to him. He is then on his way to becoming the Sage of Shadowdale.

The book is very good with the epic battles for the ending. I highly recommend this book to any Realms fan and to continue and buy the rest of the books in the series. The Myth Drannor is a very good sequel.

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