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Once Around the Realms

TSR Code:

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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-7869-0119-5
Author: Brian Thomsen
Cover Artist: John and Laura Lakey
Release Date: April 1995
Format: Paperback book (307 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:

'Volothamp Geddarm ("Volo" to his public), traveler, author, renaissance man of the Realms, has been known to brag on occasion, to to bet even more often.  So when a discussion as to who is the greatest traveler in the Realms takes place in his presence, of course he is going to defend his hard-won reputation, no matter what the consequences.
Soon Volo and his erstwhile companion, Passepout, are n a grand tour the likes of which Toril has never seen.  From Chult to Kara Tur, from Suzail to the Shining South, even the Land of the Dead to Maztica, Volo and Passepout make their way around the globe...little suspecting that this simple bet masks a dark conspiracy unlike any other'.

By: Mike G Jordan Date: 12-May-2000
Rating: Good
This is the worst slop I've ever had the unfortuity to read. I quite literally could have easily written better garbage than this. I can't believe TSR actually published this. The only reason I could read it is the fact that it is a good idea for a book.

Not only is this book written by what seems to be a three year old, but they try to cram a trip around the realms into a measly 300 pages. I'll admit that this is a perfect size for most novels, but honestly, they spend almost no time in any place, plus they visit places no one has ever heard of. I consider myself extremely well versed in the Forgotten Realms, but to my knowledge at the time of this writting there was no book about Halruua (I believe one just came out). And honestly, Kara-Tur? Who wants to read about Kara-Tur? This novel might have been spared, but they are absolutely no good fight scene's, they didn't develope the characters at all, and the big enemy is one you practically have never heard about (even in this book). This book rivals Spellfire in it's absolutely horrible workmanship.

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