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The Temptation of Elminster
The Elminster Series

TSR Code:

8588 \ 21427
Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-7869-1189-1 (Hardcover)
0-7869-1427-0 (Paperback)
Author: Ed Greenwood
Cover Artist: Todd Lockwood
Release Date: December 1997 (Hardcover)
November 1999 (Paperback)
Format: Hardcover book  (416 pages)
Paperback book (410 pages)
The text below is taken from a description by TSR:

'How do you tempt an archmage who has everything?
From a dark and dusty tomb, Elminster emerges, seeking the guidance of Mystra, and finds only silence. He is drawn into the clutches of the mysterious and sinister Lady of Shadows. The path he takes will lead to a Realms-shaking confrontation where Elminster has to make the most important choice of his long life.
Whatever he decides, the Realms will be forever changed...'

Other titles in The Elminster Series:

See also the Elminster Ascending omnibus.

By: Chris McDonald Date: 14-September-2003
Rating: Good

In this Third installment of the Elminster series, Elminster must seek out and become the apprentice of a mysterious female mage. Much to my shock, she turns out to be Mystra. But wait hasn't this happened before, back when the book was called Elminster The Making Of The Mage? Oh but in this one, Mystra is evil so that she can test Elminster. So the test causes the death of many people, it's okay because its Elminster. We also see more of the tired, scantly clad women ploy that Ed tries to pass off as literature.

So all you lonely people out there who enjoy, perhaps even need Greenwood's vapid display of female flesh, are probably wondering, what advantage does this books loose behavior have over that exhibited in say, Elmintewr In Hell, or Myth Drannor? Well, for those readers who enjoy unhealthy sexual fantasies, you will enjoy a scene where Elminster's new teacher is whipped upon an altar, unclothed of course, but its OK afterwords because she liked it. Sickening is the only word for it.

The second part of the book deals with evil priests who have kidnapped a part of Mystra so that they can cast wizard spells and wield their wands and such. Not a bad start. Then lets ruin any chance of a plot by allowing them to stumble in to Karsus' magical repository (for those who don't know, Karsus was a ridiculously powerful mage who tried to control Godly powers and killed himself in the process). Allow me to summarize the remainder of the book: blast blast blast, godly interferance, blast blast, crappy dialogue, the end. There is also some side plot about another adventuring party that seemed to serve no purpose. Perhaps someone out there would appreciate the comic relief, because this book is a joke.

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