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Crown of Fire
Shandril's Saga - Vol. 2

TSR Code:

mass market (17719)
Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-7869-2749-8
Author: Ed Greenwood
Cover Artist: Jon Sullivan
Release Date: June 2002
March 2005 (mass market)
Format: Paperback book (348 pages)

The following is taken from a description by WotC:

'Adventurer on the Run
Once Shandril was a humble kitchen maid. Now she's one of the most powerful magic-users in the land. And a lot of people want her dead.
The evil Zhentarim, the powerful Cult of the Dragon - all of them want her spellfire, and they'll kill whoever they must to get it. Theres only one thing for Shandril to do: run. With the aid of Elminster of Shadowdale, the Knights of Myth Drannor, her lover, and a determined dwarf, she'll wield her magic for the cause of good. But if her magic becomes too powerful, her friends won't have a choice.
They'll kill her themselves.'

Other titles in Shandril's Saga:

See also the original release of the Crown of Fire novel.

By: Silver Huntress Date: 05-November-2002
Rating: GoodGood

From flickering over the insipid pages of the old Spellfire, which thankfully, I read in a library, Greenwood has improved vastly in CoF. Instead of his characters filling up most of the pages walking around and getting captured, and stuff - he's lessened it, the novel is more balanced.

The main thing I disliked in this was that... why do all the good guys have to be so bl**dy boring!? The exceptions are Torm and Rathan who made my lips turn up in humour.

The bad guys - now they're the most enticing. Manshoon and Fzoul were shown brilliantly, Ed should *really* do a book about Manshoon's childhood to his rise to power - that would be sweet! Manshoon... *sigh*

Another problem, is how he introduces too many characters, that are usualy one-shots, or killed off in the next chapter.

It is a reasonable book, but I've read far better novels. Ed Greenwood does do brilliant campaign settings, but it is the reverse for his writing. However, he is fairly average.

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