The Sorcerer (The Return of the Archwizards #3) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Sorcerer

Series: The Return of the Archwizards #3

Author: Troy Denning

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 320

Format: Kindle Digital edition

 

Synopsis:

Galaeron fights against the Netherese, along with some of Mystra’s Chosen, while the elves and their allies continue the battle against the Phaerim. The good guys mainly win and the Netherese mainly lose, but not completely.

And Galaeron ends up with both his human lover and his elf spirit mate. And he’s more powerful than ever since he’s gotten control of his shadow.

 

My Thoughts:

Lots of things happened and then bam, the end.  Just like with the previous books, I had a very hard time figuring out what the author was doing or saying. It was as if my mind was dulled or clouded. Most of it was just Denning’s writing style though. I think I’ll pass on any future books by him if I can avoid it.

The biggest thing for me, as an Erevis Cale fan, is that we see in this book how the Dracolich [undead Dragon wizard, ie, a dragon that is just bones] came to be under the spell of guarding the shadowrealm where Erevis encounters him. This series also explains a bit some of the power in dealing with the Weave and the Darkweave.

Other than that, this was blase and confusing and a poor example of the Forgotten Realms. Of course, some people would say that about ANY of the FR books, so take my saying it with a grain of salt.

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My Review of Book 1, The Summoning

My Review of Book 2, The Siege

Thanks to Mogsy at Bibliosanctum for putting me onto the idea of putting links to previous books in a series at the end of a review.

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The Siege (The Return of the Archwizards #2) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Siege

Series: The Return of the Archwizards

Author: Troy Denning

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 356

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

The Netherese are playing hardball with all the kingdoms, trying to dominate them under the guise of helping to stop the phaerim incursion.

Melegaunt died in the previous book but somehow his knowledge of the phaerim lives on in Galaeron and the Netherese are willing to do just about anything to get that knowledge, including abandoning Evereska and allowing Galaeron’s dark shadow to control him more and more.

Battles and mayhem ensue and while the phaerim are weakened, so are the Netherese and the surrounding countries, as they all fight each other and betrayals abound.

 

My Thoughts:

i enjoyed this quite a bit more than the previous book but there were still points in the story that just left me scratching my head trying to figure out WHAT Denning meant or how he got from Point A to Point B. It is like what he thinks is obvious is completely opaque to me.

The big battle at the end was pretty cool and pretty much made up for none of the characters really being likable. I’d like to place an order for One Hero in the final book but I think that the menu is already prepared and that that option wasn’t included.

The Summoning (The Return of the Archwizards #1) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The Summoning

Series: The Return of the Archwizards

Author: Troy Denning

Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 356

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

Galaeron, an elf, is on patrol guarding the crypts from tomb robbers. He and his band come across a group of humans who are invading, but not stealing anything. Galaeron casts a spell that somehow interacts with another spell and it opens a hole in a magic barrier, that a wizard was on the other side of. On the other side were also magical creatures who use magic and live on it.

Now Galaeron and others must trust Melegaunt the Netherese wizard that he can return the floating city of Shade and destroy the Phaerimm before they destroy the last stronghold of the elves.

Only nothing is ever simple. Galaeron has been infected with dark magic and must fight every negative thought as it twists him closer and closer to becoming his own evil shadow. Elminster the Mage is convinced that Melegaunt has much deeper plans than saving Evereska. The Elf Lords are being bull headed and listening to no one, thus allowing Evereska to be besieged and over run.

 

My Thoughts:

Netherese are just bad news. I learned this from my jaunt with Erevis Cale and I’m pretty sure that pretty boy/drow Drizz’t and Company had some bad times with them as well. So to read about them as potential saviors just smacks of backstabbing and double dealing waiting to happen.  That is one of the problems with reading Forgotten Realms books rather randomly like I do. I know things that the characters don’t, I have seen the future written in stone and sometimes, just like Paul Maud’dib, I get lost in the Timestream.

However, this book was a hot mess. At first I thought it was because I started this when pretty tired and hence my faculties weren’t all on campus. But since this took several days I realized it was the author and not me. It was rushed. Tons of action but certain events were given one sentence to happen then referred to for paragraphs and paragraphs. One example: in a battle scene Galaeron, Melegaunt and the others are on a mountain side and before I know it, they’re at the top of the mountain fighting. I go back to see what happened and somewhere there was a landslide that allowed them easy access to the top but I couldn’t see how this happened or why or when. Lots of instances of the characters making connections and me being “huh? where did that come from?” from it.

The changing viewpoints didn’t work for me either. Usually it isn’t a problem but this time around it was. It was random, just to show what was going on. We didn’t necessarily stick with specific characters beyond Galaeron and Company and made for plot whiplash, especially when someone is referred to once and then 3 chapters later we get a whole chapter about what they’re doing.

While I’m not a huge of Drizz’t the Drow, I’m even less of a fan of Elminster so his inclusion didn’t do it for me either.

I hate to say this, but it wasn’t organically put together.  I don’t expect a lot, or very much at all to be honest, from Forgotten Realms books but I do expect to be able to follow along. I am not in my dotage yet.  I’ll be reading the rest of the trilogy just to see how the plot resolves, but my goodness, I sure hope the cohesiveness of the writing gets better.