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Final Gate (Last Mythal) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Aug 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (4 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786940026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786940028
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gabor Erdos on 12 July 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Under the expert guidance of Richard Baker you will be caught up in the great story of The Crusade, struggling to return to Cormanthyr and Sarya Dlardrageth scheming to get control over The Last Mythal of Aryvandaar, trying to use portals as potent weapons.

High Mage Araevin Teshurr and his trusted friends returning from Sildeyuir take up a desperate mission in order to save The Crusade of Seiveril Miritar and Faerun itself from the daemonfey and their demonic allies.

Araevin became a skilled high mage, however he doesn't rely on his all-powerful high magic spells at all times, instead his quick thinking and smart combinations of minor spells often saves him and his able friends from ultimate disaster. His friends play crucial roles in every situation, too.

Fflar Starbrow Melruth gets a new chance to fight for The People and Myth Drannor again.

He is a balanced and deep character (like Araevin) , with his sorrows, joys and faults as much as every other elven being would be and not like a super-champion of ancient Myth Drannor.

The main story lines interweave so deeply that the actions of far away characters can affect the here-and-now battles and duels.

The story reveals many secrets concerning The Weeping War, elven history, high magic, and Fflar's past nemesis from the Year of Doom, Aulmpiter.

Every turn and twist is interesting, intensive and unexpected, full of cunning maneuvers and counter-maneuvers, battles, adventures, treachery, alliances and stunningly complex spell-duels. Mr. Baker never lets you to relax, there is nothing settled until the last pages of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark Andrews on 4 July 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
when reading this review, please understand I read this from cover to cover the evening I got this book, I couldn't put it down. I'm a long time fan of the realms, and all I can say is about time!! This brings the elves to where they should be, while keeping the reader guessing and wanting to know what happens next. It leaves more than a few things untold, such as what of the Shrinshee, the future of the star elves, yet drops things out of the blue into the book, but in many ways if you look for details in the previous 2 books, many things will not suprise you as the story is always building, even into the prologue. This is the crowning book of a series that was well researched and well written. buy it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By d hero1 on 22 Feb. 2007
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This is the third part of "the Last Mythal " trilogy. Like the previous two books this is an exciting and amazing story, packed with action and surprises.

However, I read in an interview with Mr Baker that he was given a word limit and the reason for not explaining everything fully was because he ran out of words. Since the story is so good, they should have had a fourth book. in terms of story this book deserves a 5 but the greatest weakness of the story is that it doesn't explain all the points. To anyone who knows anything about the forgotten realms history or Myth Drannor there were certain key events/ prophecies that the first chapter is spent revisiting> however the end of the story does not tie in with that. The character of the Srinshee for example, she was briefly mentioned in book two as 'returning.' from her centuries of slumber. Then, by the end of book three, its simply assumed that the reader knows that it has all happened. To a realms fan, she must have returned since she had the ' rulers blade.' ( I'm holding back citing more examples because i don't want to spoil the story for anyone.) But just too many events are neglected.

The language, descriptions and adventure is really good but to miss out so many important events really does lessen the quality of what is one of the best stories of the forgotten realms.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Conclusion to this Trilogy 21 Jun. 2006
By Andy Gray - Published on
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Final Gate by Richard Baker is the third and final book in the Last Mythal trilogy. The other two books are The Forsaken House and Farthest Reach. This book is the culmination of several plots coming together in a climatic conclusion, one that will have a profound impact on the realms, in particular the area of the Dales. If you have not read the first two books in this trilogy and are thinking about reading this one, I highly recommend reading the first two; otherwise you will be quickly lost in the story and miss the overall picture of some of the events that occur.

The plot of this book was very well written and Mr. Baker did a fantastic job of tying up loose ends as well as giving depth to the story. There are several plots going on at the same time in this book which almost forces the reader to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. Mr. Baker also does a fantastic job of combining multiple elements, magic (and a great deal of magic there is), politics, intrigue, large scale battles, and personality. I have often been a critic of large scale battles in the past, however, the large scale battle in this book seems appropriate and `fits' within the context of the story. Whereas some other books add the large scale battle just to have one. If you are a fan of magic use, this trilogy is one you will surely enjoy. There is plenty of large scale magic use, but all done in such a way that give the reader the impression that it is something special and not everyone can work magic like that. Truly a well told story and one I enjoyed.

The characters in this book have been developing over two books so for the most part we know what to expect from them. Some authors forgo character development in the final book of a trilogy, but Mr. Baker continues on with his superb development and even throws a twist or two in to make sure the reader is paying attention. There is a subtleness about the character development in this book, it is not a `in your face' type of development, rather it is a development through actions and words that we see small shifts in each characters behaviors. It was truly a joy to read that type of development.

Overall, this series as a whole if one that I am sure the vast majority of people will enjoy. There are elements in this story that will appeal to a broad range of fans. This is a Realms Shaking Event meaning that there will be repercussions for the Forgotten Realms with the conclusion of this story, so if you are a fan of the Realms you really need to read this trilogy. I think most fantasy fans will enjoy this book as well. In fact I may even recommend this trilogy to people who are looking at getting into the fantasy genre. This is one of the better trilogies to have been released by Wizards of the Coast in a couple of years. Don't hesitate to pick these up today.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Story = B+ 23 Aug. 2006
By Pequegnat - Published on
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This is a very good book, and the conclusion of one of the best of the forgotten realms series. The first two books are even better than this one, the series as a whole gets a solid "A". This Book seemed a bit rushed and lacked some of the color a vividness of the first two books.

The writing style is very readable, the author paints for the most part a rich and vivid story, the dialogue works well, and the plot is fast paced!

The only thing I did not care for in this series was the over powering use of super numbers of super villains, the elves have to not only fight the horde of magical half elf / half demons, but thousands of devils and real demons as well. Just too much, it took away from the believability for me, just too many "Oh come on's" for me.


Neat addition for FR 30 Mar. 2013
By Health For Life - Published on
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I am sorta a fan boy for fey'ri so I'm rather bias towards enjoying books like these.

I really liked some of the political intrigue and the going back and forth from one groups' point of view to another. Some of the fighting was really cool, not drizzt detailed but the pale sibil was an awesome chapter.

I was a little sad at the end. Seems like things came to a close rather quickly. The villains maybe could have been a little better. Maybe I'm just a purist but to me they came across a little bit like drow than corrupted elves. Others might not think this but it is just my opinion.

But I really liked it, it is a great book. I hope there are more novels released that have fey'ri as a theme :)
Great conclusion to an even better trilogy 2 May 2011
By Ira Wing - Published on
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This was the last trilogy from the Wizards of the Coast trilogy mill that I've enjoyed. The author does a great job keeping his characters developing throughout the story, and an even better job weaving in the new characters with existing Realms characters and politics. This is definitely an 'epic' tier campaign, and a story this overarching could never be written in 4e. The character mechanics just don't support this much power in the hands of an individual, or even a group of individuals... but this was Realms writing at its best, where a small group of protagonists led by a main character make a real difference in the world and cope with the consquences.
Great for people that love the elfs of Forgotten Realms 20 April 2011
By Legendary - Published on
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This book was the final installment into a great series about a young elf who quests for the knowledge of his elders, but not to usurp them. He simply craves knowledge. I wish he would continue the young mages story. especially in the new forgotten realms setting. It'd be great even just if he picked up where he left off with it. I don't completely remember names because it was read a few years ago but the story and his sacrifice for his people and the two people he loved and care for most shaped much of what he becomes.
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