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Final Gate (Last Mythal)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2006
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.

Final Gate changes all the neighboring countries, including Zhentil Keep, Hillsfar, The Dales, Sembia and of course Cormanthyr.

It is a good thing to see that at least in one D&D world elves get a chance to Return and rebuild their ancient glory (unlike Krynn (Dragonlance), where both prospering elven nations were damaged and exiled from their forest kingdoms for the modern notion of "elves must diminish and retreat with time").

The conclusion is outstandingly well-written (like the whole trilogy) and do not depress you in spite of even the tragic events (unlike for example The Hunter's Blade trilogy and other Forgotten Realms novels). Probably Paul Kidd's "Queen of the Demonweb Pits" was the last novel with a similarly "round" ending.

Mr. Baker has a unique ability to capture the golden or sad moments of life perfectly (as he had done at Sorenna's Glade in the previous book).

Final Gate gives us future and hope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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
on 22 February 2007
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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