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Crucible: Trial of Cyric the Mad (The Avatar Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Absolutely the second best book after the Prince of Lies. Truly great to the point that need more about Malik & Cyric.
A true classic.
This is where the book's main interest lies, for instead of the usual good-over-evil scenario the tables are reversed. Chapters seem to alternate between first and third-person perspectives, with Malik taking up the narrative whenever he is directly featured in the action. The plot is ridiculous, but some of the character interaction is very amusing. Cyric is one of the cooler villains in the forgotten realms line, and his wanton cruelty and arrogance will have you chuckling, as will the constant suffering of his pathetic servant.
As a novel, this book is a mildly amusing romp that is almost completely lacking in any sort of plot or depth. It will probably appeal to those who fancy an easy read to whittle away a few hours, but anyone who's interested in a good piece of fantasy fiction would do well to steer clear of this one.
As a game-related accessory, this book possesses a bit more to warrant the readers' attention. It describes several moderately important changes in the Faerunian pantheon, as well as the villains and heroes who inhabit the realms. It is, however, rather a shame that such a far-reaching and potentially realms-shaking novel is as poor as this. Still, the book is useful merely as reference tool or as an obligatory purchase to dedicated realmsphiles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, wish I had realised that it was the last/ second book in the series - then I would have started with the 1st bookPublished 18 months ago by celia
Excellent in concept and execution of the underlying story. Bit too much mortal vis-a-vis immortal action but a good readPublished on 24 Nov. 2013 by arioch
this book was not only a waste of time, it was also a big waste of money, and a big waste of the author's talent. Read something else. Trust me on this one.Published on 29 Aug. 1999
My largest problem with this book is that it is told through the words and deeds of a follower of the wicked god Cyric - and Cyric is by far one of the most despised characters I... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 1999
Crucible doesn't have the endearing lack of pretention of the original Avatar Trilogy or the sophistication of Prince of Lies. Yuck. Read morePublished on 25 April 1999
Don't waste your time reading this book. This is perhaps one of the most dissapointing sequels in history. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 1999
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