Elminster's Daughter (Forgotten Realms: The Elminster) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2005
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Some interesting parts to the story particularly around Vandeghast's retirement. I also enjoyed the appearance of a number of other old favourites like Simbul and Mirt. The part around Eliminster having a daughter seemed contrived and didn't ring true, neither did some of the behaviour of the harpers. An attractive young woman leaving herself vunerable and turning out to be a dragon, how many times has that happened in recent Forgotten Realms novels. Overall one for true Eliminster and Ed Greenwood fans better than Eliminster in Hell, but nowhere near Ed Greenwood at his best.
The story just doesn't seem to hang together
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The book starts off a little slow and then suddenly throws about five different plots at you. There is an excrutiatingly long chase scene (on foot) smack dab in the middle, but otherwise it flows very quickly once the plots get going. I honestly had trouble putting it down once I got past the first couple chapters.
Fans of the Realms should read this book because it does contain some events that might affect future novels. While the title doesn't suggest it, Cormyr and its royal family, the Harpers, the Red Wizards, and Mystra's Chosen all play significant roles in this book. So if you're a fan of any of those, read this.
Mystra is a young goddess but... she's almost portrayed to be a novice. Correct me but Midnight did inherit more than just the powers of a goddess. She became the goddess of magic with subsequent jumps in consciousness(INT/WIS) and memories of the past mystra I'm sure. Yet she acts almost like a little school girl needing reassurance from mortals. Moreover, its never explained why Mystra 'betrayed' Elminster. I call allowing my child to be born without my knowledge and worse yet, ignoring her, a betrayl.
My biggest complaint is with the Harpers. I've always been a huge harper fan, but after this book I think perhaps the Red Wizards of Thay might look more attractive. At least they never sway in their outlook and goals. In this book, the harpers act like complete tyrants. I'm sorry but using magic to beat a defenless girl (who just wants freedom) to submission, and one who has been proven to be protected by Mystra just smacks of Evil. Winning by any means possible is not a justification for your actions.
I also find Ed's manner of writing hard to follow. He tends to jump from scene to scene within a few pages. Juggling 4-6 different storylines at the same time might be impressive to some but to me its just plain confusing. Especially since we don't get to see them getting tied together till much later in the book.
Still if you're a fan of the realms like me, I would say read the book. It does cover what happens to Vandeghast, which is a pretty major story/game plot. Also it has some interesting scenes with The Symbul and insights into life in the realms which Ed does so well.
To me, it was a much easier read than some of his other books. There seemed to be a consistant plot that moved along at a steady pace and had a reason behind it. I also liked how he developed the characters beyond those that have been established in the previous Realms novels.
There was nothing about this book that made it seemed forced in any way (unlike some of his other books).
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and one that I think many fans of the Realms will enjoy.
Narnra is an interesting character in her own right. Some readers may find her a character that lacks developmentally. The feeling of resentement she carries about her father is touched on briefly, then abandoned for a large section of the book. This was acceptable to me, because for that large section Narnra is running from Harper agents across Marsember. She does get the chance to discuss the whole situation with Elminster, at an appropraite time and place.
The novel does start out in a slightly confusing manner. Greenwood gives us five or six different plot lines, which he slowly and carefully weaves together into one larger scheme. It will take some patient reading on the part of the reader to get through the initial setups, but you shall be rewarded by the end of the story!
Overall, this was a great book. I like to think it shows the "dark side of being good."