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Mortal Consequences Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786906839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786906833
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,412,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the Netherese empire collapses, Sunbright the shaman strives to create a future for his tribe as an enemy returns in search of revenge, armed with hellish magic.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
An evil wizardress returns for vengeance upon what she thought a plaything - a barbarian, who has discovered within himself the powers of a shaman, and has united his people, bringing them long forgotten hope. The book is an excellent mix of magic and battle, making you live with the heroes. I really enjoined reading this one. Besides, the whole trilogy is a must, if you want to exploit the Forgotten Realms.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting end to a great series. 14 May 2001
By sig94 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
IMHO Clayton Emery is one of the best of the Forgotten Realms authors. I always find myself becoming involved with his characters and I cannot wait to read what happens next. While many elements of this book were somewhat predictable, it didn't bother me because I enjoyed the journey so much. The ending of the book is very uplifting and leaves the reader with a good feeling. Of particular interest is how the characters Sunbright and Candlemas evolved and grew over the course of the series. I hope is is working on the follow-up to this series that he aluded to in the epilogue. I also highly recommend Emery's Star of Cursrah.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great conclusion to the trilogy 4 Mar. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mortal Consequences, the third book in the Netheril trilogy, is the best of the trilogy. This book begins with the heroes from the first book in peril and the pace continues throughout the book. Unlike the first two, there are no lull periods.
While the first two were mainly action-oriented, there was little heart-to-heart involvement between the characters. In this one, the main hero, Sunbright, searches for his lost tribe. Even though he was forced from his tribe in the past, he feels it's his destiny to find his tribe and return them to their prior glory. Not only does he find resistance within the tribe, but he and his companion encounter a number of obstacles outside the tribe.
A character from the first book returns, but in a new, more powerful form. After resolving the issues with his tribe, Sunbright has the ultimate showdown with the enemy. While the ending is rather abrupt, it is satisfying. The revelation about his companion is a little "out there", but most readers will probably see it coming. Overall the trilogy is better than average with an excellent conclusion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "... men made plans, and the gods made men fools." (p.117) 8 April 2010
By L Gontzes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mortal Consequences is the third and final book in the Netheril Trilogy set in the lands that used to make up the mighty Netheril Empire and deals with the ongoing adventures of Sunbright, a northern barbarian, as he tries to find his tribe and take his place among them as their shaman.
Clayton Emery continues to do a wonderful job of presenting essential knowledge relevant to Faerun, including customs, religion, and the history of the peoples of Toril.
Specifically, he mentions ancient gods such as Tyche, Lady Doom (pp.83, 119), Kozah the Destroyer, lord of storm and wildfire and rage, along with Vaprak the Destroyer, god of ogres (p.83), Amaunator, Keeper of Law, Keeper of the Sun (p.119), Jergal (p.136), Moander (p.193), Jannath the Golden Goddess, Grain Goddess, She Who Shapes All (pp.133, 135), Mystryl, Mother of Magic (p.135), and
Shar, the Shadowy Seductress, the God of Thieves, the Greater Power of the Gray Waste, Lady of Loss and Anger (pp.9, 139). Clayton Emery's graphic description of the battle with the gulguthhydra on page 20 was breathtaking, while the description of torture on page 102 was superb: "Slapping her face brought her around. Her hands felt afire. Glancing up she saw the monster had bent open an iron hook that held herbs and impaled her hands over the hook before crushing it shut! Writhing only ripped flesh and ground the bones, so she hung still. Her world was pain." Moreover, on page 217 the author mentions Seventon, as the birthplace of the Netheril Empire, though some more relevant information would have been much appreciated. In addition, Clayton Emery provides some fascinating information on orcs: "He hoped a female gave birth soon. Baby orcs made excellent stew, and he could keep it all to himself. That was one good reason for dragging along females. They were always pregnant." (p.161) On pages 79-80 and 176 respectively, the author provides more exceptional descriptions that help plane shift the reader to Faerun, beside Sunbright and his companions: "Blistering, killing winds roared over the dwarf, tearing away her eyes, ripping loose hair, then the scalp from her skull," and "Trapping an orc in a pocket, the war chief flicked his heavy broadsword over his shoulder and cleaved the enemy's arm from its shoulder." The battle scenes found throughout the book, and especially Chapters 10 and 16 involving "the flint monster" were extraordinary indeed: "Candlemas watched in horror as the bolts overtook his assistants, enfolded all three in brown carapaces like insects... First to drop off were their fingers, ears, noses. Their flesh split into thousands of long, wriggling tubes, like maggots or earthworms. The skin of their faces followed, leaving their skulls bare. Their brains boiled into writhing pink nests of worms, as did their organs. Within a minute, the humans were reduced to heaps of insect-like obscenities wriggling and boring through fresh white bones." (pp. 136-137) Chapter 17 provides for great battle scenes versus orcs: "The middle orc froze in fear, and Sunbright pierced its breadbasket, the twisted the hook to carve a hole that spilled guts," (p.235) as for the author's description of the laraken (pp.229-230), it was extraordinary indeed.
On the down side, there is almost nonstop mention of towns and landmarks, but there is no map (!), which in turn is frustrating and takes away from the overall enjoyment. Moreover, as in the case with the battle against the beetles with which Dangerous Games started and which was not that interesting and should not have been at all challenging, Mortal Consequences begins with a battle against an ice cloaker, which is equally uninteresting and unfitting.

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In addition, the notion of reincarnation for a soul that has died in the Nine Hells, apart from forming a bodak, is not in line with Forgotten Realms and/or Planescape canon. Additionally, Sunbright's final battle seemed a little forced, and unrealistic considering how his adversary had grown so enormously and disproportionally powerful.
Overall the plot is not as enticing as in Sword Play or even Dangerous Games, however, it is still a good book and it is definitely worth a read. Moreover, the author purposefully provides room for a sequel, though I am not sure there is a demand, or a need for it (at this point it's been years since the book was published and I do not believe the sequel ever materialized). In the end, I find Clayton Emery's best work to be the Star of Cursrah, however, it is a shame he has only written a total of four Forgotten Reams novels! He should definitely write more! I for one will be keeping an eye out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing adventure. 1 Jun. 2015
By Rachel Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this as a teenager and loved it. Re read it now in my thirties. Time hasn't changed a thing. One of my favorite series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great last book in the series 10 Jun. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a different style than R.A ...but I enjoyed the characters. A good to read
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