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A great introduction to the legendary Elminster.
on 2 January 2003
If you ask any Forgotten Realms player to name a wizard that exists in Forgotten Realms universe you will most likely find that 95% of your responses will give you that name, Elminster.
For those of you that don't know, Elminster, is one of the Goddess of magic's chosen, and possibly the most powerful magic user in the Forgotten Realms.
The Making of a Mage takes you back to the beginning of Elminster's story. How as a young boy he witnesses his village being destroyed by a dragon-riding Mage-Lord, and the then solemn vow he makes to avenge all those that died in the attack, including his father, and to destroy all magic using people that would use their art in such a cruel and destructive manner.
At 12 years of age, Elminster, has no idea of the scope of this task, nor in fact that the attack had purposely been targeting him and his father.
The subsequent years find Elminster taking on various vocations in his quest for vengeance, including being an outlaw, a thief, and of course finally, a mage.
The path that leads from, Elminster, being a vehemence hater of magic to the beginnings of his love affair with the art is well told and believable.
I recently wrote to review of the book SpellFire, which Ed Greenwood also wrote, and I was quite surprised at first at how different these two books are. I gave SpellFire a four-star rating, though really I did mean it to be only a three-star rating.
The reason that I found them so different -so much so that they could have been by different authors- is that the dialogue is crisper, and certainly less juvenile. It's amazing how much improvement in writing style can occur in six years, and that improvement combined with a great character, and a good plot made The Making of a Mage an enjoyable read. The only thing I would like to have seen is some stronger villains in the story, as none of them really stood out to me.
In conclusion, The Making of a Mage is a good book that is worth your time, and certainly a vast improvement over some of Ed's earlier work in my opinion, and a great introduction to one of the Forgotten Realms most famous characters.