Erevis Cale - simple butler or much, much more?
The shadows grow long on the mean streets of Selgaunt...and the sun sets on one man's service to Sembia's merchant lords.
The day's end finds Erevis Cale serving a new master, one who is beyond the petty accumulation of wealth.
After all, what is gold to one who trades in souls?
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A Fantasy & Science Fiction reader from around 5 years of age. If I wasn't reading it - it was being read to me by my father. Still love it.
I enjoy all the Drizzt novels so I may have been spoiled by the writing of R A Salvatore. It may appeal to D&D readers but I though it was very one dimensional.
No interest in following up this hero or his companions.
Victor Bevine narrates the Drizzt novels very well so he could be a contender. John Pruden did not differentiate between the characters and therefore did not add to the intensity of the story. Very disappointed.
Not for me.
I will not read any more books by this author or the narrator,
"Really Good First Book"
The story and characters were solid.
It was an easy story to follow. It has its twists and turns but the author keeps it with the core people. I like Drizzt books but sometimes you spend handfuls of chapters and Drizzt and his group then another few on some bad guys etc. It can make it a little hard to follow... but this book was really nice.
Awesome. Not only did he change his voice but he really went above and beyond with accents etc. I never thought I'd listen to someone who was as good as Bert Bevine but John Pruden was cool.
"It was three books that should of be one."
Yes love them
Back story of Hell and some of the politics of Hell.
All 3 should of fit into one.
I wish they had a book that just focused on the politics of hell see dragon magazine for the article.
"I would reccommend this book"
The characters are in depth and so is the story. You don't get that cartoon like feel that comes with some fantasy stories. It seems that world could be real and the people in them are dealing with their own real/ magical stuff. Not to mention it is a fun adventure!
kemp likes to try to bring in as much gritty realism as he can. Also, how the heroes are not only dealing with outer conflict, but the conflict within themselves and between each other.
I like them all, but Jack stands out to me.
"Not for you if you aren't familiar with the Realms"
This book is truly difficult to review because depending on personal knowledge of the reader, the experience will be vastly different. If you are familiar with the Forgotten Realms setting, as well as such arcane concepts as Ioun Stones, Githyanki, and the various colors of Slaadi, you will love this book. If not, you do not have the requisite subknowledge to fully comprehend and enjoy this book or the other Erevis Cale books. As I have been playing D&D since 1981, far before the publication of the Forgotten Realms, this was not a problem for me. Unlike many of the earlier Forgotten Realms novels, you do not see the dice rolling in the text. I also found it refreshing to see well written stories based on incredibly high level characters that did not involve Elminster or the Harpers.
The storyline is a basic variation of the Hero's Journey. Erevis Cale is a major domo for one of the ruling families in one of the southern trade cities. His house is attacked and he vows to avenge this outrage. The remainder of the story is difficult to explain with ruining the whole series, but among other issues, Erevis is the first priest of Mask, the God of Shadows. This trilogy and the next are basically Mask meddling in Erevis' life.
I would be interested to talk to someone without the intimate knowledge of the gaming system, but I am afraid it would be a very negative experience.
"I Won't Be buying the rest of the series!"
No, It ends in a cliff hanger and that was it for me. If as a writer you can't get the reader to want the rest of your series on merit alone then don't bother. The ending reeked of the author not knowing how to write an ending and just wanting to sell his next book.
No i have not, but his performance was good.
I hated it solely because of the crappy cliff hanger ending.
"So much better than I expected "
Oh my gosh. The part with 'the girls' melted my cold, jaded heart.
"A delightful surprise"
A friend told me about this, and how Mask was a major feature of the books, so I gave it a try. It was a delightful experience, and I have now finished all of the other books related to Erevis Cale. The story was simple enough in Twilight Falling, but it certainly got my attention.
This was the first I've heard by John Pruden, and I was a little leery after getting my feet wet with Nick Poedehl in the Kingkiller Chronicles. However, that quickly faded, as Pruden's voice worked very well for the entire series. He has a nice array of voices and inflections, and his narration really brought the story to life.
I practically did...I have been going back to these books every moment I can.
Excellent story. I hope the story of Cale never ends. Finally a character I can follow just like Drizzt.
"Great characters.. So so plot"
The book established the characters and their complicated relationships very well but lacked a fluid story. Not too bad though.
"Not for me"
This is the first book that I just couldn't get into. For me, it was difficult to follow the plot.
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