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Summary

How do you tempt an archmage who has everything?

From a dark and dusty tomb, Elminster emerges, seeking the guidance of Mystra, and finds only silence. He is drawn into the clutches of the mysterious and sinister Lady of Shadows. The path he takes will lead to a Realms-shaking confrontation where Elminster has to make the most important choice of his long life.

Whatever he decides, the Realms will be forever changed…

©1998 TSR, Inc., c. 2003 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Guy Generic
  • 10-12-14

Too Disjointed

What made the experience of listening to The Temptation of Elminster the most enjoyable?

John Pruden does an excellent job as always. It's really why I went to this series after Erevis Cale.

What was most disappointing about Ed Greenwood’s story?

People say Greenwood's work can get messy. I thought the first two books were great; tightly wound stories that were easy to follow. I get it... this book was suppose to be about how others were effected by Elminster and forces. But, it was just a mess. Characters are all over the place. Not know who is with who and why people are doing what they are doing. Just a real killer. There are huge gaps with no Elminster.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sadly, it was the very very end of the book. Literally, the last few pages.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

C'mon. This would not be the book to make a movie. Period.

Any additional comments?

I would still recommend the novel but perhaps do so with a little preparation. Be prepared to look-up names online and take your time. Sometimes, I literally write down names and who they are so I can understand.

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  • Kenny
  • 22-05-15

Huh

Would you try another book from Ed Greenwood and/or John Pruden?

Maybe

What could Ed Greenwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story was scattered. There was a lot of talk of characters that would not survive for 30 mins that had nothing to really do with the story. The story of Eliminster would have been less than 2 hrs. Making of a Mage was much much better.

What three words best describe John Pruden’s performance?

Couldn't save book

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Temptation of Elminster?

all scenes that had nothing to do with the core story. 80% of the book

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend anyone read this. I read it hoping it would get better and it never did. Even the parts about Eliminster weren't enough to tie everything together. Talking about groups and groups that die to a mist that do not have any relation to the story just dragged it out and made it very boring.

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  • Tasia McMahan
  • 13-10-21

A struggle to enjoy

It seems like the since ‘The making of a mage’ that Ed Greenwood’s writing lacks any real semblance of a story structure. This is more like reading a bunch of compiled short stories. John Pruden seems to just read the story straight across and without any emotion or acting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-21

Another great story about the One Who Walks

This book is less action oriented than the previous novels, but what it lacks in combat it makes up in lore. Don’t get me wrong, the fights that are in the book are great, but the history about Faerun is by far its greatest gift.

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  • Justin Babcock
  • 12-02-21

The mighty Mage of shadowdale

God I love these books helminster is probably my all-time favorite forgotten Realms character! these books are the perfect thing to listen to when you're working out or at work or extremely entertaining and they're just good they're just really good I love them

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  • Elton Tooahnippah
  • 30-11-20

Truly Wonderful!!!

Such a great story and well-narrated. Some great spell battles and good adventures within this book.

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  • Greytiberwolf
  • 19-04-20

Awesome

The story is awesome. I like learning more about how Elminster evolves and where he has been.

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  • David K. van Hoose
  • 17-10-19

A Chosen One Sleeps For A Century Or More

The Realms did not sleep while our chosen one sleep. Once awake we learn more of the Realms as the past comes looking for El.

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  • Zach Hensley
  • 08-10-19

Look

The book jumps around a ton, but it's great. Just follow it well, and you'll have a great read.

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  • Dion McNeeley
  • 10-07-19

Save your money

I listen to a lot. Two or three books a week. I’ve listen to this twice and have no freaking clue what happened. No idea who was talking no idea where they were nor do you know how they mattered. I tried I really really tried.