Listen free for 30 days

The Temptation of Elminster

Forgotten Realms: Elminster, Book 3
Narrated by: John Pruden
Series: Elminster, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

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.

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Guy Generic
  • 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kenny
  • 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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David K. van Hoose
  • 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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Zach Hensley
  • 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.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dion McNeeley
  • 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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John Cole
  • John Cole
  • 19-06-19

Enjoyanle book, Great Performance!

Once again John Pruden proves why he is one of my favorite narrators. He has a talent that puts you inside the written words and makes listening about the legacy of Elminster an enjoyable experience. Some people have collected authors, I have collected narrators.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mike
  • Mike
  • 22-04-19

It's tempting to rate this lower.

Better than Making of a Mage, not quite so good as Elminster in Myth Drannor. Some parts of the plot feel disjointed from the overall narrative, but it does come together somewhat satisfyingly in the end (a trait I'm coming to see as something of a pattern in Greenwood's books).

Rather than enjoy it for a deep and compelling plot, I instead viewed this book as sort of a re-invention and re-affirmation of Elminster as a character. The somewhat disjointed events throughout the book do have their purpose, and it all comes together in the final chapters as we realize why the book is titled the way it is.

And with that said, the journey will continue in the next volume...

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Evan
  • Evan
  • 10-04-19

Too much going on

The story is overstuffed with forgettable characters and side plots. Perhaps this is just a matter of the book not having aged well, but I found myself bored half the time wondering when Elminster would appear again. Of the first 3 books of the Elminster series I’ve read so far (in order) this was by far the weakest of the 3. So much so it prompted me to write this review, something I don’t usually do, so I can properly express my disappointment and forewarn anyone else seeking to delve into the Elminster legend.

P.S. The ending wasn’t half bad, but hardly worth the time it took to get there.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Chris
  • Chris
  • 08-11-18

not EGs best

seems to be a smattering of confusing short stories that form tangled webs that seem to go unresolved until the very end. And even then, it's rather anti-climactic. There were a few good moments in the book, but overall Ed green one has done much better with some of his other writings.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Logan Marshall
  • Logan Marshall
  • 12-06-18

Good book

it was a little scattered but overall a great story highly recommend for those who love the Forgotten Realms Universe.