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Elminster: The Making of a Mage

by Ed Greenwood

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Silly fun... not particularly well written, but his notes in this edition explain that he wrote the whole thing in a few weeks under some crazy deadline. You can definitely tell. Just all over the place. I'll probably read the second one to see where it goes... ( )
  BooksForDinner | Oct 3, 2011 |
This is another of those enjoyable stories that takes a young person who doesn't know what he's doing and becomes something beyond his potential to save the world. I enjoyed this book and I think anyone who likes Forgotten Realms will also like this book. Solid Read. ( )
  nursewidener | Oct 6, 2010 |
Elminster: The Making of a Mage is the first glimpse at the early life of the world famous mage. It shows how he first started to turn into the wizard that we all know. While it is nice to know how such a legend in the Realms became so, it is discouraging to see HOW he accomplished it.

The book starts with young Elminster as a child fighter, using his sword and crossbow to avenge his parents murder. From there he turns to theivery as he hides under the noses of those he has sworn to kill. Next he becomes a cleric of the Goddess of Magic learning how to pray for spells, and finally near the end of the book he becomes a true mage.

The story is good, however the book jumps around a lot and never really explains anything. Eliminster goes from young apprentice to throwing around fireballs and killing magelords.
It just seems like everything happened to fast, even for a prodigal mage like El. A split storyline near the end of the book does not help matters in this jumpiness, near the end of the book a new character is thrown at us with his own storyline of protecting his son and his wife, until he meets up with one of the other minor characters and continues with that characters storyline.

The twist at the end was done exceptionally well. From the point in the novel where it hints at a twist you are dying to know what the twist is. Insightful readers should know already what is about to happen, but alas, I am not that insightful and couldnt stop until I had known for sure what was going to happen. ( )
  Neskit | Jun 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786902035, Mass Market Paperback)

In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic. . . .

The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra -- and her kisses were wonderful.

Priest Havilon Tharnstar

Tales Told to a Blind Wizard

It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers.

With patience and grit, Elminster sets about to change all that. The result of his labors is a world reborn and a mage made.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:24 -0400)

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An account of the early years of the master wizard Elminster follows a young boy who struggled to overcome hardship and his own shortcomings to become the most powerful mage in the Realms.

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