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Ed Greenwood

Author of Elminster: The Making of a Mage

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About the Author

Ed Greenwood was born on July 21 1959 in Canada. He is a fantasy writer and the original creator of the Forgotten Realms game world. He began writing articles about the Forgotten Realms for Dragon magazine beginning in 1979, and subsequently sold the rights to the setting to TSR, the creators of show more the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, in 1986. He has written many Forgotten Realms novels, as well as numerous articles and D&D game supplement books. Greenwood discovered the Dungeons & Dragons game in 1975 and soon became a regular player. He used the Realms as a setting for his campaigns, which centered around the fictional locales of Waterdeep and Shadowdale, locations that would figure prominently in his later writing. According to Greenwood, his players' thirst for detail pushed him to further develop the Forgotten Realms setting. His works include Shandril's Sage, The Elminster Series, The Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy, The Comyr Saga, The Harpers, The Sundering and The Iron Assassin. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Ed Greenwood

Elminster: The Making of a Mage (1994) 1,067 copies
Spellfire (1987) 980 copies
Elminster in Myth Drannor (1997) 715 copies
Crown of Fire (1994) 660 copies
The Temptation of Elminster (1998) 583 copies
Elminster in Hell (2001) 557 copies
Elminster's Daughter (2004) 437 copies
Shadows of Doom (1995) 404 copies
The Kingless Land (2000) 401 copies
Cormyr (1996) 394 copies
Cloak of Shadows (1995) 349 copies
All Shadows Fled (1995) 339 copies
Stormlight (1996) 299 copies
Hand of Fire (2002) 270 copies
The Vacant Throne (2000) 266 copies
The Halls of Stormweather (2000) 251 copies
Death of the Dragon (2000) 241 copies
The City of Splendors (2005) 226 copies
Swords of Eveningstar (2006) 204 copies
A Dragon's Ascension (2002) 188 copies
Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990) 178 copies
The Dragon's Doom (2003) 164 copies
Swords of Dragonfire (2007) 154 copies
Elminster Must Die (2010) 150 copies
Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, 4th Edition (2008) — Author — 141 copies
The Drow of the Underdark (1991) 133 copies
The ruins of Undermountain (1991) 117 copies
Dark Lord (2007) 111 copies
Bury Elminster Deep (2011) 102 copies
Dark Warrior Rising (2007) 99 copies
The Sword Never Sleeps (2008) 98 copies
Power of Faerûn (2006) 96 copies
Waterdeep and the North (1988) 92 copies
Volo's Guide to Waterdeep (1992) 89 copies
Menzoberranzan : Boxed Set (1992) — Author — 84 copies
The Mercenaries (1998) 75 copies
Arch Wizard (2008) 69 copies
Lost Ships (1990) 66 copies
The Iron Assassin (2015) 65 copies
The Code of the Harpers (1993) 64 copies
The Magister (1988) 64 copies
Diamond (1998) 61 copies
Dwarves Deep (1657) 61 copies
Pages from the Mages (1995) 59 copies
Falconfar (2010) 53 copies
Dark Vengeance (2008) 49 copies
The Wizard's Mask (2013) 41 copies
Prayers from the Faithful (1997) 40 copies
Women In Practical Armor (2016) — Editor; Contributor — 22 copies
A Grand Tour of the Realms (1993) 21 copies
When the Hero Comes Home (2011) — Editor — 18 copies
When the Villain Comes Home (2012) — Editor; Contributor — 14 copies
Loona, Port of Intrigue (2003) 6 copies
The Wizard of the Coast Sneak Preview (2000) — Editor — 6 copies
Schattenlabyrinth (2011) 4 copies
Running the Realms (1993) 2 copies
Words of Unbinding (2016) 2 copies
When the Hero Comes Home: 2 (Volume 2) (2013) — Editor; Contributor, some editions — 2 copies
Der Palast des Verderbens (2005) 2 copies
Fort Ardraco (2021) 1 copy
Troldmand uden magi (2002) 1 copy
Stormsong 1 copy
Usynlige fjender (2004) 1 copy
Blandt skygger (2004) 1 copy
Skyggeborgen (2004) 1 copy
Troldmand i kamp (2003) 1 copy

Associated Works

Player's Handbook (2014) — Contributor — 2,279 copies
Dungeon Master's Guide (2014) — Contributor — 1,508 copies
Monster Manual (5e) (2014) — Contributor — 1,338 copies
Volo's Guide to Monsters (Dungeons & Dragons) (2016) — Additional design — 640 copies
Realms of Valor (1993) — Contributor — 465 copies
Realms of Infamy (1994) — Contributor — 349 copies
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888) — Foreword, some editions — 327 copies
Realms of Magic (1995) — Contributor — 327 copies
Realms of the Underdark (1996) — Contributor — 325 copies
Realms of Mystery (1998) — Contributor — 189 copies
Realms of the Arcane (1997) — Contributor — 174 copies
Realms of the Elves (2006) — Contributor — 162 copies
Realms of the Deep (1999) — Contributor — 133 copies
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide (2011) — Contributor — 126 copies
The Forgotten Realms Atlas (1990) — Foreword — 112 copies
Grand History of the Realms (Forgotten Realms) (2007) — Author — 112 copies
Realms of the Dead (2010) — Contributor — 74 copies
Catopolis (2008) — Contributor — 70 copies
Heroes in Training (2007) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Book of All Flesh (2004) — Contributor — 55 copies
Worlds of Their Own (2008) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Book of Final Flesh (All Flesh Must Be Eaten) (2005) — Contributor — 41 copies
Gamer Fantastic (2009) — Contributor — 40 copies
Oceans of Space (2002) — Contributor — 35 copies
Grants Pass (2009) — Contributor — 34 copies
Summoned to Destiny (Realms of Wonder) (2004) — Contributor — 31 copies
Pathfinder Adventure Path #33: The Varnhold Vanishing (2010) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Doom of Camelot (2000) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Bakka anthology (2002) — Contributor — 22 copies
Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales (2011) — Contributor — 19 copies
Path of the Just (2003) — Contributor — 17 copies
Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary (2015) — Contributor — 17 copies
Lilith Unbound (2008) — Contributor — 17 copies
Kobold Guide to Magic (2014) — Contributor — 13 copies
The New Hero: Every Age Needs Its Heroes (2013) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables (2013) — Contributor — 13 copies
Prince Valiant Episode Book — Contributor, some editions — 3 copies
Game On! (2023) — Author — 2 copies


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This is the last read for this particular copy. It has been through years of worldwide travel, reading, and more than one flood. (I'm not going to elaborate on that tussle with the geese) So I shall bid a tearful farewell to Shandril, her friends, and my old battered and beloved copy as I take it to the recycle. Don't gasp if your reading this.. it is in no condition to ever be read again... believe me if I didn't recall the missing parts it wouldn't have been readable these last few times. =)

I've not read much else in this series - which I understand is very good - but obviously I have enjoyed this trip into the Forgotten Realms. I don't think I can write much about the story without spoiling it. So I will leave it at this, If you have a chance to pick this up and read it - do so. I don't think you will regret a moment spent on this adventure.

please note my affection for this novel stems from my early teen years. I don't apply the same stringent criteria to it as I do other items read as an adult. You have been warned
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Kiri | 5 other reviews | Dec 24, 2023 |
All of that potential!

I mean despite a few issues, this book really should have done numbers. I'm about to go knock on some doors in an attempt to spread the "good word" on the "Iron assassin".... wait wait wait don't slam the door in my face. Hear me out.

So what's to like?

1. I love the very Steampunk essence that Ed Greenwood brings to this universe. His chief Tinkerer is Lord Tempest Straker.

2. The Iron Assassin, Bently Steelforce is my kind of weirdo assassin.

3. The overarching conspiracy had meaty potential


Plot/Storyline: -1 Should have just stuck to the overarching conspiracy - the threat to Lord Lion. Everything that can possible happen in this story happens. Too many subplots
Characters: -1 I started to lose interest in the ever growing list of new characters showing up. It feels like Greenwood was setting up for a series but never followed through so what we have is an over saturation of characters.
Favorite scene: the conversation between Lord Straker and Lady whatsherface in the shed moments after the Iron Assassin barged in and petrified the poor spy-wannabe Lady. It was a very clever tete-a-tete.
Favorite Quote/Concept: Every man needs a confidant - even those sworn to secrecy (Hardcastle on his Bromance with Jack Straker / LordTempest)

StoryGraph Challenge: 1800 books by 2025
Challenge Prompt: 150 Punk Fantasy Books
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RoadtripReader | Aug 24, 2023 |
I read a Forgotten Realms book by Ed Greenwood in high school, and it took almost 20 years before I was willing to give Forgotten Realms a second chance.

I picked this up for a buck, and I liked one other Pathfinder Tales book well enough, so I figured I'd give Ed Greenwood a second chance. His success will continue to be a mystery to me.

Reading this, I can't imagine that it would even be fun to play a game he's DMing. Basic, boring, repetitive . . . I guess he must be good at game design, but he's no writer.… (more)
3Oranges | 1 other review | Jun 24, 2023 |
A decent, but not great story of Elminster's early days, before he became an adventurer/hero/mythic figure. At this point Elminster isn't all-powerful. The writing is good and the story is interesting, particularly for Forgotten Realms fans.
Karlstar | 4 other reviews | Sep 28, 2022 |



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