The Halls of Stormweather


The Halls of Stormweather

Forgotten Realms: Sembia, Gateway to the Realms #1

Philip Athans

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before I begin this review, I’d like to state that I have had a very hit or miss pattern with Forgotten Realms. I’ve read a couple of Ed Greenwood’s Elminster books and found them extremely boring. Then I read the War of the Spider Queen series and absolutely loved it. Then, on recommendation from my brother, I started the Drizz’t series. That was just awful! Then I found the sequel to the War of the Spider Queen, The Lady Penitent trilogy and once again, loved it! Then I tried the Abolethic Sovereignty trilogy and couldn’t finish it.

So I’m always leery when trying a Forgotten Realms book/series, as I just don’t know what I’ll end up with.

I’d heard of Erevis Cale somewhere or other and wanted to see if he was an interesting character, so I dug around and found this to be the first book with him in it. And then I found it was a bunch of short stories centering around the Uskevren family, of whom Erevis was the butler.

I enjoyed the stories, as they introduced me to the city Selgaunt and the area of Sembia [do you know how long it took me to figure out that Selgaunt and Sembia were actually two different places and not just different names for the same place?!?]. I also found that the short story format worked well with each character, as we get a snaphsot of them without the author of said short story showing all their weaknesses by trying to write a full blown novel about that character.

So I just sped through this book, loving it and looking forward to the next. Which I’ve finished and will be reviewing tomorrow. Man, when Forgotten Realms is good, it is GOOD!

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