Rumors race around Cormyr regarding the mythical Lost Spell, a powerful enchantment designed centuries ago by the presumed dead god of spells—a spell long thought lost to the ages. Found by some magickless merchant, rumor has it the Lost Spell is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
It is a powerful lure, and archwizards of every stripe descend upon the merchant, only to be trapped with him inside his manor by a vicious spellstorm—escape impossible, and their magic useless with the interference from the storm.
Moreover—they find themselves faced with the infamous Elminster of Shadowdale, who claims he’s just there to decide who gets the Lost Spell, but who clearly has an agenda of his own.
But before Elimster can put whatever plan he has in motion, archwizards start dying.
The book is very well written and problably is one of the best books by Ed Greenwood. I must tell you that the plot and the scene where the story pass is very different from all other fantasy books I have read. The adventure happens in a very strange old mansion which gives a very sense of mystery and drama in the whole book.
Greenwood is able to captivate the readers attention from the first pages and does a really good job with its scene descriptions and the magic. It is a truly marvellous work and I recommend this book if you are a fan of fantasy and D&D. There is no much information about the Realms but even though is a really nice fantasy adventure.
One of the things that strikes me in this book is Elminster (the main character). It is very well detailed than in his other books and it looks very real. You have the sense that Elminster is a real person that exists in some distant world. I never had this feeling before while reading fantasy books (maybe with exception of Lord of the Rings), so this characteristics it is enough to make the book worth.
To conclude, I find the end of the story a little bit vague and wish I could have more books on this series but we will need to wait. In short I found the book very well written and a nice reading. I recommend it for my readers and would love to hear your comments.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world setting and the author of more than 170 books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over two dozen languages. In real life, he’s a Canadian librarian who lives in the Ontario countryside with his wife, a cat, and far too many books.
Series: Forgotten Realms
Release Date: 02 June, 2015
Format: Hardcover; eBook