(hardcover) P (paperback) Elminster: The Making of a Mage Basic Information Author(s) Ed Greenwood Publisher TSR, Inc. Cover Artist Jeff Easley . Elminster: Making of a Mage. Add to Goodreads. In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and. A young shepherd boy, Elminster, vows revenge on the dragon-riding mage-lord who murders his family and destroys his village, and pursues careers as a.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Elminster by Hte Greenwood. Elminster 1 by Ed Greenwood. From the back cover: 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. Mass Market Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Making of a Mage

To ask other readers questions about Elminsterplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 17, David Sarkies rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Recommended to David by: A bookshop selling it very, very cheaply.

Seriously, why did I ever read this rubbish? When I ran a search for this book on Goodreads I discovered that there is a whole series of books about this Elminster character, including: Elminster in HellElminster’s Daughter what, he actually got laid, I though maoing mighty super magician rlminster above loveElminster Must Die and I bet you he doesn’t amon Seriously, why did I ever read this rubbish?

Elminster in HellElminster’s Daughter what, he actually got laid, I though this mighty super magician was above loveElminster Must Mzking and I bet you he doesn’t og others.

Seriously, either Ed Greenwood has way too much time on his hands, or people will simply read anything. Personally I elmunster it is the second answer since Greenwood can pretty much get away with writing rubbish. Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually think Greenwood has writing talent, and imagination, it is just that his talent tends not to flow on to writing novels.

This particular novel was very bad and very boring. Ed Greenwood was initially a writer for TSR, the company that developed and marketed the first ever roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons. I actually quite liked the world of the Forgotten Realms. While it did lack in realism in parts I still found it quite well constructed.

This was Ed Greenwood’s brainchild, and the world he created was truly full of adventure. It is still a very popular game world and does ,aking the backbone of many of the Dungeons and Dragons products that are released today.

Greyhawk tended to be more medieval where as The Realms had a much more Renaissance feel to it. However there were a few things that did annoy me. First of all there was a very strong distinction between good and evil. The kingdoms ruled by a good king such as Cormyr were good and the king was good. He would treat his subjects well and despite the land being ruled by a monarchy, people enjoyed freedom particularly merchants.


This was never the case and still isn’t the case in our real world. Some have critised mave authors for maknig too idealistic in the worlds, however not much criticism has been levelled against Dungeons and Dragons products for similar things. As for evil, they are truly evil, but I have never viewed the world as ever being black and white.

In makimg way it can be considered civilised and barbaric, but even then that is a misnomer because it depends on one’s point of view. Just because somebody lives in a nice apartment with all of the Mod-cons does not necessarily mean that they are civilised, and just because they live in a mud hut beside elmihster river in a jungle and survive off the produce of the land does not necessarily mean they are barbaric. The other aspect I do not like is Elminster, pure and simple. If I could give one word as to why I do not like him it is this: Seriously, it ekminster very, very clear that Elminster has been modelled on Gandalf.

In fact, as maming explore the world of the Forgotten Realms we discovered that there is a circle of powerful mages that seem to be a direct copy of the Istari of Middle Earth. The difference is that the Istari are not wizards simply because they are not human. They are spiritual beings that have been makng to Middle Earth as helpers for the people living there.

In a way they are a bulwark against the power of Makign. There is no Sauron in the Forgotten Realms, but there are these wonderfully powerful and fantastic, almost immortal, wizards that live there. I sort of did like it, but in a way, I never liked Elminster. Elminster lives in a region called the Dalelands, a forested region of the Forgotten Realms made up of a collection of farming communities in large clearings known as The Dales.

Elmjnster is no connection between them, and in a way they are all independent communities there is no concept of democracy or a republic in the Forgotten Realms, which is very disappointing since Republics have been in existence for a very long time — in fact I have never seen the word republic used in conjuction with the Forgotten Realms, despite it having been a part of our vocabulary, since at least Plato.

However, I hated Elminster so much that I created a Daleland called Darkdale that existed in a cavern underneath Shadowdale where Elminster lives and made it a complete opposite of Shadowdale, right down to the powerful, evil, undead sorcerer that lived there.

Needless to say, Greenwood never mave took my idea up. View all 6 comments.

Elminster: The Making of a Mage by Ed Greenwood

Jan 01, Miramira Endevall rated it did not like it. Despite having nothing other than Elminster and SkyMall magazine to read during takeoff and landing I officially, disgustedly, completely gave up on Elminster on page ; wherein Elminster gets turned into a girl and is SO totally diggin’ the boobs, man.

I wanted to puke. Fortunately, SkyMall offers a variety of products to help with that. Along with learning these vital isn’t-everybody-born-just-knowing-this-stuff facts, I also discovered that my husband is a black belt Nerd. At this point, of course, it is much to late to protest that it is a Bad Book, that it is Written Very Poorly, that I find it Profoundly Stupid – because I was caught reading it rather than caught pitching it disgustedly against the wall.


This is because I am in a Foreign Land and have read every other English-language book immediately available and what else am I supposed to do when soaking in a jacuzzi while sipping a screwdriver? I offer the following quotes: Ah, such an ugly word He hastily transferred his tankard out of the way, feeling a stirring in him.

So WTF is this “stirring” of which male authors so fondly write? Can any-male-one please explain? Only fools obey the nearest priest. That’s what we do, we send boxes. And then we read books.

Beware, JFi – I may yet dupe you into reading Trekkie slash-fic. View all 5 comments. Jan 04, Veronica Rosa rated it liked it Shelves: I first read this book several years ago and liked it. Now, older and maybe more cynical, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much.


Some of it has to do with the writing style where I feel like I’m missing out on information. I’ve always liked Elminster even if he is the ultimate Gary-Stu. I liked rlminster look into his formative years as it helps to understand the mystery that is Elminster, and yet I think he’s better as a side character.

One who’s mysterious and powerful, who pops in when he’s needed. Apr 20, Librivore rated it did not like it. Ed Greenwood elminsfer done it again. Flat characters, uninspired dialogue, unbelievably boring plot. It doesn’t help that the hero is the greatest Gary Stu in the Forgotten Realms universe, elmisnter will make it unscathed in the end.

There’s no tension – or anything else worth speaking of, really. Elminster goes from place to place, gains levels and Dec 12, Efka rated it liked it Shelves: Ho there, wanderer, stay thy course a mmage to indulge an old man. These were the first words of Elminster, the very first time I’ve met him in “Baldur’s Gate”.

Despite elminstdr that game roughly 20 yers ago, I remember that moment as if it happened I’ve got my curiousity peaked instantly, as Elminster had a very unique appearence and had a thorough voiceover – a feat that had been quite rare in the games produced in Lots of time ha Ho there, wanderer, stay thy course a moment to indulge an old man. Lots of time have passed, but my interest in a character remained, and somehow I’m celebrating those 20 years by reading a novel about that dude.

I’ve read a lot of bad and negative reviews about this book here, and though in some cases I can concur or at least see the reason behind those words, it is sad that most of the negativity seemed to be excessive and unfounded, and sometimes even deliberate. Yes, Ed Greenwood might not be an amalgam of Shakespeare and Hemingway, but that doesn’t make him “a bad writer”.

The pacing was ok, tje might have been better, but still they were decent enough, and complaining that Elminster gets everything too easy is bordering absurd.

Oh, and he’s a deity’s Chosen.