Shadowdale has ratings and 91 reviews. Mike (the Paladin) said: Okay, I picked this up because our D&D group is or has begun a game in (cue portent. Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms: Avatar Trilogy, Book One) [Richard Awlinson, Jeff Easley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When the. Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms: Avatar Trilogy, Book 1) [Scott Ciencin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An all-new version of one of the.

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I enjoy the Forgotten Realms setting, especially the diverse pantheon. Shadowdale was the first Forgotten Realms novel I read, primarily due to my fear of the novels destroying my vision of the Forgotten Realms setting and what it would be. Shadowdale begins the tale of the fall of the Gods of the Realms.

The Gorgon’s Alliance Planescape: This is a lot like retconning a series to make a future mistake into truth. Pretty sure I’ll not read the rest of the trilogy although I hear from some that the third book is better. The four so-called heroes were not heroic and I wasn’t drawn to any of them or their purposes.

It just pushed so much existing lore out the window and replaced it for evidently no necessary reason.

The plot is no better. May 23, Forgottrn rated it really liked it. Richard Awlinson Avatar Project Pseudonym. Such was the case with Shadowdale. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Written while he was in his mids, Shadowdale was Scott’s first published novel and in many ways, it shows.

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Descriptions are often crude, transitions abrupt, characters ra After hearing so much about this trilogy, I came to it with probably unreasonably high expectations, and was definitely let down. The other three of the four main adventures, we already know are destined to one day become gods themselves. This page was last edited on 26 Septemberat However, somewhere down the line, the terms of the curse flipped around. Shattered Lands Dark Sun: Going into this, I was concerned, but I decided that due to my appreciation of the Forgotten Realms’ Pantheon, that if I were to read an Forgotten realms book it should be from the Avatar series.


I do like the dragonlance series and have read so many books in the forgotten realms. And the search begins in Shadowdale. Lists with This Book. Hopefully I can make it through the next two books of the Avatar Trilogy.

Some of them even died, though there was a catch — if a god dies, they die quite spectacularly, and usually in the form of a nuclear explosion. I love Forgotten Realms.

Some early ancestor of his was a greedy jerk who fell afoul of some gypsies as you snadowdale who cursed eealms as they do such that he could only ever engage in selfless acts without any desire for compensation or reward.

I won’t spoil anything, but suffice it to say the ending of this book is nothing more than a set of contrived excuses to top it off with a large amount of action and makes you feel like everything you read before this should have been squeezed into a prologue.

The last two books in the series account for what occurred after the Tablets were returned to Aoincluding the aftermath of the ascension of several Company members to godhood Midnight took the mantle of MystraKelemvor became god of the dead, and Cyric took several vile deities’ portfolios and went mad.

Incoherent, trite, poor characterization. From there on, we have an enormous story, so enormous I felt the author was having difficulty controlling and conveying it to the reader.

He is unimaginably obnoxious, unrelatable, and unrealistic even in a fantasy setting that I legitimately became furious at this book for how they had this wizardly jackass breeze through this story, showing up just to remind people he is as powerful as the gods themselves with little to know burden felt upon him despite the wild struggles of everyone else in the world.


Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms: Avatar #1) by Scott Ciencin

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View all 3 comments. I thought I had scored a find. So of course I did enjoy this one merely because of the world it plays in. See they are trying to recover These first books are classics, without doubt, but reading them today, they’re just not that good. Ao summons all of the deities into his presence and informs them that the Tablets of Fate which define and describe the individual duties of each deity have been stolen, and their juvenile jockeying for power, instead of managing the world as they should have, has disappointed their master.

My love for fantasy fiction was truly challenged with this offering by Richard Awlinson Pen name for Scott Ciencin. The only really good parts of this book involve Cyric, his interactions with other characters, and his internal struggles. Chaos, destruction, and death abound as http: Dark Alliance Baldur’s Gate: I must say though, that I have read much better stories. The ending was poor enough that it has almost put me off reading the second entry, and the book in general dragged so much that it took quite some time to get around to finishing.

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