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Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published May 1st by Wizards of the Coast first published August 1st More Details Original Title. Forgotten Realms: Elminster 4 , Forgotten Realms. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Elminster in Hell , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Elminster in Hell Elminster, 4. Aug 20, Michael G rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy. This is easily the worst of the Elminster books. In general, Greenwood's never more than adequate writing has been deteriorating in his last few books. The story jumps around, the plot is difficult to follow and the characters are more and more caricatures.
This is even worse in this book. The interaction between demon and Elminster switches between boring, unbelievable and disgusting awful torture scenes that do little to impair Elminster. The resolution is a complete, unexpected and unbeli This is easily the worst of the Elminster books.
The resolution is a complete, unexpected and unbelievably cheap Deus-ex-Machina. And in the end, basically nothing has happened that has long term bearing on the world or the characters. Elminster is a great idea of a character, the problem is that he is effectively the alter-ego of Greenwood who in fact claims he is not, and that Mirt is his alter-ego. This means that he is invincible, infallible and irresistible especially to the ladies and lacks completely in character development.
This last fact is kind of sad, since the whole series is supposed to expose this key character's centuries of back story. May 14, Meg Laverick rated it did not like it. The cover lied to me. I was promised dragon punching and instead there was graphic torture, infuriatingly flaccid threats, overuse of the word 'diabolical' and whole sections where the author gave up on complete sentences. I am so disappointed. View 1 comment. Dec 21, Billy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone.
My favorite in the elminster series. May 13, Kerry rated it it was ok. As my experience with these topics was rather limited, I spent the first pages or so thoroughly confused.
Eventually I got over that and just rolled with the storyline. Decent read and, as with all Wizards of the Coast material, good inspiration for crafting adventures of one's own design. Mar 27, Brett rated it it was ok Shelves: fr-elminster , s-l-sword-challenge. The memory scenes were often well written and the only thing that kept me reading, in fat some of them could have been fleshed out to really good novels.
The scenes with Elminster and the devil lord were simply boring and pointless. Apr 12, Joe rated it it was ok. Not as good as I thought it would be. I expected something different so that might be the issue. Sep 16, Kagan Oztarakci rated it liked it. Love it I have read this book several times now and I laugh and cry every single time I have read it. Nov 30, JJ rated it liked it. Elminster finds himself trapped in Hell and this novel chronicles what he underwent there and the various attempts of his friends and colleagues to rescue him.
The framing device is strange, hopping back and forth between the thoughts of Elminster and those of the arch-fiend Nergal who has captured him. The rest of the novel moves back and forth between Elminster's sometimes fragmentary memories and present-time events.
In some ways, Elminster in Hell reads as a collection of short stories, but there is an overarching story and plot to the work. At the beginning, I almost abandoned the book, not sure what to make of it, but I stuck with it.
Even though the ending is perplexing, even though it was sometimes difficult to keep track of all of the characters, even though some of the scenes of Hell's tortures were particularly gruesome and gut-wrenching, I ended up liking the book. Some of the memory vignettes, such as the mystery surrounding the murders of a number of Lords of Waterdeep, were quite captivating. And I particularly enjoy Greenwood's ability to describe the way magic looks and feels and acts as it is being cast, and I think he is particularly good at describing spell battles.
Plus, I give Greenwood bonus points for trying something different and experimenting with storytelling styles. This is the fourth Elminster book I've read all in the space of a few months and although it turned out to be an enjoyable read, I think I'm ready to be finished with the Old Mage for a while. The Elminster books are good, but not great, and I've read a bunch of them, so I need a break. But I'm sure at some future point in time I'll be back to read more of Elminster's adventures. Dec 23, Theresa Ramseyer rated it liked it.
You do start in the middle of the action in this book. A bit more lead in would have been nice. I haven't read any of the other Elfminister books, so this was probably not the best for me to start on. But this is the first one the library had, so. I did find it mostly easy to tell when he and the devil were communicating, and when Elminister was giving up a memory. It got complicated when the devil's buddies started showing up. Who was who, and where did you come from again?
But that was on the You do start in the middle of the action in this book. But that was on the demon side; telling who was who on Elminister's side was easier. The book is graphic in describing pain and torture. The ending and one other part seemed too magical - Elminister is reduced to literally almost nothing, then one magic spell and he's whole and restored and just hunky dory again, thank you very much, whether to be tortured all over again or to celebrate being saved.
No residual problems, it seems. Given a choice, I would definitely read the first three books first. Otherwise you might get lost in the who's who and some unanswered questions.
I might read this again once I have finished those, and see how I like it then. I listened to this in audio book format. Since Goodreads still doesn't support audiobook versions, I tried to get as close as possible. The narration was quite good. The narrator did a good job of making the characters' voices different. I do suspect that paragraph notations would have made this easier to understand in a non-audio format, since the story does jump about both betwen characters and in space and time, since it deals a great deal in memories and how those memories interact with what I listened to this in audio book format.
I do suspect that paragraph notations would have made this easier to understand in a non-audio format, since the story does jump about both betwen characters and in space and time, since it deals a great deal in memories and how those memories interact with what is going on with particular characters in the present.
Still, I rather enjoyed it as classic Greenwood. Some reviews I had read mentioned that this book might not make a lot of sense if you just followed from the previous Elminster books, but that you would need to have read another laundry list of books, as well.
Elminster in Hell
Elminster, Sage of Shadowdale, Chosen of Mystra, faces his most desperate struggle—to survive, to escape, to cling to his very sanity—and all the forces of the inferno are rallied against him. The top-selling book by the creator of the Forgotten Realms universe is now available as an eBook! Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, an award-winning game designer, and a best-selling author whose fantasy novels have sold millions of copies worldwide in more than thirty languages. Category: Epic Fantasy. Available from:.
Elminster in Hell. On the world of his birth he's all but a god, but when an ancient evil banishes him to the depths of the Nine Hells, he's just another lost soul. Elminster, Sage of Shadowdale, Chosen of Mystra, faces his most desperate struggle - to survive, to escape, to cling to his very sanity - and all the forces of the inferno are rallied against him. Web Content.
He is a powerful wizard featured in several novels by Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood. Certain aspects of his appearance and demeanor seem to echo Gandalf , Merlin , or Odin. Elminster was one of the first characters that Greenwood created for the Forgotten Realms. Information about him can be found in virtually all Forgotten Realms game products, but the novels in The Elminster Series are perhaps the most definitive sources of information. Elminster appears as a gray-bearded man of weathered visage, with a hawk-like nose and alert, dancing eyes.