(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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Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of of this unlikely pair – offering a fresh take on the intrigue and opportunities to be found in the shadows, and providing a fascinating prelude to the journeys that have shaped the modern-day Forgotten Realms. There, a Zaknafein and Drizzt are joined together in a series of trials that parallel those of centuries long past, even though their paths makijg longer seem to be aligned.

The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power.

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The dark elves of Mqge, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren’t done with Drizzt yet. This stunning new release of the classic R. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore’s signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do’Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions. It can lay low a dragon or heal a wounded warrior.

It is the most sought-after magical power in all Faern. And it is in the reluctant hands of Shandril of Highmoon, a young, orphaned kitchen-lass. Now she’s on the run from half of the evil sorcerers in the land, not to mention their relentless minions.

Elminster: The Making of a Mage by Ed Greenwood

But with the help of a handsome young wizard, some rough-and-tumble Knights of Myth Drannor, and a certain old mage of Shadowdale, she just might manage to stay alive.

At least until tomorrow. The Legend of Drizzt: Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. High in the Snowflake Mountains sits the Edificant Library, a place of scholarly study for priests, bards, and others. Now from the hidden vaults beneath the library a devastating curse is unleashed, and a young cleric must battle the terrifying creatures set loose by a malevolent, consuming essence that’s been released, before his aa brethren turn against him.

Cadderly must put his studies to the test and enter the catacombs far below to save his brothers and himself. A quest for bloody vengeance forces Derla, a skilled veteran of the Varinshold underworld, into the service of arch schemer King Janus.


Charged with protecting the renowned drunkard and cardsharp Elminstdr Mustor, Derla finds herself drawn into a high stakes game with the notorious criminal overlord known as One Eye. Once the most powerful wizard in the world, immortal, beloved of elminter goddess of magic, and the bane of villainy, he is now a tired old man. He is powerful but mortal, and with all the enemies a man who makes a habit of saving the world tends to accumulate. To make matters worse, Elminster has needs – feeding powerful magic items to the Simbul, his lover, is the only thing that keeps her sane – but their increasingly risky collection leads his enemies right to him.

Five years ago Corin Cadence’s brother entered the Serpent Spire – a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, elmindter monsters.

The Making of a Mage

Those who survive the spire’s trials return home with an attunement: According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire’s goddess. Now elinster Corin’s turn. He’s headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess. When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots.

But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation’s royal academy – a whole world of secrets in itself.

But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

Elminster: The Making of a Mage

In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic 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.

With mxking and grit, Elminster sets about to change all that. The result of his labors is a world reborn and a mage made. I bought this audiobook because I really like the paper version. However, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to the story.

I could not get through the first chapter before giving up. The narrator speaks mostly in a bored voice while reading the story. It is also very obvious that he is only reading the book, not trying to perform. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring.

Because that is what he brings to his performance. The main problem with this audiobook is that the el,inster quality of the audio performance is very bad.

Even for a relatively unknown book the quality put into this audiobook is way below acceptable. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this audiobook. Story of El is always great. Narrator needed to break up the different scenes better. Flows together and unless you can anticipate or pay close attention, you may miss where the break is. I stuck through the first two chapters of this book but couldn’t bring myself to spend any more time on it.


While this is an amazing story, one that I’ve read multiple times in paper version, the narration was not good and, in my opinion, made it impossible to listen to. I like to listen to audio books while doing something else house cleaning, driving, data entry, etc. Overall, the narrator sounded bored and did nothing to improve the story. If you’re interested in Elminster, I recommend picking up a physical copy of this story instead.

I loved this book as a child and it was just as fun reading it again years later. That said, the narrator was awful. It felt like it was being read by Ben Stein, dry and bland. There was no feeling in the performance, his reading cadence was cumbersome and he barely varied his tone to indicate different characters.

It felt like someone ponderously reading a book to me instead of someone performing a story. If you’ve read my reviews, you know I love some of the Forgotten Realms audiobooks, such as the Dragonlance and Drizzt series. I was holding onnto hope that the Elminster series would be part of what Amazon would bring to the table for Audible’s listeners. Finally, they have done so, and it’s well worth the wait.

I read the Elminster novels many years ago, when they first hit the shelves. Ed Greenwood is a prolific writer with an excellent style, and I absorbed each of his Elminster novels, soaking in the superb storytelling strengths this author brings to the table.

Every aspect of this novel and the subsequent novels in the first and additional series are exceptional listening. Wonderful broad plot strokes, deep story lines and character development.

Once again, no spoilers at all. It would only ruin the listening journey. If you like high magic fantasy, this makes for an exciting listen. And as to the rest of the series, Greenwood does’t disappoint. I love this series so much, i bought them all. You owe it to yourself to listen to this, the very first in the series. I’m betting you’ll want the rest, as I did. How did the narrator detract from the book? The narrator did a poor job with voices and names, and was hard to understand at times.

The audio quality was terrible! It was a fun ride listening to this book. Looking forward to more adventures of Elminster. Narrator did a fine job. I recommend this to all who love fantasy. Hi John and Sarah. I liked this book as a kid and have enjoyed it again an audio book as an adult. Not sure if it was the writing or the person reading it, but who talks like that?! The speech was all wooden and slow, like it was written by a 6 year old. I found that the speaking between characters ruined the whole story for me.

I had just finished Hero by R. Salvatore and it was bittersweet. Best book that I’ve read I mean listened to in a while. I was on a non-stop Drizzt bender and loved all of the books in the series. Hero was the final book for Drizzt and I was left wanting more forgotten Realms I looked at all the stories and trilogies and remembered Elminster being mentioned, in the Drizzt books, every once in a while.