The Best of the Realms: The Stories of R.A. Salvatore

The Best of the Realms: The Stories of R.A. Salvatore

A Forgotten Realms anthology featuring favorite fantasy stories from previous anthologies features works by Ed Greenwood, Jean Rabe, J. Robert King, Douglas Niles, Elaine Cunningham, Troy Denning, Jess Lebow, Christie Golden, Kate Novak-Grubb, William W. Connors, Monte Cook, Keith Francis, Strohm, and an original tale by R. A. Salvatore. Original.

Reviews of the The Best of the Realms: The Stories of R.A. Salvatore

Thomsen, and Lizz Baldwin- This Best of anthology was released in November of 2003 and takes the "best" of the short stories found within various Forgotten Realms anthologies. This short story appeared in Realms of the Underdark. Negatives: I can't think of anything wrong about this story. She's a very interesting character and it's nice to see a little more into her background than what we read in Starlight and Shadows trilogy. Overall: 5/5 Final Thoughts: Great look into a drow's mind and a great story revolving around Liriel Baenre. This short story appeared in Realms of Valor. That was really the only interesting and fun thing in the story. Overall: 3/5 Final Thoughts: If things were not as slow at times and sped up at others, this could have been a better story. This is what really makes this story good. The description about them is what really makes me think that they have to look really good and impressive. Overall: 3/5 Final Thoughts: While the main character is very memorable and unique, I felt the story was a tad bit confusing at times. This short story appears in Realms of Infamy. Though not as good as One Last Drink, it still is a great story. Overall: 5/5 Final Thoughts: More pieces of Jander's life are such a good thing. This short story appeared in Realms of Magic. They were an interesting group and had a lot of back story adventures glanced over and I would have liked to read about some of them. Overall: 4/5 Final Thoughts: Good story that left me wanting to read more about this groups adventures, however, the main problem was the sudden ending. The Rose Window by Monte Cook- The story is about an unnamed Loremaster of Oghma (The Lord of Knowledge and the Wise God) and how he goes to his old abbey, which is to be torn down, to play his respects. This short stories appears in Realms of Mystery. I think the character should have been, but at the same time, you wouldn't have gotten this sense of dread and a personal connection with him. You really don't have much information, but that is what makes the story really work. Overall: 5/5 Final Thoughts: It's a really good story. This short story is included in Realms of Magic. It really seemed like two different stories with only the ending that connected the both. Overall: 3/5 Final Thoughts: Like I said, I don't like creation stories. This short story is found in Realms of Infamy. The deaths in the story were just awful, in a good way. Overall: 4/5 Final Thoughts: Good story, just the outrageous deaths were the big problem. This short story is in Realms of the Arcane. I think that Jeff Grubb really did pick a good main character in someone who is so inept in doing things and amazingly, he doesn't do them right. In stead of coming off like most "all-knowing" characters, Ampi really does seem to serve his master in such a way to not really mock him. Overall: 4/5 Final Thoughts: Although the twist is obvious, the characters and the way the story was told really seems new and fresh. Positives: 1) Szass Tam. I like his character. Overall: 5/5 Final thoughts: Fun, interesting story with a very memorable villain. The short story here is found in Realms of Magic. The short story here is found in Realms of Magic. The only thing that I felt was wrong with the story is that it was really predictable. Overall: 4/5 Final Thoughts: It was just a little to predictable, but all in all, a good story. Assassin's Shadow by Jess Lebow- The story is about a young raider named Cy on a mission to kill an archwizard called Shadow. This short story appears in Realms of Shadow. This short story appears in Realms of Shadow. Positives: 1) Cy. For a would be assassin, he is terrible at it and this is what makes him a good character. Overall: 5/5 Final Thoughts: It was a fun story with pretty interesting characters and an interesting back story. And The Dark Tide Rises by Keith Francis Strohm- The story is about a young fisherman named Morgan Kevlynson and his part in spreading the news of the sahuagin attacks. Overall: 3/5 Final Thoughts: It's really just an average story. A. Salvatore- The story is about Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle and an adventure with a group of highwaymen. It was just basically a nice little story, no greater impact or new views on the main characters. Overall: 5/5 Final Thoughts: Funny story with plenty of action. OVERALL ANTHOLOGY: 4/5 Final Thoughts on Total Anthology: Overall, it really was a good collection of great stories. Even the stories I didn't really care for were a good choice.

Y por último me gustó El Rosetón y su final con muchos posibles finales para el monje y su templo, y también debo hacer un reconocimiento a Tertius y el artefacto y su final inesperado.

Some interesting characters who I'd be interested to read more of, such as Melegaunt, but for the most part quite the works and characters within them are largely forgettable.

Salvatores original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunters Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list and at # 4 on The New York Times best-seller list. Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi-volume series including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunters Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet. He is in good company, as The Salvatore Collection is situated alongside The Robert Cormier Library, which celebrates the writing career of the co-alum and esteemed author of young adult books. When he isn't writing, Salvatore chases after his three Japanese Chins, takes long walks, hits the gym, and coaches/plays on a fun-league softball team that includes most of his family.