Book Review: Realms of Mystery - Several Writers
Title Realms of Mystery
Publisher Wizards of the Coast
Stand Alone or series Collection of short stories
A murder victim is turned into a zombie, just long enough to cover up the circumstances of his own death . . .
A silent ghost with a friendly grin greets those about to meet their doom . . .
The only clue to who's killing a party of adventurers is the letter "H," written in the blood of one of the victims . . .
Stories of murder, suspense, and intrigue by Elaine Cunninham, Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood, and other favorite Forgotten Realms authors.
“Speaking with the Dead” - Elaine Cunningham - 32pag - 6/10
This first tale she takes back to Arilyn Moonblade, Danilo Thann and Elaith Craulnober her heroes in Song and Swords quintet. For what I've search this short story takes place between Silver Shadows and Dream Spheres. In this story Elaith is accused of murdering a gnome illusionist, Danilo has the difficult (and ironic) task of proving Elaith's innocence. It wasn't the best short story in this book but not the worse. A bit confusing in my opinion. (First story that the dead is invoked)
“A Walk in the Snow” - Dave Gross - 21pag -6/10
“Rose Window, The” - Monte Cook - 12pag - 4/10
“Club Rules, The” - James Lowder - 27 pag - 7/10
“Thieves' Justice” - Mary H Herbert - 28 pag - 5/10
“H” - Richard Lee Byers - 21pag - 7.5/10
“Strange Bedfellows” - Keith Francis Strohm - 28pag - 8/10
“Whence the Song of Steel” - J. Robert King - 16pag - 8/10
“Darkly, Through a Glass of Ale” - Peter Archer - 20pag - 4/10
“Lynaelle” - Thomas M. Reid - 25pag - 5/10
Thomas Reid has written several novels in the forgotten realms world. This was one of the first stories he wrote. This story if anything is a bit long. I really hope Reid is better writing novels because I have several of them here. This tale tells us Lynaelle an half-elf orphan that is accused of murdering her own mentor.
So what do I have to say? It was a good anthology of stories with some quite good but others failing miseraly. In some of them I didn't felt that this was Forgotten Realms. Some of the writers here are quite good and I really hope that some are better in writing full-lenghted novels than writing short stories. Should I read this anthology if new to forgotten realms? Nah. Should I read this novel hoping good mysteries? Maybe. And If I like Forgotten realms? Then yes. You will lose 4 or 5 hours of your life but in the end you will not feel cheated.