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( Read E-pub ) Ö Prince of Lies ⚟ Revenge of a God The Time of Troubles is at an end, and the gods have been restored to their rightful places The soul of Kelemvor Lyonsbane, former lover of the goddess of magic, remains hidden from the mad god Cyric The will of one such as Cyric, when bent on revenge, is not so easily thwarted never trust a man who says he can be trusted where there are dreams, there is always nightmares In my opinion one of the best Forgotten Realms books ever Though from the original printing it wasn t immediately apparent it is the fourth book in the Avatar series Later printings made that clearer I loved the original series and was glad to be able to revisit the characters after their ascension The godly politics and behind the scene s perspective is probably what i liked best about this book One of the things that i think fantasy has generally overlooked is that when gods conflict in f In my opinion one of the best Forgotten Realms books ever Though from the original printing it wasn t immediately apparent it is the fourth book in the Avatar series Later printings made that clearer I loved the original series and was glad to be able to revisit the characters after their ascension The godly politics and behind the scene s perspective is probably what i liked best about this book One of the things that i think fantasy has generally overlooked is that when gods conflict in fantasy books The story is mostly told through the eyes of their mortal followers and pawns Whereas very few books take the story to the gods themselves as it were This story has kind of a refreshingly different take on god versus god conflict, in that the gods themselves are characters in it Much of the book is written from the perspective of the gods involved Both politically and at times in direct combat with one another All in all a good read and good follow up to the Avatar series This book was ok The writing was ok The story and even the characters were quite ok I find it muchfrustrating to read an ok book rather than an outright bad book At least with a bad book you can kvetch and complain and marvel at the horror of what you are, for some reason, reading.With an ok book, I just feel stuck in a monotonous hell that slowly deadens the soul.To add to the experience, I had to write this little review 3 times as it kept disappearing A perfect ending to this book r This book was ok The writing was ok The story and even the characters were quite ok I find it muchfrustrating to read an ok book rather than an outright bad book At least with a bad book you can kvetch and complain and marvel at the horror of what you are, for some reason, reading.With an ok book, I just feel stuck in a monotonous hell that slowly deadens the soul.To add to the experience, I had to write this little review 3 times as it kept disappearing A perfect ending to this book reading experience Ok TSR went all out for this sequel to the Avatar trilogy, loading it with several firsts a full color cardstock map, interior illustrations, and about 60pages than any of the paperback Forgotten Realms novels published up to that point roughly 20,000 words longer With all of that added effort and expense, I am surprised that it was not advertised in the back of their other books published shortly prior maybe their publishing schedule changed too quickly for this Fortunately, the conten TSR went all out for this sequel to the Avatar trilogy, loading it with several firsts a full color cardstock map, interior illustrations, and about 60pages than any of the paperback Forgotten Realms novels published up to that point roughly 20,000 words longer With all of that added effort and expense, I am surprised that it was not advertised in the back of their other books published shortly prior maybe their publishing schedule changed too quickly for this Fortunately, the content was of sufficient quality to support this effort Evenfortunately, it was not written by either of the authors who wrote the truly awful original Avatar trilogy Scott Ciencin and Troy Denning under the pen name of Richard Awlinson James Lowder has proven himself capable of spinning an entertaining yarn in his prior Forgotten Realms novels In the introduction to Prince of Lies, Lowder reveals that he was a first time editor for the Avatar trilogy, which goes some way to explain how terrible those books were Presumably he has aexperienced editor working on his own books Prince of Lies takes place ten years after the events of the Avatar trilogy, which detailed how changes in the pantheon of gods of Faerun took place, with the mortal protagonists ultimately taking on godhood Now, Cyric, new god of strife, murder, and the dead and maybe illusion also at the time of the story , plots to usurp evenpower, opposed most directly by the new goddess of magic, Mystra formerly known as Midnight Other deities are involved, as well as mortals and the dead The plot is all over the place, but somehow it works amazingly well It details a shift of godly powers in a vastlyengaging and entertaining way in a single book than the Avatar trilogy did in three The gods, as portrayed here, are very, well, human They are moody, conniving, usually take human form, and are in fact quite limited in power Here, this allows them to remain interesting characters It is quite in keeping with the concept of the gods in your typical DD tabletop game beings that mortals could potentially interact with directly and be influenced by mortal actions However this portrayal is not consistent across other Forgotten Realms novels In particular, Douglas Niles books set in the Moonshae Isles use a muchnebulous concept of the gods, who existas amorphous entities acting from a distant cosmic realm Both are perfectly fine and fit with the different story lines, and in DD play the gods could just be a bunch of cats batting planets around if that s how you want to have it, but my point is that some consistency in this publishing line could have been a welcome editorial choice