2767052Well, I can see why everyone was so taken with this series and the movies when they came out.  The whole thing was rather fascinating in regards to the ‘what’s next’ factor because the thing that kept you turning the bpages (for me at least) was the need to know what Katniss would do next.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is essentially about a dystopian society where young people are sacrificed in annual games to win food for their…well…I guess state would be a good term for lack of a better one…all to allow the ruling class and state to impress their superiority upon the masses year after year.

Rather barbaric, but an effective setting.  Throw in a young girl sacrificing herself to save her sister, a doomed love, and of course the life or death struggle thing and you have a compelling read.

I actually liked how ruthless Katniss is.  She is willing to make alliances, but also more than willing to kill to live.  Usually in these cases the hero tries to save everyone, but here she’s only trying to save herself.  Rather refreshing.

Was there anything I didn’t like about the Hunger Games?  No, not really.  Aside from the fact I didn’t read it sooner!

Back to the Realms world again, starting the Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy by Ed Greenwood with Shadows of Doom.

49390Elminster’s Doom

It was the eve of the Time of Troubles. The chaos of spilled blood, lawless strife, monsters unleashed, and avatars roaming Faerun was still to come. Unbeknownst to mortals, the gods had been summoned together, and among them was Mystra, grown proud and willful in the passing eons. With the others, she was about to be stripped of her godhood.

The secret of her power gave her an idea. She made certain preparations, looking always for one who would be her successor . . . But until that person’s ascension, her power must be preserved.

A lone mortal must carry the greater share of her divine energy until the power could be reclaimed, and it was the fate of this mortal to risk being destroyed or driven wild, involuntarily and without warning.

This was the occaision of Elminster’s Doom.