89624First in the Return of the Arch Wizards trilogy, The Summoning follows an elven tomb guard-turned-sorcerer as he unwittingly destroys a world barrier known as the Sharn Wall and allows in intensely evil, magic powerful race known as phaerim into his world to threaten his home.

And his home just so happens to be Evereska, last city of the elves on Faerun outside of the elven homeland of Evermeet.  So naturally pretty much everyone is his enemy now.

Everyone, that is, ecept for a mysterious mage known as Melegaunt, who is able to use magic without the aid of Mystra’s Weave.  Readers of the Realms will know this source as the Shadow Weave and Melegaunt a practitioner of Shadow magic, but the period that his book is set in the Shadow Weave is unnamed as of yet, and only suspected of existing.

but there is more to this mysterious and helpful mage than meets the eye.  A suspected prince of the Netherese enclave known as Shade, Melegaunt is the one that orchestrated the escape of the phaerim in an attempt to get them away from Shade and hopefully destroy the phaerim once and for all.  Enemy of mine enemy and all that.

Unfortunately for the elves the battle takes place on Evereska’s land with several powerful elf friends along for the ride: Khelben, Laereal, and Elminster to name a few.

With beholders, Cyricists, and the body of a dead god who was once mortal and whose heart spews forth liquid magic, The Summoning was more interesting that I thought it would be, and I am looking forward to the next one.

But until then, back to the world of Shannara.  Finishing off the Legends duo, we have Measure of Magic next.

10199908For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more.

Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants—and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young tracker Panterra Qu.

Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter, Princess Phryne Amarantyne, stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom.

But even these will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront—a nameless, merciless figure who wanders the devastated land on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff . . . and the life of he who wields it.

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