49384First in the Elminster series by Ed Greedwood, Making of a Mage was read by June 2nd 2010.

Really good start to one of the most iconic characters of the Forgotten Realms world.  Not only do we get the origin story of Elminster, but we also learn more about his goddess Mystra.

I liked the love story between mortal man and immortal goddess.  It explains much of how and why Elminster became one (possible the First) of her Chosen.  How else can you serve your goddess the way he does if you did not know and love her as a flesh and blood woman?

It makes me even more pissed now about her being killed off in the 4th Ed of Forgotten Realms, since now I seem to know more about her as a person rather than a faceless goddess of immeasurable power.