7748327Took me forever to read this one, and I’m still not 100% sure if I know WTF is going on in it.

Elminster Must Die is the first in the Sage of Shadowdale saga by Ed Greenwood and takes place roughly 100 years after the events of the Spellplague.  Wild magic has calmed fpr the most part, and Faerun has learned how to carry on in this strange new world of primal creatures and returned civilizations.

But I think the ones with the toughest adjustment to this new world would be Elminster and the other of Mystra’s Chosen after the death of their mother / patron goddess.

Now, Elminster is a shadow of his former self. Able to retain his sanity so long as he doesn’t cast spells, else he goes stark raving mad.  Alassra, the mighty Simbul, Witch Queen of Algarond and Elminster’s lady love, has the opposite problem.  She is doomed to madness unless she devours magic.  And Storm, in love with the one man she can never have, tends to them both.

As for the other sisters, little is known as of yet.

But time is running out for Alassra.  It takes stronger and stronger magic to grant her lucidity, and those moments of sanity are growing shorter and shorter.  So now Elminster searches for artifacts of great power, rumored to hold the Ghosts of the Nine -a famed adventuring party Lareal traveled with before she was driven briefly mad by an artifact- in fair Cormyr, hoping such an in-surge of old, potent magic will be enough to bring Alassra back to herself permanently.

But that will have to wait for another time.  Next we’re looking at a new series by J.R. War, looks like a spin off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Blood Kiss, first in The Legacy series coming right up.

24903031Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.