Spellfire (Shandril's Saga #1)Spellfire by Ed Greenwood
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What a likeable silly book. I think this was Greenwood’s first outing as a novelist and to say it shows is superfluous. But unneeded or not, I have to say it anyway. It’s written with such an overwhelmingly amateurish exuberance that almost glows with its own light. I’m sure this is Greenwood’s home D&D campaign transcribed into fiction, particularly from the way some of the action and set pieces are staged.

It’s lacking in many departments – the occasionally poor phrasing, the reliance upon coincidences, the minimal characterisations, the poorly disguised Gandalf in Elminster…but it’s fun and withal, it’s a quick and dirty read that won’t tax your intelligence. The author invented the milieu this book is set in, so there’s that. Ed Greenwood having fun in his own playground.

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