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Lord of Stormweather by Dave Gross

Posted by travizzt on October 29, 2009

The Uskevren family has been through a lot in the past year, but can those events prepare them for what’s to come?


Lord of Stormweather by Dave Gross is the seventh and final book of the Sembia: Gateway to the Realms series. The focus of the story is mostly on Tamlin Uskevren, the eldest son of the Uskerven family, but the story focus on other characters just as much. Thamalon Uskevren, Radu Malveen, and Chaney Foxmantle are other main characters which the story focuses on. The events on this book encompass the entire Sembia series, as well as all the short stories in The Halls of Stormweather.

I’ll just simply reword what the description says on the back of the book. Thamalon Uskevren II, commonly called Tamlin, is the heir to Stormweather Towers. The only thing is, he is more into the latest tends than matters of business. Tamlin’s world changes when his parents and the butler, Erevis Cale, suddenly disappear. When the enemies of Uskevren challenge Tamlin, he becomes a true lord of Stormweather, but not all threats and secrets are from the outside.

Negatives:
1) Confusing Scenes. There were a few confusing scenes throughout the book. They just seemed to go by to fast and with not enough detail to wade though them.
2) Character Focus. When I picked this up, I thought it would be focused upon Tamlin. Instead it focuses on 3 other characters including Tamlin. However this isn’t a really big problem because it works well into the telling of the story.

Positives:
1) Characters. All the character, major and minor, were well done. Dave Gross really read all the earlier stories because his character traits really did follow how the other authors wrote different characters. So I have to give some props to that. Also, in the short story, Night School by Clayton Emery (which focuses on Tamlin, in Halls of Stormweather anthology), Tamlin came off boring and uninteresting. However, Gross made Tamlin a fun character.
2) Humor. I don’t really say too much on humor in Forgotten Realm stories, but this had an absolute abundance. It worked really well. The dialogue between Radu and Chaney was fun and almost anything Tamlin said could be funny.
3) Plot. I was kind of surprised that this is the first book in which I didn’t flip to the final couple of pages to see what happens. The story wanted me to continue to read it.
4) The Ending. I thought it really wrapped up the series and ended on a high note.

Overall: 5/5

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