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potential spoilers disclaimer From Gnoll trackers TF and Skullport slavers DoN to pirates on the Inner Sea, and Netherese ruins MM , this third book in the trilogy of Erevis Cale is not lacking in action or suspense by any stretch A sentient kraken Yep Loved it.Once again, I will emphasize that Paul does a fantastic job at making your care about his characters love or hate In my view, this book got a littlegritty and also re introduced a love sub plot for Caleintere potential spoilers disclaimer From Gnoll trackers TF and Skullport slavers DoN to pirates on the Inner Sea, and Netherese ruins MM , this third book in the trilogy of Erevis Cale is not lacking in action or suspense by any stretch A sentient kraken Yep Loved it.Once again, I will emphasize that Paul does a fantastic job at making your care about his characters love or hate In my view, this book got a littlegritty and also re introduced a love sub plot for Caleinteresting than Thazi IMO.The ending left some threads untied for Cale and Magadon which I hope I will get to grab onto again when I crack the spines of the Shadow Wars trilogy I found the resolution of Riven to be well done an homage to the little guy.Paul great work with the girls I am a dog guy so really enjoyed this aspect of Drasek I really enjoyed this whole series, but this book was especially good Kemp does an excellent job fleshing out the area of Forgotten Realms that he has his characters in His characters are flawed perfectly, adding complexity and a touch of realism to a highly fantastic setting As stated by the author, he writes really good bad guys The Sojourner and the Slaadi are all really well done and consistent I will say that I typically don t like this kind of ending I don t want to spoil anything, an I really enjoyed this whole series, but this book was especially good Kemp does an excellent job fleshing out the area of Forgotten Realms that he has his characters in His characters are flawed perfectly, adding complexity and a touch of realism to a highly fantastic setting As stated by the author, he writes really good bad guys The Sojourner and the Slaadi are all really well done and consistent I will say that I typically don t like this kind of ending I don t want to spoil anything, and I will say that I was not put off by it like I usually am Kemp does such a good job with the other aspects of this story, that I was okay with not having a strong reason for the Big Baddie to be doing all the nefarious stuff he was doing I m happy to have another FR series under my belt The conclusion for Erevis Cale wrapped it up nicely I still think this trilogy should have been released as one long book, as opposed to 3 short ones The books very much read like it of course you could say the same for Lord of the Rings though that series hadobvious breaking points, but i digress Erevis gets a coupleboons in power, including a really cool scene where he teleports through shadows an entire ship plus crew He has temptation to fall into potential evil through the The conclusion for Erevis Cale wrapped it up nicely I still think this trilogy should have been released as one long book, as opposed to 3 short ones The books very much read like it of course you could say the same for Lord of the Rings though that series hadobvious breaking points, but i digress Erevis gets a coupleboons in power, including a really cool scene where he teleports through shadows an entire ship plus crew He has temptation to fall into potential evil through the god Mask, but Jack keeps him true On that note, Jack had a bitimportant role at this point, so he didn t just seem like an annoying puppy dog though it does irritate me how Cale always says Little Man all the time The book is action packed and has some really cool scenes and locations The villains were interesting, though sometimes the comments about fashion and cursing feel forced I didn t really see the point of Erevis saving the one girl and then going back to her in the end Who is she and why should I care The epilogue even kind of touched on that, like Erevis didn t know why either, just some strange attraction or something I think it could have done without Fun fantasy book, not terribly deep or anything, but it was a good read listen Narrator was decent, but I wouldn t say good This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Midnight s Mask by Paul S Kemp This is the final book in The Erevis Cale Trilogy The first is Twilight Falling and the second is Dawn of Night However, the first appearance of many of these characters are found in the Sembia Gateway to the Realms series There is a short story in Halls of Stormweather anthology entitled Resurrection and the second book in the series entitled Shadow s Witness Then after this trilogy, the story continues in The Twilight War trilogy Shadowbred, Shadowstorm Midnight s Mask by Paul S Kemp This is the final book in The Erevis Cale Trilogy The first is Twilight Falling and the second is Dawn of Night However, the first appearance of many of these characters are found in the Sembia Gateway to the Realms series There is a short story in Halls of Stormweather anthology entitled Resurrection and the second book in the series entitled Shadow s Witness Then after this trilogy, the story continues in The Twilight War trilogy Shadowbred, Shadowstorm, and Shadowrealm.Caution Spoilers are present if you haven t read Twilight Falling or Dawn of Night The story picks up right after Dawn of Night The Weave Tap taps Skullport s mantle, Drasek Riven has switched sides to join with the slaadi, and Erevis Cale, Magadon, and Jak Fleet are trying to escape Skullport s skulls After seeing the destruction in some areas of Skullport, the trio leave and return to Selgaunt, a city in Sembia, to figure out their next step While in Selgaunt, they run into an old friend who rudely helps them find where Riven and the slaadi are going Riven and the slaadi are looking for the sunken city of Sakkors, which fell into the Sea of Fallen Stars The sunken city holds another mantle where another seed of the Weave Tap needs to be planted in order for the slaadi master, The Sojourner, to create the Crown of Flame However, the two groups come across something bigger and very angry Barely escaping and having the seed planted, The Sojourner starts casting his Crown of Flame But can Cale, Magadon, and Jak stop the casting Negatives 1 Crown of Flame Honestly, it s really simple and a little lame You get this whole big idea of what it is and it s a little disappointing in what it turns out to be Why build something up so much only to make it so uncool But then again, it was a good thing about what it turned out to be.2 Middle Part Riven In the first two books, Riven was a main character Maybe he was a little bit of a supporting one, but I really looked at him being a main character in those books And I was really disappointed with the way Riven was down played in the middle section Yes, he was still present, but it felt like he was the side character to the slaadi, with Dolgan and Azriim the two slaadi being the main focus It really threw me off and it almost made me forget about Riven s presence Positives 1 Erevis Cale What he goes through in this story really what makes him Throughout the trilogy, Cale s been changing into something he doesn t understand or want to be, here it s no different He gainsandpower, at times loses himself to the darkness, and still is able to prevent himself from crossing that plain due in most part to his friends Towards the end, he really changes into something that is, quite frankly, scary But his continued growth and his changes were so well done and just very enjoyable to read about.2 The Sojourner Now, I didn t like this character at all in Dawn of Night He was boring and just dry However, in this book, he is given some personality and purpose You can really see his power and his desires muchclearly Maybe this change is due in part because of the amount of times he appears in the book, which isn t a lot but a perfect amount Then towards the end, I became somewhat sympathetic towards him Sure, he remained an arrogant jerk, but I just could help but feel sorry for him There isn t an easy why to put that really He was pretty much built up as the biggest, baddest, evil villain that there could be But at the end, it turns out what he wanted wasn t so bad aside from the many people he had to kill to gain what he wanted.3 The Ending It seems that I m talking a lot about the ending, to put it simply, it s just good Everything well almost everything is all wrapped up in a way in which you felt like it should have been Aside from the obvious things placed in it to gain the reader s curiosity on certain things, the main story was told and told well I really don t want to give away much of what happens but to explain why it was such a good ending, I could just give away some teasers Someone dies, and the death was totally unexpected, but it felt right how this character ended Mask, the god of thieves and shadows, gained something from another rival god And my last teaser, someone starts to call some people friends I hope I haven t given away that much Side Notes 1 What happened to Riven s ability to wrap shadowstuff into something that could heal It would have, I assume, helped a certain character.2 Cover Art Horrible Cale looks like an old man with wrinkles and just doesn t look right The shadow demons around the whatever it is the globe thing, are just distracting and once again, look like bad tattoo artwork It s ugly and a little plain.3 I really liked how Paul S Kemp really does stick with the small cliffhangers in this trilogy and places them in The Twilight War Trilogy After reading that trilogy, and re reading this one, I really appreciate how he did this Nothing really seemed to be overlooked or forgotten and it is really nice.4 Okay, quick question Is slaadi the plural form of slaad Or does it need an s at the end I think it s slaadi But I not sure on this Any information on this would be appreciated Overall 5 5Final Thoughts But wait I had some complaints So why is it a 5 5 Simple, the complaints didn t really deter the story in the slightest The only on that had an impact on the full story was the seeming disappearance of Riven in the middle, but he was still present and accounted for, albeit in a smaller role in these scenes Overall, the story was great, the characters were wonderful, and it s just an enjoyable story and trilogy I liked the reason for the Sojourner s grand plot although I was quite annoyed with Cale s reasoning for his dogged pursuit of the bad guys I was also quite annoyed with the reason for Riven s betrayal That is some confidence our heros had to program Riven that way when the whole thing could have been thwarted in book 2 and poor Skullport could have been spared Overall, I was entertained and even though there were a few plot points that bugged me, I was still very happy to be reading the fun I liked the reason for the Sojourner s grand plot although I was quite annoyed with Cale s reasoning for his dogged pursuit of the bad guys I was also quite annoyed with the reason for Riven s betrayal That is some confidence our heros had to program Riven that way when the whole thing could have been thwarted in book 2 and poor Skullport could have been spared Overall, I was entertained and even though there were a few plot points that bugged me, I was still very happy to be reading the fun creative work from a gifted author storyteller Great book Good ending to a good trilogy I found the Everis Cale books by reading the Sundering book series All I had read of Forgotten Realms before hand was R A Salvatore God Born, from the Sundering series, was such a good book that I looked into the Everis Cale Books I have to say God Born was one of the best of the Sundering book series This trilogy was very well written and captivating I enjoyed reading itthen some of R A Salvatore s Drizzt books and a lotthan Ed Greenwo Great book Good ending to a good trilogy I found the Everis Cale books by reading the Sundering book series All I had read of Forgotten Realms before hand was R A Salvatore God Born, from the Sundering series, was such a good book that I looked into the Everis Cale Books I have to say God Born was one of the best of the Sundering book series This trilogy was very well written and captivating I enjoyed reading itthen some of R A Salvatore s Drizzt books and a lotthan Ed Greenwood s Eliminster books I will be reading the Twilight War book series now and I m saddened to learn that God Born was the last of the Everis Cale books .FREE PDF ♆ Midnight's Mask ♖ The shadows deepen in every corner of the RealmsThe sun no longer shines on a man who has embraced the darkness within himThe day s opposite finds Erevis Cale so far along the path away from his own humanity, he may never again walk as a manIn the end, to be Chosen by a god like Mask iscurse than blessing Third book in this D the main characters are all dark and brooding edgelords that end up blending together a bit, they are super serious all the time and easily offended by banter, female characters are barely existent and poorly handled and villains are saturday morning cartoon y I think teenage boys would definitely be the target audience There is variety and it s an interesting example of high level D D , Third book in this DD trilogy I picked up after reading The Godborn by the same author I feel lukewarm the main characters are all dark and brooding edgelords that end up blending together a bit, they are super serious all the time and easily offended by banter, female characters are barely existent and poorly handled and villains are saturday morning cartoon y I think teenage boys would definitely be the target audience There is variety and it s an interesting example of high level DD , but I definitely prefer the author s later work For some, a place is home But for men like us, people have to be home And not just any people Friends The friends who live through the changes with us, who grow with us.Strength can move only mountains Ideas can shake worlds he hasangles than a prism Nothing is bigger than the personal. One of theepic series that I ve ever read The Sojourner is a foe that could walk into any part of Faerun and destroy it It s utterly hopeless to try and stop such an indomitable foe Cale finds his chance to defeat the Sojourner when he s at his weakest while feeling sand between his toes.