|“||When the goddess of magic was murdered, Elminster's world shattered. Once the most powerful wizard in the world, immortal, beloved of the goddess of magic, and the bane of villainy, he is now a tired old man. He is powerful but mortal, and with all the enemies a man who makes a habit of saving the world tends to accumulate. To make matters worse, Elminster has needs—feeding powerful magic items to the Simbul, his lover, is the only thing that keeps her sane—but their increasingly risky collection leads his enemies right to him.||”|
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At some point, the novel's title was changed from Elminster Must Die! to Elminster Must Die. During that change, the novel's series was changed from The Sage of Shadowdale to simply Sage of Shadowdale.