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Author(s) Scott Ciencin[1]
Publisher Wizards of the Coast
Type Novel
Languages * English (original)
  • French (Valombre)
  • German (Schattental)
  • Italian (La città delle ombre)
  • Spanish (Las Tablas del Destino)
Realm year(s) 1358 DR
Binding Mass Market Paperback (original)
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Released April 1989
Reprinted May 2003
Pages 335 (original)
352 (reprint)
ISBN 10 ISBN 0-8803-8730-0 (original)
ISBN 0-7869-3105-1 (reprint)
ISBN 13 ISBN 978-0-8803-8730-9 (original)
ISBN 978-0-7869-3105-7 (reprint)
Series Avatar series
Preceded by none
Followed by Tantras

Source: product listing (original) product listing (reprint)

Shadowdale, by Scott Ciencin[1], is the first book of the Avatar series.

When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faerûn in the guise of mortals.

When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder.

When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.


In the first part of the book, the adventurers Kelemvor Lyonsbane, Midnight, Cyric and Adon are presented as they end up joined in a party to rescue a lady, who actually is the goddess Mystra, held captive by the avatar of Bane. Midnight also receives a token of Mystra's power during the quest. The group eventually manage to help the goddess, who proceed to deafeat Bane, whose human form is nearly killed. Mystra then tries to ascend to the gods world to provide Ao with the names of the responsibles of the Tablets of Fate theft, but is destroyed by Helm by Ao's order, since the overgod wants the Tablets themselves back. In her last moment, the goddess pleads the adventurers to rescue the Tablets and to ask for Elminster's help on their quest.

In the second part of the book, the adventurers face a difficult travel to Shadowdale, home of Elminster. All the land is scarred and deformed by the violent death of the goddess Mystra, becoming dangerous and deadly, and the party manages to reach Shadowdale only thanks to the power Mystra granted Midnight. During the travel Midnight and Kelemvor enstabilish a sentimental bond between each other, while also Cyric starts to develop some feeling toward the woman. In the meanwhile, Adon's faith in Sune is shattered as a consequence of a serious face injury which gives him a big scar. The adventurers reach Shadowdale just before a battle begins; Bane marches to war on Shadowdale with two goals in his mind: destruction and removing the possible danger of Elminster. The battle is won and Bane apparently destroyed by an apparition of Mystra, but Elminster disappears in the huge energies generated by the event. The book ends with the adventurers accused of the death of old sage.


Edition Pages ISBN-10 ISBN-13 Publisher Published Citation
Mass Market Paperback 352 0-8803-8730-0 978-0880387309 Wizards of the Coast 1989-06-17
Mass Market Paperback 352 0-7869-3105-1 978-0786931057 Wizards of the Coast 2003-05-01
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  1. 1.0 1.1 The first three novels of the Avatar series were originally released under the pen-name 'Richard Awlinson'.

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