|“|| The best stories, the best authors, together in one volume for the first time!
The Best of the Realms presents your favorite stories from a decade of Forgotten Realms anthologies—every one chosen by you.
- "Rite of Blood" – Elaine Cunningham
- "Elminster at the Magefair" – Ed Greenwood
- "Darksword" – Troy Denning
- "Blood Sport" – Christie Golden
- "Six of Swords" – William W. Connors
- "The Rose Window" – Monte Cook
- "The First Moonwell" – Douglas Niles
- "The Greatest Hero Who Ever Died" – J. Robert King
- "Tertius and the Artifact" – Jeff Grubb
- "Red Ambition" – Jean Rabe
- "The Common Spell" – Kate Novak
- "Assassin's Shadow" – Jess Lebow
- "And the Dark Tide Rises" – Keith Francis Strohm
- "Empty Joys" – R.A. Salvatore
Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle, having journeyed for some time together working as bodyguards and bounty hunters, join a band of poor highwaymen for Jarlaxle's entertainment. They spend nearly two tendays with the group, capturing the baker Piter McRuggle, before the band's thugs bring in two young women as captives. Jarlaxle and Entreri turn on the group, soundly defeating them; Jarlaxle insists that they also free the young women and return them to their families. Afterwards, Jarlaxle briefly meets with Kimmuriel Oblodra to receive a new magical hat and eyepatch and plans to find Entreri a woman.