Atreus of Erlkazar: Hidden from his powerful family's enemies behind the hideous mask of his own face. Sent by the goddess of beauty on an impossible mission. Driven to find a way past his own flesh, into a soul torn between destiny and love. Deep in the ancient valleys of the enigmatic Utter East, Atreus will finally look into the...Faces of Deception.
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Faces of Deception is the second in a series of four novels (known as the Lost Empires series and which includes The Lost Library of Cormanthyr, Star of Cursrah, and the Nether Scroll) that deal with the secrets of four of Toril's long lost ancient civilizations. The book describes the adventures of Atreus Eleint of Rivenshield, a Quasimodo-like follower of Sune (!!!) (and his ogre bodyguard!), as he sets forth to complete a quest for his goddess which includes finding the mythical realm of Langdarma and bringing back a vial of sparkling water from the Fountain of Infinite Grace found therein. The book was a great disappointment from beginning to end and is reminiscent of Troy Denning's other poor work (i.e. The Veiled Dragon) as opposed to his commendable work (e.g. Waterdeep, The Parched Sea, Prince of Lies, and Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad to mention a few). Troy Denning sets up the Mar as being very similar to the inhabitants of India and the Ffolk to the...
As with most forgoten realms books and the fantasy genere. The story is about a trip going from one place to another and what happens along the way. This book is about that.
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