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Shadows Witness
The Sembia Series - Book 2

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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-7869-1677-X
Author: Paul S. Kemp
Cover Artist: Terese Nielsen
Release Date: November 2000
Format: Paperback book (312 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by WotC:

'Erevis Cale. The loyal servant of the Uskevren family, has a terrible secret.
Now, when a ruthless evil is unleashed on Selgaunt, the butler's ties to the underworld may have put the Uskevren in jeopardy. Erevis must finally prove his loyalty - to the city and to the Uskevren.
He won't get a second chance.'

See also the rerelease of Shadow's Witness in the Sembia: Gateway to the Realms series.

Other titles in The Sembia Series:

Read the interview between Candlekeep and Paul S Kemp, HERE!

Date: 18-September-2002
Rating: GoodGoodGood GoodGood


This has to be one of the best Forgotten Realms novels I have ever read. From the opening chapter I felt so pulled in by the novel. The author set the scene and atmosphere so much that my heart was actually racing! Paul S Kemp has done an excellent job in bringing the main characters of the novel to life and in creating a living and sinister feeling about the hidden side of Selgaunt.

I was left in awe after reading the descriptions of the killings, particularily the assassinations and such on the Zhentarim part of the story. The author described the feelings of dying in such a way that youd believed he had actually died and returned himself! It sent a shiver up my spine.

The whole feeling of the gates to the Abyss affecting the guildhouse were even nausiating to me as I was reading and the descriptions of dealing with the undead were the best ive read.

This really is a fantastic novel and kept me gripped constantly. Theres no wonder that Erevis Cale has become a popular character and im sure that Paul Kemp will be one of the greatest authors of the Realms. I cant wait for the Erevis Cale Trilogy to start next year!!!

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