From publisher blurb:
Any rogue can craft a spell—but it takes a really reckless fool to write one down.
Thus, the wizard Elminster introduces the latest collection of wizardly lore from the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, includingthe following:
- New spells from mages such as Daltim, Darsson, and Myrl
- Fell creatures: the Tome Guardian, the Disenchanter, and the Scalamagdrion
- Details of more than 40 spellbooks—appearance, history, the magic they contain, and what is known of the fates of their makers
- And just for fun, Elminster's very own traveling spellbook!
"All this could have been avoided, of course. If the handful of heedful folk in the worlds would listen to me but a few moments more, much trouble could be averted—and, I suppose, much high adventure. Hmmm. Perhaps 'tis the doom of humans to always rush in heedless of the costs—and to open and read every old, crumbling book they find."