Mystra, Elminster's personal lover and god has made him her chosen and sent him on another quest. Mystra is trying to spread magic and I assume assuage her own personal power but that is not explicitly obvious. A wealth of disjointed characters are introduced in this volume.
Disjointed is the operative word in this book. It is almost a collection of vignettes on magic it's benefits and abuses. Character after character is introduced, most of deplorable personal mores.
I still like the Elminster persona as abused as he is by his goddess lover but this book was a struggle to read. Admittedly the last few pages ties all of the apparently disconnected pieces together but the lack of continuity provided a lot of literary frustration.
I have one more of the series to read and only can hope it is better than this one.
Web Site: none I could fine but here is his Facebook link.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.