I'm trying to recall the name of a sword-and-sorcery fantasy trilogy which I've read about 20 years ago. The things I remember are:

  • The plot was set mainly in a desert-wasteland area, and many of the characters were half-breeds.

  • The Elves in that setting were tribal wildlings. They were very tall, above 2m on average, and they excelled at extremely long distance running.

  • One of the main characters was a human who could read minds. The process of mind reading was thoroughly described: When someone`s mind was being read, sometimes he could become aware of it - and the mind reader had to "escape" its victim's mind as quick as possible.

  • Another important character was an exceptionally strong Half-Dwarf (Dwarf/Human). He was bald and beardless as I recall, and I think he was a gladiator or a slave.

  • One of the main characters was half-Elf who grew up in an urban area. She joined a tribe of Elves at some point, and struggled at keeping the pace with them.

  • @Otis, no it isn't. The question in the attached link may describe a story set the Dark Sun world, but it isn't part of Prism Pentad series (or at least not part of the first 3 books in the series which I was asking about).
    – Fingolfin
    Apr 14, 2016 at 7:11
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    Fair enough. To be clear: The main point of my comment was to link related posts for the benefit of future searchers, not to criticize . I'll change it to a "see also."
    – Otis
    Apr 14, 2016 at 15:07
  • see also: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/93338/… for other books in this same series and universe
    – Otis
    Apr 14, 2016 at 15:07

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This could be the Prism Pentad, a series of five books by Troy Denning, based upon the Dark Sun Setting for AD&D Second Edition.

The main protagonists are a mul (a dwarf/human half breed), a half elf mage and a human and a half-giant. They have adventures in a desert fantasy setting. The universe they live in is big on psionics, in part because arcane magic damages the already fragile ecosystem.

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    Yep, this is it! Thank you. I've been thinking about this book lately for some unknown reason... Though not sure if at 32 I'll enjoy reading them as much as I did when I was 13, if at all.
    – Fingolfin
    Apr 12, 2016 at 10:39
  • @:Fingolfin: I liked them a lot, too, and I think they are still some of the better D&D-fiction books out there. Apr 12, 2016 at 10:41
  • @Rorschachhamster - You have my +1 and an acceptance from the OP. Well done. You might want to clean up the obsolete comments now.
    – Valorum
    Apr 12, 2016 at 10:41

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