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The Crystal Shard explained The Crystal Shard, review The Crystal Shard, trailer The Crystal Shard, box office The Crystal Shard, analysis The Crystal Shard, The Crystal Shard 0cf7 Akar Kessel, Weak Willed Apprentice Mage, Starts Events That Find A Magical Device, The Crystal Shard Dwarf Bruenor Rescues Barbarian Wulfgar From The Ruins Of Ten Towns, ForYears Of Service And Friendship With Help From Renegade Dark Elf Drizzt, Wulfgar Becomes A Warrior With Brawn And Brains Can The Trio Stave Off The Crystal Shard Forces

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 344 pages
  • The Crystal Shard
  • R.A. Salvatore
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 9780786942466

About the Author: R.A. Salvatore

As one of the fantasy genre s most successful authors, R.A Salvatore enjoys an ever expanding and tremendously loyal following His books regularly appear on The New York Times best seller lists and have sold than 10,000,000 copies Salvatore s original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter s Blade Trilogy October 2004 debuted at 1 on The Wall Street Journal best seller list



10 thoughts on “The Crystal Shard

  1. says:

    Forgotten Realms , , RPGs Drizzt Do Urden.

  2. says:

    Review of the audiobook narrated by Victor Bevine.Between 10 and 20 years ago, back when I only read a handful of books each year, I read through most of this series up to book 17 of The Legend of Drizzt With my recent re introduction to reading thanks to audiobooks I ve had the opportunity to get to know a few of the contemporary fantasy writers With this, my first re read in many years, I wanted to compare the old and the new with than just faded memories.The best part of this book, and the series as a whole, is Drizzt While he s sometimes obnoxiously virtuous, his thoughts and motivations bring some real depth to a narrative which is sorely lacking in just that Other that him what this book does well are the action sequences and being a faithful adaptation of DD The latter has meaning for me mostly due to my love of the Baldur s Gate I II which Drizzt appears in and Icewind Dale the setting for this book PC games in the late 90 s I can now see that the DD connection can be negative as well, as the general abilities and motivations or lack thereof of the various races have already been established There isn t a real reason why orcs, goblins or trolls are evil it s just because they are of that race There is also an overall lack of depth and a cast of one dimensional characters, making this a book I wouldn t recommend to start with Certainly, you would want to start with Homeland, which I m pretty sure is better without needing a re read, then take a step back with the Icewind Dale trilogy, before moving forward with Salvatore.Victor Bevine does an OK job He s good with different race character voices, but I didn t care for his regular narration voice I m hoping he gets better with the other books in the series.Final verdict 3.5 star story, 3.5 star narration, 3.5 stars overall I m rounding mostly up for posterity to keep this at a 4 star book, but if I was reading it for the first time this would likely be a 3 UPDATE 6 18 18 2 days after writing the above review I cannot in good conscience keep this rating at 4 stars so I have rounded down to 3 stars.

  3. says:

    This book sucked Seriously, this is a classic The story is good, and I can see why the character is popular among 12 year old boys He s a tormented drow So he s cool looking, but good And he has a magic panther And he can do just about anything, including run for days and command demons and all that.The story, overall, isn t horrible It s better than the base narrative of The Hobbit But the writing, the writing, the overwrought writing, the exposition, the journal entries argh Salvatore has been writing for 20 years, and maybe he s gotten better But I should have read this when I was 15, and then I would have disliked it less.I wonder how well those Dragonlance books would hold up if I read them now

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    Ah, the very beginning of the Drizzt saga Such trope ridden, archetypal innocence.When a disgruntled and incompetent mage apprentice comes into contact with one of the most twisted, manipulative and overall evil artifacts in the Forgotten Realms, things go south quickly for the population of Icewind Dale Enter Bruenor Battlehammer, Wulfgar the Barbarian and last, but certainly not least, Drizzt Do Urden.Having recently run The Legacy of the Crystal Shard, set a century later, for the 5th Edition of Dungeons Dragons, I must admit I liked that than I enjoyed reading this, but it was quite interesting seeing where it all originated.As R.A Salvatore s debut novel, The Crystal Shard reeks of inexperienced, derivative fantasy, but there is also a distinct aroma of epic adventure that keeps you reading page after page.Drizzt books are not masterpieces, but always enjoyable reads.

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    How many books do you know that a side character has time than the main character then becomes the main character That was the way for this book, which mean the character of Drizzt rather than for Wulfgar One of the many reasons that why this book is different from most books in fantasy This reason is the biggest reason that this is different from most of the book out there.

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    This beginning to the Icewind Dale trilogy is a guilty pleasure at best I fully admit that I ve read eight books in the entire Drizzt series, and that this kind of novel is just the thing I need to curl up with sometimes But the sad truth is that it is books like this one that, in my opinion, sometimes give fantasy a bad name Mr Salvatore is undoubtedly talented in writing than the format of these books might suggest I m sure he s writing for a fairly young audience , and the success of the series shows its popularity, but with only decent writing, only one really fleshed out character, and plot that feels like watered down and sugared up Tolkien and yes, the rip offs are many , this book just isn t really something worth reading Drizzt, the drow dark elf , is a classic romantic character, who is just too noble to ever show any weakness, and too good with his scimitars to ever be beaten by anything As much as I love that idea I plan to go as Drizzt next Halloween , it is puddle deep The latter Dark Elf trilogy is better and deeper writing, although still not quite literary My suggestion Try the Dark Elf trilogy If it s too juvenile for you, then the Crystal Shard will be too, by bounds.

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    MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListIt doesn t matter I will always love Drizzt his trusted companion, Guenhwyvar Drizzt Do Urden trotted along silently, his soft, low cut boots barely stirring the dust He kept the cowl of his brown cloak pulled low over the flowing waves of his stark white hair and moved with such effortless grace that an onlooker might have thought him to be no than an illusion, an optical trick of the brown sea of tundra. In the first part of the book we find Drizzt helping out a few of the towns against a barbarian raid He has help from his dear friend, Bruenor Battlehammer who is a dwarf I love the banter and camaraderie between the two During this battle one of the barbarians that was in a fight with Bruenor was hurt by Bruenor himself But the dwarf felt a soft spot in his heart for this young barbarian and took him in without killing him He told the barbarian named Wulfgar, that he had to work for him for a number of years and then he was free to go Wulfgar and Bruenor started feeling like family and when the time was up, Bruenor sent Wulfgar to learn fighting skills from Drizzt Meanwhile in another part of the tundra, this jerk of a wizard Akar Kessell gets lucky and finds a powerful magical piece called the crystal shard He uses this for bad things of course Controlling all of the giants, orcs and bringing demons through portholes. stuff like that Of course Kessell is going to attack the villages like will everyone just leave them alone with his huge army He has the barbarians on his side too Drizzt and Wulfgar become good friends while Wulfgar is learning to fight and then truly fighting the evil peeps with Drizzt and Bruenor Then Wulfgar wanted to go back to his people, which worried the others a little bit They shouldn t have worried, he brought them to their senses I love Wulfgar too This, that and the other happens and it ends all happy ever after with some funny stuff thrown in here and there Now they are on the next quest to somewhere that I m not telling you D

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    An elf, a dwarf, and a halfling walk into a barwait you ve heard this one before Yeah, okay There s nothing truly original here Nothing we haven t encountered before But I like it.A little different than the usual quest style of fantasy this one concentrates on a group of settlers trying to save their home from an invading wizard who has been possessed by an ancient artifact.If you ve read Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn first you will notice a difference in style The Crystal Shard was written first even though chronology it comes after Homeland matches the later books .But if you have a problem with the characters, especially Drizzt, you might as well stop now On a whole the writing does improve though It s hard consider this book in a bubble because I ve read all the Drizzt books that are out And I know that favorites are coming Happy Dance Artemis Entreri is coming Happy Dance ahem, a favorite character, or can you tell I recommend these books to fans of Dungeons and Dragons gameplay and books Fans of traditional fantasy To those who are just getting into fantasy And for anyone who might want a light read.

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