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The Chaos Curse (Forgotten Realms: The Cleric Quintet, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2000

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About the Author

R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. He is the acclaimed author of the DemonWars trilogy: The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, and The Demon Apostle; as well as Mortalis, Bastion of Darkness, Ascendance, and the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Cleric Quintet (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; English Language edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786916087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786916085
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R.A. Salvatore has spent so many years winding himself into fantasy worlds that he's still trying to figure out how to unwind. He is the author of more than forty novels and more than a dozen New York Times best sellers, including The Two Swords, which debuted at or near the top of many best seller lists.

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The Chaos curse is the final book in a 5 book series, all of which are great. Cadderly and friends must face an evil in which they never thought they would have to face. They must fight together, facing new enemies, as well as old. This is a great series, and some of these characters make an appearence in Salvatore's other books containing Drizzt. I recommend these books to anyone into fantasy, or if you are just a fan of Salvatore, this book, as well as the others in the series, are a must! The ending of this book is a little sad, so be forewarned, but if you read the later books containing Drizzt, everything comes out to be alright.
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... there are some interesting elements here. As hinted at in some of the previous novels of the series, Cadderly has something a reformer attitude. He believes his order has strayed away from its tenets and that it is too consumed with ritual and dusty tomes rather than helping people etc... Cadderly's religious order is headed up by Dean Thobiscus who, in Cadderly's view, personifies the ritualistic and power politics that have corrupted the order. This conflict had potential to be developed more, but this did not happen.
There was one improvement over the previous book in the series. Cadderly finally faces a foe that he finds difficult to combat. Obviously, I don't want to reveal who this last villain is but it was reasonably done. There is also some genuine risk involved here as Cadderly's lover, Danica, is captured. Where is the setting for this confrontation? The Edificant Library which has been overcome by the forces of darkness. Also, he faces an important choice near the end; to follow the calling of his God completely or continue his relationship with Danica.
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On my first read through this series, years ago, I felt that Salvatore fell into a common writer's trap of overpowering the main character, to near god-like status. In many respects, I still feel that way, even though I recognize that he did make attempts along the way to temper that power.

The book is the final installment in the Cleric Quintet, and if you have not read the prior 4 books, I recommend that you do so for this one to make more sense.

The book picks up from the end of the last book, Fallen Fortress. Cadderly, priest of Deneir, along with Pikel and Ivan Bouldershoulder (dwarven brothers, one of whom aspires to be a druid) set off to find a way through to the old red dragon Feyrenn's treasure. Danica, the warrior monk and Cadderly's fiancee, together with Dorigen, the repentant wizard, set straight off for the Edificant Library, home to priests of both deities Deneir and Oghma. Shayleigh, the woodland elf, goes with Danica and Dorigen most of the way to the Library, then parts ways to return to Shilmista, her home.

Unknown to any of them, Kierkan Rufo, a branded, cursed and fallen priest of Deneir, has returned to the Library before any of them, together with Druzil, the mischievous imp. Together they enter by way of the catacombs, seeking to liberate the Chaos Curse, held captive in a bowl of holy water by Cadderly's hand. Rather than liberating it, however, the bumbling Kierkan drinks the potion instead, then runs out, vomiting all the way, in the hopes that the priests of the Library might help him.

As Kierkan is in the process of dying, the corrupt Dean Thobicus, leader of the Library, invites Kierkan into the Library, so that the priests may try better to heal Kierkan.
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The Chaos Curse, Book Five in the Cleric Quintet - R. A. Salvatore
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The entire series is pretty good, but this particular book I enjoyed the least. When finished the Fallen Fortress, one says to him/herself: "Well, it was pretty good. Happy ending, and all. Why is there another book in the series, though?" I do not know why. The Chaos Curse is wholly unnecessary. From the very beginning, I felt that the series had been stretched beyond it's limit, to an extent of mediocrity that Salvatore should be ashamed of. Perhaps not, though. In my opinion, this is the least enjoyable book in the series. Especially the ending, although I won't say anything of it.
Unlike the previous four books, which are about the fight against Castle Trinity and it's dastardly villians, this one is about a battle against Kierkan Rufo, Cadderly's unrealistic arch enemy, and his minions. There are many things to say on this book, but I shall start my complaints with this:
1. The back cover of the book is somewhat misleading. It is as simply as that. When reading the book, I felt that it was nothing like what I expected it to be, from what I had read on the back cover.
2. Character Development. In this, I am particularly angry: Robert was presented with an oppurtunity for character development within this book. He had the chance to elaborate on Dean Thobicus's, the dean of the Edificant Library, fall from grace. No elaboration is written of, though. I was expecting Cadderly to return and begin dealing with Thobicus, but it was not so. By the time Cadderly returned home to his library, the only remaining residents in the libary were vampires and zombies. And this occured all in a few days!!
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