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The Crystal Shard: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Salvatore
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Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

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    About the Author

    R.A. SALVATORE was born in Massachusetts in 1959 and still makes his home there. He has published numerous Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., most of which have been New York Times best-sellers. He is also known as the best-selling author of the Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones novelization from Del Rey.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1811 KB
    • Print Length: 340 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0880385359
    • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 1st edition (June 17, 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000SEIJNI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This was the first ever public offering of R. A. Salvatore's writing ability. It's no wonder he's written so many others since! He's a great author, and this book showcases his writing ability. It's filled with plot twists & subplots & everything else that makes a story interesting. Anyone who is interested in reading through the Drizzt Do'Urden storyline, I advise reading "The Dark Elf Trilogy" first to get more of a chronological progression in the character's developement, however, nothing is lost by reading this book first. It's a great story by a great storyteller.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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    Salvatore knows how to create truely unique and interesting characters. Drizzt Do'Urden is my favorite by far, his fight agaisnt racial walls is intriguing and its interesting how Salvatore makes Drizzt react to it. The Crystal Shard continues directly after the book Sojourn, in the tundra of Icewind Dale. Drizzt, Wulfgar, Bruenor, and countless leaders and people of Ten-Towns fight in a famous battle that made me read for hours straight, wondering waht would happen next. The pure cunning and trickery in this book is both interesting and humerous, I reccomend this book to any D & D fan, and even those just interested in Fantasy books.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy "Shard" for what it is: Fun Popcorn Fantasy July 24, 2000
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The great thing about this book is that you can accept and agree with many of the negative comments and still shrug your shoulders, say "who cares" and enjoy this fun book. Believe me, its not a great investment of time to read this book, because you'll breeze through it pretty quickly. Yeah, its got problems: the dialogue can be silly at times, plot twists can pop up without much development, and the characters aren't as well developed as some posters argue. And yet, in spite of all its faults its a very fun read! The plot is quick paced and covers a lot of ground. Salvatore's first novel shows terrific style (which he develops and masters later on). "Shard" is like a large popcorn at the movies: Its not a full course meal, but if you are in the mood for something light, it will satisfy your hunger better than you think. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.
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    27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Surprising July 5, 2000
    By John
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I first came upon this novel thinking very little. I expected it to be nothing more than some typical fantasy trash. I just could not stand "The Hobbit" at all, yet I wanted to venture into fantasy, so a friend (who hasn't read this) referred me to the novel itself. He had mentioned that "Homeland" by Salvatore was better than decent. But still, I was rather skeptical. All in all, this is a tremendously great read.
    Adventure Value: 9/10- This book contains numerous battle scenes and heroic combat moments
    Romance Rating: 3/10- Wulfgar the Barbarian does do a little hitting on the female protagonist, but nothing more.
    Character Development: 7/10- Drizzt, Bruenor, Regis, and Wulfgar are well developed, but there is some slacking on the antagonist: Akar Kessell.
    Climax: 8/10- The ending of the read draws to a beautiful close.
    Plotline: 6/10- The plotline was thin at random points, though at times it was as thick as molasses...
    Creature Feature: 8/10- there are barbarians, goblins, orcs, ogres, giants, and even an ice dragon...it's well done...
    My overall commentation on this book is that it is very good, and I recommend anyone new to the genre read it soon!
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    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Derivative genre fiction but great fun anyway... January 12, 2001
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is one of those books you just can't help loving in spite of yourself. This was Salvatore's first book ever, and it shows. The plot is workaday, the writing is uneven and amaturish, and the characters are stereotypes. Even so, Salvatore brings such sincerity and honest exuberance to this tale that you will find yourself getting caught up in the excitment anyway. Ultimately, the characters have such humanity that they transcend the sterotypes that they are and the plot is damn exciting in spite of itself.
    From the beginning Salvatore shows the mastery of writing action scenes and creating memorable characters that has made him famous and so beloved as an author. This book is the first in a very entertaining series that is up to 13 books and counting. I've read it three times now and it's still my favorite book in the series despite its faults.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but predictable March 13, 2003
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    The main problem with works that are inspired by or that borrow from RPG is predictability. After all, what adventure would be complete without a warrior, a rogue, and a sorcerer. Not to mention the party must include a gruff dwarf and a light-hearted, pleasure-loving halfling. The Crystal Shard has got all that and more, but it also brings to life an original in the form of Drizzt Do'Urden, who's undoubtedly one of the most well-known and beloved characters in fantasy. That may be the most enduring legacy of this fun if otherwise unremarkable series.
    The story is set in the Icewind Dale, a barren, wind-swept region nestled in the armpit of the Spine of the World. Thanks to its remote location, Icewind Dale is largely ignored, until our present story that is, in the lores of the Forgotten Realms, that fabled realm of the vast Dungeons & Dragons universe. Icewind Dale is home to Bruenor, a old, curmudgeonly dwarf (who's ever heard of a happy go lucky dwarf?), who fled here after the destruction of his ancestral home, and the halfing Regis, an epicurean who's on the run from some trouble in the south. Befriended to both is Drizzt, a drow-elf ranger on an self-imposed exile from the underground realms of his people. Highly principled and strongly disturbed by the evil and self-serving ways of the drow, he willingly makes his home on the surface world despite the fear and revulsion of almost everyone he comes across. Drizzt's background and emotional complexity makes him a deeper characters than one would expect from a series like this. Rounding out the group are Catti-Brie, a human girl adopted by Bruenor, and Wulfgar, a fierce barbarian warrior taken under Bruenor's tutelage.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A most excellent adventure continues.
    Published 4 days ago by JamesW
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of books
    Out of all the books I have read in my life the Drizzt collection has got to be some of my favorite books.
    Published 7 days ago by Ed
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
    It never stops a,aging me how well this story flows. The bad guys come and go at a rate that keeps you wanting to read more.
    Published 10 days ago by Steven DuRoss
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    Love to follow the adventures of the most known Dark Elf from Menzoberranzan ! Always the great pace between great thoughts and action. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Alex Hemery
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Just like all of Salvatore's books, easy to get into - enthralling, and full of interesting characters.
    Published 16 days ago by MOJO
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading, but . . .
    I enjoyed this RA Salvatore book, but it almost felt like a TV show that I have to read the next and then the next. Good reading.
    Published 23 days ago by W. C. Staub
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    Published 29 days ago by Matthew Dambrosio
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
    First fantasy book for me since Tolkein or C. S. Lewis that was this entertaining and made me want to be a better person.
    Published 1 month ago by Gary C.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun book.
    This is a great follow up series to the original Legend of Drizzt series.
    Published 1 month ago by Gregg R. Westgate
    3.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Son - Can't Give a True Review
    I bought this book as a gift for my son as he enjoys the series. Sorry I can't give a true review.
    Published 1 month ago by Challenger
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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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