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The Dragon King: Book 3 of The Crimson Shadow Hardcover – June, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446517283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446517287
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Plenty of sound and fury but precious little fire rumbles in the belly of Salvatore's pseudo-Tolkien conclusion to the Crimson Shadow trilogy. Here, Avon's foppish evil wizard-king, Greensparrow, and his dragon alter ego provoke Eriador's wizard-king, Brind'Amour, into breaking the flimsy truce achieved in Luthien's Gamble (Forecasts, Jan. 29). Though badly outnumbered by Avon's "cyclopians," Brind'Amour and his assorted allies assault Avon to free Eriador forever. With the help of Luthien (whose magic alter ego is the Crimson Shadow), Katerin (the Shadow's warrior-maid lover), Siobhan (a revengeful half-elf rape victim), Oliver (a mouthy half-pint "halfting") and a flotilla of nouveau Vikings, the wizard-king slashes through acres of monsters and sloshes through torrents of gore. Despite the rivers of blood, however, Salvatore's vocabulary and imagination prove dry. Supposedly noble characters "smirk," "snicker" and "bat their eyes," and no cliche is left unused: even Saddam Hussein is paraphrased for the coming "grandfather of those battles." Salvatore's tired story depends on gratuitous violence and misused motifs from classic sources (Tolkien's Luthien was a fetching Elf-princess, for example, not a male hero with a fragile ego). These lumbering false steps make Salvatore stumble badly in his attempts to evoke memories of Middle Earth.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this conclusion of the "Crimson Shadow" trilogy, the wizard King Greensparrow determines to regain control over Eriador. Luthien Bedwyr, as his alter ego the Crimson Shadow, must again fight to keep Eriador free. Recommended for fantasy collections with the first two books.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Trust me, you will be rewarded.
K. M.
This is the first set of fantasy books that I've read and I love every one of them.
Bekah
The bad are are really bad and never learn, the good guys are paragons of virtue.
Roger Bagula

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. M. on November 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have found among many great writers a sense of stability and lustered quality that seems to make them stand out among the rest of the literary world. Those like Stephen King, Peter Straub, John Grisham, and others all title this list. In the Crimson Shadow series, Salvatore has isolated simple characteristics in the most complex characters of Katerin, Luthien, and the universily loved Oliver De'Burrows. Even Brind 'Amour and Greensparrow posses that certain air of genuiune quality. Though some characteristics of the story (especially in The Dragon King) are exceptionally predictable, they add to the completion of yet another chapter in a world that exists only in the mind's eye of the reader. I would recommend this series to any and all who have the time and patience to read it. Trust me, you will be rewarded.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
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Without giving away any information, It would seem that if you have read other books by this same author and subbed in the new character names, they all would be the same book. As I read thru this book, I couldn't believe that the "evil" empire is so weak and ineffective yet when the author mentions them, he uses powerful descriptive phrases.."the mighty greensparrow", the "the Great armies of Avon" etc.., yet time after time, they are decimated time after time. The "Good" side has its share of hereos, but they are all very typical...unbeatable in combat, yet each has their own unique personalities..blah blah blah. ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir Sparhawk on November 2, 2002
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With this book Bob Salvatore concludes his "Crimson Shadow" trilogy - and he does it very good, however not perfect.
The battle descriptions are excellent, but frustrating, because in the whole book you want only one - with the evil Dragon King. But you must wait - it's great finish.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This series is very enjoyable for the first two books. As other reviews have pointed out, the third novel felt rushed and lacked any significant conflict. The worst part for me though was Salvatore killing off a main character at the end for no good reason and in a profoundly stupid manner. This death feels like a betrayal of the reader's trust. It changes the tone of the series from a breezy fantasy tale that was leading to a happy ending where no main characters were killed (even during the fight with the main villian), but what is worse is the sloppy writing that makes the whole scene feel forced and robs the reader of an enjoyable ending. [ Note to writers, if you are going to kill off a hero or heroine, do not have them suddenly begin acting out of character or making stupid decisions before hand- your reader is just going to feel insulted.] This series did start out very promising, but the poorly executed ending brings the whole series down. Its still a good read, but i would suggest skipping atleast the last 20 pages or so and jut using your own imagination- you'll be less disappointed.
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By Roger Bagula on September 30, 2008
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What makes " The Crimson Shadow" trilogy second rate compared to
"The Reluctant King" trilogy of L. Sprague de Camp? The heroes never lose, when they are finished ,they want more "adventure". The bad are are really bad and never learn, the good guys are paragons of virtue.
I call it Black and White Fantasy for that reason.
The plot is kind of a miss match of fantasy elements or historical periods:
nothing in the novel fits anything that was ever very likely to happen, ever? Pretty much you have to ignore all human history and normal behavior to like this kind of writing.
So I have to say that when you start one of these novels, you pretty
much know who is going to win,
and who is going to get cut into little pieces.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
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I feel dumb! I read this book before all of the others in the trilogy! Now I will miss out on so much. This is, by far, the best book that I have ever read. I am in seventh grade right now, and my (poor) school system's curriculum up until now only gives us "age appropriate" books. This mass conflict thing was completely new to me. Also, this is the first book that I've read with anything being destroyed. Thank you, Mr. Salvatore, for renewing my interest in reading.
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By michael lovejoy on September 17, 2001
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The Dragon King was an awesome display of drive and struggle against the oppresive dragon king greensparrow. This book was filled to the brim of a wonderfully descriptive novel with humor, victory, and a real tone of sadness. Ah my beautiful buttercup how i will forever miss you.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'm no practiced reviewer but just want to say good job to Mr. Salvatore. I enjoyed this series immensely. This is your typical happy ending fantasy novel but written very well and a very easy read.
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More About the Author

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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