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The Legacy: Legacy of the Drow, Book I Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Legacy of the Drow
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560766409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560766407
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Seriously, The darl elf trilogy is the best series of books I have ever read and probably ever will read!
Mitsurogui@aol.com
If you have read the Icewind Dale and/or the Dark Elf trilogy and want to hear more of Drizzt's adventures, or even if you haven't for that matter, READ THIS BOOK!
"r_cooper"
There are several loose ends at the conclusion of this novel, I suggest you keep STARLESS NIGHT handy so you can dig right in when you finish this one!
Lucy Cat

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This will be short - basically; Salvatore has always written some really great books - especially about the main character in most of his TSR books, Drizzt Do'Urden, but this is definitely one of his best. The Dark Elf Trilogy is great, as is the Icewindale Trilogy, but this book marks the beginning of then end (until later this year, thank goodness when he publishes a few more books about Drizzt), and has to be rated as one of his best. His first hardback, and definitely up there with one of the best Fantasy novels of all time. Salvatore at this point has matured so much in his writing about Drizzt Do'Urden that he's able to give so much more insight into the character but without having read the six books about Drizzt preceding this one, the reader may not fully understand how important the book is. The Legacy takes Drizzt back to his homeland where he has to question his people once again - it shows that he cannot escape their vile world no matter how far he runs from them. Menzoberranzen will always haunt him and his family is seeking revenge on him for getting them out of favor with Lloth. Drizzt takes it upon hmself to travel into the Underdark and solve all of his own problems. A plot that could only be awesome the way Salvatore writes it. And if you've read Homeland, Exile, and Sourjourn, then you can really appreciate his dilemma. Basically, this is far and away one of Salvatore's greatest books and holds a special place in all Salvatore fans because it was his first published hardback and a great bestseller.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ware on June 20, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With this book, Salvatore returns to one of his most popular creations: the drow ranger, Drizzt Do'Urden. THE LEGACY takes place several months after the end of THE ICEWIND DALE TRILOGY (THE CRYSTAL SHARD, STREAMS OF SILVER, and THE HALFING'S GEM). While it's not necessary, I highly recommend that you read that, as well as its prequel DARK ELF TRILOGY (HOMELAND, EXILE, and SOUJOURN), before you pick this book up. These two trilogies introduce the characters and places that THE LEGACY focuses on. If you haven't read them, you will still be able to enjoy the story, but you won't be able to pick up on a lot of the nuances and references to past history that makes the story so rich in detail.
Two things that Salvatore is brilliant at: characterization and battle scenes. Drizzt has got to be one of the most interesting, three dimensional characters in all of fantasy. He is passionate, caring, and introspective. It is a joy just to read his philosophizing on how he lives his life. The supporting characters are all individualized with their own quirks and passions. The interactions among them are at times a joy to read and, at other times, very frustrating, mainly because we come to care for them.
Salvatore's fight scenes are probably the best I've ever read. His description, though detailed, his very fast paced. Every time I read one, my heart races and my hands shake. It is pure brilliance and this book is no different, except for the fact that there are more battles in this book than in any two of the previous books.
If you are a Salvatore or a Drizzt fan, you're going to love this book. If you haven't read any of the Drizzt books I mentioned above, I suggest you start there so you can get the full appreciation for this one.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "r_cooper" on June 29, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read nearly every book Salvatore has written in his Drizzt series, it is obvious I know and enjoy Salvatore's writing style. While I find all of his books above average so far (I haven't read Silent Blade or Spine of the World yet), I believe The Legacy was the best of the series. Once I started reading this book for the THIRD time, I STILL could not put it down. Even though I knew the outcome, it was still an amazing novel. Salvatore's ability to portray swordplay with words is amazing, and he was at his best in this novel. If you have read the Icewind Dale and/or the Dark Elf trilogy and want to hear more of Drizzt's adventures, or even if you haven't for that matter, READ THIS BOOK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John J. Rust on October 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a big fantasy reader, but I really enjoyed this book. Totally loved the characters. Drizzt is an awesome hero. Loved the inner turmoil as he tries to remain true to his noble beliefs despite being connected to a race of evil elves. The assassin Entreri was a great opponent. Totally obsessed with killing Drizzt. Very good job with Drizzt's fighting companions, who have to save him from being sacrificed by his evil sister to the spider queen. Cattie-brie is one self-assured, determined woman who's deadly with a bow. King Bruenor was great. Very tough, loyal dwarf. And Pwent the battlerager ruled!! The guy was nuts! Salvatore does an excellent job with his fight scenes. Very vivid and action packed. Also loved the fact the evil elf foot soldiers were all good fighters and not just cannon fodder as is usually the case with henchmen/bodyguards, etc. Gave Drizzt & company a lot of headaches and a lot of bruises. I like to see the good guys have a hard time in situations like this. Definately makes me want to read more in this series.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
RA Salvatore created a monster with the Drizzt character, a monster that he can no longer control. Fans want stories, and as long as he gets paid, he'll probably keep writing them. This can be, for the most part, good. As long as Mr. Salvatore find a plot.
That crack is not to say that 'The Legacy' is a bad read - indeed, it is not. It's simply to say that this entire book clings to one long, lengthy battle occuring. Sure, it involved lots of people, often split up into little groups, and it spans miles of underground passageways, but really...there is little here.
Some passing attempt is made at strong character development, and while several undergo major changes, "development" is not quite the right word. Rather, they go from Stereotype A to Stereotype C with no transition in between. (in all fairness, the incident in the novel that causes all this is also quite sudden)
Not a bad fantasy novel by any means, but not a great one either.
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