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Adult fantasy writer R. A. Salvatore—popular for novelizing the Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting of the Forgotten Realms—teams up with his son, Geno, to offer this first entry in the Stone of Tymora series, the first Forgotten Realms fantasy to be aimed specifically at young readers. Of course, many of those readers will be well versed in the adventure-ready world and appreciate the cameo from the much-beloved character Drizzt Do’Urden. The focus of this tale is on Maimum, a young orphan boy who has been bequeathed a stone imbued with mysterious powers. Most of the book takes place on various ships at sea, as the boy and his protector fend off pirates, beasties, and a maniacal demon. A few slightly moralistic messages pop up, but are light enough to blow away when the swords start swinging. This will be a hit with readers more concerned with character classes (dark elves, pirate trolls) than character developmet; the lucidly described action and swift pace will keep the pages turning and anticipation of further adventures simmering. Grades 5-8. --Ian Chipman

About the Author

R.A. SALVATORE is the author of forty novels and more than a dozen New York Times best sellers, including The Two Swords which debuted at #4 on the New York Times best seller list.

GENO SALVATORE has collaborated on several R.A. Salvatore projects including Fast Forward Games R.A. Salvatore's The DemonWars Campaign Setting and R.A. Salvatore's The DemonWars Player's Guide. He co-authored R.A. Salvatore's DemonWars Prologue, a DemonWars short story that appeared in the comic book published by Devil's Due Publishing. He is a recent graduate of Boston University and lives in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stone of Tymora (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Mirrorstone (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786950943
  • ASIN: B002WTCALY
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,790 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
RA Salvatore has made a distinguished career with his Forgotten Realms stories, particularly those centering on the drow elf Drizzt Do'Urden.

And with his son Geno Salvatore, he makes a decent effort at a young adult novel in "The Stowaway: Stone of Tymora Book 1." It's a resolutely middle-of-the-road story that doesn't really have a conclusion, despite a few moments of lyricism in its descriptions. And it really helps to be a longtime reader of Salvatore's prior works.

A young orphan is captured by pirates, and tells the captain his story: pursued by a malevolent demon, he stowed away on a ship and encountered the drow elf Drizzt Do'Urden and his companions.

Then the narrative takes a backward leap, exploring the boy's formative years -- he was raised by a forest witch, and passed on to the mysterious wandering warrior Perrault. Perrault was determined to keep the boy -- whom he named Maimun -- safe from all harm, and to give him a magical stone that was his by right.

Unfortunately, with the stone comes an old enemy -- the evil demon Asbeel, a shapeshifting creature who is after both Maimun and his magical stone. And when Perrault is badly injured in battle, Maimun flees into the world of the high seas, unsure where to go or what to do. And wherever he goes, there are enemies pursuing him.

Most young-adult spinoffs of a series try to serve as an introduction in themselves, letting new readers understand what this universe is and what's going on. Unfortunately, the two Salvatores sort of let this slide -- the entire book is full of people and places that seem very significant, but whose lives and roles are never really explained.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Captured by pirates, Maimun begins telling his story to the captain. Orphaned as a baby, Maimun has constantly been on the run for his life. A demon is after the boy and the stone that must carry. With the help of some friends along the way, Maimun is thrust into one adventure after another. All to protect a stone that he knows little about.

Written mostly as a first person narrative from Maimun's point of view, the style is easy to read and fast-paced. Maimun is an easily sympathetic character who is brave and loyal. Tragedy befalls anyone close to him, so he thinks of the stone as a burden and curse. And yet his given name means "twice lucky," which is ironic considering the danger he is constantly in.

The supporting characters and villains are eccentric and fun. The story is action-packed and suspenseful. A certainly quick read (I read the 300-some pages in less than 2 hours), young fantasy fans are sure to enjoy this exciting new series full of mystery and magic. And with a cliffhanger ending, I'm already impatient for the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Ambrose on October 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
For the first part of the book, I'll be both brutal and frank: it read like fan fiction. Don't get me wrong, I like fan fiction, particularly the well written variety. But whether from a desire to gear things down for a younger reader or difficulties in adapting prior characters back into their prior attitudes, I was left with the feeling that I'd seen something like this before and could we please hurry up to something new.

Fortunately, the scene does shift from something I'd expect on a fansite and we are left with Maimun and the parent figures in his life, which wasn't a bad thing and provided a welcome bit of background to the narrator. Unfortunately, just when I was getting interested in the characters, particularly the villainous Asbeel, the book ends. I had the mental equivalent of walking into a glass door. It left me with the feeling that this was exactly half a book and makes me wonder why it isn't longer.

Overall the pacing was good. The original characters, while a bit under-explored, were interesting enough to keep me reading throughout. It was a decent read even if it does feel somewhat unfinished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zander on September 4, 2010
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I love R.A. Salvatore's work and have been following his stuff since the Crystal Shard. This book may have been glanced over by him, but he had nothing to do with the writing. It is simplistic at best and states the obvious so many times that it becomes annoying. I haven't a care in the world what happens to the main character, Maimun, because he has no depth. The only way this book makes it close to 300 pages is that the double spaced font size is large enough so grandma doesn't need her glasses to read it and the text is surrounded by generous 3/4" columns. I am doing my best to complete this book but may pull the plug as other reviews have stated, it ends in a cliff-hanger. I'd rather just throw Maimun over the cliff and be done with it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Corrieri on September 25, 2008
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This quality of writing is good for younger readers, however it lacks the pop that successful artists targeting the youth sector have. For instance lets look at the character depthness:

Main character: Inquisitive and bland
Main characters father: Quiet and Bland
Main villain: Typical bad guy. Overcocky, and ultra powerful.

There is no character development really. You read it almost devoid of emotion that RA has been able to put through even the shorted pieces of work.

The cameos by Cattie Brie and Drizzt seem forced. The dialoge between the main character and Drizzt seems bland. Drizzt during the era was going through profound emotions about his heritage, etc. It seems bizarre that hes seemingly a copy of the main characters father. A robot that parrots a few phrases.

The introduction of Robillard seems to be a completely different person. Robillard was supremely cocky. I was sure surprised to see him working as a guard in memmon. The attempt at cocky demeanor was there, but it was without Robillards typical spark. I am also confused as to how he and Dudermont forged a strong relationship that is seen later in the various Drizzt series. I will have to reread to see when he was brought on, but him being a dock worker/guard seemed out of place.

As stated by another reviewer, the book is an extremely quick read.

And what I am not used to seeing is the generic cliff hanger that sounds like it came from a saturday morning cartoon "Find out what happens next"

However, regardless of its flaws, the story is based in a world with some of the best fantasy characters ever penned. It is worth reading.

Perfect for a plane ride :)
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