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The Crystal Shard: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV by [Salvatore, R.A.]
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About the Author

R.A. Salvatore is the author of forty novels and more than a dozen The New York Times best sellers, including Neverwinter which debuted at #3 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3776 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 1st edition (June 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEIJNI
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By Kevin Hooper on December 30, 1999
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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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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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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While nowadays labeled as Book 4 in the "Legend of Drizzt" series under the many-authored shared universe of the Forgotten Realms (itself one of a number of campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, and a popular choice for videogames of a few genres), this particular entry, The Crystal Shard, was originally released in 1988 as R.A. Salvatore's first published work, and the first volume in the "Icewind Dale Trilogy," a slightly misleading series name since this is the only book of the three set in the region of Icewind Dale. It's worth noting that while this book provides a lot of world-building for that part of the Forgotten Realms, there's also no direct story connection between the Icewind Dale Trilogy and the PC roleplaying games released under the name Icewind Dale--they simply take place in the same area within of the campaign setting.

The Crystal Shard, set against the many Forgotten Realms novels that exist nowadays, is easy to consider inferior to many of its brother and sister works. Before picking this one up, it's worth knowing that at the time of its publication, the Forgotten Realms setting itself was very new as a D&D product line, the first game products being released in '87, the year before. Together with Douglas Niles's "Darkwalker on Moonshae," this book is a pure example of an entry point.
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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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