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The Orc King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1) (Bk. 1) Hardcover – September 25, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Celebrating his 20th year as one of Salvatore's most popular Forgotten Realms characters, dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden whirls into action in this first installment of a new trilogy. As the Year of Wild Magic arrives in the Silver Marches, bloody conflicts rage between Mithral Hall dwarves, Kingdom of Many Arrows orcs, Moonwood elves and Silverymoon wizards. Recently widowed barbarian Wulfgar must wade through the political morass to undertake a life-changing journey, aided by Drizzt's brave wife, Catti-brie. Meanwhile, archeologists are unearthing an ancient city where orcs and dwarves once lived side by side in peace. Drizzt and dwarven king Bruenor Battlehammer wonder if such peace can be achieved again, but half-orc/half-ogre Grguch, King Obould VI of the orcs and angry dark elf Tos'un Armgo won't go down without a fight. Salvatore mixes neatly choreographed battles with philosophical musings from self-styled renegade soul Drizzt, lending a little depth to an otherwise straightforward hack-and-slash adventure. Author tour.(Oct.)
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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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I just finished reading the main part of the book and went back to the prelude only to find it apparently spoils not only the book you're about to read but future books. I can't tell you how far it spoils because I haven't made it to those books yet.
Some light foreshadowing would be fine but it just straight up says this major plot point is going to happen, and this one, and this one, and this one...
I foolishly kept reading thinking surely it must be over but no it just keeps going in a literal listing off of future events. I finally gave up and came to write this review.
I just don't understand how anyone would think this prelude was a good idea. It's honestly bummed me out about even continuing this series, 17 books in.
The main book is fine. You can read the other reviews on that and the epilogue is mostly ok and finishes out some of the story in the book if you want to read that.
if i could have given the book a 4.5, i would have. It is by no means perfect - many of the most interesting plot lines suggested by the novel are abandoned part-way through. However, i am at least glad that those plot lines were presented in the first place; I would never have thought to see them in the previous books. ultimately, i give the book a high rating not because it is perfect, but because it so exceeded the low expectations i have come to ask of the series and the genre. I left the book satisfied and unmistakably impressed, despite my initial expectation to dislike it.
The Prelude was the most idiotic thing ever to be printed. MAJOR spoiler to the rest of the book, and many after.
As always, the characters can't get over themselves. Lot's of whining and second guessing, but if you skim across all that it's great.
If you want a real in depth review there are countless ones already written but beware as most of them contain a lot of spoilers.
This is not the book to start with if you have never read anything from the Drizz't series before. A lot of characters are referenced as are old story arcs that will leave you on the wrong side of confused. I recommend starting at the beginning, that way you get the chance to see why these characters are so long running and the fans are so dedicated and passionate about them.