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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.
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.
In the meantime Wulfgar and Catti-Brie set out to find Wulfgar's adopted daughter. His wife, alone and afraid, fell under the spell of the sentient sword Khazid'hea. She handed their daughter over to a refugee and headed out, only to be slain by orcs. Now Wulfgar wants his daughter back. After finding her he leaves Catti-Brie to journey back to the north. He needs to discover his place in the world.
Bruenor is unhappy with an orc horde at his door. More than that he wants to find the ancient dwarven city of Gauntlgrym. He believes that he may have seen it at an earlier time just before the orc war started. With Drizzt, Regis, Pwent, and others he travels to the location. There he finds not what he is looking for, but simply more puzzles.
The stage is set, can Obould control his unruly horde? Will Wulfgar find his way home? Will the truce end? What can Regis learn from the scrolls taken from the buried city? These are the questions that have to be answered. The ending is quite surprising as Salvatore takes a major step in the development of his characters. A lot of great story telling and a lot of groundbreaking work. Salvatore hits it out of the park again.
If you have launched into this world you should definitely give it a shot. RA Salvatore is a fantastic author and continues to impress. Now I have to content myself with seeing Drizzt in my mind until they finally wise up and put him on the big screen.