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The Silent Blade: The Legend of Drizzt, Book XI Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 342 customer reviews
Book 11 of 26 in the Legend of Drizzt Series

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Everybody's favorite introspective dark elf butt-kicker is back. And if you're one of the many fans of R.A. Salvatore's phenomenally popular twin-scimitar-swinger, you won't be disappointed. The Silent Blade is old-school Drizzt, an adventure that brings together the original gang: the lovely Cattie-brie, the plump and mischievous Regis, the gruff dwarven father-figure Bruenor, and the even more gruff barbarian hammer-hurler Wulfgar. Better yet, The Silent Blade brings back Drizzt's best worst nemesis, master assassin Artemis Entreri. Throw in the evil artifact Crenshinibon (a.k.a. the Crystal Shard, the namesake of the first Drizzt Do'Urden book), and you know you're in for a good time.

The plot follows three intertwined threads: Drizzt and Co.'s road trip to destroy Crenshinibon, Wulfgar's struggle to overcome the scars of his imprisonment at the claws of the demon Errtu, and Artemis Entreri's long-awaited return to the seamy streets of Calimport. The action is as lively as ever, with giants and goblins and thieves all getting their deserved lumps at the hands of our heroes, and of course Drizzt continues his meditations on life with a capital L. The book's highlight, though, comes when Do'Urden and Entreri cross paths once again, this time with surprising results. And the promise of that matchup should keep you flipping the pages quickly. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Product Details

  • Series: The Legend of Drizzt (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786950544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786950546
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have grown to genuinely feel for the characters in Salvatore's Dark Elf Series. The characters are almost real, their trials becoming the reader's trials.
This book was excellent, and paved the road for many more to come (hoping, of course, that Mr. Salvatore has no intention of ending the series).
The ending was slightly confusing, since Entreri's burning need to face his arch-nemesis once and for all on fair ground is brought into play. The end of this fight seems a bit anticlimactic, however, unles it plays a larger role later. Jarlaxle communicates to Drizzt after the fight the Entreri will no longer bother him because Drizzt is believed to be dead.
The problem as I see it with this line is this: In a world where Drizzt Do'Urden has made such a far-reaching impression as to be accepted almost universally despite his drow heritage, news of his still being quite alive and well would not be long in reaching the ears of Artemis Entreri.
Future conflict? Perhaps, but how many more continually unresolved fights can there be between them?
As for Wulfgar, he always took far too much of the world upon his shoulders. His apparent descent into the world of evil is a fitting continuation for a man haunted by demons he has created for himself. These can be far more effective than the tortures of the Abyss...
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This, in my opinion, was a great book when put up next to what happened in Salvatore's previous series. Many people found many reasons to criticize those books, clearly expecting more from an author who had shown so much promise early on. It seemed to some that they were purely books written for the money, that R.A. Salvatore had not really felt like writing, and I came to agree with those words.
I think that this was quite a bounce-back from that previous feeling I got from those books. I suddenly couldn't put the book down. Characters were more in depth, especially Wulfgar who is trying to recover from his torment he suffered at the hands of the demon Errtu, the plot was better and well planned out, and I thought that even some of the action was better.
I think that anyone who enjoyed any of R.A. Salvatore's earlier books would enjoy this book a whole lot, maybe even as much as those earlier books.
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Book 1 of the Legend of Drizzt series, Homeland, was a hard read at first with the long complicate names but once I got past that I really liked it and decided to keep reading. I've now read 25+ books from RA Salvatore and would recommend all Legend of Drizzt, Hunters Blade, Transitions, and Neverwinter books as great fantasy reads. Salvatore has such great character development and interesting new adventures that make you want to keep reading. There is a fair amount of fighting, if you're not into that I'd still recommend these books, just read through those parts fast.
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After reading, "Passage to Dawn," I was a little tried of the Drizzt series and decided to read a different set of books. The different set didn't do it for me, so I went back to Drizzt and I was blown away by the Silent blade. The writing is ten times better then the "Legacy Series," the characters have much more depth and emotional ties (Artemis, Wolfgar), and I could tell (Don't ask me how) Mr. Salvatore was enjoying himself more when he was writing this series rather than the "Legacy series."
If you don't like the legacy series or not find it as enjoyable as the previous books, just read them because the "Paths of Darkness" series will make more sense and the stories will be ten times better.
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Drizzt is a wonderfully complex character and RA Salvatore is an excellent writer and weaver of worlds. I suggest this series to everyone who is looking for a new book to read. And I likely always will.
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The Silent Blade is interesting in that it spends as much or more time following the story’s antagonist, the assassin Artemis Entreri, as it does following Drizzt, the story’s protagonist. Although it was an interesting approach, I didn’t find Artemis to be a compelling character. I wasn’t buying into his motivation (or lack of motivation in this case), that he was just going through the motions because he did not defeat Drizzt in battle. His lack of interest did little to pique my own interest in the sections where he was the main character.

The main plot, bringing the evil artifact Crenshinibon to the wizard Cadderly, did not seem to have high enough stakes to be overly compelling. As far as fantasy adventures go, it was pretty ho-hum. The writing was strong, and the characters interesting. The action was also pretty solid, although I think Drizzt and his crew dispatch their foes far too easily, and I think have been made to be such awesome fighters as to make them a bit less compelling as a result. Overall, this was a fun fantasy novel that didn’t really move the needle much. It was a fine novel but not one that I will likely remember.

Carl Alves – author of Two For Eternity
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I have always enjoyed fantasy books, but in discovering R.A. Salvatore, i have found the master of modern fantasy. The stories are so engaging, the characters so well developed they are like old friends! Can't wait to read the next book in the series...
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