The Icewind Dale Trilogy - Book 1
|Cover Artist:||Larry Elmore|
|Format:||Paperback book (333 pages).|
|The text below is taken from a
description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:
'The crystal shard was
not content with an existence in a desolate mountain range...It wanted more. It wanted
Other titles in the Icewind Dale Trilogy:
Also released as Book 4 of the Legend of Drizzt series.
|This is an
excellent novel and might even tie as my favourite FR novel. I have reread it many times
and it is still just as good!! R.A. Salvatore is an excellent writer (by far the best FR
author) and i cant help but love his style. The plot is great and you have to wonder how
long Salvatore thought it out of whether it just comes naturally.
The book has everything: wizards, wars with humanoid armies , a fight with a dragon, a demon from the abyss and much, much more.
Icewind Dale is well described and you can imagine what its like being there.
However , The Crystal Shard's major success would have to be the characters who came out of it. Drizzt Do'Urdon , the scimitar-wielding renegade Drow ranger. About 95% of the people i know who read FR books say Drizzt is their favourite character and rightly so. There is no other character like him. His ideas and beliefs are well related by Salvatore aswell as his style and grace. Companioned by Guenhwyvar, its no wonder that this character has lead to starring in 10 other novels.
Then there is Wulfgar , my favourite FR character. Who can forget when Wulfgar crushes the Barbarian king's head with his hands. Wulfgar with Aegis-fang slung over his shoulder is an impressive picture indeed.
Bruenor Battlehammer is also a great character and although Regis is almost the token halfling character, his pendant sets him apart.
I wasnt however impressed by Catti-brie, coincidently Wulfgar's age and race, it wasnt hard to see why she was written in - too predictable.
An original enemy aswell in the form of Crebshibbon and a nice touch with Errtu coming in too.
Cover - this cover too is one of the best FR ones. All three characters, Drizzt, Wulfgar and Bruenor, are drawn ideally, exactly to description (although Bruenor might be a little tall if he stood up straight). An excellent touch, too, showing one of the towns in the far-off background. Congatulations to Larry Elmore!
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