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In Sylvan Shadows
The Cleric Quintet - Book 2

TSR Code:

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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 1-56076-321-3 (Apr 1992)
0-7869-1605-2 (Mar 2000)
Author: R.A. Salvatore
Cover Artist: Jeff Easley
Release Date: April 1992
March 2000
March 2009
Format: Paperback book (310 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the reverse of the actual product:

'Cadderly, the Edificant Library's eccentric young scholar-priest, has survived his first adventure, but the chaos curse is just the beginning of Castle Trinity's plans for regional conquest.  Cadderly and his friends must save the inhabitants of the beautiful elven forest, Shilmista, where a new opponent leads an army of vile monsters.  Not even Cadderly's powerful companions can insulate him from the trials of character and courage that he must face'.

Other titles in The Cleric Quintet:

March 2000 sees the rerelease of In Sylvan Shadows with new cover art.

March 2009 sees an additional rerelease of In Sylvan Shadows, again with new cover art.

By: Jason L Redfern Date: 09-September-1999
Rating: Good
This has to be the worst Forgotten Realms novel ever!   The plot, well, what plot!?  From start to finish this book is just one hack-and-slash battle after another.  The invincible band of characters become increasingly irraitating after thier third easily-won battle against vast armies of giant- and goblin-kin, so much in fact that you REALLY do want the bad guys to win this one!!

Okay, so argue that goblins etc. aren't the brightest of beings, but hundreds of them against a maximum of 6 characters with all goblins, ogres, orogs, orcs etc. being slaughtered and zero casualties (I mean, not even a mere scratch!) of the good guys, its just too ridiculous!

I can't emphasize how bad and frustrating this book is.  The battle scenes start off well described but they are too numerous and become a bore. It really is a walk from one battle to another with a very, very weak and predictable plotline.  This book should have never been a part of the Cleric Quintet as it plays no part whatsoever in the whole series.  The Cleric Quartet would have sufficed!

By: Gaelan Kent Date: 14-August-2000
Rating: GoodGoodGoodGood

In Sylvan Shadows is the sequel the the highly accliamed Canticle By Bob Salvatore and is book 2 out of 5 of the Cleric Quintet.

The book itelf does not seem as good as Canticle as it falls short in a few areas . Gone is the originalty of a unique villians. The villians (except for Droigeon) have all been seen before. Evil orc big army . Orc and big army under control of evil wizard invade elves . The host's leader Raganor is quite akin to numerous other orcs/ogres in dozen of other novels, for once I would like to see an orc that's a powerful wizard or something akin to that.(ill shut up now because I will never see that day). The book however redeems itself quickly, by introducing even more well fleshed out heros. Elrond and his elves along with the elf maidan Shayliegh rank as some of the coolest elves ever to lay smack on an orc.

In fact the majority of the book centers around the action sences . As predictble the kickass Bouldershoulder brothers lay smack and then Cadderly and Danica show up and lay smack and then the elves show up and lay smack and on and on......

Well the fact is that the orcs got smacked . This is both a good thing and a bad thing . The action sences in the 3/4 of the book are excellent and unrivaled but the 1/4 in the book left is sooooo repetitive (like me ).

In conclusion, it is safe say that In Sylan Shadows falls short of Canticle in plot and originalty but makes up for it with actions scenes that are at the top or very near the top of the pile.

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