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Luthien's Gamble [Hardcover]

R. A. Salvatore
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Jan. 30 1996 The Crimson Shadow
In the sequel to The Sword of Bedwyr, Luthien and his companions continue their epic struggle against the evil King Greensparrow, preparing for one final battle that could destroy their cause for good or unleash untold horror on the world.

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The battle to free Eriador from the grip of the tyrannical Wizard-King Greensparrow continues in this fitfully rousing sequel to The Sword of Bedwyr. Although the humans, elves and dwarves led by young Luthien Bedwyr, The Crimson Shadow, have retaken the city of Montfort from Greensparrow and have restored the city's ancient name of Caer MacDonald, the battle for freedom has just begun. An army of "cyclopians" led by the vicious Belsen Krieg advances to crush the rebels, who must gain allies from those reluctant to take on dangerous forces. The ancient wizard Brind D'Amou, who sparked recent events with his gift of a magical cape to Luthien, joins the rebels as an adviser and leader. Luthien himself, abetted by followers and comrades, devises brilliant tactics that destroy his immediate enemies and earn him much-needed allies. Salvatore's battle scenes are robust, but his fantasy is dully derivative, and Luthien's meandering about his love life is awful.
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'Salvatore describes and choreographs battle scenes better than any other contemporary fantasist' Pubishers Weekly '...memorable characters and compelling action' Terry Brooks --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The revolt had begun here, in the huge nave of the Ministry, and the dried blood of those killed in the first battle could still be seen,staining the wooden pews and the stone floor, splattered across the walls and the sculpted statues. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever April 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although not the greatest book I have ever read, Luthien's Gamble has to be on the top ten. In fact the whole Crimson Shadow series is on the top ten but Luthien's Gamble is my favorite. One thing I like about this book is the fact that it has a simple plot and some simple sub-plats. Sometimes you get books that contain either one boring plot or too many sub-plots to follow. The book's plot is basically Luthiens struggle to keep his country (Eriador) from being taken back over by Avon. Some of the sub-plots include who's Luthien gonna love, how he's gonna raise an army, and very simple stuff like that. However, my favorite part about this book and the series is the character Oliver. You should of met him in the first book so I'm not ruining anything. Oliver is probably the best character I have ever read. He is funny and so full of himself that it makes him even funnier. He is the halfling that provides the comedic relief for an otherwise serious book. He is always hitting on women, and poking people with his rapier, and boasting about himself constantely. After reading this book I have declared Oliver my role model.
My only dislike about his book and it's series is that the plot is very commen although in a different form than most books. It's basically a "gotta save the world from evil" book which has been written about constantely.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative and uninspiring Nov. 15 2000
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This trilogy is the first I have read of R. A. Salvatore's works, and I have to say it will be the last. The stories are very simplistic - the heroes full of (noisome) witty repartie and banter as they fight endless hordes of cyclopians (I wish I had a pound for every time the word 'brute' is used substituted), wizard-dukes and other two dimensional foes. This really is sword & sorcery by numbers. There is no plot that piques your interest or pricks your sense of wonder; the heroes just go from same-old fight to same-old fight, which serves as interminable fillers in the progression from oppressed country in the first book to free country in the third book. If you're under 10 or easily pleased then you might like this. If, however, you prefer a little more from your fantasy then you should read J. R. R. Tolkien (anyone who hasn't, hasn't lived), J. V. Jones (for excellent realism), Robin Hobb (wonder plots and characters), Robert Jordan (for mega-quests), David Eddings (a little formulaic but fun), etc. This is one reader that hopes the Crimson Shadow stays hidden in his magic cape in future...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Luthien's Gamble Aug. 17 1999
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R.A. Salvatore proves with this book that he was, at the time, running short on original ideas. Drizzt is my favorite character of all time, so I am fully aware of Salvatore's talents, but this book is lacking - much like the others in the series. For starters, there are just TOO many similarities to Tolkien to be ignored - the names Luthien and Eriador have been ripped right out of Middle-earth. The battle with the dragon is clearly the confrontation between Smaug and Bilbo modified to fit into Salvatore's story. And lastly, the character Brind'Amore, though a decent character, seems very much akin to Gandalf and therefore lacks in originality. The two major things that make this book worth reading, however, are Salvatore's trademark action scenes and the wonderful "highway-halfling," Oliver De'Burrows. But if you haven't read any of the Drizzt books, read them instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore does it again!!! Dec 29 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a great book!!... I would'nt say that it was the best from the Crimson Shadow Trilogy, but, still, it was awesome. I first read The Dragon King, the third and last book, and I thought "Whoa, this is the best book I ever read!", so I bought the two remaining books, The Sword Of Bedwyr and Luthiens Gamble. I just love how he describes stuff, he does'nt just say "Hey, look, that lady is about thirty years old!" instead he says "That remarkable young woman has not seen thirty winters", you know what I mean?!To show you how much I loved The Crimson Shadow Triology, it has'nt been two weeks since I read The Dragon King and im reading it again!! So if you like Science Fiction dont hesitate in scrolling up and pressing "Add this book to my shopping cart"!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Potential not fully developed Aug. 27 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book will not be enough to satisfy "veteran readers" of fantasy. There are several parts rather predictable. But then again, the events in both "Sword of Bedwyr" and "Luthien's Gamble" parallel somewhat to the tale of William Wallace (of whose accounts were "bastardise" in the movie "Braveheart"). The maps and the backgrounds and events of Eriador, Avon and Gascon resemble those of Scotland, England and France respectively. However, don't expect the same events, the Crimson Shadow is in its own world, not ours.
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I could go on and on about how excellent this book is, but if you are at this page reading this then you probably know how good Salvatore is. And if you've read the first in this trilogy, well, this one is just as good. What I especially like about this book is Salvatore's description of the battle scenes (although they were a bit lacking compared to the rest of his work). I just have no idea how he can be that descriptive in his battle scenes. Makes you wonder if he was a medival hero in a former life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, great final.
The second book of the "Crimson Shadow" is what I have expected - very good adventure story with a lot of combats. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2002 by Sir Sparhawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, one of his best
This book is amazing, a good read. The characters have depth, the story is good, and combat scenes are nothing short of amazing. this is good but the Dark Elf Trilogy is better.
Published on Aug. 10 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst novel of R.A. Salvatore
This book is awful. Don't waste your time and money with this uninspiring work. Don't buy it.
Published on Aug. 1 2001 by Vitalia de Urso
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not great
R.A. Salvator weaves a stunning tale of war and the heroics therein. Tied in with a tale of true love pulling through the tough times in life. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2000 by "sssrahl"
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst Salvatore book that I've read
I usually love Salvatore's books, wishing that they would never end. The opposite was true for this book. The plot is basically this: Luthien fights millions of cyclopeans. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars You People are out of your MINDS!
This trilogy was great! Full of adventure, heartbreak, romance, and about as many laughs as Carrot-Top in performance! It was a refreshing break from Drizzt and his band. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was the best one of the series.
Luthien's Gamble is my all time favorite book. The action leaves you wanting more of Salvatore's books in the series. It makes you part of the book. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars The best mid-evil fantsy book on the shelves.
Deffinatly the best fantisy series I've ever read, and I have read over 3,000 fantisy books!!! The only thing is you need the whole series to under stand it, or else it leaves ya... Read more
Published on July 11 1998
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