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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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 20 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, great final. Nov. 3 2002
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The second book of the "Crimson Shadow" is what I have expected - very good adventure story with a lot of combats. However that the first chapters are kinda boring(Luthien doesn't know who to love - Sioban, beautiful female halfelf or Catherin, his first girlfriend), the final is awesome, with hearthstopping magical duel.
Reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, one of his best Aug. 11 2002
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst novel of R.A. Salvatore Aug. 1 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is awful. Don't waste your time and money with this uninspiring work. Don't buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but not great Dec 1 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. He could however have done things differently to make this book better. I recommend this book to anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The worst Salvatore book that I've read Nov. 24 2000
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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. That's about it. If you haven't read The Demon Awakens or the other books in that series, get those instead.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars You People are out of your MINDS! Nov. 10 1999
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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. Something light hearted and fantastic, as opposed to the oh so serious world of our Drow friend. Yes Drizzt is still number one in my book, but in a book of compilation stories? I wouldn't mind another tale of The three friends in the new area they talk of causing mischief in!
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