Streams of Silver: The Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book Two Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1989
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Not only has Salvatore out done himslef but he as added a couple new variables into this equation, variables which reoccur quite often in his other book series.
Streams of Silver is sure to be a classic and doesn't dissapoint in anyway. A riveting story which can only be described as fantastic is ever present in all of Mr. Salvatore's books but this one takes high honor.
It could be said that Streams of Silver is the threshold to a number of more thrilling and powerful tales. It is the true starting point of Mr. Salvatore's work.
And a fight that you will most certainly not be dissappointed in was the duel between Drizzt and the assasin Entrerei. Absolutely my favorite scene in the book. You can see the action in your imagination and feel the desires and emotions of the characters. Of all the Drizzt books I have read, this still remains one of my favorite fights, if not my favorite. This duel and the "relationship" formed by these two cast members is why I gave this book four stars instead of three.
The problems I have with this book, as with the whole Icewind Dale trilogy is the seemingly "random" tasks the companions strive to complete. Each book is totally different than the previous that it's hard to see these as cohesive books in a trilogy and not just three books with the same characters. It just leaves me unsettled when the companions seem to just get up and go look for the lost Mithiral Hall.
But, regardless of how or why they started the task, the journey that follows is a good, entertaining, and action-packed journey that is worth every minute of your time. And, if at the very least, this book is necessary for the rest of the Drizzt books for full understanding of the sequence. It is a good book, just a little unsettling at times (up until the Drizzt and Enterei duel - afterwhich, nothing else seems to matter).
The Good Points: Salvatore does know how to write those action sequences, and he's realistic in describing the battles, and death, since he doesn't try to "sanitize" either one. Characterization is not superb, but it's certainly not poor either. These things make the book enjoyable and entertaining- I was not bored while reading this book. And probably the best thing about this book is the introduction of Artemis Entreri. The plot is complex and the story has a good ending that sets up things nicely for the third book.
All in all, this book is good. His writing has inproved noticeably from the first book. For those of you who are about ready to write him off because of those bad points I listed, I say give him a chance. This is only his second book. I've already read the Dark Elf Trilogy, which he wrote after this series, and I can say for sure that it is MUCH better. It's definately more mature, and I wouldn't call it "light" fantasy, nor would I call this book light either. And I certainly wouldn't call any of his books "popcorn fantasy." If you're looking for good fiction, don't let the Forgotten Realms logo fool you- Salvatore does not write games, except for maybe a few elements in his first few books. I know for sure that the Dark Elf Trilogy has no RPG elements. So if you're looking for some good fantasy, try R. A. Salvatore. The truth is, he can entertain many readers who are non-AD&D - readers like myself.
Most recent customer reviews
I honestly get a little tired of the way the heroes talk to each other. The way Bruenor gruffs at everyone or how everyone is always intrigued by their companions. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by mdizzog
This book may even be better than the first one, and that's saying a lot. What really put it a notch ahead was the wonderful array of foes that the heroes had to deal with. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Chip Hunter
This book is truely more about Bruenor the dwarf. You'll learn about Bruenor and how his feels about his children that he self adopted Cattie-Brie and Wulgar. Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by Jimi Dracutt
Good things come in trilogies and, in most cases, the second of the series is the best...Streams of Silver is perhaps the zenith of the Icewind Dale trilogy. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Dinh Yen Tran
In the second installment of The Icewind Dale Trillogy, we follow the companions of the hall on their journey to find Brunor Battlehammers long lost home. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Photopro
Another great book in the building of Drizzt the Dark Elf. As him and his friends search for the Mythril Hall they encounter many barriers to their ultimate goal. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by R. Reinhart
This time the Companions of the Hall venture into Mithril Hall... long lost home of Clan Battlehammer. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2002
The second book of the Icewind Dale Trilogy sees Bruenor, Drizzit, Wulfgar, and Regis leaving the Dale to search out Bruenor's ancestrial home Mithril Hall. Read morePublished on March 7 2002 by Jeremiah McDaniel