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Streams of Silver: The Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book Two Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1989


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Jan. 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088038672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880386722
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #592,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fantastic sequel to The Crystal Shard is this book, Streams of Silver. Not only is this an engrossing read but it opens a few more paths for the main characters: Drizzt Do'Urden, Wulfgar, Regis, and Bruenor. The second book is probably the most important book because it brings two things into the story: the relentless and sadistic Artemis Entreri, an assassin out to capture and murder Regis the halfling, and the problems Drizzt faces with the predjudices associated with his dark heritage. These two don't seem that they would go together but as you delve farther into the book you see that they in short do.
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.
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"Streams of Silver" was much better than the first book (now that the randow crystal shard is out of the way). I found this book more exciting and fulfilling. I think this is the case because the characters seem to be a true "party" now - they are truely companions. Wulfgar is grown and trained in the ways of fighting and has learned from the best. He also shows his ability in the many battles they fight - which are awesome as always. I don't think I have ever been dissappointed by a fight written by Salvatore.
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).
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By L Gontzes on June 5 2004
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Definitely a great fantasy epic and one of my personal favorites, The Icewind Dale Trilogy- The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem, brings to life the story of a good hearted dark elf ranger named Drizzt Do'Urden and his adventures in the northwestern reaches of the World of Faerun. The books are so incredibly well written that the reader feels that they have been transported to another universe and are actually present among the characters, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel, sensing what they sense. RA Salvatore has truly outdone himself and has presented us with a masterpiece of literature the likes of which we have seen only in JRR Tolkien's work and in authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies. Duty, honor, bravery, magic, dragons and heroes are all about. An amazing trilogy indeed and a "must read" along with RA Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy! . In conclusion, it's what Fantasy reading SHOULD be. A GREAT book indeed if you love Fantasy and especially if you love the Forgotten Realms! DON'T MISS IT!!!
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By Allanon86 on May 4 2003
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The Bad Points: The characters do at times seem a bit superheroish. Some of the dialogue can be corny at times. Also, some things are a bit TOO farfetched, even for fantasy.(bringing to mind the Harkles' palace and the fact that a severed troll limb will grow another troll!) And yes, Mithril Hall is a clear replica of Moria, with some of The Hobbit thrown in as well. These things as a whole are the reason for my four stars.
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.
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