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The Crystal Shard: The Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book One [Mass Market Paperback]

R.A. Salvatore
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Jan. 1 1988 The Icewind Dale Trilogy (Book 1)
Akar Kessel, a weak-willed apprentice mage sets in motion events leading to the rediscovery of the magical device, the crystal shard. But is it merely an inanimate device . . . or is it capable of directing the defeat of Ten-Towns?

Or have the barbarians already arranged for that themselves? Their brutal attack on the villages of Ten-Towns seals their fate, and that of the youn barbarian Wulfgar. Left for dead, Wulfgar is rescued by the dwarf, Bruenor, in exchange for five years of service . . . and friendship. With the help of the dark elf, Drizzt, Bruenor reshapes Wulfgar into a warrior with both brawn and brains.

But is Wulfgar strong enough to reunite the barbarian tribes? Can an unorthodox dwarf and renegade dark elf persuade the people of Ten-Towns to put aside their petty differences in time to stave off the forces of the crystal shard?

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R.A. SALVATORE was born in Massachusetts in 1959 and still makes his home there. He has published numerous Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., most of which have been New York Times best-sellers. He is also known as the best-selling author of the Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones novelization from Del Rey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy fun! Dec 2 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An adventure and fantasy book that is as whimsical as it is sentimental. A solid cast of characters are established, on to the rest of the books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Epic Fantasy Oct. 12 2012
By Megan
Like all the other books about Drizzt, The Crystal Shard is great epic fantasy. Drizzt spends more time on the surface, with his great friends like Bruenor. Can I just say I love Bruenor and Regis and often they stole the show for me! Bruenor with his gruff, unwavering loyalty and bloodthirsty fighting spirit and Regis, well, he sure knows how to live!

Drizzt is subject a lot of prejudice from the people of Ten Towns. I don't blame them, Drow are generally evil, but Drizzt is an exception. Drizzt and his friends must work against the evil wizard Kessel and his source of power, the crystal shard. But don't worry, there's battles aplenty (and a dragon)!

My biggest qualm with this book is at times it was a bit too violent. Some of the battle sequences bothered me a little, but I think I'm just a bit sensitive.

Also, my boyfriend, who rarely reads, devoured the Drizzt books and fell in love with them. I believe there's over twenty books about this adventurous dark elf now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good fantasy Dec 25 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It seems that all Salvatore's books are just the smallest fraction above 4 stars, but not yet good enough for 5. This was his first, it has been stated, and as such shows he possesses remarkable talents. I actually got into it easily, even though I had not read any AD&D related fantasy earlier.
Salvatore always excels with the characters (although I must agree with whoever it was that said that it was a bit silly to start them off with skills that equal a 17th -level character or so in the game system), who inspire so much psychological-style description it always feels a wonder that it all works and does not fall into unconvincingness. This side is not so much emphasized in this first book, but the beginninngs are already more than definitely there.
Another thing that is good is the description of he action (which is, of course, just a nicer name for violence), which even I like even though I do not like violence, even in fiction. 'Tis completely different from, say, Philip Athans' "Let's butcher each other for twenty pages" -descriptions.
The plot is decent, and contains a bunch of classic elements, which have been applied well. The only thing the story lacks is a certain epicness, but then again that is only necessary in epic stories (which this thus admittedly isn't).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It Nov. 15 2000
By Billie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read many, many books in my lifetime, and the Icewind Dale trilogy is some of the best I have ever read...second only to (or tied with) the Dark Elf trilogy. I personally believed it was much better then Lord of the Rings - I just enjoyed it more. R.A. Salvatore seems to let us get closer to the characters, and feel more emotion, then any of Tolkein's works. That's just my opinion, however.
These books have a great storyline. It kept me turning the pages from the first to the last. You can feel the evil that is the Crystal Shard, and you quaver as the thousands upon thousands of monsters attack the people of Ten-Towns, who must ally with each other in order to defeat them. You feel poor Drizzt's agony as he strives to gain acceptance in the surface world. You laugh as proud Bruenor hands Wulfgar the mighty warhammer, then tries mightily to make it appear as if it doesn't mean much to him. You really understand the tentative bond and fierceness, and the heirarchy, that keeps apart (and ultimately brings together) the towns around the three lakes - Ten-Towns.
All in all, these are three books that I am very glad to have read. However, if you don't like fantasy, I would perhaps steer away from them - first, read the Dark Elf trilogy and see if you fall in love in Drizzt, as I did.
Oh, and by the way - the very last scene caught me by complete surprise, and sent me from tears to laughter like no other book did in a very, very long time.
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Whether your a fan of fantasy novels or new to the whole genre there is one author who can make up the bulk of your reading library: R.A. Salvatore. His first book series, The Icewind Dale Trilogy, is a superb story which not only has great action sequences but has great dialogue and a great host of characters; namely the famous Drizzt Do' Urden, one of the fantasy worlds most beloved heroes.
The Crystal Shard, Salvatore's first book is does not only pull you in from the start it holds your attention to the very last word. I have read many fantasy books but Salvatore's still have the gusto to be number one on my list. This is a definite read for any fantasy novel fan.
The story starts rather simple but the adventure and intrigue soon pick up. I try not to give anything away but this first book is very important in Salvatore's later book series and also introduces some of the most important characters to also be found in later books; i.e Drizzt Do'Urden, Wulfgar, Bruenor, and Cattie Brie.
I feel Mr. Salvatore should be given a large thank you from the fantasy community. For his first trilogy he displayed a large amount of talent and understanding for the genre and being that he is a D&D player himself just adds to his knowledge. I feel that people should not being judging his works unless they know and understand the trouble in writting a novel. ( And yes I do know the trouble in writting a novel I am I nthe middle of one right now.) And sadly even though I hate to bring this up he is much better at writting then Mr. George Lucas. ( Sorry George.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, great action, decent book.
I was not too impressed by the Crystal Shard. After hearing a lot about Salvatore I decided to pick up this book. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by J. Stoner
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
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... Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by L Gontzes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure
The Crystal Shard is an amazing book written by the imaginative R.A Salvatore. There are many things I liked about this book, and a few that I disliked. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Cassie Bergquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, well, well...
A friend gave me this book, and I made the fortunate mistake of judging this book by its cover-- because it hurtled my expectations by that much more. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Scvla
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crystal Shard
If you are not familiar with the Forgotten Realms world, it is a place not unlike Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings). Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by "delpharah"
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Awesome
This book is the first of the Icewind Dale series. R.A.Salvatore wrote this first I believe. He later went back and did a prequel series called "Legacy of the Drow". Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by mdizzog
4.0 out of 5 stars The definition of "Fantastic!"
For years, friends told me I had to read this novel, that it was the epitome of "fantasy novel. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003 by Philip B. Yochim
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely took me by surprise
After reading The Cleric Quintet, I wasn't really expecting much form this book. Man was I surprised to find one of the best fantasy books I've ever read!! Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Chip Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read.
This is the first book starring Drizzt Do'Urden that I have read, and I am in no way disappointed. Almost everything in this book is well done, with the exception of the... Read more
Published on June 21 2003
This is the greatest work of literature I have ever read. Ok, I'm kidding. The Crystal Shard, another in the galaxy of one zillion novels put out by TSR to capitalize on their ever... Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by Sesho
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