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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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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. June 25 2004
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I was not too impressed by the Crystal Shard. After hearing a lot about Salvatore I decided to pick up this book. I thought it was a really good book, and it was very entertaining but it wasn't mind blowing by any means. I read this book a while ago and I must say that Salvatore definately picks up the pace with his later books in the drizzt series.
It seems impossible to not love the characters in this book. My personal favorite, Wulfgar, is an incredible feat in character development and storytelling. His background and character traits (and those of his tribe) are what drive a huge part of the story, and it is masterfully done.
If you have a good imagination then you will be blown away by some of the scenes in this book because of the visual images you will conjure in you mind. From barbarians to dragons, sentinent objects, and magical weapons, this book has it all. I would've given it four stars if I had written the review immediately after reading and before I read the other Drizzt books. The others are much, much more exciting and breath taking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure May 28 2004
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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. The beginning starts out a little slow, and somewhat confusing. For example, the author talked about some demon named Errtu wanting the crystal shard so bad that he ate his messenger that he sent to retrieve the crystal shard. Salvatore also put some questions in my head like, "Who is this demon?" and "Why did he want the crystal shard so bad?" But as I read further on, I found out that the author answered those questions very easily.
One thing I liked about the book was the whole story. Salvatore added so much detail in each paragraph that I could see the picture in my head so clearly. I also liked the humor and attitudes that the characters had throughout the book.
The author starts the book out by introducing the demon named Errtu, who was looking for the crystal shard. But he couldn't find it, so he mourned over it for a long time.
Later on a young wizard named Akar Kessel woke up on the spine of the world, which is a very high point on the world. This place was so cold that Kessel was about to die, until he found something that made him the most powerful wizard of them all. With these powers, he tried to take over many people's lives by attacking Icewind Dale, Which was a bad idea because that was where Drizzt Do'Urden and his friends lived. Drizzt is a drow elf that was born to fight, but instead he chose the other path with fighting skills so amazing that almost no one could match his abilities. Drizzt moved to the surface of the world to get away from his evil kind and the evil god that ruled over them.
This book was so exciting to read that it made me read the next one called Streams of Silver. I think R.A. Salvatore has to imagine things so great to write these books, because he has done so well in pulling so many people into these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crystal Shard March 15 2004
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If you are not familiar with the Forgotten Realms world, it is a place not unlike Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings). There are trolls, orcs, elves, et cetera, in both worlds, but in my opinion Forgotten Realms has much more depth. Not only that, but it also has many more books based on its world, and more are still being made every year.
Icewind Dale is a trilogy, written by R.A. Salvatore, based in the Forgotten Realms. The first book, The Crystal Shard, is about a magical shard of crystal that goes through the dimensions looking for someone to control, so it can come to power. In this book, it meets up with a goblin that summons a demon. The shard senses that it can control the demon's power, and use it to take over nearby towns, villages, and cities.
Throughout the book, there is always something exciting happening. Never is there be a dull moment, as there are sword fights, battles, wars, and intense conversations going on non-stop.
For anyone interested in the fantasy genre, I would definitely recommend reading this book. While it is an easy read, you will not be able to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I enjoyed it from start to finish a a a 1 book well worth reading if you liked icewind dale awesome
Published 18 days ago by Simon R. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy fun!
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!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Epic Fantasy
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. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Megan
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 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 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
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