The Crystal Shard: The Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book One Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1988
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When the wizards' caravan from the Hosttower of the Arcane saw the snow-capped peak of Kelvin's Cairn rising from the flat horizon, they were more than a little relieved. Read the first page
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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!
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.)
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I enjoyed it from start to finish a a a 1 book well worth reading if you liked icewind dale awesomePublished 18 months ago by Simon R. Brown
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 on Dec 2 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on June 5 2004 by L Gontzes
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 morePublished on April 22 2004 by Scvla
If you are not familiar with the Forgotten Realms world, it is a place not unlike Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings). Read morePublished on March 15 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by mdizzog
For years, friends told me I had to read this novel, that it was the epitome of "fantasy novel. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by Philip B. Yochim
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Chip Hunter