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The Dragon King [Mass Market Paperback]

R. A. Salvatore
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Nov. 1 1997 Crimson Shadow
In volume one of this series, "The Sword of Bedwyr", young Luthien Bedwyr rebelled against the vicious rule of King Greensparrow and his cruel wizard-lords. In volume two, he made use of a magical cape that renders its wearer invisible--except for a lingering crimson silhouette. Now, the evil Greensparrow is back--and with a vengeance. Using dark, hideous magic, Greensparrow has taken the form of a massive dragon--a virtually unstoppable force that only Luthien can defeat.

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From Publishers Weekly

Plenty of sound and fury but precious little fire rumbles in the belly of Salvatore's pseudo-Tolkien conclusion to the Crimson Shadow trilogy. Here, Avon's foppish evil wizard-king, Greensparrow, and his dragon alter ego provoke Eriador's wizard-king, Brind'Amour, into breaking the flimsy truce achieved in Luthien's Gamble (Forecasts, Jan. 29). Though badly outnumbered by Avon's "cyclopians," Brind'Amour and his assorted allies assault Avon to free Eriador forever. With the help of Luthien (whose magic alter ego is the Crimson Shadow), Katerin (the Shadow's warrior-maid lover), Siobhan (a revengeful half-elf rape victim), Oliver (a mouthy half-pint "halfting") and a flotilla of nouveau Vikings, the wizard-king slashes through acres of monsters and sloshes through torrents of gore. Despite the rivers of blood, however, Salvatore's vocabulary and imagination prove dry. Supposedly noble characters "smirk," "snicker" and "bat their eyes," and no cliche is left unused: even Saddam Hussein is paraphrased for the coming "grandfather of those battles." Salvatore's tired story depends on gratuitous violence and misused motifs from classic sources (Tolkien's Luthien was a fetching Elf-princess, for example, not a male hero with a fragile ego). These lumbering false steps make Salvatore stumble badly in his attempts to evoke memories of Middle Earth.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this conclusion of the "Crimson Shadow" trilogy, the wizard King Greensparrow determines to regain control over Eriador. Luthien Bedwyr, as his alter ego the Crimson Shadow, must again fight to keep Eriador free. Recommended for fantasy collections with the first two books.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a wee bit too easy... May 3 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After waiting for a year for this book to come out, I readthrough it in just a couple of days. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoyit. But... I felt that things were too easy. It started off withour heroes preparing for what should be a suicidal battle against overwealming forces. But they're going to march on anyway, because what other choice have they? And so they do, only to discover that their overwealming opposition wants to join them in bringing down their tyrannical king. Well, that's great. Except that it happened just about every time. Things are bad, things are terrible! We're all going to die! No, wait. They're joining us! Well, we're still outnumbered twenty to one. Onto the next! If this were all that there were to this book it would easily rank as Salvatore's worst. However, it is saved by its various characters, Oliver De Bouroughs in particular. (Enrico Montoyo and Monty Python's Frenchmen indeed, Bob!) I think that if this story didn't feel rushed, I might have enjoyed it more. But I still recommend it.
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The Dragon King is the final book in the exciting Crimson Shadow saga. Luthien and the mystic wizard Brind Amour take on the mighty wizard Greensparrow in a final fight for land and freedom. 2 on 1 seems a bit unfair but Greensparrow has gathered up his council of evil wizards and sorceresses to help him carry out his evil deeds. Of course with Brind Amour awaken from his slumber Greensparrow is taking no chances and has conjured up evil demons from hell. How will this saga end? You'll just have to read it for yourself. If you like deception and mayhem in a mystical world I highly encourage you to pick up this book and read it for yourself. R.A. Salvatore does a great job in scripting the battle scenes in this book. You will literally find yourself sweating and wanting to read more as the story goes on. I gave this book and enthusiastic 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore's triumph of imagination Nov. 30 1999
By K. M.
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I have found among many great writers a sense of stability and lustered quality that seems to make them stand out among the rest of the literary world. Those like Stephen King, Peter Straub, John Grisham, and others all title this list. In the Crimson Shadow series, Salvatore has isolated simple characteristics in the most complex characters of Katerin, Luthien, and the universily loved Oliver De'Burrows. Even Brind 'Amour and Greensparrow posses that certain air of genuiune quality. Though some characteristics of the story (especially in The Dragon King) are exceptionally predictable, they add to the completion of yet another chapter in a world that exists only in the mind's eye of the reader. I would recommend this series to any and all who have the time and patience to read it. Trust me, you will be rewarded.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical one sided drubbing! April 28 2000
By A Customer
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Without giving away any information, It would seem that if you have read other books by this same author and subbed in the new character names, they all would be the same book. As I read thru this book, I couldn't believe that the "evil" empire is so weak and ineffective yet when the author mentions them, he uses powerful descriptive phrases.."the mighty greensparrow", the "the Great armies of Avon" etc.., yet time after time, they are decimated time after time. The "Good" side has its share of hereos, but they are all very typical...unbeatable in combat, yet each has their own unique personalities..blah blah blah. ....
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By A Customer
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That, in a nutshell, summarizes most of this book. They fight, they get outnumbered, they fight back, things look grim, then WHAM! Something happens and they win. Again, and again, and again.
I can't say too much that is positive about this one. It was far too rushed. Someone else said it correctly when he/she stated that it could have been "a trilogy unto itself" or something like that. Had it been about twice as long covering the same amount of ground, the pacing would have been just about right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just could'nt put this thrilling book down!! Dec 8 1998
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This book is about a young man, Luthien Bedwyr by name, which is an Eriadorian. Luthien has to go through a lot with his friends, including Brind A'mour, the king of Eriador. He gathers up an army with even some of his own enemies, and fights against Avon, the land ruled by evil Greensparrow, a powerful but evilish wizard. In this you will find a lot of suspense and adventure. The book has kind of a sad but good ending, so if you want a good book to read, this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great book April 8 1999
By A Customer
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I feel dumb! I read this book before all of the others in the trilogy! Now I will miss out on so much. This is, by far, the best book that I have ever read. I am in seventh grade right now, and my (poor) school system's curriculum up until now only gives us "age appropriate" books. This mass conflict thing was completely new to me. Also, this is the first book that I've read with anything being destroyed. Thank you, Mr. Salvatore, for renewing my interest in reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dragon King Aug. 17 1999
By A Customer
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A decent conclusion to a lackluster series missing in originality - but the action scenes make it a worthy read, coupled beside the wonderful character that is Oliver De'Burrows. The final confrontation with Greensparrow does not disappoint, and I left the series, having read this book, feeling like I had put my time to fair use, in spite of my opinon of the first 2 books. Overall, not bad, but Salvatore could do much better. He's proven that!
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