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The Silent Blade: Paths of Darkness, Volume One [Mass Market Paperback]

R.A. Salvatore
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Oct. 1 1998 Paths of Darkness
When the vile Crystal Shard once again reveals itself, Drizzt must race against his most formidable enemies in hopes of destroying it before it finds the one being that can help it enslave the world: a dark elf named Jarlaxle.

Winner of the Origins Award for best game-related novel of 1998, The Silent Blade marked the return of Drizzt to the wind-swept tundra of the Forgotten Realms world. This deluxe reissue features a new Todd Lockwood cover and an introduction from The New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans, who has served as Salvatore's editor for almost a decade, starting with the original release of this book.

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Everybody's favorite introspective dark elf butt-kicker is back. And if you're one of the many fans of R.A. Salvatore's phenomenally popular twin-scimitar-swinger, you won't be disappointed. The Silent Blade is old-school Drizzt, an adventure that brings together the original gang: the lovely Cattie-brie, the plump and mischievous Regis, the gruff dwarven father-figure Bruenor, and the even more gruff barbarian hammer-hurler Wulfgar. Better yet, The Silent Blade brings back Drizzt's best worst nemesis, master assassin Artemis Entreri. Throw in the evil artifact Crenshinibon (a.k.a. the Crystal Shard, the namesake of the first Drizzt Do'Urden book), and you know you're in for a good time.

The plot follows three intertwined threads: Drizzt and Co.'s road trip to destroy Crenshinibon, Wulfgar's struggle to overcome the scars of his imprisonment at the claws of the demon Errtu, and Artemis Entreri's long-awaited return to the seamy streets of Calimport. The action is as lively as ever, with giants and goblins and thieves all getting their deserved lumps at the hands of our heroes, and of course Drizzt continues his meditations on life with a capital L. The book's highlight, though, comes when Do'Urden and Entreri cross paths once again, this time with surprising results. And the promise of that matchup should keep you flipping the pages quickly. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

R.A. Salvatore has spent so many years winding himself into fantasy worlds that he's still trying to figure out how to unwind. He is the author of more than forty novels and more than a dozen New York Times best sellers, including The Two Swords, which debuted at or near the top of many best seller lists.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! Sept. 8 2002
By Omar M
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was definetely great. It kept me turning pages and reading.
The main reason it was so great were the other characters. Entreri was fleshed out very well, and his story of Calimport and his alliance with Jarlaxle in this novel was fantastically written. It was very engaging, and for the first time I enjoyed these parts more than the traditional Drizzt and the gang parts.
Wulfgar has indeed left, and his story is quite interesting as well. The description of his life at the time is very vivid, and really plunges the reader into his story.
The only downside were the Drizzt scenes. They were boring. It had a striking resembelance to the Crystal Shard, for it revolves around that artifact, and are actually quite boring. However, the end fight between Entreri and Drizzt was maqnificant, and quite suprising, But I will not reveal the ending.
All in all, it was a good read, and I am willfully going to proceed to Spine Of The World. If you like Salvatore, buy this book! Peace
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but the series might be losing steam Sept. 5 2002
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"The Silent Blade", the first book in fourth series of Drizzt the Dark Elf novels by Bob Salvatore, is essentially a continuation of the overall story that began more than ten years ago with "The Crystal Shard". All the major characters return for this novel, including Wulfgar after his return from the Abyss. While the fight scenes are still entertaining, they have started to become a bit repetitive.
As another reviewer mentioned, over the course of the previous ten novels, the characters and their mannerisms/characterizations have been fairly static. With this novel, Salvatore attempted to breathe new life into some of these characters. Wulfgar journeys on his own to fight his inner demons. Entreri sees himself for who he truly is and what the driving factor is in his life. Jarlaxle is also developed more and has become an even more sinister and deadly foe.
This book is broken into three main sections: Wulfgar's journey, the Entreri/Jarlaxle teaming, and the travels of the remaining members of the Companions of the Hall. This was obviously written in such a manner to lead into the following two novels: "Spine of the World" to further Wulfgar's story and "Servant of the Shard" to further the Jarlaxle/Entreri story.
While still a good read, it's not up to the standards set in the earlier novels, especially the first two trilogies. Maybe Salvatore thought his characters were becoming too static and in order to continue the series, changes had to be made. The first part of the book dealing with the encounter with the giants was classic Salvatore. However, the middle third of the book tended to drag a bit as the book was split into the three sections. However, the ending, while predictable, was action-packed and entertaining, even though the fight scene was essentially a rehashing of prior encounters.
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Some background on myself: I've read all of the books up to this one, and I've had plenty of time to sit in-between release dates and think about this series, one of my favorites from my childhood. As a result, I have some particularly strong opinions regarding these books and these characters. (For the record, I enjoyed the Drizzt books up to "Siege of Darkness" to varying degrees, but was sick of it by "Passage to Dawn.")
Drizzt is back, with all of his breath-taking swordplay and perpetual problems of self-doubt. That's the bad news. The good news is that a couple of the characters actually become dynamic, living, breathing characters, and not just the stagnant stereotypes with beautiful back-stories that they've normally been. Specifically I'm referring to Wulfgar and Artemis Entreri.
First lets go back for a sec and let me explain what I don't like about the series. My major complaint is that once the characters were established with some good back-stories and characterization, they felt like they were carved in stone, constant and unchanging. Also after reading all of their adventures and seeing everything they've overcome, I've ceased to feel afraid for their lives. The only thing that really affects me now is how the characters interact with each other and the world around them, so I desperately hang onto any indication that they're doing something that might be the slightest bit new or unusual for them.
This book has given me some hope for the future of the series.
This is the first book that really focuses on characters that are starting to change. Artemis Entreri has seen his reflection for the first time, in the world of the Drow, and he's not sure how he feels about what he saw.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars July 23 2001
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Publisher Weekly once said about this book that it's "Salvatore at his best" No way. "Streams of Silver" is his best. This book...I don't know, there was something missing. We had everyone you know? Regis, Drizzt, Bruneor, Catti-brie, Artemis, Jarlaxle, Wulfgar, etc. So why is it so mediocre? Well, for starters, it was too slow. That chapter with Wulfgar and Drizzt fighting giants? 31 pages. Also, Drizzt is not questionable and not finding more about him. Also, the Artemis in Calimport was a pain to read. Personally, that was of little importance and should've been put in another book. 10 new charecters in one place, 8 of them die. Also, the endless talk of Regis's love of food. Somewhere i'm screaming CHARECTER DEVOLPMENT. The only thing from saving it was the giant battle at the end. But then Drizzt fakes a death. Why is our hereos invincible? None of the Drizzt gang has REALLY died. Just, near fatal wounding. And let's not forget the battles. It seems now that they can take whole armies. But the greatest thing about this book was Wulfgar. That saved the book from disaster. I loved hearing about Wulfgar and his leaving the group. I feel sorry for him. I'll be glad to hear more from him in the next book. For now, however, this is parring with Legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, a departure for RAS
The title is fitting. Shows some of the insides of Artemis Entreri, and has Jarlaxle up to his usual business. Its a quality read with less plot and more character development. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by dnoyeB
4.0 out of 5 stars Show down!
Our favorite Dark Elf meets his match! Entreri travels the world to find Drizzt Do'Urden and settle the score, knowing that he had a great chance of beating him. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by Jeff Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Emotions and cool battles
One of the best things about this book is that we see the inner torments suffered by Wulfgar and Artemis Entreri. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Aragorn
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good book.
After reading, "Passage to Dawn," I was a little tried of the Drizzt series and decided to read a different set of books. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003 by T. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable outing from Salvatore...
Coming on the heels of Salvatore's excellent "Legacy of the Drow" Quartet, "The Silent Blade" continues the adventures of Drizzt Do'Urden and company, once again off across the... Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2003 by Nicq MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to the power of the Crystal Shard
The Silent Blade is not only the firt book of the series "The Paths of Darkness" by R.A. Salvatore, but it is also the return to a battle that was thought over. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by Photopro
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore Brings Back Drizzt's...
Worst enemy in a plot for him to take over the streets he once lived in he must agree to once again work with the Dark Elfs who he hates so. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by R. Reinhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have read all of Salvatore's books about the drow Drizzt Do'urden, and I have loved them all. The Silent Blade is another great book by Salvatore. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002 by "sarevok89"
3.0 out of 5 stars Catt's admirer
I really liked this book in the fact that Drizzt is finally realizing that is feelings for Cattie-Brie run deeper than just friendship, and he finally realizes what the word... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by Trisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoop whoop :)
I do love when all the main characters are placed together again.
Drizzt is such a great good guy with Artemis being the perfect bad a**. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2002 by Talia
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