The Halfling's Gem: The Legend of Drizzt, Book VI Mass Market Paperback – Aug 7 2007
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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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As a side note, an interesting idea and well done character development is the fact that the drow Drizzt is having to hide his identity because of the racist overworld and his heritage. His hiding is referenced in the later books many times. His thoughts and those he shares with Cattie-brie get nagging and annoying, but of course I would probably feel the same way if I was persecuted and hated while saving the lives of good people.
I absolutely love the Drizzt and Entreri duel. I loved the battle at the end of "Streams of Silver" and as always they duel it out in such a beautiful and deadly fasion.
Overall, the book was good and the trilogy was also good, just not great. I love "the Legacy of the Drow" a thousand times better than this trilogy, but of course these are necessary for complete understanding of the characters involved in both sequences. I would have given this book (and the other books in the trilogy) a higher rating(s) if the tasks and quests did not seem so random and reaching for relavence to the rest of the realm.
While the adventures of this book were somewhat weaker than in the others, they are by no means weak by any standards. The pirate ship attack, fighting the ratmen in the sewers, Wulfgar's fight with the Hydra, and of course Drizzit's and Entreri's showdown.. The book ended on a wonderful note with Regis (temporarily) taking over the theives guild and Bruenor taking his place as the King of Mithral Hall and Wulfgar + Catie-Bire/Drizzit + Lady Alustriel hooking up.
I look forward to reading more of Salvatore's books featuring Drizzit Do'Urden.
I'd say this book is slightly worse than the other two. The reason is because this book isn't interesting throughout, where the other books were. The first two portions of this book really didn't amount to much. There's still too many RPG elements for my liking and in this book Salvatore still hasn't worked out his characterization elements yet. Sometimes the characters can act rather immature, with the exception of Drittz. Another thing I didn't like (and this was in Streams of Silver, too) was the fact that the characters' journey was already laid out on the map. There was no suspense about "Will they go to the forest or will they go to the plains or will they take to the sea?" because you already know they will take to sea. Bad form, and pointless, too, for that matter. There's not much action until the heroes get to Calimport. Then all hell breaks loose, and it gets entertaining. It seems to me that there were two authors writing this book. Everything revolving around Drittz seems to be of a higher caliber writing than things concerning Wulfgar, or Cattie-brie, or anyone else in the novel besides Drittz. Drittz and Artemis Entreri. It's as if a part of him lies dormant while writing other characters and only surfaces when he is in Drittz mode. The high point of the novel was Drittz's battle with Artemis Entreri, which gave the book its redemption.
The title can be misleading: you really don't learn anything new about the gem or how it relates to the other eleven. This set seems to be of some importance. Hopefully we will learn more in a later book, yes?
Overall, the series is OK. Had I not read the Dark Elf Trilogy before I read this one, I might have doubts as to whether or not to continue reading Salvatore.Read more ›
After the excitement of volume two, there is a bit of a let-down. After all, the action doesn't really pick up until Drizzt and Wulfgar near the end of their destination. After that, all hell breaks loose, literally. What follows is non-stop action. The party must survive an ambush in the city sewers, find an exit through the trap-filled thieves' guild, and escape from an an astral plane filled with bloodthirsty demons. All the while, Drizzt is drawn inexorably toward a confrontation with Entreri, who's his equal in every physical aspect and martial skill, yet is his polar opposite in spirit and morality. As expected, Drizzt's duel with Entreri is the highlight of the story, though unfortunately it ends without a resolution. Drizzt's emotional saga continues, as he struggles to be comfortable with his physical appearance, and succeeds in gaining a small measure of acceptance by the nobility of his actions. Yes, the dour ranger may be capable of even love, as the little confession from Catti-Brie seems to indicate. Die-hard Drizzt fans may not want to miss the moment he plants a wet kiss on Catti-Brie's lips, though whether she is aware of it is unclear.Read more ›
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Book is awesome. Shipping less so. 2 out of 3 books arrived with mangled covers.Published 9 months ago by Crewe Luke
Réception très rapide du livre. Cependant, le livre contient quelques mots mal écrit (dont le nom des personnages) ainsi qu'une impression du texte pas... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2013 by Michael Lainesse
still 50 pages to read but it is sure one awesome book again ... R.A salvatore thumbs upPublished on June 29 2010 by Tommy Corriveau
Read this years ago and recently revisited this series. One of my first from Salvatore and still a favorite. great characters and writing, and exciting action. Read morePublished on March 25 2006 by Jerry
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
Regis the halfing is kidnapped by a an assassin Artemis Entreri. This novel is an exciting adventure of cat and mouse with Drizzt and the gang. Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by Jimi Dracutt
The last book in the best Fantasy trillogy ever written.
The assassing has Regis the halfling, and may kill him. Read more