The Crystal Shard

The Crystal Shard Bruenor a dwarf Drizzt a dark elf and Wulfgar a barbarian warrior try to unite the people of Ten Towns to face the dangerous magic of the crystal shard

  • Title: The Crystal Shard
  • Author: R.A. Salvatore Larry Elmore
  • ISBN: 9780880385350
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Bruenor, a dwarf, Drizzt, a dark elf, and Wulfgar, a barbarian warrior, try to unite the people of Ten Towns to face the dangerous magic of the crystal shard.

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    1. R.A. Salvatore Larry Elmore

      As one of the fantasy genre s most successful authors, R.A Salvatore enjoys an ever expanding and tremendously loyal following His books regularly appear on The New York Times best seller lists and have sold than 10,000,000 copies Salvatore s original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter s Blade Trilogy October 2004 debuted at 1 on The Wall Street Journal best seller list and at 4 on The New York Times best seller list His books have been translated into numerous foreign languages including German, Italian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, and French.Salvatore s first published novel, The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do Urden Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi volume series including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter s Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sopho year of college when he was given a copy of J.R.R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift He promptly changed his major from computerscience to journalism He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Fitchburg State College in 1981, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English He began writing seriously in 1982, penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic Salvatore held many jobs during those first years as a writer, finally settling in much to our delight to write full time in 1990.The R.A Salvatore Collection has been established at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, containing the writer s letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers He is in good company, as The Salvatore Collection is situated alongside The Robert Cormier Library, which celebrates the writing career of the co alum and esteemed author of young adult books.Salvatore is an active member of his community and is on the board of trustees at the local library in Leominster, Massachusetts He has participated in several American Library Association regional conferences, giving talks on themes including Adventure fantasy and Why young adults read fantasy Salvatore himself enjoys a broad range of literary writers including James Joyce, Mark Twain, Geoffrey Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, and Sartre He counts among his favorite genre literary influences Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fritz Leiber, and of course, J.R.R Tolkien.Born in 1959, Salvatore is a native of Massachusetts and resides there with his wife Diane, and their three children, Bryan, Geno, and Caitlin The family pets include three Japanese Chins, Oliver, Artemis and Ivan, and four cats including Guenhwyvar.When he isn t writing, Salvatore chases after his three Japanese Chins, takes long walks, hits the gym, and coaches plays on a fun league softball team that includes most of his family His gaming group still meets on Sundays to playcmillan author rasalv

    389 thoughts on “The Crystal Shard”

    1. This book sucked. Seriously, this is a classic? The story is good, and I can see why the character is popular among 12-year-old boys. He's a tormented drow! So he's cool-looking, but good! And he has a magic panther! And he can do just about anything, including run for days and command demons and all that.The story, overall, isn't horrible. It's better than the base narrative of The Hobbit. But the writing, the writing, the overwrought writing, the exposition, the journal entries argh. Salvatore [...]


    2. Καταπληκτικό βιβλίο το οποίο διαβάζεται μονομιάς, απνευστί, μπλα, μπλα, μπλα και άλλα τέτοια ανέμπνευστα τετριμμένα. Επειδή όμως ο χρόνος είναι σχετικός που είπε και ο Πάπας ο Κλήμης(??) εγω τελείωσα την ανάγνωση του σε ένα μήνα.Ο Άκαρ Κέσελ, κάτοχος του πανάρχαιου Κρυστάλλιν [...]


    3. How many books do you know that a side character has more time than the main character then becomes the main character? That was the way for this book, which mean the character of Drizzt rather than for Wulfgar. One of the many reasons that why this book is different from most books in fantasy. This reason is the biggest reason that this is different from most of the book out there.


    4. This beginning to the Icewind Dale trilogy is a guilty pleasure at best. I fully admit that I've read eight books in the entire Drizzt series, and that this kind of novel is just the thing I need to curl up with sometimes. But the sad truth is that it is books like this one that, in my opinion, sometimes give fantasy a bad name. Mr. Salvatore is undoubtedly more talented in writing than the format of these books might suggest (I'm sure he's writing for a fairly young audience), and the success o [...]


    5. Φανατικοί του fantasy, που παίζετε φανατικά RPG Warhammer και strategy Diablo, αυτή η σειρά είναι για εσάς!!!Μια καινούρια τριλογία ξεκινάει, όπου ο Ντριντζ έχει προσαρμοστεί στον υπέργειο κόσμο και, παρέα με την τρελή συντροφιά του, προσπαθεί να κατακτήσει το σύμπαν!!!Μάγοι, πύργοι, σχέδια στ [...]


    6. I can see where this would have been an extremely popular book in its time. It does, however, very much show its status as first published book by this author and as a high fantasy published in the 1980s. It reminded me strongly of the Shannara series by Terry Brooks, which started off very dependent on The Lord of the Rings for races, imagery, and even some plot points, but which eventually moved off in its own direction. I think nowadays we could refer to works like these as LOTR fan fiction. [...]


    7. An elf, a dwarf, and a halfling walk into a barwait you've heard this one before?Yeah, okay. There's nothing truly original here. Nothing we haven't encountered before. But I like it.A little different than the usual "quest" style of fantasy this one concentrates on a group of settlers trying to save their home from an invading wizard who has been possessed by an ancient artifact.If you've read Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn first you will notice a difference in style. The Crystal Shard was writte [...]


    8. Aunque con un comienzo bastante lento, a los pocos capítulos alcanza la narrativa de las mejores obras del género fantástico. Personajes fascinantes, pertenecientes a diferentes “razas”, que se advierte quedarán en la memoria del lector por mucho tiempo. Una historia emocionante y emotiva, muy bien hilvanada, donde cada acción y personaje encuentra su momento adecuado. Muy bueno.


    9. After reading a chapter or two, I realized to my surprise that I have never actually read this first Salvatore novel before. It's a strange experience, because I know the story of Drizzt so well from other books and other media, to the point that it feels like I must have read this previouslybut I definitely hadn't.Back when TSR published this novel in 1988, it was trying to distance itself from a lot of the pre-existing gaming properties that it had published when Gary Gygax was running the com [...]


    10. MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListIt doesn't matter. I will always ♥ love ♥ Drizzt & his trusted companion, GuenhwyvarDrizzt Do'Urden trotted along silently, his soft, low-cut boots barely stirring the dust. He kept the cowl of his brown cloak pulled low over the flowing waves of his stark white hair and moved with such effortless grace that an onlooker might have thought him to be no more than an illusion, an optical trick of the brown sea of tundra.In the first part of the book we [...]


    11. Very much a solid 4 but upgraded for the impact it had on how I read, play and search out fantasy to this day. I've never read past Sojourn amazingly. I'm hoping to change that at some point.-I'm certain this was my first FR book as a teenager and solidified a lifelong pact with all things Realms.-Though I couldn't recall specific plot before my readthrough I could name every character. First, last and nicknamesI'm horrible with names.-RA Salvatore's first novel.-Drizzt has spawned over 30 books [...]


    12. After starting my adventure with Drizzt through the Dark elf Trilogy Iam back to the books that started it all. Icewind Dale. Although you can feel that this was Salvatores first book its still a great story and fun ride. It kinda feels like playing Baldurs Gate or Never Winter Nights:) All the side characters are cool in their own way but I think i like Bruenor the most:)These books are a great way to clear your head from the more "epic" stories out there.I will continue to read this series for [...]


    13. This was not at all what I expected, and for that reason alone I could almost give it four stars. I always thought that I couldn't possibly enjoy this book as an adult. Based on the things I had heard about it (D&D origins and all) I was afraid that I had missed my window where I could enjoy it (somewhere in my late teen years I assumed). Apparently I hadn't missed that window though, this actually turned out to be a fun read. It maybe wasn't the best fantasy I've ever read but it was far fr [...]


    14. After several years I did return to the roleplaying games, especially, Dungeons & Dragons. One of my favorite campaign settings over there is Forgotten Realms, known because of its diversity and how it portraits the best of High Fantasy tropes (and, of course, its clichés). But of all Forgotten Realms, I've always liked Icewind Dale.Icewind Dale has this name because of the unrelenting snow storms and the harsh life style at the faerûnian tundra. The Ten-Towns can be seen as the last basti [...]


    15. "The Crystal Shard" is R.A. Salvatore's 1st major published novel, and he made sure to include all the classic fantasy elements in this epic tale. Unfortunately, that turns out to be the book's one major flaw, since the overall story just seems so generic. Let's see, we have an evil artifact that possesses the mind of its owner, a dwarf and an elf who banter and keep score while they fight common enemies, and even a hobbit halfling who joins in the quest. Gee, does any of this sound familiar?!? [...]


    16. I'm not a big fan of the novels. I read 'The Crystal Shard' a few years ago when a friend lent it to me (and now I think on it I need to return it). I believe it was R.A. Salvatore's first book and dear god I hope so, it was dreadful. It doesn't help that I loathe Forgotten Realms, viewing it as a rip-off of Greyhawk (where drow, duergar etc. originate from) and Lord of the Rings (meddling pipe smoking wizards anyone) with a smorgasboard of whatever else people were working on for TSR at the tim [...]



    17. Okay,This book introduces two more important characters into the series. First, a fat lazy halfling named Regis. He becomes the quindisential troublmaking theif. Secondly, a human barbarian named Wulfgar(beowulf?). Salvatore spends a lot of time working out the polotics of Icewind Dale, and specificly the area of Ten Towns (which has, as you may have guessed, 10 towns located around 3 lakes). Unfortunatly, after this series, the characters don't spend much time in this area.s the pity.Anywho, Wu [...]


    18. It took me at least 100 pages to feel fully engaged with the story but the lengthy intro was truly necessary character and story development. Even with his brief introduction of Drizzt, Bruenor and Regis, Salvatore created tangible characters that colored the war tactics, battles, and subsequent survival (since "victory" is only in the eye of the beholder) with clear depth and breadth. He was true to their character throughout the entire story and it allowed for the events that took place to be [...]


    19. I knew that this was the first Drizzt book that Salvatore ever penned, so the Drizzt that I knew from the "first three" books wasn't going to be the same Drizzt that I followed here, and I'm glad that I knew that going in. Drizzt had a few more, uh, pre-occupations in this story than I preferred, but he was still more-or-less the same drow I had grown so attached to.The thing I really like about this story are the characters. Drizzt has finally found a place for himself in the world - not a perf [...]


    20. Book number four in the overall Drizzt series of books (though actually the first book published) and it was everything I'd hoped it would be. Salvatore introduces readers to Icewind Dale and the Ten Towns that exist within its borders. Politics and evil conquest are the main focus. New beloved characters like the halfling Regis and the barbarian Wulfgar are introduced to great effect. This is top-notch, pulpy high fantasy delivered at a snappy pace. Wizards and Ice Dragons and Demons oh my! It [...]


    21. This book is still as good as the first time I've read it more than 10 years ago. Having read more stories about Drizzt and going back it seems he is more chaotic in this one. His actions are more reckless and his skills seemed to be worse than he was in the Underdark. It seems strange that Drizzt managed to get knocked over unconscious by a barbarian king when his skills match that of Zaknafein. I also notice that Bruenor loves to mention about some ancient forgotten homeland dear to his race, [...]



    22. Well, 4.5 because I love this stuff. This one didn't have the same impact on me as the first three books did, but there were plenty of interesting things happening: goblins, orcs, frost giants, dragons, demons, war and a smarmy, devious, whiny wizard who wreaks havoc after finding the crystal shard, an ancient magical talisman that gives him considerable powers. Basic stuff, but well done. I did enjoy seeing the wizard bite it, finally.I slogged down a bit on all the Ten Towns politics, history, [...]


    23. Drizzt Do'Urden, Bruenor Battlehammer, Wulfgar the Barbarian, Regis the Halfling, and the lovely, Catti-brie. As well as industrious Dwarves, Goblins, Orcs, battles with dragons, evil wizards, magic weapons, deadly quests, Demons, AND A MAGIC FREAKING TOWER! Seriously - all these things are jam packed into this 300-page paperback. No wonder I was so easily captivated when I first read it. I was 14 years old and this book most definitely played a large part in my love for fantasy & adventure [...]


    24. I stumbled upon Salvatore when I played Reckoning. From that day I had thought of reading a fantasy series written by him one day. Now that I finally have, the feelings are mixed1. Plot The plot follows the age old formula of good vs evil as a party forms to fight for what is right. In terms of story the book does not particularly stand out. 2. Magic The Crystal Shard unfortunately resembles Tolkienish fantasy a great deal. With the setting of elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, there is very little [...]


    25. Alright, hear me out on this one. It's not terribly written. It's competent at least. Well, competent compared to a lot of other novels I've read in the same skein.There's just not much unique to it. 70% of the novel itself is action scene after action scene. I'm thinking Salvatore figured if the book is full of action scenes, people will think it's fast paced. All I got was a slog through scene after scene of how awesome Drizzt is as he bashes and slices his way through another generic orc, gob [...]


    26. In March 1988, R.A. Salvatore’s first book of his many, many books about the dark elf ranger, Drizzt Do’urden, The Crystal Shard, was released. I read it a few days ago as part of my reread of all the Forgotten Realms novels. My impression? It was better written than Darkwalker on Moonshae. The dialogue, in particular, is much better.The story is told in three parts. In the first part, the folk of the Ten Towns need to stop an invasion from the barbarian tribes. In the second part, one of th [...]


    27. "But the drow's second scimitar was out with the first, interweaving in a mesmerizing dance of death. As each blade flashed out, it sent another of the giant's gnarled fingers spinning to the floor. Soon the verbeeg had nothing more than two bloodied stumps where its hands had once been. Enraged beyond sanity, it swung its clublike arms wildly. Drizzt's scimitar quickly slipped under the side of its skill, ending the creature's madness" The Crystal Shard, by R.A. Salvatore, Page 168.Thank you R. [...]


    28. I can't give the book zero stars, sadly. Re-reading it made the Dark Elf Trilogy seem better (speaking of which, I noted some retconning in prequel--Drizzt is said to have spent 200 years in the Underdark here, but it’s a shorter passage of time there). The entire novel is basically a series of fight sequences, with none of the character development necessary to make them engaging (reminding me of Glen Cook's "The Black Company"). Wulgar is meant to be the hero of the book--it's his hero's jou [...]


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