The Dragon King (Crimson Shadow #3)

The Dragon King (Crimson Shadow #3)

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by R. A. Salvatore
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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 clich 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. (Nov.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446604857
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/27/2009
Series:
Crimson Shadow Series, #3
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
912,021
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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