Forgotten Realms: The Crystal Shard (Legend of Drizzt #4) [NOOK Book]

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Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.
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Overview

Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.
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R. A. Salvatore fans, rejoice! Wizards of the Coast is reissuing Salvatore's classic tales of the dark elf himself, Drizzt Do'Urden, in deluxe hardcover editions with stunning new cover art by artist extraordinaire Todd Lockwood.

In The Crystal Shard, Salvatore's first novel (originally published in 1988), the remote townships of Icewind Dale are places of "stark beauty and stark reality" where only the strongest and smartest survive. In this atmosphere of ever-present danger, Drizzt Do'Urden has found an unlikely home. But when the misfit populace of Ten-Towns is threatened by an egomaniacal wizard in possession of the crystal shard ("the most vile artifact ever made"), Drizzt and his friends -- Bruenor Battlehammer, an ornery dwarf; Regis, a cunning halfling; and the giant barabarianWulfgar -- must act before it's too late.

Salvatore's signature character -- the butt-kicking, scimitar-wielding dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden -- is one of the most complex and universally beloved creations in the fantasy genre. Comparable to Michael Moorcock's albino sorcerer Elric of Melnibone and Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars, Drizzt personifies the very essence of adventure fantasy. Salvatore is an absolutely masterful storyteller, and The Crystal Shard remains one of his best ever. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786954049
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Legend of Drizzt Series , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 16,397
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
R.A. Salvatore
R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His first published novel was The Crystal Shard. He has since published more than a dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Halfling's Gem, Sojourn, The Legacy, and Starless Night. He makes his home in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.

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Well, I just turned 50, but I'm still a clean-up hitter on the softball field. A couple of years ago, I found myself in horrible shape and feeling lousy all the time, and so, with the help of my wonderful and beautiful wife of 25 years, I started taking my health seriously again. Now I feel better than I did when I was 40. Fit Camp three times a week and yoga and softball and all the rest.

The other thing that I've come to learn about myself is that R. A. Salvatore and Bobby Salvatore are two different people (and I much prefer Bobby, thank you very much). It's not that I lie to readers at book signings, or anything like that, it's just that the things that are important to me are the little things in life: my family, my home. Writing is what I do, but it's not who I am. I remember one time about 20 years ago, I went back to where I had worked to see my brother, who still worked there. Gary was a few years older, and was, of course, my hero. An associate found us in the parking lot and nudged my brother, asking him what it felt like to have a younger brother who was so much more successful than he.

Gary, of course, took it all in stride, turning what might have been an awkward moment into a joke. Gary died a few years later and I'll never forget the lines of mourners -- grown men crying like babies. He was such a big part of the community, as a friend and a coach to so many kids over the years.

That brought me back to the parking lot and the awkward moment, and the truth of it all: I was not and have never been more successful than my brother, and nothing I can do as a writer will get me there. Only the things I do as a human being, a father, a neighbor, a friend, can bring me into his league.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Highly Recommended

    Even though this is book four of the Drizzt series this is probably the best one to start with. The story starts in the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale and follows Bruenor the stubborn dwarf, Wulfgar the young and powerful barbarian (though a bit naive) and Drizzt the mad cool dark elf with unmatched battle prowess. This is an excellent book even for those new to or not normally attracted to the fantasy genre. It is a classic and, in my humble opinion, one of the best story's in the genre of all time.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    The First and best Drizzt book

    RA Salvator is the main auther that I have read from. I myself am an inspiring writer and RA Salvator is a big reason to that. The first book of his I read was The Thousand Orcs, and that with the battles captivated me into his world. I had to read more of Drizzt. The second book I read was The Legacy, and I had to read how it started. Finaly, I got this book. This is by far my favorite book. It was Salvators first book with Drizzt, and by far the best. Salvator is so awesome in his writing. He is so descriptive, but he leaves room for imagination. Part of reading is imagining it in your head. No doubt most readers have different pictures painted in their head when the army of monsters start to seige the largest of Ten-Towns, but still, they are similar and mainly the same due to his unique imagination that he finely paints with words in his stories. This is the best Drizzt book of all of them, and the best book I have read. The greatest aspect of the book is the characters. Out of any other story or movie or anything, no characters are more vivid or uniquely created than the Companions of the Hall and the enemies. Artmemis and Jarlaxle are so cool, especialy Jarlaxle, he is the man.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Great book.

    Really hooks you, I was disappointed when it was over. To the reviewer carrying on about the misspellings and punctuation errors...you misspelled "your" (you're) and you forgot your period at the end of the sentence. Gotta love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Can't go wrong with this one

    No matter what you read by R A Salvatore, you just can't find a bad read. I enjoy his books and the story lines

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    wow

    this is an amazing book!!! anyone that even likes fantasy alittle bit will love this story. salvatore has a way of bring fights out in books and makeing them seem soo real jsut liek ur watchign a movey definalty get this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    What a wonderful beginning

    Every saga has a beginning, but most do not tend to capture you as this book does. I have spend laborous nights flipping through stories that were said to be great, but had no real spark. I started this book, knowing that it looked right down my alley, and I did not realize I had read nearly all of it by the time I saw the clock. The characters are so unique, and there is a character for every personality, so everyone has a character they relate to. The perils are not rare happenings, and there is always some sort of action that keeps you sucked into the pages, while maintaining a deep storyline. Awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    AWESOME

    The Forgotten Realms is the best series ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    The whispering cave

    Like the moonstone

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    Excellent book, excellent start, excellent story.  This is not a

    Excellent book, excellent start, excellent story.  This is not a review, this is a rebuttal.  Anybody that puts Robert Jordan as a better writer than Salvatore, well, I'm not going to stoop to name calling, but Jordan is formulaic, long-winded and that's enough, regarding him.  Now, Tolkien, even die-hard Lord of the Rings fanatics admit that the writing in this book is a little long-winded and disjointed at times and I am a huge Tolkien fan, I've even read the Silmarillion ( sp ).  Please don't compare, because Salvatore is one of the first author's I've read that keeps a story going and I want to read more.  Other authors just lose it, the books become formulaic, don't stick to the main characters, don't evolve and most of all are just more manuscripts to make a buck.  Salvatore also gives the readers what they want.  Well, my humble opinion doesn't mean much, but  hopefully you get past the first book and continue to read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great book

    Great book in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    A fantastic book!

    A fantastic book!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Absolutely fantastic fantasy!

    "... Salvatore has managed to create dynamic characters that I fell completely in love with almost immediately upon meeting them (and even those who I did not fall immediately in love with, I immediately hated. A strong feeling, either way). With the exception of one (Wulfgar the barbarian calls to mind others of his type, such as Conan), they are fairly unique, and each of them only gets more well developed as the story goes on. This is especially true in the case of the dark elf Drizzt, who turns out to be what most would consider the main character. From the start, you are witness to internal reflection on a level that most novels do not allow, but in a way that does not diminish the action of the story. ..."

    For full review, please visit me (Les Livres) on Blogger!

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Great but...

    The book is awesome if your a Salvatore fan, but it is riddled with mispelled words and sentences with incorrect grammer! My guess is that when they coverted to nook format it screwed up some spelling. Otherwise great book

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    Amazing story for all fantasy lovers.

    This was my first forgotten realms and R. A. Salvatore book and I am now completly hooked. One of the best reads ever. For those that love fantasy this is a must read. The characters are amazing, the adventure exiting, and the narrative sucks you into Icewind.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A True Fantasy Adventure Classic

    I fondly remember reading this novel on first release in 1988, multiple times, and over 20 years later thought I would try it again to see if I would still enjoy it as much as I did as a young teen - I was not disappointed.

    R A Salvatore's freshman effort of 'The Crystal Shard' is a simple, well crafted story that will keep a fan of the fantasy/adventure genre engaged throughout. The setting is deeply routed in the D&D world of the Forgotten Realms, but does not require the reader to have intimate knowledge of this fact to enjoy or understand the backdrop. The characters are mostly cliché in the honorable tradition of the modern fantasy: dwarves are dwarves, goblins are goblins, barbarians are barbarians, wizards are wizards, elves are elves, and halflings, well, are hobbits.

    There are a few exceptions to this rule that make the novel truly shine. Drizzt Do'Urden the renegade dark elf who had forsaken his heritage, detailed in the prequel series 'The Dark Elf Trilogy', has a depth of character that is only hinted at in this piece. He is one of the four heroes of the tale, an ensemble that is somewhat eclipsed by Drizzt. Also, I found the wizard's apprentice Akar Kessell to be a refreshing alternative to the epic villain that is often overplayed. Kessell's self-doubts and naivety give him a humanity that underlines the fantastic circumstances that he encounters in the story. His villainy is almost childish and terribly awesome at the same time, which makes for a believable and interesting antagonist. Then there are the peoples of Ten-Towns, a human community on the frontiers of the desolate and harsh northlands. The author's depiction of the inner politics and personalities of this community gives breath as a character in and of itself. It is intriguing to discover throughout the story how they interact with themselves and the external communities of the dwarves and barbarians, and how the heroes are intertwined with the fate of the decisions made by a people who are as often at ends with each other.

    This book is highly recommended for any reader who is looking for a quick, accessible read, as an escape into high-fantasy adventure. The characters and storyline draw you into a familiar place, but keep you reading till the end with a well executed tale. This is truly a classic in the genre that would even serve well as a stand-alone read. As the first publication of many by the author, it rivals his other offerings, and has a freshness that to some degree is compromised in later series.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    It was okay!

    Even though this was R.A. Salvatore's first book I was glad that I read it as the 4th book. If I had read this one first I probably wouldn't have read the others. It just didn't catch my interest like the first three books. It wasn't horrible it just took me forever to finish it and the last hundred pages I kept thinking "I just want to finish this book". Maybe I was burned out who knows? The villain was some joke and not believable and his whole conquest plot was random and there was too much happening in this book to follow it. There were social conflicts that could have been resolved or addressed in a better manner. I am definitely a fan of the Drizzt character so I have every intention of seeing this process to the end, but I am going to pick something up before I go straight to book 5. Overall, it was just okay!

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Crystal Shard, The Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1

    Coming soon.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Where the legends of Drizzt all began...

    Sometimes it is the one person you least expect that becomes the hero in your life. In this case, a story based in the fantasy world of Forgotten Realms, this is no exception. The Icewind Dale Trilogy is the original starting point for one of the greatest heroes ever created-Drizzt Do'Urden. He made his debut in the first tale of them all, The Crystal Shard, as the outsider that tries to help others selflessly and honorably. He did not just come out of nowhere though; thanks to R.A. Salvatore Drizzt Do'Urden and the rest of the crew came to life for everyone to see. It was his creativity and originality that created the wonderful characters and stories that were to come, but most importantly Drizzt. I say his name over and over just like you will upon reading this story, because you will truly come to love and enjoy him. This book published by the Wizards of the Coast will forever be a classic to those who read it because of its stunning action, its unforgettable characters, and of course the amazing setting of Dungeons & Dragons.
    It may be true today that most people look down on fantasy books because of how childish or nerdy they may be, but this is a book that would make many people feel otherwise towards the subject. The story entailed in these pages does more to your than you can imagine, making you think and feel for the characters every step of the way. It may seem like you know every princess, faraway kingdom, or and other fantasy story out there, but this plot is something out of the ordinary. R.A. Salvatore does a fantastic job at hooking in your attention then having you go into the story yourself, something most authors just cannot do. The twists and turns of the struggles between the humans of Ten Towns, the barbarians of the tundra, and the many evils around them are almost too big to fit in one cover, but Salvatore does it with amazing style.
    For anyone who has already taken the invigorating journey of following Drizzt Do'Urden through all his adventures, then you know how he is arguably one of the best heroes to ever exist. This story of the evil crystal Crenshinibon and the cocky wizard Akar Kessel was just the launch pad to Drizzt, Bruenor, Wulfgar, Cattie-brie, and all the awesome stories to come. These characters are proven to be everything that is good and honorable time and time again, first starting with how they defended the fishing towns form the barbarian invasion to how they went about undermining the armies of the wretched wizard and his crystal. The good nature of each of the main characters despite their many differences and views is stunning and intriguing, making you wish you were there with such diverse and great people. If anything about this book could be called number one, it would have to be the characters this author has created.
    Adventurers need some mysterious kingdom and a setting in which to revel in, and the perfect place for our certain motley crew is in the crazy world of the Forgotten Realms. Dungeons & Dragons has been the king of fantasy role-playing games for years, but it was not just limited to being a game. R.A. Salvatore took it upon himself to assemble personalities to populate the *then* new Forgotten Realms world of D&D that would stick out above the rest. He decided that his soon to be unforgettable characters would live in the northernmost point of the continent-Icewind Dale, hence the name of the trilogy. It is here in the land that most players of the game

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2009

    Sweet

    Book is amazing...

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  • Posted November 28, 2008

    Cliche and mediocre

    This was actually the first Drizzt book, for those that do not know. It is also VERY cliche, and hard to read. But it is nessesary for those following the evolution for the troubled dark elf, and future books constantly point back to the adventures laid out in this one. The main villian, Akar Kessel, is arguably the WORST fantasy villian of all time, but at least Wulfgar fights an ice dragon, and that was cool, if a bit predictable.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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