Forgotten Realms: The Silent Blade: (Legend of Drizzt #11) [NOOK Book]

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Can the Crystal Shard be destroyed at last?

Drizzt is determined to destroy the evil Crystal Shard, and seeks out the help of the scholar-priest Cadderly. But instead, his worst fears are realized, and Crenshinibon falls into the hands of the dark elf mercenary Jarlaxle and his unlikely ally Artemis Entreri.

The Silent Blade is the book that brought Drizzt back to the ...
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Forgotten Realms: The Silent Blade: (Legend of Drizzt #11)

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Overview

Can the Crystal Shard be destroyed at last?

Drizzt is determined to destroy the evil Crystal Shard, and seeks out the help of the scholar-priest Cadderly. But instead, his worst fears are realized, and Crenshinibon falls into the hands of the dark elf mercenary Jarlaxle and his unlikely ally Artemis Entreri.

The Silent Blade is the book that brought Drizzt back to the Realms, and was a New York Times best seller on its initial release--and has been in print every day since. Like the rest of the Legend of Drizzt(R) reissues, The Silent Blade features beautiful new cover art by award-winning illustrator Todd Lockwood.


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The Silent Blade is the latest from R. A. Salvatore, the New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Awakens and The Legacy. With The Silent Blade, Salvatore returns to the Forgotten Realms series and again presents a high-fantasy extravaganza of epic challenge and personal struggle, as well as a detailed chronicle of mythical quests, dangers, and escapades of all sorts. Fans of Forgotten Realms will be gratified by the return of such popular characters as Drizzt the dark elf, the presumed-dead warrior Wulfgar, and the assassin Artemis Entreri. The Silent Blade is full of finely wrought story threads and detailed characterization that twine together to form a powerful, absorbing plot involving strife, fellowship, and the will to overcome adversity while keeping one's soul intact.

After six years of torture at the claws of the demon Errtu, Wulfgar has finally been freed by his loyal band of comrades. Still emotionally scarred by his time in the depths of the Abyss, Wulfgar is now apathetic to the world at large, and is especially uncaring where his former love Canni-brie and comrade Drizzt are concerned. He even callously turns his back on a fellow tribesman when asked to lead his people. Worst of all, when battling mountain giants and watching his companions fight for their lives, the barbarian momentarily freezes, unable to think of anything except the torment he suffered in the Abyss.

In order to destroy the power of Errtu's evil artifact Crenshinibon, a lengthy journey is undertaken to the far southwestern lands, one thatbeginsto take on new meaning for the fellowship. This is not merely an excursion to right wrongs but an exploration in which each participant learns more about himself and each other — perhaps more than they ever wished to know. The quest grows ever more perilous as Drizzt and Canni-brie attempt to repress their mutual feelings, which deepened during Wulfgar's absence, and as Wulfgar himself becomes even more mentally unhinged.

Meanwhile, the assassin Artemis Entreri finds himself back in the city of Calimport for reasons he does not fully understand. He undergoes a number of revelations when dealing with his former band of rogues and street thieves (including LaValle, Dondon, and Hand) and realizes he is unable to escape his past — and is unsure if he even wants to. Once a guildmaster, and still known among the population as the greatest assassin to have ever lived, Artemis Entreri becomes disgusted by those he once dealt with as he unconsciously becomes more and more inspired by his foe Drizzt.

Although there are sections written in the first-person voice of Drizzt, Drizzt is not the main focus of The Silent Blade, as he was in previous Forgotten Realms tales. Salvatore flawlessly balances the action between friends and foes alike; the author's ability to detail personal crises adds a depth to his work that isn't often found in sword-and-sorcery fiction. Salvatore is a craftsman, capturing several character traits at once, both good and bad, and exposing secrets of the soul that will ultimately affect the fates of all involved, and perhaps even that of the world.

One of Salvatore's most reliable techniques and greatest narrative strengths is that he rarely allows any character to be the epitome of valor or evil. Each member of the cast, including Artemis Entreri, spends a good deal of time reflecting upon his past deeds, searching his feelings, and discovering regrets, doubts, and pride.

The author does a splendid job of inviting us not only into a land where magic reigns but also into the depths of the personalities who populate the tale, each of whom is capable of being both more kind and more cruel than they may have previously believed. Here the reader will discover a world much like our own, where the brutal realities of life impose themselves daily, yet possibilities always loom large. The Silent Blade offers us a chance to see the magnitude of magnificent, mythical adventures and perils, and entices us along at a brisk and exciting pace.
— Tom Piccirilli, barnesandnoble.com
— Tom Piccirilli,is the author of the critically acclaimed supernatural novel Pentacle, as well as the dark suspense mysteries Shards and The Dead Past. His short fiction has appeared in many anthologies, including Hot Blood: Fear the Fever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786954117
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Legend of Drizzt Series , #11
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 24,262
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
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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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 November 23, 2011

    Salvatore just keeps getting better!

    I've been reading the series all the way through and I've noticed a a heightened sense of emotional understanding in this book. Excellent character development. Great moral arguments. Fantastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Back To Drizzt

    I started reading this book after reading the Cleric Quintet. I couldnt wait to jump back into a good Drizzt book. The story and plot just wasnt there in this one. I felt like I was reading shortstories about each character that could have been entire books in of themselves. What happened to Guenevhar the panther that helped Drizzt escape the Underdark. There was very little of Drizzt beloved sidekick in this one. Very little period actually. Salvatore seemed so worried about telling three different stories at once that he went into no detail about any of them. This book was just disapointing. It is time for a new era in the Drizzt books With new characters and imagination. I dont know why Salvatore felt the need to bring Wulfgar back to life in the first place Zach side by side with Drizzt would have been sooo much better. Bottom line Just O.K.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    What a horrible book

    I am a huge RA Salvatore fan, but i thought this book was terrible. this could've been a short story or a few chapters added on to Passage to Dawn. A whole book was not need for what took place in this book. It seems like Mr. Salvatore is getting bored with Drizzt. Hopefully this is just one bad book and the next one will be as good as the rest of his books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Fap fap*  So good.

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     So good.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Starts slow, ends well

    This was my least favorite book of the series so far, mostly because of the first half. It was a bit slow and uninteresting. But the second half was very entertaining and provides some additional cliff hangers to keep you going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Must read!

    All Drizzt books are fantastic! This one is no different. I recommend all of them.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The Silent Blade, Paths of Darkness, Book 1

    Coming soon.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Very fun Drizzt book

    This book was very entertaining. Multiple story-lines, using my personal favorite bad guys Jarlaxle and Artemis. The depth of Drizzt shines through like all of the Drizzt books up to this point. I would say that, up to this point{Books I through XI} this has been my personal favorite! Very good book!

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  • Posted November 28, 2008

    good

    a good read, but the big fight at the end was interupted by Jarlaxle, so there is STILL no closure betwwen Drizzt and Enteri

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    Student Review- Great Book

    R.A Salvatore has done a geat job at producing yet another thrilling adventure. In this book, Drizzit and company have to face down a perilous journey to destroy the evil relic Crenshinibon. With Wulfgar out trying to find himeself after being tortured for eight years, who will help Drizzit in time of need? I recommend this book to many people who love adventure and fantesy books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    Drizzt Do'Urden and Friends

    These books are all phenominal. I have never read sci/fi books nor had an interest until my husband had me read his R.A.Salvatore books. You start to care for these characters and can't read the books fast enough. Cattie-Brie, Wulfgar and Bruenor Battlehammer are a family like no other. Everyone should take a crack at these books and read them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    The Silent Blade

    THE SILENT BLADE TRILOGY, BY R.A.SALVATORE THE GENRE OF THIS BOOK IS FANTASY BUT ALTHOUGH IT IS A FANTASY NOVEL I REALLY LIKED IT. THERE REALLY ISNT ANY MAOJOR THEME TO THIS BOOK ITS JUST A REALLY GOOD BOOK. THE MAIN CHARACTERS ARE DRIZZT DO'URDEN A DARK ELF THAT HAS BETRAYED HIS DARK ASSASINOUS WAYS OF LIFE, GATTIE-BRIE A HUMAN WHO WAS ADOPTED BY A DWARF BY THE NAME OF BRUENOR, REGIS A HAFLING THAT EATS ALOT AND HATES CONFRONTATIONS, WULFGAR A BARBARIAN THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO MARRY CATTIE-BRIE, JARLAXLE A MERCENARY DARK ELF, AND ARTEMIS ENTRARY AN ASSASIN THE REMINDS DRIZZT OF EWHAT HE COULD OF BEEN IF HE STAYED IN THE DARK ELF CITY OF MENZOBERANZON. THE STORY IS ABOUT A MAGICAL RELIC BY THE NAME OF CRENSHINABON THAT CAN CONTROL THE MIND AND SEEP INTO THE THE PERSONS SOAL TO FIND OUT THERE DEEPEST SECRETS AND WISHES. THE RELIC DOES THIS TO CONTROL THE PERSON AND TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD. DRIZZT AND HIS FRIENDS HAVE THE RELIC IN THERE POSSESION AND ARE TRYING TO DESTROY IT BUT THE RUN INTO ALOT OF TROUBLES ALONG THE WAY. THEY RUN INTO ALL THESE TROUBLES BECAUSE CRENSHINABON IS CALLING OUT TO ALL WILLING SOALS TO TRY AND GAIN A WIELDER TO DESTROY DRIZZT AND HIS COMPANIONS SO THAT THE CRYSTAL ISNT DESTROYED. THERE IS ALSO MANY DIFFERENT STORIES OTHER THAN THE MAIN STORY. ONE OF THE STORIES IS ABOUT ARTEMIS ENTRARY RETURNED TO THE TOWN WHERE HIS REPUTATION MAKES HIM A FEARED MAN, WHERE HE TRIES TO BRING BACK HIS REPUTATION AS A HIRED ASSASSIN. JARLAXLY THE DARK ELF HAS COME TO THE SURFACE TO EXTEND HIS CLAN OF MERCENARIES TO THE WORLD ABOVE HIS THE WORLD OF HIS RACE. THE MOST MAJOR STORY THAT IS HIDDEN BEHIND THE CURTAIN IS THE INTERNAL BATTLE THAT WULFGAR HAS TO GO THROUGH TO GET RID OF THE PERSONAL DEAMONS THAT HAUNT HIM FROM HIS CAPTURE BY THE YOCHOL AND HIS IMPRISONMENT WITH ERRTU A VERRY AGGRESSIVE DEAMON THAT USE TO WIELD CRENSHINABON. WULFGAR HAS TO FIND A NEW WAY OF LIFE AWAY FROM CATTIE-BRIE BECAUSE HE FEARS THE HE WILL HURT HER IF HE STAYS WITH HER BECAUSE HE CANT GET RID OF ALL THE MEMORIES OF THE ABBIS AND HIS IMPRISONMENT WITH ERRTU. I REALLY LIKED THE WAY THE OTHER USED HIS WORDS TO EXPLAIN ALL THE BATTLES. HE ALLOWS YOU TO SEE THE STORY IN YOUR HEAD BVY THE WAY HE REACHES WITH HIS WORDS FOR EVERY ANGLE HE CAN AND HE DOES THIS WITH ALL HIS BOOKS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Starting in the middle (again)

    This was my first Forgotten Realms Book, and i have to say it was really good.Artemis Entreri was the main reason this book got a 5 star and not a 4. I started in the middle of this one too, just like DragonLance, sigh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2003

    great

    i loved it artimes is god in this book hes the best also wulfgar leaves and it starts a whole new storyline

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2003

    Perfection once again!

    This book was another one by Salvatore that you simply couldn't put down. Especially due to the final showdown between the assassin and the ranger! definitely a must buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    I loved it

    I love this set of books there is a great story line to all the books and they just trap me and send me on a journey to far away lands. I cant say enough about this book and all R.A. Salvator books. when the character goes through a hard time I feel his pain and feel bad for them I enjoyed all of his creations and just would like to say thankyou Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    One of the best books i've read in a long time

    No doubt about it, this book was amazing compared to other books that i have read. I will never stop reading Salvatore's books. Once you pick them up you can't put them down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    "orc_brained, troll_smellin',bug_eater!"

    what was better than Bruenor riping the head right of of a goblin, just later to rip out the spin of another. This is the first Forgottn Realm book i ever read (hey i know i started in the middile like an idiot) if this is what the rest are like i'm not stoping for nothing (looks like im failing algerbra again)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    A Great Book!

    One of the best books I have read in a while. If your going to read any book soon I suggest you pick up this book ASAP! I don't read very often but once I picked up this book and began reading it I didn't want to stop even through school!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    same stuff

    okay, but not as good as is earlier works

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