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Overview

"Barbaric hordes of blood-hungry humanoids sweep across the Spine of the World, and thousands of humans and dwarves lie in their path." The Spine of the World has many defenders, not the least of whom are Drizzt Do'Urden and his powerful friends. But the Companions have grown dependent on one another. When they're separated by enemies, time, and death, can even a warrior as cunning and mighty as Drizzt stand alone against an army?
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In this first volume of the Hunter's Blades trilogy, Drizzt Do'Urden, perhaps R. A. Salvatore's greatest creation, takes center stage. Once again, this loyal, kindhearted warrior captures our attention and our affection.
Publishers Weekly
Drow Elf Drizzt Do'Urden and friends return for another rousing tale of derring-do and harrowing escapes, the first volume of a new trilogy in Salvatore's bestselling Forgotten Realms series. Catastrophe is about to strike, and Drizzt and his intrepid fighters once again rush eagerly into the fray. What starts out as a quiet trip back to Mithral Hall for the crowning of King Bruenor Battlehammer turns unexpectedly into a journey far longer and more perilous than Drizzt and company could have supposed. Unbeknownst to the Drow Elf, a group of orcs, headed by King Obould, who fancies himself an especially clever orc, has decided to join forces with a group of frost giants to lay waste to the area around the dwarven hold of Mirabar. Drizzt and his group stumble into the middle of a skirmish and, thinking that it's just a small group of orcs, decide that they need to do a bit of clean up work. What Drizzt doesn't know is that these early skirmishes are the prelude to a bigger invasion that amounts to nothing less than an all-out war. The philosophical Drizzt spends his downtime pondering the frailties of humanity, which adds a bit of depth to an admittedly light-hearted sword and sorcery novel. A nifty cliffhanger promises more excitement to come in the sequel. 8-city author tour. (Oct. 15) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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A host of orcs now occupies the Citadel of Many Arrows, formerly a dwarven stronghold, and threatens the Spine of the World with its onslaught. Only the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden stands a chance of defeating them and, to do so, he must travel deep within enemy lines. Best-selling author Salvatore (the "Demonwars" series; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones) returns to his most popular character for a new trilogy set in the Forgotten RealmsR role-playing universe. Complex characters and meticulously described battle scenes make this a strong choice for most fantasy and YA collections. Consider multiple copies where the demand warrants. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Taking place in one of the settings for the Dungeons and Dragons game, this novel chronicles the attempt of Salvatore's popular hero, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, and his friends to foil a plot by orcs and frost giants to terrorize the North and conquer human and dwarvish settlements there. The author breathes some new life into the stereotypical creatures of the milieu: the motivations of his villains make sense without violating the traditions of the game. His heroes face dilemmas deeper than merely how to slay their foes. The barbarian Wulfgar has to decide between his desire to stay with his family and his need to pursue his career (which, in this case, happens to be adventuring with his friends). The dwarf Bruenor has to balance personal desires with the call of responsibility. Drizzt loves the human warrior Catti-Brie and must confront the reality that the children of a dark elf and a human will face a lifetime of hostility from both races. Salvatore has long used his dark elf protagonist to reflect on issues of racial prejudice, notably in the "Dark Elf Trilogy" (Random, 1998) and this novel is no exception. The action keeps flowing, mostly in the form of fights, which are described in vivid detail. Humorous dwarves help provide some comic relief from the often-bloody combat scenes. The attraction of the "Forgotten Realms" trademark should lure readers, who will find this book better than most of its kind.-Paul Brink, Fairfax County Public Library System, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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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.

Good To Know

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 July 21, 2005

    First Book Read by Salvatore

    Before I read this book, I was getting into reading and all the books I was reading were from the DragonLance series. I went to a book store on day and I looked at 'The Thousand Orcs.' I thought, 'Wow. This looks like a cool book.' Instead, I ended up getting 'The War of Souls Ttilogy.' (DragonLance Books) A month later, I bought the book and I really liked it. I loved the action and the unique characters R.A. Salvatore created. I like the idea of making a GOOD Dark Elf. Thought I really didn't understand how he talked about the past in his books. That's ok though. The villans he created were so well described that it was unbelieveable. R.A. Salvatore is a great author. I'm so glad that I discovered him and I'll be buying more of his books in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Awesome book

    I read tons of fantasy , so , naturally I am a critic, but this on lands in the top fifteen books I've ever read. Salvatore does a good job of creating intense imagery and describing the characters for readers not familiar to the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    draved

    another great tale of drizzt and his companions.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Another fantastic R A Salvatore book!

    I have read all of the R A Salvatore books in the Forgotten Realms series featuring Drizzt Do'Urden. I have read them in order and each time I finish a book, I always make sure that I have the next book in the saga ready and waiting in my Nook so I can pick right up where the other story left off. "The Thousand Orcs" is another masterpiece of edge-of-your-seat storytelling that is for me another world that I can go to and forget about my problems in this world. It is a great way for me to relax and I love the fact that there are so many books in the series that I have read many, many of them, but there are still lots and lots for me to read. This book will definitely not disappoint you if you are a fan of Drizzt Do'Urden and the Companions of the Hall.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    One of my favorite characters in literature.

    One of my favorite characters in literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    KRISSR Kris Rohn u suck. GO SALVATORE!

    Loser

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    I didn't like fantasy until I met Drizzt.

    This book was the first that I had read in the series. My little sis got the book because the cover looked cool, and I refused to read it after scolding her for as much. Glad I eventually read it though!!! The new Lockwood artwork is great, but R. A. Salvatore's tallent is unparalleled. This was the first book in a long time that I had a hard time putting down. The world is so rich and the characters so enjoyable that I had no choice but to start the series at book one! (Icewind Dale Trilogy first, followed by the Dark Elf Trilogy).

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Thousand Orcs, The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book 1

    Finally!!! The heros are reunited and on to they're next adventure as a whole. A small group of drow elves living above ground are uniting the orcs, golblins and frost giants against the dwarves and surrounding small towns. Bruenor makes a visit to the rival and competing dwarf town of Mirabar, which causes a civil war with the dwarves living there. On they're way home to Mithral Hall for the coronation of King Bruenor Battlehammer, the heros decide on one last adventure, and are off to protect the surrounding towns and find one completely destroyed. Cattie-Brie comes to question her relationship with Drizzt. Regis finds that he is isolated and not part of the group of heros. Bruenor can't face being stuck in Mithral Hall and no more adventures. Drizzt finds himself all alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Another excellent Drizzt saga

    Typical RAS character creation and really brings their emotions out during the story. This one jumped around a little too much for my taste, but over all an excellent novel

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    The first is usually the best but....

    You know how usually the first edition (the original) is the best? Well, R.A. Salvatore just gets better and better in this trilogy! I have the first two books in hardcover and it is so awesome as until now I've NEVER had to slam a book shut because of a climax in a story!! Drizzt, a character I've only heard of, but now I know HIM!! He is by far one of the BEST dark heroes, his happiness, sadness, pain, secrets, love and unknowing path is just so compelling you want to wish for death for him, but shout for joy when he battles. R.A. paints a visual that is just awe-inspiring at every turn you actually FEEL that YOU are there! The cover of this book is WHAT you WILL be experiencing in this book. I am usually mislead by covers (orcs, dragons, dwarves, etc), but this is 100% ACTION! DRAMA. Story-weaving good enough for a rainy night, sleep-over or campfire tale. I recommend this book, not the triology, because once read this book, the trilogy you will buy!

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  • Posted November 28, 2008

    a good start

    I totally recommend this over the Servant of the Shard trilogy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    My thoughts on the book thousand orcs

    This book is a really good book there's a lot of action to keep your attention once agian R.A.Salvatore shows his genius

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    Great Book!!!

    Great book. Drizzt needs to be included more though, and we need some more of that skirmishing and swashbucklin` there was in Siege of Darkness that Drizzt is like a major role, not some dwarven politicians who sit around talking all day... BORING!!! Overall, I loved the whole trilogy sorely because I am a die hard Drizzt fan! The book would be perfect if Drizzt is included more and if Zak gets rezzed by Cadderly and is sent along with the Bouldersholder Brothers. (That would be sweet)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006

    Good choice for commuters

    This story is the best part of the trilogy. It is a bit boring at times. Also there are many similarities to lord of the rings but overall it is good work. As all of us know Forgotten Realms novels are not ambitious and certainly not ingenious. They are supposed to be easy to read. And this book is very easy to read by all standards. Of course the whole trilogy is pretty lousy so I wouldn't recommend it unless you only want to kill some time while on the train to work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    too good

    Tje series of the forgotten realms will have you on the edge if your seat. If you like fantastic books about battles,honor,courage,and heroism then these series of boosk are for you.They just keep getting better and better!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    A Fun Read

    I could have done without the politics of the dwarves of Mirabar in this one. Normally when Salvatore writes a boring side story he connects it to the main story not so with the Mirabar story. I was glad to see Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder (though I am definatly not a fan of the absolutly boring cleric quintet)they made a nice little addition to the Drizzt novels with there comic relief. The end scene in Shallows was a little predictictable and I would have liked it if Drizzt had kicked a little more Giant butt and the cover shows him slaughtering orcs and that looks more like a scene from the next book. Over all a very good bookand a fun read. Drizzt now stands alone where will his road lead?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Outstanding Book!

    I recommend this book to people who like science fiction. It is action packed, and it is filled with orcs, elves, dwarves and other exciting mythical creatures. Once you start reading this book, you won't want to put it down, and I don't like to read! When you first read this book, you will probably relate it to the book 'Lord of the Rings', but I think it is even more exciting. I can't wait to read the next book by R.A.Salvatore, 'The Lone Drow'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    This is where Drizzt (R.A. Salvatore) entered my world!!

    This was the first book I have read of R.A. Salvatore and ever since then I have purchased the paperback and hardcover of this particular series. such a fan (of Drizzt) even tattooing a slightly altered version of the swords on my back. (still in production) Awesome and a great read. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    Salvatore just keeps getting better

    After reading all of his Drizzt series once and then going back through them, I find that Salvatore's books are just getting better and better and 'The Thousand Orcs' is certainly no exception. I even find myself loving the new characters that he adds. If you loved The Dark Elf Trilogy and Icewind Dale, this is one more book and series that you can't pass up!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    A Great Work

    Terrific writing, I am only 13 but have read all of his works,(Except the DemonWars). My only complaint is that it seems as if R.A. is trying to hard on the violence. His earlier works had a much better story-line. The amount of violence make it so you can't put the book down. One thing I am very happy about is that our friends Pikel and Ivan Bouldershoulder from the C.Q. join us. And yes there is a character named Dagnabbit....

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