Forgotten Realms: The Thousand Orcs (Hunter's Blades #1)

Forgotten Realms: The Thousand Orcs (Hunter's Blades #1)

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by R. A. Salvatore
     
 

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ONE DARK ELF.
TWO ENCHANTED BLADES.
ONE UNKNOWN ENEMY.
AND A HORDE OF INVADERS.


When a blood-thirsty banc of orcs led by an as-yet-unseen enemy, comes rampaging out of the Spine of the World, it lays waste to everything in its path. Dark elf ranger Drizzt Do’Urden and his most trusted friends find themselves in the path of destruction. As…  See more details below

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ONE DARK ELF.
TWO ENCHANTED BLADES.
ONE UNKNOWN ENEMY.
AND A HORDE OF INVADERS.


When a blood-thirsty banc of orcs led by an as-yet-unseen enemy, comes rampaging out of the Spine of the World, it lays waste to everything in its path. Dark elf ranger Drizzt Do’Urden and his most trusted friends find themselves in the path of destruction. As blades slash and feet trample, even the heroes may not survive a desperate stand.

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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.
Library Journal
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.
School Library Journal
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786954148
Publisher:
Wizards of the Coast
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Series:
Forgotten Realms Hunter's Blades Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
37,967
File size:
4 MB

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Forgotten Realms: The Thousand Orcs (Hunter's Blades #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 175 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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draved More than 1 year ago
another great tale of drizzt and his companions.
scary_book_fan More than 1 year ago
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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One of my favorite characters in literature.
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