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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786954995
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Transitions Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 121,228
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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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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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Emotional depth!

    I think one of the coolest parts of writing reviews is not only getting to read a lot of material, but to really get in to the nuts and bolts of how that material is "assembled". In this case I have been fortunate to read a LOT of Forgotten Realms novels. Having read all the "Drizzt Novels" to date, I can say with certainty that the author has improved his craft greatly over the years.

    R.A. Salvatore, like any writer clearly has a deep relationship with many of his characters. While some writers are able to outline and crank out material in a mechanical fashion more often then not they go through a sort of adventure of their own; discovering the world and characters as they write. It's like a journey for the characters as well as the writer. In doing so the author learns to love and hate characters and tries to share it with us.the readers.

    I think it is a measure of success when the author is able to manipulate the heart-strings of the reader, and R.A. Salvatore has done a masterful job at this over the years. Some times more than others, I admit it. I don't expect a baseball player to hit a home run every time at the plate. I don't expect a writer to write "the perfect novel" every time either. Stephen King is a good example of this.

    R.A. Salvatore has been building up steam throughout this whole series. Transitions. In the Transitions series we are seeing the tale of how Faerun is going through some massive changes. Much of the face of The Forgotten Realms will be different afterward. At the heart of this are changes in direction and flavor of D&D 4th Edition and the 4e Forgotten Realms setting.

    Like it or not, love it or hate it, Wizards of the Coast owns D&D and the setting that these novels reside in, and they have mandated change.

    Our intrepid author is responsible for writing novels explaining how we get from the Forgotten Realms we have all known for the past 25 years.to this new setting.

    What does that mean for the author? It means that in the jump in time that occurs the vast majority of humans and short-lived races will have died and left some sort of legacy (or not). Many of the characters which have been so lovingly crafted will die. That means core protagonists (and antagonists) will be no more.

    R.A. Salvatore in this series has been building this up, and I have to say, he has most certainly delivered.

    Without spoiling the story for you, I'll say that all the protagonists and antagonists have a rough ride through the story. The Spellplague is up-close and personal in this novel. Actually, previous to this novel I thought the Spellplague to be a little trite. A game designer's tool to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Salvatore put a "human" face on it, made it personal. Now I get it. Now I understand it and accept it and in the process understand how we can leave the previous edition's Faerun for the new future.

    I can't help to feel sorry for the author in this. You can certainly feel the pain. You know something is coming. It's like watching a train wreck.you just can't look away. This is a book of heroism in the face of impossible odds. Acceptance of fate as well as stoic denial of it. It's about loss.and hope.

    There is only so much I can say about it. Usually I can drone on and on about this or that in a novel. Not this time. You have to read it for yourself. It's good. Seriously. Probably R.A. Salvatore's best work. I cried like a baby. It took several tries to get through th

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

    TIME TO MOVE ON....

    It is clear that R.A. has moved on from Drizzt and heroes for other pastures. Not only did he take the easy way out of character interaction by getting rid of major characters in the other books, but he also gets rid of two of the main characters throughout the entire Drizzt story line.

    I should have anticipated this ending from seeing how the previous book ended.

    Well, it was R.A.'s story to begin with and his to end; and end it he did!

    I am sorry it ended this way because I have loved reading the storyline since it first came out (I am 32) and have always purchased anything with Drizzt or heroes name mentioned because I could count on it being a great story! Not so this last time.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    THE END OF THE DIZZT SERIES?

    i,m very surprised no one has said anything about the big deaths in this book. I get the feeling this series is salvatores way of ending the series as we knew it. if anyone remembers the orc king started 100 years in the future, i think thats where salvatore will be taking the series. I think we will get one more book that will pick up where this one left off and then that will be the end of the series. I thought the ending was bad and just awful. I used to be a big salvatore fan but i think i,m done with r.a. salvatore. I,ll still read the next book then thats it for me. It,s too bad he gave his once wonderful and excellent series such a sad and bad ending.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2009

    This book is terrible!

    Salvatore has vomited the same garbage with this book to his fans that he has in the past. You will see nothing but the same repetitive dialogue we have seen before with the exception that other characters, who you will not care about, having dragged out combat sequences that have no bearing on the story. This author has yet, after 20+ years, to take advantage of a unique character and use him in a thoughtful and interesting story. The Ghost King is pure fanboy fodder. Nothing more.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    R.A.SALVATORE DID NOT DISAPPOINT

    Mr. Salvatore remains one of my most beloved authors. I will continue to read his works for all time.I am also following The Stone Of Tymora series.I wish some director would propose making a movie or a t.v. series out of his works,the same way that the Terry Goodkind Legend Of The Seeker series has been done.I am awaiting the next book.I read this book in for days.I wish that he could get Rene Aubourjenoir to do the reading for his books on tape.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Awesome book!!!

    I wasn't crazy about the way the book ended. But it was a great read...I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read what Salvatore comes up with next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Ok

    The book is good overall, but i hate the ending. He throws away two huge characters without even letting them go out in style and then he has one become super amazing and almost godlike then just be trapped for eternity. I was suprised when R.A Salvatore killed off the good captain but killing off those two is just horrible. I would still recomend the book to any who plan on reading Gauntlegrym series though. Otherwise end it with the Lone Drow series. The writing is great as usual. The story is interesting. It keeps you interested and the book is filled with shocks and suprises.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    A step downward, a ghost of his previous novels.

    After enjoying R.A. Salvatore's works for years, looking forward to each new title, often buying the hardbound versions because i was so eager to read one of my favorite authors and another tale involving Drizzt and the companions, which normally starts off slow and builds in emotion and action, culminating in a major battle of good and evil. This time, the tale focuses on Drizzt, Bruenor and Jarlaxle, and pretty much ignores the rest of the companions entirely, incapacitating Cattie Brae in the beginning, involving Regis briefly and sending him to never never land with hardly any fanfare or second thought. It was as if the author tired of these two characters and wanted to end their part in the saga without thinking up of a viable way to let them die a glorious death of a warrior, after having survived countless death defying situations in the past. The same goes with Wulfgar who is mainly an aferthought and plays no part in this tale.

    Unless he plans to revive the characters by allowing Mystra to set up conditions for Drizzt to rescue Cattie and Regis from their pocket universe and use them in an epic battle in the future, leaving them with boring deaths, maybe he wants to focus on his other series for a while and let us salivate for future adventures. I found the Dame to be a more enjoyable read than this book. Very rarely have i found myself not intrigued enough to continue reading a book straight thru to the conclusion, but the ghost king was slow throughout and i found myself putting it aside to read other books instead of finishing it in a single day. I look forward to other tales, hopefully he'll come up with a stronger story line and plot that will suck me into his universe and live in his worlds for a few engrossing hours.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    Good Start, Horrible Ending

    Besides telling a good story, I expected this book to wrap up the Companions storyline and set up the move to the new FR setting, and also give some background on the cataclysmic events that lead to the major change to the Realms.

    The story starts off pretty well and the characters are strong and entertaining, but like the second half of the Road of the Patriarch, the book ends rushed with a conclusion that barely makes sense. I get the impression that Salvatore is just hammering out books these days, and once he reaches a certain word count just throws together an ending over the course of an afternoon.

    If your a fan of his books though you'll still read it, just like I did, and like me you'll continue to read his books. Even at his worst, his characters tend to make up for his faults as a writer.

    Read it, but don't expect too much.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    Disappointing

    I have loved Salvatore's Forgotten Realms titles...and I still might if Wizards of the Coast wasn't screwing over the whole FOrgotten Realms story world by imposing game rule changes from the latest version of AD&D. This has totally ruined the Realms for me. Oh, the story is well written, and the characters are every bit as lovable, but if I'd known what the whole Transitions series was leading to I might have decided to leave off at the end of The Lone Drow.

    If you can take the changes and the deaths in stride, go ahead. If you remember how good it used to be, pass on this and the entire Transitions series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Great for Fans of Drizzt

    Of the three books featured in this Transitions series, I liked this one the most. The Orc King was all right (let's not talk about The Pirate King) but I preferred this one. This one had a lot more character development, and plenty of battle scenes to keep the plot interesting, plus it feels as if all hell is breaking loose. What more could you want? I actually rather liked the concept of the undead horde rising, magic running amok, basically the world going to shreds which kept me interested in the book (the last two were a bit on the dry side, this one made up for it entirely.) Fans of Drizzt and his friends would be glad to see the usual cast of characters, and also including Cadderly and his family (whom I am not familiar with, but will soon be once I pick those books up). There is also the return of Jarlaxle, and some cameo appearances of other characters from other Forgotten Realms books - which is nice to see and makes Faerun a much "smaller world" if you get my meaning. Who I was very excited to see was Valas Hune (who is mostly in the War of the Spider Queen series) even though it was only a cameo appearance.

    The plot was good, with plenty of fighting action that is standard in these Forgotten Realms novels. What's really nice to see is Drizzt developing as a character throughout the book. Also what I enjoyed was seeing a different side of Jarlaxle (the one that's not so selfish and always wanting something in return). I think both of these characters developed in some way or another. A word of warning however, there will be some fans that might be sad and dissapointed with the ending of this book. It does leave a lot in the open so naturally we can only look forward to more Drizzt and of his friends.

    Despite the ending, I was satisfied with how this series ended. It leaves me wanting more and leaves me with a lot of questions unanswered. Fighting was standard, and although there were a few scenes where I wished the story would move along a bit faster, everything else about the book was good. Definitely recommended for Drizzt fans everywhere. Those that have just started with the series though, it's a good idea to just read the past books for a little background information as it might help you understand what's happening a bit more clearly. I haven't read all of them but it was enough information for me to get by. I'm sure if I actually completely read the entire Drizzt series it would be one hundred percent more clearer.

    Overall a great book for the Drizzt fans.Fantasy lovers might want to start with The Crystal Shard or Homeland both also by Salvatore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    Great book.

    Love the connection between the characters throughout all of his series. I like the races that make up group because they are unique and you would not think they would make a great team. Especially how each member of the team complaints the others fighting styles and they never get in each others way when they are fighting.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    great way to end the trilogy

    I would have to so far that all I can say is wow. R.A. Salvatore did it again.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Astounding

    A book that has you feeling up and down sometimes even turned around a must read book in a must read series

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Had a lot of problems with this series, starting with the beginn

    Had a lot of problems with this series, starting with the beginning of The Orc King taking place FAR in the future and ending with the last chapter of The Ghost King. Salvatore was my favorite author for many years, and is still number two on my list. I've yet to come across anyone that can write swordfights and battles better than him. The Ghost King can be read as a stand alone novel if you want, it takes place several years after The Pirate King, but for the fans of the series it will be a major disappointment as we say goodbye to characters that have been with drizz't since Icewind Dale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Good

    A great book, like they all are. Just one thing, why kill Regis, i woild have been fine with Cadderly, even Cattie-brie, but Regis?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Amazing

    This is a great read, all 3 books are amazing but this one is by far the best, anyone who is a fan of anything to do with R.A. will love this book. It is a game changer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Sad but AWESOME

    Salvatore is good at what he does and just because it has a sad ending for the charectors doesn't mean he isn't good. He is good at switching between good endings and bad.
    If u do not like the way he reads it then don't read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Amazing!

    Holds true to the trilogies name. It truly is a transition.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    One of RA's best

    Lots of action

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