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Forgotten Realms: Servant of the Shard (Sellswords #1)
     

Forgotten Realms: Servant of the Shard (Sellswords #1)

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by R. A. Salvatore
 

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Servant of the Shard is the latest offering from New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore, best known for his immensely popular Forgotten Realms novels.

Join a cunning drow mercenary to the Crystal Shard, the evil sentient artifact of Icewind Dale, and all the land should tremble. Artemis Entreri, best assassin in all the Realms, watches

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Servant of the Shard is the latest offering from New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore, best known for his immensely popular Forgotten Realms novels.

Join a cunning drow mercenary to the Crystal Shard, the evil sentient artifact of Icewind Dale, and all the land should tremble. Artemis Entreri, best assassin in all the Realms, watches with trepidation, knowing his position among the hated drow rests on the fate of the one dark elf he has come to trust.

His fortunes rest upon a knife edge.

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Bookseller's Report
The Crystal Shard not only appeared in R.A. Salvatore's very first book; it gave the novel its title. Now the evil artifact once again worms its way into our consciousness with this tale of worse and worser. Plotting to be all-powerful, dark elf Jarlaxle gains control over the Crystal Shard. Or so he thinks until the demonic force overcomes him. His deadly compatriot Artemis Entreri attempts to rescue Jarlaxle, but ails. Only the virtuous Cadderly can snap this mighty evil. (P.S. Our appetite was already whetted: The just-released paperback edition of Salvatore's Spine of the World carried a preview chapter of Servant of the Shard.)
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The Brink of War
With Servant of the Shard, the latest addition to his long-running Forgotten Realms series, New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore returns to the fore with another impressive, enticing, action-packed novel. As usual, Salvatore's work brims with all the drama, enchantment, and adventures that readers have come to expect from the author. In fact, Salvatore's greatest talent might be that he keeps a tight narrative grip on the material at hand and doesn't let it spin out of control into "sweeping high fantasy." Instead, with Servant of the Shard, we have an immediate, direct, and personal story that grips us from the start and doesn't let go.

Calimport's most efficient assassin, Artemis Entreri, has slain the leader of House Basadoni, and now uses it as a front for not only his own illegal activities but those of his new allies, the dark elves. Though Entreri knows that he's slowing down as he enters middle age, he still constantly hones his deadly skills and sharp wits, always fearing the next attack from his many enemies. He keeps himself mired in mystery by feeding his many criminal acquaintances a series of half-truths and lies. If anyone should guess his latest secret -- that he has allied himself with the dark elf Jarlaxle -- war might break out in Calimport.

Jarlaxle has come into possession of the crystal shard, a sentient ancient artifact of great magical might also known as Crenshinibon. As Jarlaxle continues to grow in power and expand his enterprises, Entreri fears that the black supernatural forces of the shard are corrupting his compatriot even further. In an effort to protect himself, Entreri seeks out help from his former enemies, including the virtuous Cadderly, in order to combat the evil.

Those unfamiliar with the series might initially be perplexed by the lengthy cast of characters and the great many previous exploits hinted at, but Salvatore competently establishes the plot within a self-contained story line so that new readers won't be completely lost. Although fan favorite Drizzt doesn't appear in the novel, there's more than enough of Salvatore's requisite action and muscular prose to keep readers interested, as they're carried from one high-energy scene to another. The author should be commended for having such respect for his own continually growing readership, balancing the needs of recent fans with those of his established audience. Servant of the Shard is another strong entry in what is turning out to be one of the most intriguing, fun, and engaging fantasy series to hit the bookshelves in years.

--Tom Piccirilli

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786916573
Publisher:
Wizards of the Coast
Publication date:
10/31/2000
Series:
Forgotten Realms Sellswords Series , #1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.29(d)

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Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore is the New York Times best-selling author of more than forty novels, including the popular Forgotten Realms series The Legend of Drizzt. He's an avid gamer, father of three, and loyal citizen of Red Sox Nation. Residence: Massachusetts

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Leominster, MA
Date of Birth:
January 20, 1959
Place of Birth:
Leominster, MA
Website:
http://www.rasalvatore.com/

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Forgotten Realms: Servant of the Shard (Sellswords #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Mojobass More than 1 year ago
Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle became beloved villains to me quickly during the legend of Drizzt series. As I continued through it, I began to anticipate reading this book, and got very excited. For a book to still be amazing with that much hype, which I put on it, is rare. This story was all that I had hoped for and more. If you like either of the main characters, or even just enjoy R.A.'s writing, this book will be great for your collection. I can easily and honestly put this as a top ten book that I highly recommend no matter your feeling on Artemis and Jarlaxle.
Mr.Krinkle More than 1 year ago
Artemis, Jarlaxle, Crenshinibon, rogue rogues and a city of cutthroats. This is what you get here. Mystery, treachery greed and chaos lead the way. No one seems to be the "good guy" in this series. Yes, that is Cadderly on the cover, he plays a major part in a portion of the book. Every one is an ally and an enemy equally. My favorite Salvatore book, save for possibly The Silent Blade. Recommend all Salvatore Drizzt or Jarlaxle books.
Royce Reynolds More than 1 year ago
Great book waiting for promise of the witch king now
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle are at odds. Jarlaxle is in possession of Crenshinibon and quickly begins to make some very serious mistakes. Jarlaxle is partnered with the drow Kimmuriel and Rai-guy. There is a four way battle at all times. Once Entreri is able to take possesion of Charon's Claw, things take on a completely different turn. Is Entreri able to destroy the Crystal Shard. Will Jarlaxle betray Artemis Entreri in order to take Crenshinibon back? Will Kimmuriel and Rai-guy finally take control on the surface in Calimport, and over throw the Matron Mothers, to rule Menzoberranzan? Will the Crystal Shard be destroyed for good?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read just about every ra salvatore book there is, he has come to be my all time favorite. the book was slow and draggy for his style, but compaired to others it was action packed, I would recomend it to all but, there are other r.a. salvatore books that were alot better
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