Forgotten Realms: Canticle (Cleric Quintet #1)

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A young priest of an obscure god has come to the Edificant Library, high in the Snowflake Mountains, and though he's only come to study in peace, an ancient curse haunts its halls, and threatens to consume the young cleric's very soul.

High in the placid Snowflake Mountains lies a little-known conservatory for bards, priests, clerics, and others who wish to study and meditate. There, a scholar-priest named Cadderly must contain a malevolent, consuming essence that's ...

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Overview

A young priest of an obscure god has come to the Edificant Library, high in the Snowflake Mountains, and though he's only come to study in peace, an ancient curse haunts its halls, and threatens to consume the young cleric's very soul.

High in the placid Snowflake Mountains lies a little-known conservatory for bards, priests, clerics, and others who wish to study and meditate. There, a scholar-priest named Cadderly must contain a malevolent, consuming essence that's been uncorked, before his brethren turn against him. From the author of the bestselling Halfing's Gem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786916047
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Cleric Quintet Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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 February 10, 2014

    Hard to get into

    I usually love this aurthor but book was hard to get into. Maybe book 2 will be better

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

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    Fantasy Fun

    This is a great read I first read this long ago, and I enjoyed it utterly. It holds up well on the re-read. It's a well-written, fun story and it's interesting how something as innocuous acting on your heart's desire without thought for the consequences can be so dangerous.

    The book tells the story of a young priest with an insatiable curiosity who is manipulated into releasing a curse that causes all the inhabitants and visitors of the monk's monastery to act out their deepest desires, and of course, he has to put thing right. This becomes a standard quest story, but that's not a bad thing. Salvatore is able to use simple tools very well and build a beautiful tale from the most common of materials.

    This is a fun story. Don't look to hard. It's not high literature, but it is a very good story and a fun adventure, have a good time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Great story and characters

    Salvatore is a master at story progression and character development. The Canticle is page turner that you never want to end. Luckily, book II is readily available to satiate your Cadderly and Danica fix.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    A reluctant hero take on the Forgotten Realms universe

    Enjoyable read about a reluctant hero who is forced to take on evil with a fun group of sidekicks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    My First Salvatore book...

    I blame this book for my addiction to Forgotten Realms books. It is a wonderful start to a very well written series. If you have ever played D&D or just enjoy fantasy books you will love this book!

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

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    We'll See...

    Although these characters are some of my favorites from Salvatore's origional FR series, I didn't like this book as much. The plot felt slow, but I think the biggest problem was my high expectations. I bet it would have been a lot better had I read it before getting to know the characters in the other series. In any case, It provides a great back history about Cadderly and his friends, and is a must-read for any die-hard fan! I am sure it will only get better from here...

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    the main character is no drizzt

    i think i mainly read salvatore's books for the drizzt character in his other series. i found this book slightly disappointing, its like reading tolkien's hobbit after reading the lord of the rings.
    anyway, the story line is cute, the characters adorable, but the plot is predictable.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    canticle is a good book because...

    the reason this is a good book is because R.A. Salvatore is a very descriptive auther and i prefer descriptive over action because it is more like you are seeing the story with your own eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    Just O.K

    I skipped ahead in my reading of the Drizzt Novels and read the paths of darkness books where you meet Cadderly at the end. I was going to read all of the Drizzt books and come back to the Cleric Quintet but I was intriuged when Drizzt and Cadderly were discussing there adventures. Of course I knew all about Drizzt at that point but found myself wanting to know of Cadderlys adventures. Poor Salvatore had to write a book about a Cleric. Bad Idea but probobly the only author that could do it. The first book played out like a really slow movie you hope speeds up but it never does. It all takes place in catacombs and I felt like I had read it before and then it dawned on me Poes Cask of Amontalado. not exactly but very simalar. I was going to put the series down but the shocking twist at the end about one of the main characters made me want to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Awsome book

    I loved this series. Mainly because of the how much salvatore focused on making the reader understand the charactors in the book. I should just let u know this whole series is increadbly hard to put down, I spent many days on these books enven time durring school. I recomend that any one who is a D&D fan to read these books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Great Book

    The book was excellent. The book kept bringing me into the Forgotten Realms. It was liek I was right in the book with the characters. The book helped me bring my Cleric in D&D to life by showing me how some clerics act.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2001

    Simply Amazing

    This book, is my favorite out of the R.A. Salvatore books. I've read all of the Dark Elf Trilogy, the Ice Wind Dale Trilogy, and the Legacy of the Drow, and this book surpasses them all. I can't wait to get the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2001

    The Start of the Clerical Quintet

    Very good storyline. Read this book, then read the other four after in the series within a month. The story line was filled with action, almost never slowed down. Simular to playing a fast paced RPG computer game.

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