Forgotten Realms: The Cleric Quintet Special Edition: Canticle/In Sylvan Shadows/Night Masks/The Fallen Fortress/The Chaos Curse

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New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore's beloved Cleric Quintet novels, now in a trade paperback.

R.A. Salvatore's Cleric Quintet tells the story of the scholar-priest Cadderly, plucked from the halls of the Edificant Library to fulfill a heroic quest: to stop the chaos curse unleashed upon Faêrun.

This one-volume collection includes all five of the original Cleric Quintet novels--Canticle, In Sylvan Shadows, Night Masks, The Fallen...

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Overview

New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore's beloved Cleric Quintet novels, now in a trade paperback.

R.A. Salvatore's Cleric Quintet tells the story of the scholar-priest Cadderly, plucked from the halls of the Edificant Library to fulfill a heroic quest: to stop the chaos curse unleashed upon Faêrun.

This one-volume collection includes all five of the original Cleric Quintet novels--Canticle, In Sylvan Shadows, Night Masks, The Fallen Fortress, and The Chaos Curse--complete and unabridged, with an introduction by the author. The Cleric Quintet is the prequel to R.A. Salvatore's best-selling novel, The Ghost King.

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More than 1,000 pages long, The Cleric Quintet: Collector's Edition contains all five books -- Canticle, In Sylvan Shadows, Night Masks, The Fallen Fortress, The Chaos Curse -- about the heroic cleric. Readers of Salvatore's other Forgotten Realms novels will recognize many of the characters in the Quintet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786926909
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Cleric Quintet Series
  • Edition description: Collector's Edition
  • Pages: 1032
  • Sales rank: 140,256
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
As one of the fantasy genre's most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best seller lists and have sold more than ten million copies. Salvatore's first published novel, The Crystal Shard in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden. Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi-volume series.

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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 August 22, 2012

    I love this series, another excellent series from the mind of a

    I love this series, another excellent series from the mind of a genius.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Cadderly of Carradoon

    While reading this great book I was reminded of the epic story lines in the Forgotten Realms PC game (Baldur's Gate). Not in that the plots are anything alike, but both depict such a vivid atmosphere and attention grabbing events. If you are a fantasy fan then beware! This is a book you will not want to put down.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    A Nice Change of Pace

    For those of you who are fans of the Drizzt saga, this is a nice change of pace. This is the story of Cadderly, a cleric who makes a rather minor appearance in the Paths of Darkness quintet. Actually, it was that quintet that inspired me to purchase this book. I found the change of pace rather refreshing. I was introduced to a completely new aspect of the Realms without compromising action or adventure.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Salvatore delivers again.

    The start was kind of difficult for me, but it always starting a new series with all new characters. The development of characters and the detail of combat are my favorite aspects of Salvatore's writing and there is no shortage of it here. Watching Cadderly go from a bumbling, curious and experimenting priest to his close-to-all-powerfull self was entertaining. But I found my self enjoying the side characters more than Cadderly, specifically Danica and Pikel (the dwarf of few words). And there were some aspects of the story that could have been explained better or gone into more detail but still good enough to get a 4 out of 5 from me.

    As a sidenote, this series should be read before reading Passage to Dawn since the characters of these novels pop up in there and will spoil the end of this series.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Good Read

    If you're a Salvatore fan I would definitely reccommend the cleric quintet. I started with his Drizzt novels like many people I'm sure, but I would have to say some of his books are definitely better than others. I probably enjoyed the Servant of the Shard series the most out of all of his books (with the drizzt legacy books a close second). But this series was very satisfying. Some reviews said it took a little while to get started, but for me that wasn't really a problem. Some of the characters might have been a little dry compared to his other books, but for the most part, I found the story to be very enjoyable. <BR/><BR/>Having been introduced to caderly and danica (and the dwarves) through his shard novels, it was interesting going back and reading the beginning of their story. Again; for me, Salvatore's later books dealing with Cadderly, Jarlaxle and Entreri seemed more mature and better-written. But I pretty much got what I had expected with the quintet; a good read with interesting characters.

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    fdsg

    this part is my faveorate part of the forgotten relms series! i wish he would write more about just Cadderly's adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    This series was great

    It was a wonderful, interesting series and was just as good as most of the Drizzt series. The only problem is Night Masks and The Chaos Curse were a little slow and i wish he wrote more about the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    Outstanding, as usual

    I have not read an RA Salvatore book that I did not absolutely love. This series is, once again, amazing. Action, adventure, humor, suspense, love - who doesn't love Salvatore? The characters of these novels will steal your affection as surely as any heroes you have ever read about. VERY highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2006

    wow

    who would win in a fight Drizzt or cadderly? I vote Drizzt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    Beautifully Written

    My goodness! This book is phenomenal! When I picked it up, I oculdn't put it down. Mr. Salvatore knows how to write in a way in which he makes the reader addicted to the book, and it's the type of writing style that turns me on. Another good thing about this book are the characters. The romance between Cadderly and Danica is definitely remarkable, and the Bouldershoulder brothers are just hilarious, especially Pikel, with his, 'Oo oi,' and 'Doo-dad' phrases. Once again, I say, this is a phenomenal book that is beautifully written, and if your looking for a good fantasy book, the Cleric Quintet is highly reccomend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    Interesting Read

    The diversity of this series is absolutely amazing. Salvatore whisks the reader away on a multi-faceted quest with a dash of romance make the characters more interesting, not that they need it anyways. Overall, I have to say I gave it four stars because I feel that the plot was a little predictable at times (even with the diversity), and the ending left me feeling quite dissatisfied. I would definitely recommend it to someone to read if they are a Salvatore fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    Remarkable Storytelling!

    I hope that Salvatore devotes another series of books to these characters because these books rocked! The highs and lows that Cadderly and his friends go through really make you feel like you are there with them. The Bouldershoulder Bros. are hilarious! They have some of the funniest scenes that I have ever read. I also love the way that he handled Dorigen's character and her relationship to Cadderly. The only downside to all of these stories is that it takes a little while (but not too long) to get into Canticle, but after that hang on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2005

    Cadderly Rocks!!!!

    Drizzt and Cattie-Brie are cool, but Cadderly and Danica are an all new high! Ivan and Pikel are the best comedy relief one could ever ask for. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    a perfect score in every area of writing

    This is a complete master piece the way Salvatore blends roamnce with fighting. He uses every aspect of fantasy. From vampires to monks and assasins to clerics. This is one of the few series I can read more than once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    Very Passionate

    I really liked this book because it showed the love between Cadderly and Danica. There was so much passion between them which elevated the book to a new level

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Much better than Drizzt

    Probably the best series Salvatore has ever written, don't get me wrong, the Drizzt series is amazing, but this was so much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    A good Salvator book

    I realy enjoyed this book, though i wish Drizzt was in this one also, he made the others much better. I enjoyed this book because i got to see how i would like different characters he could make up, i was not disapointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    this was a really good book read it now.

    I though that r.a salvator did a good job, and he is one of my favorite authors ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    Great Book

    This book is great and i love all of the authors work. If you're someone who loves a bit of everything in your book, then this ones for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    A good addition to the Dark Elf books

    This series (all in one!) is pretty good, I like the characters best. The main character, Cadderly, is neat. Very rescourceful. The books are well written. The only thing I didn't like about the books was the large amount of dark magic. Mummys, animated corpses, a body-switcher man even some vampires. Some people like that so I suppose it is a good change, but I like the slightly more natural enemies. The characters are good though and excellently follow their change in emotions, ideas and attitudes as a result of their experiences.

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