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R. A. Salvatore fans, rejoice! Wizards of the Coast is reissuing Salvatore's classic tales of the dark elf himself, Drizzt Do'Urden, in deluxe hardcover editions with stunning new cover art by artist extraordinaire Todd Lockwood.
In The Crystal Shard, Salvatore's first novel (originally published in 1988), the remote townships of Icewind Dale are places of "stark beauty and stark reality" where only the strongest and smartest survive. In this atmosphere of ever-present danger, Drizzt Do'Urden has found an unlikely home. But when the misfit populace of Ten-Towns is threatened by an egomaniacal wizard in possession of the crystal shard ("the most vile artifact ever made"), Drizzt and his friends -- Bruenor Battlehammer, an ornery dwarf; Regis, a cunning halfling; and the giant barabarianWulfgar -- must act before it's too late.
Salvatore's signature character -- the butt-kicking, scimitar-wielding dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden -- is one of the most complex and universally beloved creations in the fantasy genre. Comparable to Michael Moorcock's albino sorcerer Elric of Melnibone and Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars, Drizzt personifies the very essence of adventure fantasy. Salvatore is an absolutely masterful storyteller, and The Crystal Shard remains one of his best ever. Paul Goat Allen