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

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

by R. A. Salvatore

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786939503
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 06/13/2005
Series: Forgotten Realms Sellswords Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 51,945
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.06(d)

About 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


Leominster, MA

Date of Birth:

January 20, 1959

Place of Birth:

Leominster, MA


Pouring the Pain: A Conversation with R. A. Salvatore
The hardest-working author in fantasy, R. A. Salvatore, spins his magic once again, delivering another adventure in his extraordinarily popular Forgotten Realms series, Servant of the Shard. Even though fan favorite Drizzt doesn't show his face in this installment, it still delivers an unforgettably wild, page-turning experience. Scroll down to read our exclusive interview with legendary fantasist R. A. Salvatore. Author and Barnes & reviewer Tom Piccirilli asked him about his uncanny ability to keep his complex, simultaneously running series straight, the joys and pains that Star Wars has spelled for his career, and the difficult personal circumstances that made Mortalis one of Salvatore's most deeply felt and affecting works ever. Enjoy!

Barnes & You seem to have "settled into" the DemonWars world of Corona. Do you feel most comfortable here, creating and exploring this particular universe of yours?

R. A. Salvatore: DemonWars, Corona, feels like home to me now. It's the fantasy world I've always wanted to write, growing as I go into this remarkable place that holds excitement and surprises for me at every turn. I don't think I'll ever do another Tolkien-esque fantasy world -- I don't think there's any reason for me to do so. I've got everything I ever wanted to put in a fantasy world right there in DemonWars.

B& Mortalis has a great deal of poignancy and sorrow in it, probably more so than any of your other emotion-charged novels.

RS: I wrote Mortalis during the worst time of my life. I was watching my best friend, my brother, dying of pancreatic cancer. It was a long process, a terrible process, and yet one in which we two came to new understandings between us and with this existence. As a writer, I've learned, sometimes painfully, that with everything I write, I give a little bit of myself away. With Mortalis, there are times when I honestly wonder if I gave too much. However, despite saying that, I know that there's no other way I could have done the book. I remember watching one of those wonderful VH1 Behind the Music shows featuring Fleetwood Mac, when Stevie Nicks was describing the production of the Rumours album (when the band members were going through difficult times) as "pouring the pain onto the vinyl." I feel exactly the same way about Mortalis. I poured the pain, the anger, and, ultimately, the hope, right onto the page. If I write for another 50 years, there will never be another Mortalis.

B& You're such an incredibly prolific writer, with several different series going all the time. Considering that character development seems paramount to you, how do manage to keep so many casts separate and three-dimensional?

RS: I have no idea! These guys have all just become so real to me that I can hear their voices as they talk, and I know instinctively when someone is out of sync, so to speak. I usually only have two series going at once (and then get a Star Wars book, or something like that, thrown in the mix!). Right now, it's DemonWars and Dark Elf -- I'm doing one of each every year. This isn't really a hard combination to me. As I said, DemonWars is like my home, a huge and wonderful place that I'm exploring more and more with each new novel. Dark Elf, on the other hand, feels like family. So I get to live at home (Corona) and visit my family (Drizzt and his friends) once a year. Not a bad arrangement, really.

B& Your novels often have different "tones." Some are old-school barbarian adventure, and others are much more introspective. Do you start off knowing what sort of tone you'll set for each book?

RS: It's been a learning process, honestly. I used to just sit down and let the story take me where I wanted to go. I still do, to some extent. But now that I've settled into a comfortable writing routine with the two worlds, DemonWars and Forgotten Realms, I can separate the two kinds of books I like to write, rollicking and introspective, more definitely along worldly lines. I think that many of my Drizzt readers have a different expectation when they pick up a Drizzt book. They want something out of it, a certain feel, a certain tone, that might be very different from, say, a Mortalis. That line, however, is not a definite barrier. When the Dark Elf story calls for something a little different, as in The Spine of the World, I'm going to follow that call, and reader expectations be damned. I have to be true to this little voice inside my head, after all.

B& How has your tenure writing the Star Wars novel Vector Prime and your upcoming novelization of Star Wars: Episode II been for you?

RS: Star Wars has been good and bad. What an honor to be selected for the Episode II novelization! What a thrill to get to meet George Lucas, if that does happen! And honestly, working with the New Jedi Order editors has been fantastic. I have tremendous respect for the folks editing the books out at Lucasfilm. What a pleasant surprise they have been to me. And of course, in doing New Jedi Order, and with Episode II, I get to work with Shelly Shapiro of DelRey, and she's as good as it gets.

On the downside, I knew that entering as mature a series as Star Wars would not be without pratfalls, and when they told me what I had to accomplish in Vector Prime -- the death of a major character from the movies -- I nearly sent them back their money. The people of the Star Wars audience, in many instances, have already set in their minds what should or should not happen in their galaxy far, far away, and any author who deviates from that scenario is likely to take a bit of a beating. I get the same thing with my Dark Elf books, since that series is so far along, with readers having certain events they desperately want to happen, then getting mad at me if things go a different way. "Drizzt should be with Catti-brie!" and likewise, "Don't you dare put Catti-brie with Drizzt!" and "Wulfgar must be brought back!" and "Leave him dead and gone!"

It gets frustrating at times, but I try to have fun with it.

B& In your new Forgotten Realms novel, Servant of the Shard, the Dark Elf finds himself the slave of an even greater evil and must seek help from the virtuous Cadderly. How much of a conscious effort do you make to put a completely new spin on your novels and give the reader something totally unexpected?

RS: Oh, I always try to surprise readers, and Servant of the Shard is no exception. Far from it! And I'm always looking for new roads down which my characters can travel. That's the key to character growth, after all, and character growth is the key to any successful series. A caution here: One should always be careful when assuming anything from cover copy, because that's usually written before a book goes to print. You never know what might happen, or what major characters will die...

B& What new books can we expect to see hit the shelves over the next year?

RS: Well, let's see...Mortalis is out and so is Bastion of Darkness, the conclusion of the series that began with my first book, Echoes of the Fourth Magic, and one of my favorites, The Witch's Daughter. Now we've got Servant of the Shard, telling the story of Entreri and Jarlaxle. Next June begins the second DemonWar Trilogy (The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, and The Demon Apostle comprised the first, with Mortalis being the bridge to the two trilogies) with the release of Ascendance. Then comes Sea of Swords, when at long last we get back to the adventures of Drizzt and the core group, the Companions of the Hall. That should be out around October of next year, I believe -- I'm about halfway done writing it. After that, in May of 2002 (I think), comes the Episode II novelization, and then it's back to DemonWars.

I've been busy. Blame it on private school.

B& Thank you, R. A. Salvatore.

RS: Thank you.

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Forgotten Realms: Servant of the Shard (Sellswords #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 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
Karlstar on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Salvatore is at his best when he's writing about his favorite characters, Drizz't and his companions. However, this book is primarily about Artemis Entreri, Jarlaxle, and Cadderly. Cadderly and Danica turn up because the Crystal Shard has fallen into the hands of the Jarlaxle and Artemis, and they know it must be retrieved and destroyed. However, they are just a small part of the book, the rest is politics and power plays in Calimport. Interesting, but not that great.
jasonmoody9 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Sellswords, Book 1Paths of Darkness, Book 3.Wizards of the Coast has brought all four of the original Dark Elf series' (Dark Elf trilogy, Icewind Dale Trilogy, Legacy of the Drow, Paths of Darkness) into a single series (the new series is now structured into chronological order instead of published order. The Hunter's Blades Trilogy remains seperate). This book was originally book 3 of the Path's of Darkness, and has been removed completely from the Dark Elf storyline. Although this book remains related to the others, having some of the same characters, it is now Book one in a new series, The Sellswords. This should only be confusing to people who own older copies of the Dark Elf books, as they will be misprinted on the covers and spines. It certainly can be read still as part of it's original series with no consequence.The Sellswords Trilogy follows the adventures of Entreri and Jarlaxle, assasins for hire, and is as excellent as any Forgotten Realms novel by the author. If you're a fan of Drizzt and his usual companions, you will certainly feel this series is an essential part of your collection. Drizzt fans seem rather obsessive about his stories, and for good reason. They're entertaining, well written, and have a wide appeal. Drizzt is not a part of this book, but he is mentioned, and the characters are known to each other.A bit of Trivia for newer fan's of Drizzt. The Icewind Dale Trilogy (Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, The Haflings Gem) were the first novel's written of all Salvatore's Forgotten Realms books. Drizzt was not originally a character, but appeared in later rewrites at the request of the publisher to have a companion created for Wufgar. Drizzt went on to become the most successful Forgotten Realms character of all time, appearing as a cameo in books from other authors, and even Video games such as "Baldur's Gate" and "Demon Stone".
kaboomcju on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Call me a sucker for D & D literature! Gotta love Jarlaxle and Artemis Entreri.
LouCypher on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Artemis Entreri is back in Calimport under the watchful eyes of Jarlaxle who is slowly losing control to the mighty artifact the Crystal Shard. Will Entreri's wits and prowess be enough to save himself and Jarlaxle from the Shard and others with murderous intent.Once again R. A. Salvatore weaves an intricate tale of lies and deception in the Forgotten Realms vast world. Brilliant fighting scenes and indepth plot make this a page turner in its most demanding sense. Loved the whole book and have grown to make these two bit players in the Salvatore world definetely main charachters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I really need to say is R. A. Salvatore has done it, yet again.
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