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Το κρυστάλλινο σκήπτρο (The Icewind Dale Trilogy #1)

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Ο Άκαρ Κέσελ, ένας άβουλος μαθητευόμενος μάγος, βοηθά να ανακαλυφθεί ξανά ένα αρχαίο μαγικό αντικείμενο, το κρυστάλλινο σκήπτρο. Πρόκειται άραγε μια απλή άψυχη κατασκευή... ή είναι σε θέση ακόμα και να καταστρέψει τη Δεκάπολη; [...]
Paperback, 423 pages
Published 2001 by Anubis (first published January 1st 1988)
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Melissa Martin
Apr 18, 2016 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy-all, drizzt
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It doesn't matter. I will always love Drizzt & his trusted companion, Guenhwyvar

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Drizzt Do'Urden trotted along silently, his soft, low-cut boots barely stirring the dust. He kept the cowl of his brown cloak pulled low over the flowing waves of his stark white hair and moved with such effortless grace that an onlooker might have thought him to be no more than an illusion, an optical trick of the brown sea of tundra.

In the first part of the book we find
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Kevin Xu
Nov 25, 2013 Kevin Xu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, favorites
How many books do you know that a side character has more time than the main character then becomes the main character? That was the way for this book, which mean the character of Drizzt rather than for Wulfgar. One of the many reasons that why this book is different from most books in fantasy. This reason is the biggest reason that this is different from most of the book out there.
James Geluso
Sep 05, 2008 James Geluso rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons
This book sucked. Seriously, this is a classic? The story is good, and I can see why the character is popular among 12-year-old boys. He's a tormented drow! So he's cool-looking, but good! And he has a magic panther! And he can do just about anything, including run for days and command demons and all that.

The story, overall, isn't horrible. It's better than the base narrative of The Hobbit. But the writing, the writing, the overwrought writing, the exposition, the journal entries... argh.

Salvat
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Eric
Jul 02, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of high/heroic fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
This harks back to an earlier age of fantasy -- before "gritty," "grey" and "gory" became the norm -- where the heroes are larger than life, good and evil are clearly defined, and the fate of many hangs on a singular magical macguffin. Seen through this lens, this novel is a rousing success.

The setting, Icewind Dale, was surprisingly well developed, with ten towns surrounding multiple lakes, and clans of dwarves and barbarians living on the outskirts. Our heroic party contains Drizzt the dark e
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Fiver
Sep 23, 2009 Fiver rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This beginning to the Icewind Dale trilogy is a guilty pleasure at best. I fully admit that I've read eight books in the entire Drizzt series, and that this kind of novel is just the thing I need to curl up with sometimes. But the sad truth is that it is books like this one that, in my opinion, sometimes give fantasy a bad name. Mr. Salvatore is undoubtedly more talented in writing than the format of these books might suggest (I'm sure he's writing for a fairly young audience), and the success o ...more
Traci
An elf, a dwarf, and a halfling walk into a bar...wait you've heard this one before?
Yeah, okay. There's nothing truly original here. Nothing we haven't encountered before. But I like it.

A little different than the usual "quest" style of fantasy this one concentrates on a group of settlers trying to save their home from an invading wizard who has been possessed by an ancient artifact.

If you've read Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn first you will notice a difference in style. The Crystal Shard was wri
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Harold Ogle
After reading a chapter or two, I realized to my surprise that I have never actually read this first Salvatore novel before. It's a strange experience, because I know the story of Drizzt so well from other books and other media, to the point that it feels like I must have read this previously...but I definitely hadn't.

Back when TSR published this novel in 1988, it was trying to distance itself from a lot of the pre-existing gaming properties that it had published when Gary Gygax was running the
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Dawn
Apr 18, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2013
This was not at all what I expected, and for that reason alone I could almost give it four stars. I always thought that I couldn't possibly enjoy this book as an adult. Based on the things I had heard about it (D&D origins and all) I was afraid that I had missed my window where I could enjoy it (somewhere in my late teen years I assumed). Apparently I hadn't missed that window though, this actually turned out to be a fun read. It maybe wasn't the best fantasy I've ever read but it was far fr ...more
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
"The Crystal Shard" is R.A. Salvatore's 1st major published novel, and he made sure to include all the classic fantasy elements in this epic tale. Unfortunately, that turns out to be the book's one major flaw, since the overall story just seems so generic. Let's see, we have an evil artifact that possesses the mind of its owner, a dwarf and an elf who banter and keep score while they fight common enemies, and even a hobbit halfling who joins in the quest. Gee, does any of this sound familiar?!? ...more
Stuart
Feb 12, 2012 Stuart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ken
Apr 30, 2011 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, drizzt
This book is still as good as the first time I've read it more than 10 years ago. Having read more stories about Drizzt and going back it seems he is more chaotic in this one. His actions are more reckless and his skills seemed to be worse than he was in the Underdark. It seems strange that Drizzt managed to get knocked over unconscious by a barbarian king when his skills match that of Zaknafein. I also notice that Bruenor loves to mention about some ancient forgotten homeland dear to his race, ...more
Steven Ure
A paint-by-numbers, cliched and sexist fantasy crammed with adverbs.
Anirudh
Feb 13, 2016 Anirudh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I stumbled upon Salvatore when I played Reckoning. From that day I had thought of reading a fantasy series written by him one day. Now that I finally have, the feelings are mixed

1. Plot The plot follows the age old formula of good vs evil as a party forms to fight for what is right. In terms of story the book does not particularly stand out.

2. Magic The Crystal Shard unfortunately resembles Tolkienish fantasy a great deal. With the setting of elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, there is very little
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Wynndmill
Alright, hear me out on this one. It's not terribly written. It's competent at least. Well, competent compared to a lot of other novels I've read in the same skein.

There's just not much unique to it. 70% of the novel itself is action scene after action scene. I'm thinking Salvatore figured if the book is full of action scenes, people will think it's fast paced. All I got was a slog through scene after scene of how awesome Drizzt is as he bashes and slices his way through another generic orc, gob
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Jessica
Nov 24, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew that this was the first Drizzt book that Salvatore ever penned, so the Drizzt that I knew from the "first three" books wasn't going to be the same Drizzt that I followed here, and I'm glad that I knew that going in. Drizzt had a few more, uh, pre-occupations in this story than I preferred, but he was still more-or-less the same drow I had grown so attached to.

The thing I really like about this story are the characters. Drizzt has finally found a place for himself in the world - not a perf
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Lauren
Jun 10, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me at least 100 pages to feel fully engaged with the story but the lengthy intro was truly necessary character and story development. Even with his brief introduction of Drizzt, Bruenor and Regis, Salvatore created tangible characters that colored the war tactics, battles, and subsequent survival (since "victory" is only in the eye of the beholder) with clear depth and breadth. He was true to their character throughout the entire story and it allowed for the events that took place to be ...more
Jesse
Jan 02, 2012 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forgotten-realms
Okay,
This book introduces two more important characters into the series. First, a fat lazy halfling named Regis. He becomes the quindisential troublmaking theif. Secondly, a human barbarian named Wulfgar(beowulf?).
Salvatore spends a lot of time working out the polotics of Icewind Dale, and specificly the area of Ten Towns (which has, as you may have guessed, 10 towns located around 3 lakes). Unfortunatly, after this series, the characters don't spend much time in this area...mores the pity.
Anyw
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Gregory
Book number four in the overall Drizzt series of books (though actually the first book published) and it was everything I'd hoped it would be. Salvatore introduces readers to Icewind Dale and the Ten Towns that exist within its borders. Politics and evil conquest are the main focus. New beloved characters like the halfling Regis and the barbarian Wulfgar are introduced to great effect. This is top-notch, pulpy high fantasy delivered at a snappy pace. Wizards and Ice Dragons and Demons oh my! It ...more
Rachael
Pros:
-fun and quick
-great main characters
-conclusion doesn't leave unsatisfying loose ends

Cons:
-good vs evil is too simplistic for my tastes (and my tastes aren't all that demanding. I'm happy with a fun popcorn book every so often. This was truly a simplistic tale)
-victories were won too easily and too often. After flawless victory #3 I had no doubts or tension through the rest of the story. I knew the good guys would win every battle and the war without a hitch. While this can be fun, when vi
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Chelsea
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Sohvi
I can't really give any rating for this. I would either betray the geeky teenager in me or the adult who - despite of still being a huge geek - knows how bad these books are.

Our group of friends is having a nostalgic little book club where we read the B-rate fantasy books we all grew up with. It has been horrible, embarrassing and absolutely hilarious!

I recommend all teenage geeks to read these. If only so that when you are older, you can reread them with your friends and a bottle of wine and
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Hylton J Abrahams
Jun 18, 2014 Hylton J Abrahams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was my first taste of The Forgotten Realms.i really liked the adventure of Drizzt Do’Urden,Bruenor,Wulfgar and Regis.
it was a quick read/listen with plenty of action and battle scenes.it was far from deep but sometimes a book like this is refreshing after 700 plus epic door stops
The Black Hat Writer
I felt like this lacked the personal depth that the Dark Elf Trilogy had; and, it was even more derivative. There is a lot of Lord of the Rings and Norse legends herein. It really just felt like a bunch of battles with no story to invest in. While the battles were well described, as was the terrain of Icewind Dale, outside of the presence of the Demon and the slaying of the dragon, there wasn't much here worth hanging on to. As much as I liked the Dark Elf Trilogy, if the next installment isn't ...more
Lori
Sep 05, 2011 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-come-back-to
I'd been looking forward to reading this and decided that this Labor Day weekend, my last hurrah of summer ie fucking off would be just a perfect time. But hmm, I dunno, it failed to engage me. And I'm tired of fantasies that are pretty much reworkings of LOTR. The writing itself is good workmanship, but not more than that. Admittedly I'm in a weird inbetween phase right now - I wanted a full escape before the mad start of my son's school year and all the battles and aggravations that entails )g ...more
Peter Levi
Mar 05, 2016 Peter Levi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't give the book zero stars, sadly. Re-reading it made the Dark Elf Trilogy seem better (speaking of which, I noted some retconning in prequel--Drizzt is said to have spent 200 years in the Underdark here, but it’s a shorter passage of time there). The entire novel is basically a series of fight sequences, with none of the character development necessary to make them engaging (reminding me of Glen Cook's "The Black Company"). Wulgar is meant to be the hero of the book--it's his hero's journ ...more
Alexander Draganov
Very entertaining fantasy novel, which introduces readers to one of the most popular characters in the modern fantasy genre, the dark elf ranger Drizzt do Urden. Full with action, dazzling swordsplay and memorable characters, it's a wonderful adventure, although not as great as "Homeland", the novel about how Drizzt turned into a good guy.
Xoxe Garcia
Mar 28, 2014 Xoxe Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El primer libro de la segunda trilogía de El Elfo Oscuro aunque, la verdad es que fue el primer libro de los Reinos Olvidados escrito por R.A. Salvatore y se nota en ocasiones cuando ves que hay pequeñas discrepancias entre esta trilogía con la de El Elfo Oscuro.

Realmente no son nada alarmantes y pasan muy desapercibidos. Tras esta primera saga y tras su éxito con el personaje de Drizzt, Salvatore decidió hacer la precuela como la Leyenda de El Elfo Oscuro con muchísimo éxito.

Pese a ser la prime
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Andrea
Oct 30, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Enjoyable but felt a bit unoriginal - so many of the characters seemed lifted directly from the pages of Tolkien.
Beth
Awesome! I loved the battle scenes, Salvatore always delivers the best action-packed reading.
K.J. Simmill
Apr 01, 2016 K.J. Simmill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by R.A. Salvatore, I was looking for an epic fantasy read and a good friend pointed me here as they read it a long time back. Now I wish I started with book one and may find myself backtracking.

This book was initially published in 1988 stemming three editions to date, that means it predates the games such as World of Warcraft and other role play games which have brought to life some of the very images being described here. These books were what I would class as a
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Other Books in the Series

The Icewind Dale Trilogy (3 books)
  • Streams of Silver (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #5)
  • The Halfling's Gem (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #6)

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“I do not know why I care," Drizzt answered honestly. His eyes turned back to his ancient homeland, where loyalty was merely a device to gain an advantage over a common foe. "Perhaps I care because I strive to be different from my people," he said, as much to himself as to Bruenor. "Perhaps I care because I am different from my people. I may be more akin to race of the surface...that is my hope at least. I care because I have to care about something.” 8 likes
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