The Icewind Dale Collector's Edition (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #1-3; Legend of Drizzt, #4-6)
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The Icewind Dale Collector's Edition (The Icewind Dale Trilogy #1-3 omnibus)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  9,200 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Here, in a single volume, are the three novels that launched R. A. Salvatore as a major voice in fantasy fiction and introduced the character of Drizzt Do'Urden, the dark elf who struggles under the awful burden of his evil heritage. From his birth in the hideous underground city of Menzoberranzan, where murder and treachery are common coin, to the high passes of Icewind D...more
Hardcover, 1056 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1988)
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Stefan
I read a lot of EPIC FANTASY as a child, and currently it helps me get bored and fall asleep at night.

This was no exception.

These books are fucking garbage. I cannot believe that R.A. Salvatore is a bestselling fantasy writer, and that I actually stomached my way through the entire trilogy (I was drunk most of the time, and I almost puked on the heavy tome during one sordid evening).

The stories follow the journeys of Drazzt Drowploixtation, Generic Dwarf Warrior, Man-Man the Barbarian, and Hot A...more
Kime Chenault
Aug 30, 2007 Kime Chenault rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story
It's been a couple of years since I've read it, but I still remember how much I loved it. I thought it was probably best three-book-series I have ever read. To tell the truth, I was sad when it was over.
The story-lines and plots are great. They're thought out and entertaining to read. It's also not all that easy to guess what's going to happen next as it is in some books.
The writing style itself just sucks you in, I didn't want to put the book down once when I read it, but sadly, my teachers di...more
Sarah (Tail-Kinker)
My very first Forgotten Realms read.

I enjoyed it although I felt it could have been better.

Again, I think I judge authors too harshly after being spoiled by the Malazan series. Will I ever get over that?

Drizzt Do'Urden, what a great character! I can see why he is loved by so many. His wise advice can be used in real life and is a metaphor for not judging people by what lies on the outside, but instead for their actions and what's inside.

At times I had to chuckle, because I could almost see the p...more
Teresa
I started reading Salvatore with this series, however, would recommend that you instead begin with The Dark Elf Trilogy if you want to read them in chronological order.

After Drizzt leaves the underworld, he finds himself in Icewinde Dale. Here he meets his best friends and new "family"- Bruenor, Cattie-brie, Wolfgar, and Regis. They battle foes together and end up reclaiming Mithral Hall, the kingdom of Bruenor's ancestors, the Battlehammer Clan.

The next series is Legacy of the Drow.

I believe th...more
Jessica
Apr 14, 2010 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D&D fans
Shelves: fantasy
This trilogy introduces the five main characters that the reader will follow throughout most of RA Salvatore’s works. Drizzt Do’Urden – the mostly shunned drow elf ranger that lives on the surface and tries to live down the well deserved evil reputation of his race. His companion, Gwenhyvar, a magnificent giant panther magically brought to him in times of need. The surly, old dwarf Bruenor Battlehammer that loves his friends dearly. Cattie-Brie Battlehammer, the beautiful dwarf raised human girl...more
Jack Tyler
Mar 28, 2014 Jack Tyler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sword & Sorcery Buffs
This is the trilogy that started my love affair with the adventures of Drizzt Do'Urden. I was not there from the beginning, but came upon this almost accidentally. It has been about a decade since I found this book, and I truthfully don't remember what led me to it, but Drizzt and his loyal, steadfast friends quickly became my favorite characters in literature. I have "only" rated this at four stars because no one is going to mistake it for Great Literature. What it is is a wonderful escapist re...more
Josh
Amazing fantasy adventure taking place in the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms universe. This series starting with this set of three books is in my top five series ever. I have only started reading them recently and have already gone through the first nine books, including the three in this collection. I recommend getting the collector's editions, as they not only put the books together, but also add commentary from the series' main character Drizzt Do'Urden, which add a great deal to the s...more
Vijayan Haridas
My first book which took me deep into the world of the Forgotten Realms books. A great thanks to Zhanquan Quek whom introduced to me this book during my National Service Days and ever since than I have been following almost most of the Forgotten Realms book. Besides the realms, this books took me on a awesome journey into the life of Drizzt Do'Urden whom became my ever favorite character in the realms. What a awesome time I had reading books after books on Drizzt and thanks to the master of t...more
Mailis Viiand
I had a bit of a reading gap between book three and book four of the Legend of Drizzt series, but luckily it all came back to me fairly quickly and as we are again introduced to the new "Fellowship of the Ring" crew, and it doesn't really matter if you have read the first three or not.
About half way through I truly started enjoying the book, and all the similarities to Lord of the Rings, and other core fantasies added familiarity and charm to it instead of pushing my copycat alarm button, that a...more
Zachary
The book that started my reading of The Legend of Drizzt. When I first started reading this series I fell in love with the characters instantly. Drizzt Do'Urden, Cattie-Brie, Wulfgar, Bruenor Battlehammer and Regis aka "Rumblebelly". They all have such amazing personalities and qualities. The stories are dramatic and thrilling and the swordplay is written so that you can clearly picture what is happening and aren't left to fill in mysterious blanks.
My only complaint with the series, in hindsight...more
Mars
book 1:
Much like the games, it's a hack-n-slash with bits of "oh, i would really rather go party it up, but i should rescue the villagers first" morality, but despite a certain amount of cheesiness practically required by all the D&D-based books, this one was surprisingly entertaining. Demons (just one, really), dragons (also just one), orcs and giants (plenty), and more!

Inspired me enough that I went and installed Icewind Dale the computer game, so it's reasonable to assume that my NaNo no...more
Ashley Lauren
Technically, I give this a 4.5 - rounded up. Truly, I'm surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I did not especially enjoy the first Salvatore trilogy that I read, feeling that his writing style was elementary and his characters one-dimensional. This book, however, altered my feelings. Salvatore really is a great story teller and this trilogy in particular really delved into the characters. I admit that, ultimately, the story is a little warm and fuzzy - I never truly feared for the...more
London
Dec 23, 2012 London rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy but doesn't care about whether or not it is great literature
Recommended to London by: my dad
Shelves: favorites
This book gripped me and pulled me in headlong. The profound characters and tantalizing plot, especially of the second and third books in this volume, let me bask in the glory that the characters displayed. It made me laugh out loud, it made me gasp, it made me do a million different facial expressions while reading (except crying, in the back of my mind i knew they would all come back). If this is pulp fiction, give me more.
Drizzt Do'Urden, the black elf who forsook his homeland and chose to li...more
Chris W
Book 1-Crystal Shard
Summary

Drizzt and friend have lived in ten-towns for the past years. When a new threat targets the towns all they can do is to stop it.

Drizzt- A GOOD dark elf ranger.

Bruenor- Dwarf king and member of the family Clan Battle-hammer.

Regis- A halfling with very strong persuasive powers.

Wulfgar- barbarian, king(temp), and wielder of Aegis fang.

Setting: ten-towns

Conflict: Kessel invades the towns. Solution: Drizzt kills Kessel.

I thought this book was very detailed and had a great...more
Chris
The magic was too weak to support the story
Bottom Line: Loaner
This is the first of Salvatore's books I've read, and it is apparently his first book, which might explain a lot. It's hard to say sometimes from the first book, whether the author's storytelling will get better (or you might be more interested in it) the more books they write. Some do, some don't, and some are hits and misses the whole way through.
I was moving along, okay, not riveted to the book, but moving along with it. And then I...more
Amy
A friend of mine loaned me this second volume after I got finished reading the first. It's probably a good thing I don't own this in hardback, because I hear throwing something heavy through the wall usually results in damage.

So much of this was so, so bad. Just... bad.

First of all, was this anniversary edition possibly a direct re-print from the original handwritten manuscript? Did Salvatore's proofreader and editor go on extended vacation? Did one of them die? I was sorely tempted to go throug...more
Timothy
This was an enjoyable read, but definitely from the 80s. There are a few spoilers, so be wary.

The first book in the trilogy was probably my favorite. I really enjoyed the politics of the towns, and the minor characters interacting to protect them.
The major characters develop nicely throughout it as well, specifically Wulfgar. The rest don't develop so much as you just get to know who they are.
Everything about the series plays off each other, to set up each book, as well as potential additional b...more
Echo
I think of these books as my guilty pleasures. Some girls read romance, I read Salvatore. It's not exactly the deepest, most intellectual fantasy on the market, but it is enjoyable. One thing I hear about Salvatore a lot is that he writes amazing fight scenes. This is true. I'm not big on fight scenes myself (they bore me usually), but he writes them very well and makes it look easy. That is quite an accomplishment. His writing is fine as well. My major complaint with any of his books is that th...more
Miriam
I'm currently reading the last book, The Halfling's Gem. There's only a few chapters left and I can't wait to read the next book; The Legacy. I have enjoyed very much reading this book. It feels like I am going through an adventure, myself, along with the characters of the story. R.A. Salvatore does an intriguing job in writing these books. I would recommend to the first timers who wish to read these books to obtain the Trilogies Collector's Edition, because before each book Drizzt Do'Urden (the...more
Anye
I wish the D&D characters I've played with over the years had as much personality as the characters in this book. Fantasy isn't really my favorite genre (I prefer science fiction) but my honey said I really needed to read these, so I did. I really loved the characters in this book. Together they form a stereotypical D&D party (dwarf, elf, human, halfling) but there is a strong bond between them all despite their differences.

I found the books easy to read and with good flow and continuit...more
Marianne
May 29, 2013 Marianne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Forgotten Realms fans, Drizz't fans, someone looking for easy fantasy
Shelves: mine, fantasy
Written first, I consider this to be the first of the trilogies about Drizz't. This trilogy is an easy read. The heroes are heroic, unbeatable and easy to identify with, and the bad guys are pretty obviously bad. The plot never drags, but the writing is somehow flat compared to writing that really grips me.

As a compilation of 3 books, the first is 2 stars for me (it was okay), the second improves, and the last is closer to 3 stars. Ultimately though, I like the insight Drizz't's between chapter...more
Jeremy Laird
I got this as a gift in 10th grade and it (along with Dark Elf trilogy) re-ignited my love of reading after several years of not enjoying it. Although I have since gone back and re-read them and don't enjoy them as much as I once did, they are still good books and will always have a special place in me for getting me going with reading fantasy again.
Marian Willeke
Just as I fell in love with the first Drizzt trilogy, I can say it was not just a phase. It truly is an awesome series and Salvatore does a phenomenal job developing his characters, especially Drizzt. Even though there is glory and focus on the other wonderful characters, it's definitely Drizzt's series. The Crystal Shard reminds the readers where everybody is, and introduces the two new characters of Wulfgar and Regis. I really appreciate how Streams of Silver makes it clear that the dwarf's ho...more
Benjamin Thomas
This is the trilogy that launched the career of one of the greatest fantasy characters ever in existence, the Dark Elf, Drizzt Do'Urden. Such a wonderful character! (It didn't do too much harm for Salvatore's career either!) This trilogy is heavy on the action and fighting sequences but they are balanced with thoughtful character-driven insight and development. And I can't forget to mention one of the best villain's ever to grace the written page, Artemis Entreri. You will rarely see a better wr...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Visto che questo tomo racchiude in se tre libri, recensirò ad ogni lettura la singola trama.

Le Lande di Ghiaccio

Un fantasy senza troppe pretese che però avvince il lettore nel proseguire della narrazione, buoni i personaggi creati e sopratutto eccelsa l'ambientazione e il mondo del racconto. Molto azzeccato il personaggio di Drizzt l'elfo scuro, il migliore di tutti. Pecca forse un po' troppo nella storia che in effetti sembra più una "giocata" di un gioco di ruolo che una trama di un libro.

U...more
Anderson
Apr 01, 2008 Anderson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy and Action lovers
Shelves: advisory
The trilogy of the famous Forgotten Realm series that takes place in Ice Wind Dale, a cold frozen land with a sparse human colony and a long time settlement of dwarves and a plenty of local orks, goblins, and other creepy locals. With the uneasy tension mounting between the humans and dwarves, things began to change however when a the appearance of a lone dark elf appears and tries to make his meager existance in this cold desolate land and the reawakening of an evil crystal with a mind of its o...more
Paper Droids
Dear Drizzt Do’Urden: you are amazing. I also really don’t like you.

Here’s why: you are too perfect. You’re the best warrior alive, you have magic, you always swoop in to save everyone, and your backstory is ridiculously easy to identify and empathize with. No one ever gets the upper hand on you, and you apparently always roll a 20 on your intimidate and bluff checks. To make it short, Drizzt, you’re just not fallible enough for me. I like some uncertainty. I like the possibility that my favouri...more
GUS BUS!
Jan 11, 2008 GUS BUS! rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Forgotten Realms Readers
This book is the first in the series. It details Drizzts coming to the dwarfs and how he is accepted into there lives. It also tells of the meeting of Wulfgar the human barbarian and Catti-brie the adopted daughter of Brunor the dwarf. The last part of the book describes the battle against the evil wizard Akar Kessle when he attacks Drizzts home.

This is a must read for anyone who reads fantasy. This series kept me away from friends and family for months on end. This seclusion was well worth it t...more
Scott Olson
Continuing where The Dark Elf Trilogy left off, The Icewind Dale Trilogy picks up the story of Drizzt Do'Urden upon his arrival on the surface world of Faerun. Having lived his entire life in the underground realm of the Underdark, Drizzt (who has become one of the Forgotten Realms most endearing characters) meets a party of new friends who introduce him to a host of adventures in this new world.

Salvatore is recognized as a master at world and character development in the fantasy genre and the b...more
Pierre
Classic sword and sorcery fantasy literature - a classic adventure tail that everyone from junior high and up can enjoy. Based in the Dungeons and Dragons world of Forgotten Realms, the characters are well developed, interesting, and conflicted. While the character types are trite (eg stubborn dwarf, savage out of control barbarian, hobbit-like halflings, mysterious sniveling mages, and outcast elf) the author manages to weave them together in a classic plot extremely successfully. While there a...more
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“Icewind Dale. Windswept passes and forbidding glaciers stand at the top of the world. Below them, in the cold valley, an evil force broods: the magic of Crenshinibon, the Crystal Shard.

Now dwarf, barbarian, and drow elf join to battle this evil. Tempted in the furnace of struggle, they form an unbreakable friendship.

A legend is born.”
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