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The Icewind Dale Collector's Edition (The Icewind Dale Trilogy #1-3 omnibus)

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,852 Ratings  ·  200 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
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Aug 31, 2011 Stefan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Kime Chenault
Aug 30, 2007 Kime Chenault rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 02, 2009 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2016 Sjoerd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been almost a year since I started reading The Icewind Dale Trilogy, and it's one of the few books of which I've actually tracked my reading progress with written updates several times. Now that I've finished reading and can look back at the book as a whole, I must say it's been an extraordinary read. Maybe it's because the book was published so long ago that the writing style between then and now has changed sufficiently for a contemporary reader to feel that way, but I think there's more ...more
Jack Tyler
Mar 28, 2014 Jack Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Apr 14, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  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
Fco. Salvador
Conocidísimo es ya R.A. Salvatore, y éstas son sus primeras novelas, publicadas en años sucesivos entre 1988 y 1990.

De entre esos autores que yo llamo «de franquicia», Salvatore merece un puesto entre los de arriba del montón. Leer a Salvatore es como ver una película palomitera de Hollywood: si sabes a lo que vas, puedes pasar un buen rato. Su estilo está claramente enfocado a la acción rápida y muy visual, y sus personajes, aunque no son planos y no dejan de tener un desarrollo a lo largo de l
Vijayan Haridas
Jan 30, 2014 Vijayan Haridas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 that ...more
Apr 25, 2016 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't like the fantasy classics? This was one of my first reads in the fantasy genre when I was younger and has helped to create the addiction I have to this day.
Jason Hubbard
I had a coworker once tell me that he like books that have "snappy writing," meaning you can real a little yet get a lot of information. Icewind Dale Trilogy is like that, and the result is that this book has very little soul to it. Characters are hardly fleshed out; they are merely caricatures. One character in particular, Wulf, is a mindless Conan-type stand in. He's a good fighter, has the hots for this one woman, and that's it. Drizzt D'Ordurn (it's misspelled and I don't care) is supposedly ...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
Jul 30, 2009 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 22, 2014 Mars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Lauren
Jun 20, 2010 Ashley Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 23, 2012 London rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Chris W
Dec 02, 2013 Chris W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 1-Crystal Shard

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
Aug 30, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 24, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 05, 2007 Echo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Giselle Wampler
Oct 19, 2014 Giselle Wampler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a recommendation from my boyfriend (now husband). He loved Drizzt and wanted to share him with me. I was not very sure I would like it, since I was used to reading just classics. Most of my literally interests laid 100 years before my time. I have to say I fell in love with the story. The characters are relatable, even if they are not all humans and the story keeps you from walking away from the book. It was my introduction to Fantasy and I loved it!
Mar 24, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Alex Windes
Sep 28, 2015 Alex Windes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved these books when I was young, and these are the books that really got me interested in Fantasy novels. That being said, I've tried to go back and read them as an adult and they've either failed to stand up to the test of time, my expectations of a good series have changed, or they were never that great to begin with. 3/5 realistically, 4/5 due to nostalgia and gratitude for introducing me to the genre.
Jul 25, 2011 Anye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2013 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  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
Kris hutchison
Feb 12, 2015 Kris hutchison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard core d&d fantasy.
I can not actually sit down and read this kind of stuff but somehow as an audiobook while I doing things like cleaning and driving this book is great.
Some books work well as audiobooks and some do no not. Fantasy books like this are perfect for listening to.

This is good fantasy series with obvious but likeable characters and nice stories.
Jeremy Laird
Jul 09, 2014 Jeremy Laird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2011 Marian Willeke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
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Other Books in the Series

The Icewind Dale Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Crystal Shard (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #4)
  • 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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“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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