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The Woods Out Back (Spearwielder's Tale #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,225 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The first in the Spearwielder fantasy adventure series--from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Legacy. In a magical spot in a forest, Gary falls asleep . . . and wakes up in a dangerous realm of elves and dwarves, witches and dragons. There he discovers he is the only one who can wear the armor of the land's lost hero--and wield a magical spear.
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Ace (first published 1993)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I always "feel" that I should like R.A.Salvatore's work more. I've never really been able to really get into his D&D themed books. As I've always enjoyed D&D greatly that has always seemed odd to me.

I saw this and I picked it up...only realizing I'd read it years ago after I started it.

Look this book (for me of course) only barely gets 4 stars. it's a fun read. I don't grade it as "just 4" because we've all seen the "person from our world find's him/her self in fantasy world theme. I ten
I vaguely recall reading a book of his ages ago, but I don't remember what it was. I've had this feeling that his work wasn't anything that excited me, but I've run across several references to how good Salvatore is, so I thought I'd give him another shot. Maybe I wasn't remembering correctly & was unfair. Nope.

There wasn't a damsel in distress, but otherwise I don't think I've read a more typical fantasy. It had just about every trope known to the genre. Not bad, but certainly not excitin
This is one of the earlier works of Salvatore and was a really good read. I could see all of the influences of Salvatore in this book and imagine that he modeled the main character, Gary Leger, after himself. Tolkein's "The Hobbit" is mentioned throughout the book and accompanies Gary on his journey. Salvatore has said that "The Hobbit" is his favorite book. Anyways, a very enjoyable and quick read.
Mar 09, 2009 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes
A great little book that is written to tug at the day dreams of fantasy fans everywhere. The book pulls you in and only really lets you go when you are finished.
Jonathan Pettit
Very enjoyable story. It's not too fantastic or high fantasy, just a good fantasy story. Gary Leger wakes up in Faerie and is Shanghai'd into a quest to restore an artifact. His quest involves an elf, a dwarf, and a leprechaun. Yes, very "typical" fantasy quest leading to befriending a giant, pissing off a sorceress and a dragon. "Old" R.A. Salvatore, non-Dnd. I think I read it many, many years ago. I've already picked up the 2nd and 3rd book on sale. Audible version, narrator did a good job. I ...more
Ruth Kyle-devendorf
Yet another excellent adventure from the fantasy master author. I love love all the Tolkien references to The Hobbit.
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Aug 16, 2011 Alisha rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I read this early in college, along with the two following books, and remember really liking them.

But now that I have reread it, I don't know why.

First, the characters were flat. It was a flimsy attempt at mimicking Tolkien without any discernible talent behind it. It felt like Salvatore was a novice writer--it was just not good. Also, I couldn't identify with the main character. He felt like a loser to me. And finally, the profanity. For something that read as simple as a young adult book, ther
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Gary Leger lives Massachusetts and is forced to make do with a miserable job in a plastics factory with no real prospects of doing anything but making ends meet at a job that offers little for his very active imagination. A natural athlete with no interest in sports, Gary finds solace in long walks in the woods behind his house and in his dog-eared copy of The Hobbit.

While on one of these hikes, Gary sits for a bit of reading and finds himself staring at a rea
Alexander Draganov
Salvatore has written so many fantasy series, that I have missed this one. I discovered it thanks to dumb luck and decided to give it a chance - after all, I love the Drizzt adventures and admire the original Demon Wars trilogy.
I was not disappointed.
This book is the story of a young man, fan of Tolkien, who is suddenly transported to the land of Faerie, where old tales are true. Garry is there not by chance, but because he is kdnapped by a leprechaun, captured by a powerful Elven lord, who drea
Eleonore Rigby
Dieses Buch stand schon sehr lange auf meiner Leseliste und da es von meinem Lieblingsautor R.A. Salvatore verfasst wurde, hatte ich Hoffnung dass es mir sehr gut gefallen wurde. Leider aber wurde ich enttäuscht. Denn „Der Speer des Kriegers“ hat mich eher mehr gelangweilt als das es mich begeistern konnte. Der Inhalt klingt eigentlich recht einfach: Gary Leger ist ein ganz normaler junger Mann, der sich seinen Lohn in einer Fabrik erarbeitet. Eines Tages will er sich in einem kleinen Waldstück ...more
First off, Great Book! However, it was a bit hard to read in places. Some of the sentences seemed overly long and tried to describe too many things at one time. There were also quite a few spelling errors in my copy, (The combined Trilogy, 'Spearweilder's Tale'), and in a few places it was obvious they had used the wrong word entirely. (Ex. It read, "They dropped open their MONTHS," as opposed to, "They dropped open their MOUTHS,") though I find that not the fault of Mr. Salvatore, but a fault i ...more
The first in the Spearwielder fantasy adventure series--from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Legacy. In a magical spot in a forest, Gary falls asleep . . . and wakes up in a dangerous realm of elves and dwarves, witches and dragons. There he discovers he is the only one who can wear the armor of the land's lost hero--and wield a magical spear.

Language and a lot of killing various monsters and evil types.
Arthur Gibson
This is not the first Salvatore novel that I read, but it remains one of my all-time favorites. Although it did become a trilogy (some of which was hard to find in print, but worth the efforts) it does work exceptionally well as a stand-alone book. There is a built-in reference to The Hobbit (the favorite book of the main character) and it is not a bad comparison. A fantasy adventure story that touches on many of the tried and true motifs. This is a story of coming to terms with who you are. Wit ...more
Kind of a guy story - our protagonist is a young man discontented with life, he's still living at home and works at the bottom of the pecking order in a manufacturing plant. He loves to read fantasy novels so when he falls asleep in the woods behind the house he is amazed to find himself caught up in a group of questing D&D type characters. So he finds himself disillusioned by the reality of living this new fantasy life, he gets some time to learn to fight, he scores some enchanted weapons a ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
This Salvatore's nod to Tolkien ad one of Salvatore's early works. It fealt derivative and uninspired, but was not wholly bereft of entertaining value.
Lyndon J Nobles
An obvious homage to Tolkien. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Salvatore is honest with his sincere flattery of Tolkien's work.

This is a fun story with some slight shifts and nods to fantasy stereotypes that many of us love.

This is a book of elves, nymphs, leprechauns, dwarfs, and dragons. If you do not enjoy these things, this is not a book for you.
TL Jeffcoat
This is a light hearted yet serious story where an everyday guy down on his luck is sucked into another world and is forced to help a typically rude elf with his life quest. There are a ton of cliche characters in this story, but Salvatore really woks them together well and I laughed a lot more than I usually do reading fantasy.
I have never been disappointed with any of Salvatore's books. This one was no exception. It was an exciting story. The characters were interesting and a lot of fun. I especially liked the inclusion of a leprechaun.
This is another quick read that is a good introduction to fantasy for a young reader. It is well written and you should enjoy it. Unless you're one of those fantasy haters, than my books don't help you much.
Dorky but fun. Don't take it seriously and you'll probably enjoy it. Openly 'borrows' (*cough*poaches*cough*) from things like The Hobbit and Monty Python & the Holy Grail.
Lisa Seaman
A very enjoyable read. It is a nice homage to Tolkien, while keeping it original in its characters. This is the second time I have read it and I will read it again.
My husband loves this author and it turned out to be pretty good, I'm glad I read it. Wouldn't mind reading the others in this series.
I liked this book it was great.
I know it's probably meant to be homage to "The Hobbit" but it comes off as a total rip-off to me!
David Robins
I liked it - witty and inventive, likable characters.
Bad writing and ridiculously generic, even for fantasy.
Elven Johnson
Crawl in this book & live there
Evan Markiewicz
was the first Salvatore, book I read
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