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The Orc King (Transitions #1)

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Drizzt is back in this exciting new trilogy from R.A. Salvatore!

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build
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Hardcover, 346 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Wizards of the Coast
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Mike (the Paladin)
I started playing Dungeons & Dragons back in 1978. Back then (and for some time) the best known D&D world was "The World of Greyhawk". In that world finding magic (a magic item such as a magic sword or a simple magic spell for example)was an unusual occurrence. To find even a minor magic item was a cause for celebration.

This book and the other Drizzt books take place in "The Forgotten Realms". Magic is....a bit more common in the realms. As a matter of fact I suspect that dairy farmers
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Bradley
The latest Drizzt book I have come across. It is worthy of the saga. A good read that I consumed and felt a moment of sorrow when I turned the last page. It started a little slow but more than made up for it in grand style. =)
Christopher
Hmm. I guess I'm not feeling the Drizzt books like I used to (it was one of my first fantasy series I've read for an extended length of time). I didnt really care about anything from the Orc's point of view if it was not Obould b/c of the way the book begins.

At the beginning of the book, you see Drizzt 100 years in the future, which actually surprised me. I had forgotten a friend told me that later books are WAY later, after most of the characters are long dead I assume. Anyway, since it tells y
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Brandy Camel
Another mediocre effort in the Drizz't saga. I'm afraid I'm not at the point where I'm enjoying these books, so much as I'm reading them out of a sense of closure.

Nothing in here is particularly original or even exciting, but if you need to set the stage for the Spell Plague, a lot of the (now older) lore leading up to this point for the Silver Marches region will be in here. That would be the only reason I'd recommend reading it. At least it was a good companion on the treadmill for a few week
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Joe Moley
In fine Salvatore speak.... And oh how this book sucked! I don't there is another author in existence that uses the exclamation point 1347 times on one page of text better than this guy.

I'll always have a soft spot for Drizzt and crew having grown up a fan of the original Crystal Shard trilogy. However, these guys should be retired. The story is cookie cutter crap with nothing different from any of the earlier texts. ***Spoiler Alert***Oh wait, they're too powerful to fight orcs, so let's have
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Jennifer
This book is a perfectly fine example of mind candy. The story continues the whole saga created earlier by Salvatore. Unfortunately, like most Dungeons and Dragons type books you will be out in the cold if you haven't read the others. Because it's one of THOSE series. And it doesn't really go anywhere even though it threatens to. Sigh.

I am not sure whether these books should be read by someone who has played Dungeons and Dragons. The first issue is that it is really, really, faithful to the gam
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Jimmy
Jan 02, 2014 Jimmy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes & Noble.com
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
The war with the orcs continues. Obould’s throne is threatened by Grguch, the chieftain of Clan Karuck. The Karuck clan has inter-bred with ogres to make bigger, stronger, and superior warriors. The orcs are divided by those who want to continue fighting until they have claimed Mithral Hall, thus serving the desires of Gruumsh One-eye, and those who seek not just peace between the races, but a recognized kingdom of their own to rule, the Kingdom of Many-Arrows. But, Grguch is not the only one in ...more
Steve
Early on in my Forgotten Realms novel reading career, I was a big fan of Drizzt. Like so many others, he was my gateway into the Forgotten Realms, via the Dark Elf trilogy. Since my debut into the Forgotten Realms, and my increasing familiarity with the setting as a whole, my enthusiasm for Drizzt has lessened and lessened. I still pick up the Drizzt novels, however, and I waited until The Orc King was in paperback before picking it up.

I normally think that buying hardcover books- barring certai
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Lauren
The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore picks up a few months after the events from The Two Swords in the Hunter's Blades trilogy. Winter is waning and the stand-off between Mithril Hall and King Obould Many Arrows is about to come to a head...the main plot, to me, was split into a couple of different ones. There is the continued guessing of what is to happen between the two Kingdoms and then there is another dealing with some of King Obould's followers looking to create an alliance with another tribe of ...more
Matt
I'm a Drizzt fan, as long as he keeps pumping out the books, I'll keep reading them. Pretty standard Salvatore, with a slight twist. The Prologue is set a hundred years or so in the future, with the "good" races living near an orc kingdom presided over by King Obould the 6th - letting us know immediately how the book is going to end. Interesting idea, not sure I like it since it takes away some of the mystery and removes and chance that Drizzt dies any time soon. Not that that's a huge surprise, ...more
Tony
May 04, 2014 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Drizzt series
Salvatore picks up this orc-infested tale where The Two Swords left off. It's a slow starter, but the orc-scheming and the new, interesting villain will keep you interested; however, I doubt this book would work well as a standalone - knowledge of the previous books is necessary to best be able to appreciate this.

It's been about 8 years since I've read The Two Swords; therefore, I had a hard time remembering all of the events that previously took place, which made enjoying this book a bit frust
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Camem1996
This book is a continuation of the Hunters Blade trilogy. If you didn't read that, I suggest you do, otherwise you will miss a great part of the story. This book continues the war between the Orcs and the Dwarves. King Obould leads the Orcs, and King Bruenarr is the Dwarf king. The main character, Drizzt, is still in the belief that King Bruenarr is dead along with his love Cattie Brie and his friends. In this novel, King Obould starts to wish for peace for the Dwarves and his kind, but as soon ...more
Adrian Juan
After doing a marathon read on The legend of Drizzt, I stopped reading the series and started playing some games on the PS4 for a few weeks. When I saw the cover for the Orc King though, it started to pull me in little by little, day by day. Since my bookcase is right next to my computer, after a few more stares, I gave in and picked up the book. I was not disappointed. On the contrary, it made me purchase my missing books "The Ghost King" and "Gauntlgrym". After reading 16+ books in the same se ...more
Emily Drake
My husband wanted to start a mini book club for the just the two of us, and he picked this. I haven't read the previous Legend of Drizzt or any book by R. A. Salvatore before, but despite my lack of knowledge of the series, I still enjoyed the book overall. In fact, I ended up liking the book more than my husband did. It was hard to get used to the writing style, and the pace was slow in the beginning, which is why it took me six months to read the book. I had to keep motivating myself to read i ...more
Jerome
A well-written Drizzt tale, with a good balance of action, suspense, and character development. The orc army is encamped outside Mithril Hall and the dwarves are attempting to maintain the uneasy peace between the two groups. At the same time, various orc factions are vying for power, while other series characters are on quests of their own.

An interesting tale, even of the various political subplots seem too contrived. Although the dwarves and orcs are both looking for a peace of some sort, Salv
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Grant Smith
If you're a fan of R.A. Salvatore and the Drizzt Do'urden series, you won't be disappointed by this book.
Jimmy
Jan 02, 2014 Jimmy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes & Noble.com
The war with the orcs continues. Obould’s throne is threatened by Grguch, the chieftain of Clan Karuck. The Karuck clan has inter-bred with ogres to make bigger, stronger, and superior warriors. The orcs are divided by those who want to continue fighting until they have claimed Mithral Hall, thus serving the desires of Gruumsh One-eye, and those who seek not just peace between the races, but a recognized kingdom of their own to rule, the Kingdom of Many-Arrows. But, Grguch is not the only one in ...more
Elyse
The Orc King starts of the Transition trilogy from The Legend of Drizzt. It picks up where the previous trilogy left off with the battle between the orcs and the dwarves. Currently, everything is at a stalemate. Neither side is attacking, but they are incredibly wary. The orc king, Obould, has a desire to establish his kingdom and have it recognized, but no compromises have been made. Bruenor, however, is preoccupied with the tempting venture to what he believes is Gauntlgrym, a lost city of his ...more
Robert
The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore is the first book in the Transitions trilogy. The second book is The Pirate King followed by The Ghost King. Other works in the Forgotten Realms by R.A. Salvatore include: The Legend of Drizzt series, The Sellswords trilogy, The Hunter's Blades trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.

The Orc King (TOK) picks up a few months after the events from The Two Swords in The Hunter's Blades trilogy. Winter is waning and the stand-off between Mithril Hall and King Obould Manyarrows
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Jeff
The Drizzt books are a guilty pleasure for me, and this one was akin to the previous few. Enjoyable reads, but a bit cookie-cutter and the characters are just way too "uber" to relate to. Is this a new thing? No.

I appreciate that there is some character depth as far as seeing the internal struggles of the protagonists. That's a good thing. That said, it seems that there was no real challenges besides those. Physically the protagonists FAR outclass any of the antagonists: they are veritable comb
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Olivia
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Salvatore is a true literary genius and artist! He's written 17 books about Drizzt, and EVERY SINGLE ONE has been amazing! Never have I been bored by him; everything is intriguing; everything has a story. And this new series makes no exception.
The first chapter instantly sucks you in! The glimpse into our beloved Drizzt's dark future makes your heart ache and your desire to read him all the greater! You can tell something in between the present and then
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Scott
Oct 26, 2008 Scott rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone I meet
Shelves: fantasy, own
Well even though I read this book only a year ago when it first came out, it is still an amazing book. Salvatore never ceases to amaze with his writing prowess. Both morally inspirational, and written beautifully, Salvatore writes with the same technique, speed, and skill that his character, Drizzt, fights with. Here are a few insights to both of those aspects of his writing.

INSIGHTFUL
- "Quit being afraid of who you are, of who you might dare to be, deep inside." (92)
- "...emotions cloud the rat
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Dan
Okay so it took me forever to read this book because uncharacteristically, I actually read the book and didn't listen to the audiobook. It started out as my lunch book I kept in my car, but then got transferred to the bathroom book because lunch time is for textbooks now.
I'll have to admit, I didn't really get into this book at first, it actually took me a long time. I even thought to myself, I'll probably give up on Drizzt after this one (having read all the previous Drizzt novels). But I actu
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Forgotten Realms Queen
I am a loyal, undying fan to few authors. And despite the fact that I freely admit his series can be considered fluff, (quick and relatively easy to read) R.A. Salvatore is one of them. Mostly because of the fact that his Drizzt series introduced me to the world of the Forgotten Realms, Dungeons and Dragons and thusly into my current role playing game passion.

We are introduced to Drizzt Do'Urdern, an elf of a very dark, chaotic, malicious, and evil race called the Drow within Homeland. Set apart
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Jimmy
The war with the orcs continues. Obould’s throne is threatened by Grguch, the chieftain of Clan Karuck. The Karuck clan has inter-bred with ogres to make bigger, stronger, and superior warriors. The orcs are divided by those who want to continue fighting until they have claimed Mithral Hall, thus serving the desires of Gruumsh One-eye, and those who seek not just peace between the races, but a recognized kingdom of their own to rule, the Kingdom of Many-Arrows. But, Grguch is not the only one in ...more
David Williams
The war between the orcs and the dwarves has ended in an uneasy truce. Both sides think that it can’t last. Obould wants to build a new kingdom, a kingdom for orcs. He sees a chance to create a kingdom like other races, to build cities, to engage in trade. This is not in the orcish tradition. Many of his followers are waiting for the war to start again. The dwarves do not trust the orcs. Orcish nature is to kill and plunder. Some of Obould’s closest advisors are working against him in the shadow ...more
Mike
It had been a number of years since I actually picked up a Drizzt novel, and I still expected to go on an adventure or two with the party of seemingly-immortal characters. It's completely ridiculous that Drizzt, Bruenor, Regis, Catti-Brie, and Wulfgar should all be alive at this point in the series after all the trials. True, while a couple of characters fell in battles throughout, they somehow found their way back to life, not unlike comic book characters.

However, the tone of "Transitions" make
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Niki Hawkes
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As the first book in the Transitions trilogy, "The Orc King" is actually around book #20 for the series as a whole. Because I've already highlighted the overall qualities of the series in a post for book #1, "Homeland," I wont go into too many details here.

Having so many books under his belt, it always amazes me when Salvatore continues to produce quality, page-turning novels. This was no exception, containing a great story, strong characters,
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Brenda
Typical RA Salvatore writing, with action, adventure, character development (aka human interest), and Drizzt's philosophical musings. Though we demand more of the beloved renegade dark elf Drizzt, Salvatore hands it to us in ways we wouldn't imagine. The hatred of King Obould generated throughout the Hunters Blade trilogy takes an unexpected twist in the first of this Transitions series. I actually began to respect the orc.

The battles were amazing, the depth and pain of Cattie-brie being left be
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Bezmenny
Touto knihou sa otvara uplne nova kapitola v pribehoch Drizzda. Ciastocne to bolo ocakavane po vypocuti si pribehov. Napriek tomu sa to celkom pacilo. Aj ked tam bolo par divnych veci - opatovne vytiahnutie dalsieho nepriatela takpovediac z klobuka. Jack Gnom caruje nedaleko lady Alustriel a ona si to nevsimne (hoci mrtvola zabita aj jeho kuzlom je nasledne pochovavana s respektom). Drizzd a Bruenor sa prebijaju cez obrovsku hromadu orkov prakticky ako nic. Take jemne detaily, ktore ale vadili. ...more
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Transitions (3 books)
  • The Pirate King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #18)
  • The Ghost King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #19)
Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1) Exile (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #2) Sojourn (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #3) The Crystal Shard (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #4) The Halfling's Gem (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #6)

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