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The Ghost King (Transitions #3)

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Don't miss the gripping conclusion to Salvatore's New York Times best-selling Transitions trilogy!
When the Spellplague ravages Faerun, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking out the help of the priest Cadderly-the hero of the recently reissued series The Cleric Quintet-Drizzt finds himself facing his most powerful and elusive foe, the twisted Crenshini
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2009)
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Greg Strandberg
I'm a little conflicted about this book.

It's about 8 years after the fall of the Hosttower in Luskan. Cattie-Brie has been struck dumb by some kind of magical force sweeping the world. The Weave that holds magic together is failing. Things are changing. Seems like this will be a big novel for character/world changes.

So let's look at Forgotten Realms timelines. This book takes place in 1385 DR, which is several years after the Pirate King (1377 DR). We have the spell plague going on, which began
Mar 15, 2010 Mical rated it it was ok
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I enjoy R.A. Salvatore, truly I do. I've read nearly every story he's written involving the Forgotten Realms and relished each adventure, each challenge, each moment of his character's lives as they played out on the pages before me.

That being said: this wasn't his best work. It felt a bit too 'forced' to me, and I didn't care for the death scenes of Cattie-brie and Regis, nor really for the end of Cadderly, to be honest.

While I know that not every hero dies glorious
I REALLY enjoyed some aspects of this book, yet others ultimately prompted me to deduct a star WITH ABANDON.

Pikel, whom I find annoying, got nearly as much page time as Jarlaxle, which just doesn't seem right now matter what plane of existence you dwell upon.

Remember Wulfgar? I do and I love him. Salvatore, not so much. His name gets mentioned once or twice in passing and that's it. I was so frustrated I almost yelled out "Tempus!"

Enough plotlines were left open or completely vague so that I am
Dirk Grobbelaar
At this point in the series it probably boils down to personal preference, but this at least seemed better than The Pirate King to me. This is a very dark part of the Drizzt legend. The cast of characters is getting whittled down, which is either good or bad depending on your point of view. In the run up to the Neverwinter saga, however, this does make sense to me. If you’re very emotionally invested in the Drizzt saga... well, read it and see.

It’s a bit of a weird read, as Salvatore incorporate
Oct 11, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it
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The Ghost King: Transitions Book III, By R.A. Salvatore
(Advance Copy)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (October 6, 2009)

“When the Spellplague ravages Faerûn, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking out the help of the priest Cadderly–the hero of the recently reissued series The Cleric Quintet–Drizzt finds himself facing his most powerful and elusive foe, the twisted Crenshinibon, the demonic crystal shard he believed had been destroyed years ago.”

I think one
May 17, 2010 Travis rated it it was amazing
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The Ghost King by R. A. Salvatore- This is the third and last book in the Transitions trilogy. The first book is The Orc King and the second book is The Pirate King. The trilogy is a part of the Drizzt Do'Urden saga, this being the most recent installment.

The story starts with Jarlaxle, a drow mercenary leader, and his traveling companion, a dwarf named Athrogate, traveling to around. Jarlaxle gets troubled by dreams he has in which a dragon and an ancient artifact, thought destroyed, threaten t
Noa Velasco
Apr 24, 2015 Noa Velasco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amantes de Drizzt, la acción y la fantasía épica
Porque enfrentarse a un dragón normal es de mediocres, aquí hay uno enorme que es como la Sagrada Trinidad, con hordas de esbirros de este y otro mundo..., ¡y además está muerto! Aquí tenemos, ni más ni menos, que al padre de todos los dracolich: forjando héroes a través de la sombra y la muerte.

El Rey Fantasma es el cierre de la saga y muestra lo que sucede varios años después de que cierto sacerdote, cierto asesino y cierto drow uniesen sus fuerzas para acabar, de una vez por todas, con cierto
Feb 24, 2012 Child_reborn rated it it was amazing
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Feb 27, 2016 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The best of the Transitions trilogy books! The magic is harder, crueler, and more challenging. Heroes and enemies of the past come together for the greater good. Love breaks hearts. The trilogy is about change. And the changes in rulers, magic and comrades are happening, to change the face of Faerun. At the end of The Pirate King, I expected someone to die in The Ghost King. This book is not to be missed! I eagerly wait to see what R. A. Salvatore does to the future of Drizzt, Bruenor, Wulfgar, ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I knew I'd be a mess when I finished this book, but not how much of a mess. Wow.

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Jun 28, 2011 Olivia rated it it was amazing
I really don't know what to say about this book. Seriously. Just finished it about 15 minutes ago and...I'm in shock. DARN R.A. SALVATORE!!!!!!!!!!! X'-( (here comes the rant)
Sep 11, 2010 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This is the final book in the "Transitions" trilogy. The Ghost King continues with the overall story from the other novels in the trilogy. With the obvious exception of Wulfgar, everyone else is in this story in varying capacities. This is one of the darkest novels I've read featuring Drizzt, but it is also one of the most gripping. Without spoiling too much, the Crystal Shard was destroyed in a previous novel by a dragon, but it wasn't completely obliterated. It and the dragon merge, along with ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it
Not bad, but not splendid. It was certainly much more interesting than the Pirate King, though Salvatore seems to be transitioning his characters for the future name of the book series suggests. Major turns that seem more determined to actually get their job done then to create an enjoyable read were the biggest drawback to this book. A sad day indeed, as I never thought that a book with Jarlaxelle as one of the main characters would result in a less than stellar read (I do so enjoy him, though ...more
Jan 09, 2010 Sensitivemuse rated it really liked it
Of the three books featured in this Transitions series, I liked this one the most. The Orc King was all right (let's not talk about The Pirate King) but I preferred this one. This one had a lot more character development, and plenty of battle scenes to keep the plot interesting, plus it feels as if all hell is breaking loose. What more could you want? I actually rather liked the concept of the undead horde rising, magic running amok, basically the world going to shreds which kept me interested i ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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Chris Arena
Jul 05, 2015 Chris Arena rated it it was amazing
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Forgotten Realms Queen
This is the hardest book I have ever had to read. Here we say goodbye to the Companions of the Hall, possible for good.

Warning: Do not read if you're a person who does not like "spoilers"

Everyone comes back for this one. All the Companions, Cadderly and his family, Jarlaxle and Athrogate, the only one missing is Artemis Entreri. They come together to face the danger of the Ghost King.

In the Cleric Quintet, Cadderly outsmarts and kills a red dragon, which leads Jarlaxle back to him in the Sellswo
Jul 13, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
I don't know what it is, but ever since "The Halfling's Gem," Salvatore has a hard time closing out a trilogy with a true sense of finality. It seems that, in this, he has become like his inspiration, J.R.R. Tolkien, who also had problems closing out LOTR (blasphemy, I know, but Tolkien's problem was a little different (view spoiler) ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Nov 20, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best Drizzt novel since The Dark Elf Trilogy came out. I tend to enjoy Mr Salvatore's non-Drizzt novels a little bit more, with Mortalis being my all time favorite, probably because he doesn't have to confine himself to the predefined D&D rules/world. As an author, I'm sure he revels in the creative aspects of his own world building. But this one is the final novel in the "Transitions" trilogy and he clearly has poured his heart and creative talents into it. I can't offe ...more
May 18, 2012 Kirk rated it it was amazing
This book, more than any other in the series, had a very unique ending. I was speechless. I finished it, maybe five minutes ago and cannot stop thinking about it. I both loved it and hated it. I have read a ton of books with sad endings, too numerous to count actually, but this book was different. How does one say goodbye to a character that you've rooted for, even connected with, for well over 16 books? And then you add two more main characters into the mix. Two more deaths. Oh my goodness. The ...more
Jay Glasgow
Sep 19, 2011 Jay Glasgow rated it it was amazing
This book took my soul, everything i love about Drizzt and his companions, everyone's hope and dreams, and ripped it to shreds, in a good way. This book was the darkest thing to happen to Drizzt since the Lone Drow, instead of his meaning of life and all preconceptions he had being taken away and seeing his only hope at elf-redemption dashed, instead he sees his happiness and hope, as well as his last vestiges of innocence, ripped away. It was dark, and started out with terrible premonitions to ...more
Josh Shearer
Feb 08, 2011 Josh Shearer rated it it was amazing
Without question this is the most emotionally stirring book I have ever read. It surrounds a band of characters about whom R.A. Salvatore has written numerous times, namely the Drow Elf Drizzt Do'Urden. This is also the first novel to reintroduce Cadderly Bonaduce as a primary character. Even if the reader is not already familiar with the Forgotten Realms, the characters, or the history, this novel tells a story that stands on its own. The action scenes as well as the slower narrative parts all ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books in the series to date. There was one point where I actually played for just a second with the idea of how I could best laminate the whole book, and instead decided not to shower, or even go to work. Joking aside I couldn't put it down, the action is gripping as always, and the threat of impending death looms over every shoulder, closer than ever. As such it is also one of the darkest books in the series and in the lives of the characters. After reading the pirate ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Salvatore begins this story with a prologue, one of which has never been read before. He explains how he must descend to a dark place to write this novel much like he did for another saga he wrote. This novel tells of the beginning threads of the Spellplague. The companions return to Cadderly and assist him in his struggles. Another tragic end haunts the end of this book leaving an empty feeling with the reader. This is such an emotional book for both the characters and the reader but it is with ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Melanie rated it did not like it
I made it halfway through this book and couldn't take anymore. I actually hated it! I was so thoroughly disgusted with it that I skimmed through the last half so I could find out what happened and put myself out of my misery - and I very rarely do that. I have to really hate the book not to completely read the whole thing word for word. That said, I was glad that I didn't waste anymore of my precious-little free time on this. I think I'm through with reading any new books in this series, which i ...more
Feb 08, 2016 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
2 stars.
"The Ghost King: Seminal Obeisance to Wizards of the Coast's D&D 4th Edition Marketing Extravaganza." It wouldn't be a catchy subtitle, I suppose.

The twentieth book (yes, 20th, not 19th) of R.A. Salvatore's rightly acclaimed series heralds more than the end of a "Transition." In fact, I wonder if Salvatore's joining of Hephaestus and Crenshinibon were not allegorical of the paradigm shift that now appears to be complete. Forgotten Realms is D&D. The D&D logo even replaced the
Adrian Juan
Jun 24, 2014 Adrian Juan rated it it was amazing
I hate this book.

I like this book.

I delayed reading this book dreading the event I know was coming.

I glance at this book as sits on my bookshelf every night. The white dragon on the cover catching my eye every time I sit at my computer table.

My heart races, cold sweat accumulating at my brow as an internal conflict brews within my stricken mind.

Do I read it?

Would I dare?

I knew it was going to happen... I just cant bear to think it.

Curiousity and longing won. I picked up the book and started re
Ben Marble
Oct 02, 2015 Ben Marble rated it liked it
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Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Jan 20, 2016 Juan Bárcenas Cuellar rated it it was amazing
La Plaga de Conjuros ha llegado a Faerun. El Tejido se está deshaciendo. La magia se ha descontrolado. En mitad de este cataclismo que sacude al mundo, Drizzt Do'Urden tendrá que replantearse todo aquello en lo que creía y, peor aún, tendrá que volver a librar batallas que ya creía ganadas. Cuando la Plaga de Conjuros se enfrenta a los restos de la Piedra de Cristal, surge un mal más antiguo, oscuro y amenazador. Drizzt necesitará toda la ayuda que pueda conseguir, como la de Cadderly y los clér ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Alicia rated it did not like it
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Transitions (3 books)
  • The Orc King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #17)
  • The Pirate King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #18)

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