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The Thousand Orcs (Hunter's Blades #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,779 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews

When a blood-thirsty banc of orcs led by an as-yet-unseen enemy, comes rampaging out of the Spine of the World, it lays waste to everything in its path. Dark elf ranger Drizzt Do’Urden and his most trusted friends find themselves in the path of destruction. As blades slash and feet trample, even th
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2002)
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Greg Strandberg
The Thousand Orcs is the start of a great trilogy. For this trilogy you really get the whole spectrum – intro and slow rise, building and tension, and then the roller coaster of seeing it all come together.

That’s what you get with the three books. This first book starts out slow. I feel that there’s too much in the way of politics, and a lot of this backstory with Ellifain, the slain…you know what from the previous books.

I could have done without the Wulfgar/Delly love angle, and some of the int
Mar 24, 2008 Grim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is horrible. I've followed Salvatore since the late 80's, when I was in middle school, and I have come to the conclusion that while his reader's have grown, his writing has not. Realizing this back like in '02/03, I purposefully ignored him until now. I figured I could read the last 7(Hunter's Blade, Sellswords, and Orc King) in a month or two, so I decided to get back on that wagon.
This book in particular was just a complete ripoff of the Two Towers(not the book, the Movie. Ugh). From
Michael Cairns
I was really torn over whether to give this a three or a four star rating.
Good points:
The action scenes were fun, there was a nice spread of characters and the ending was satisfying, up to a point.
Not so good points:
I think my main complaint was that I didn't feel invested in the characters by the time I reached the end. I grew up reading the Icewind Dale trilogy and know the people. Perhaps had I read it again before I began this it would have helped. I did enjoy the development of the charac
Brandon Enyeart
You and your dear companions are besieged by enemies on all sides with no hope of escape. Will any help come? Will you be saved from death? That is what Drizzt Do'urden and his companions face in The Thousand Orcs, by R.A. Salvatore. This book is another entry that continues on the epic Fantasy realm Salvatore has created. In the book, Drizzt, along with his companions who are Cattie-Brie, Wulfgar, Regis, and Bruenor, return to Mithral Hall to crown Bruenor king as a result of his predecessor dy ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
One dark elf. Two enchanted blades. One unknown enemy. And a horde of invaders.

"I am not afraid to die because I know that I am part of a something, a concept, a belief, that is bigger than all that is me, body and soul."

R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt series is a staple of the fantasy genre. You almost can't talk about fantasy books and not relate back to Drizzt somehow. It is a fantastic series, and this one is one of the best books in it thus far.

As usual, the character development is full of depth
It was a really good book. It was fun, light, enjoyable, and moral (in a sense). It was so much better than what Salvatore has been producing. It was back to the old days of the Companions of the Hall. It does seem a little bit like Salvatore is trying to redo what worked for him before. The group heads out from Icewind Dale to help Bruenor claim the crown of Mithril Hall, AND there’s going to be a grand adventure of trying to find an ancient Dwarven stronghold. I don’t care though, if it means ...more
Nick Mariner
Aug 17, 2011 Nick Mariner rated it did not like it
I had never read any of Salvatore's work before this, so perhaps my view is skewed. But I found this to be a spectacularly unsophisticated fantasy novel. Drizzt is an interesting character and there is much that could be done with his background. I'm not entirely sure what the connection is between novels centered around him and the Dungeons and Dragons game. I know this book was published by Wizards of the Coast, which created the game also. So maybe it was just used to sell more copies of the ...more
2.5 stars. Pretty much Tolkien's "The Two Towers" retold with Salvatore's characters. It was just way, way too similar. Actually, exactly the same plot. Kind of disappointing after "Sea of Swords" which I enjoyed immensely.

My favorite parts? Every scene involving Regis, he has become my favorite character of the whole series - Drizzt, the main hero, is just way too frickin' whiny. And then Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder for comic relief.

What I disliked most? Drizzt and Catti-brie. The whole "wil
Aug 11, 2012 Zayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a fun, action-packed fantasy story
I love this book. It was my first Drizzt book and after reading all the others, it's still my favorite. I could barely put it down even at the beginning when I was confused at what was going on. It has such an interesting mix of so many different kinds of characters that it would be enjoyable for all.
Salvatore does such a great job describing the action scenes, especially the swordfighting. It's more than just "slahs right. slash left, stab." He also does a great job of giving the reader a break
Jan 24, 2016 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very political but never boring!
Jul 22, 2014 Aric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book had some annoying foreshadowing in what I believe was an attempt to add suspense to the otherwise standard hack and slash Drizzt adventure. The reason why the foreshadowing added nothing to the plot for me is that Salvatore has shown a reluctance to kill his heros and have them actually stay dead-- except for Chewbacca in Vector Prime (still crying over that). So when RA foreshadows an a sad moment for Drizzt coming up in the book, not only does the reader not buy into it, but the read ...more
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
by S. A. Salvatore, published in 2002.

Drizzt, Cattie-brie, Wulfgar, Bruenor and Regis are embarking on yet another huge adventure. This time though Bruenor the dwarf is none to pleased about it as it looks certain that he must be the next king of Mithral Hall, a position he does not want.

By now these characters must be very familiar to avid Salvatore readers. For myself, well, I skipped all the books in between after “The Halfling’s Gem” and started up again right here with “The Thousand Orcs.”

Mar 06, 2012 Eddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Thousand Orcs by R.A. Salvatore is a fast paced story from the Hunters Blades Trilogy. From the minute you pick up this book you can not stop turning the pages because of the fast pace and exciting characters. If you are a fan of the other books by this author that share the character Drizzit this is a must read. Also if you have never heard of R.A. Salvatore and are just interested in a good book this would be a catching and easy read for those who love stuff like dark elves and fantasy and ...more
Jennifer Kibble
Mar 18, 2016 Jennifer Kibble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thousand Orcs is apart of The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy, which in itself is part of a long line of book by R. A. Salvatore.

Here is a Drizzt and company book that I enjoyed. Filled with action from almost the get-go. The past few books that I have read from Salvatore didn’t highlight Drizzt’s adventures and I found myself a little bored with them.

Thousand Orcs is setting up for a grander battle down the line and I am excited to read what happens next.

However, still not a fan of Pikel and Ivan.
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
¡Invasión! Los orcos entran a sangre y fuego en la Columna del Mundo, y amenazan con exterminar a los millares de humanos y enanos que se encuentran en su camino.
La Columna del Mundo cuenta con numerosos defensores, entre los que destacan el elfo oscuro Drizzt Do'Urden y sus valerosos compañeros. Pero cuando se ven separados por los enemigos, el tiempo y la muerte, incluso un guerrero tan poderoso y hábil como Drizzt puede verse en apuros al enfrentarse prácticamente solo a todo un ejército.

Krystal Hickam
Sep 08, 2014 Krystal Hickam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy his writing, it has depth that very few authors can keep up with. He writes compelling characters and really fleshes out the world they live in. The tension builds at a great pace and he is one of the best at giving very detailed action sequences. It is almost like you are there in the midst of all the fighting each time someone draws their blades. As a beginning to a new series it has potential to become another of his great series. The only reason it didnt get five stars was tha ...more
Eirian Houpe
Jan 15, 2016 Eirian Houpe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traveling back to the North of Faerun after many years of absence felt rather like walking back into an old family home, breathing in the scents, long remembered, and running fingers over old familiar items, kindling fond memories.

It's been at least 5 years since I last read anything of Drizzt Do'Urden and his companions, though I've been itching to. The Thousand Orcs did not disappoint, but at first I did wonder if it were going to... after what felt like a rather slow beginning (unusual for Sa
Sep 15, 2010 Darth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forgotten-realms
Really liked this one - lots of hack and slash and moving characters around - LOVED that IVAN & Pickel Bouldershoulder made their reapperance - those guys crack me up.

Best of all, NO DROW "Intrigues"
All that jazz gets old fast...

I listened to this rather than reading it, and I got SICK of the moron who read it promouncing Cattie Brie as KAT EYE BRI EH....
Figure it out dude...
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R.A. Salvatore writing flows like the waters of a raging river. Salvatore is excellent and both character and plot development, but his forte is in writing the action scenes which are well-described and non-stop. He continues this style of writing in the first book of the Hunter's Trilogy, The Thousand Orcs.

I was happy that the book didn't take place in Menzoberranzan, but in the world above. The members of Drizzt's party are highly interesting, especially Bruener and Wulfgar. As for Drizzt, he
Jun 06, 2012 Angelof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in a store that sells cheap books. It's my first time reading a Salvatore book and I really enjoyed it.

It's short, light and funny but also full of action. It was a great way to be introduced to the world of Drizzt and his friends, even if it did make reference to past events.
Feb 28, 2016 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finally!!! The heros are reunited and on to their next adventure as a whole.
A small group of drow elves living above ground are uniting the orcs, golblins and frost giants against the dwarves and surrounding small towns.
Bruenor makes a visit to the rival and competing dwarf town of Mirabar, which causes a civil war with the dwarves living there. On their way home to Mithral Hall for the coronation of King Bruenor Battlehammer, the heros decide on one last adventure, and are off to protect the
Julien V
3 stars for the nostalgia alone. Zero stars for the rest. Sometimes I still feel like a dumb teenager, but books like these make me realize I've grown up, at least a little bit. I'll finish the 3 book series but don't try this at home unless you're 13 yo or so.
Ian Fay
Jan 03, 2014 Ian Fay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently I had just read The Thousand Orcs by R.A. Salvatore. It is the first book of The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy out the many other trilogies that The Forgotten Realms has published. Before I go any further with this review I just want to say a few things. First of all, I want you to understand the perspective I have. I have never read any book published by the Forgotten Realms before. Secondly, there may be some spoilers as I talk about this book so be careful when reading. That being said, L ...more
Joseph Sylvester
It was an okay story but suffered two major flaws: first was the story of the dwarf druid that came out of nowhere and didn't tie in until the very end. Seemed like a plot crutch that wasn't needed. Second was that the story HAD NO ENDING! The story just...stopped. I'm sorry but that is terrible story telling. Even if a story is to be a trilogy, have a freaking ENDING. Would have been 4 stars were it not for the terrible lack-of ending. I have no interest in continuing the series. It's too bad b ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having just concluded the Sellsword trilogy, I had a hard time getting back into the adventures of Drizzt and his friends. The beginning of the story threw in a large number of new characters and it was a little disorienting trying to follow who was who. As the story progressed and you rejoined Drizzt and co., the story immediately caught my interest.

My only complaint, really, was there were two points in which Salvatore stated something dire, devistating and sad would occur, and I failed
Jan 02, 2015 Ugur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thousand Orcs 2002 yılında R.A. Salvatore tarafından yazılmış Forgotten Realms dünyasında geçen bir fantastik kurgu kitabıdır.

Kitabın serilerdeki yeri; Path of Darkness serisinden sonra gelen Hunter’s Blades serisinin birinci kitabı ve büyük The Legend of Drizzt (Drizzt Efsanesi) serisinin ise 14. kitabıdır.

Öncelikle Drizzt serisinin neredeyse tüm kapakları çok güzeldir ancak Hunter’s Blades serisinin kapaklarını daha çok beğendim. Drizzt’in savaşçı karakterini tekrar gördüğümüz bir seri ola
William Edwardson
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Ammon Hunt
Jan 13, 2011 Ammon Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was good. But it had some boring parts. Let me tell you the good parts first. The author of this book, R.A. Salvator, did a great job of describing the action parts of this book. This is not like most of the other books I have read when they just describe the action in just one sentence. It explains the scenes in two or three sentence.
Another thing I like about this book is that hte main character is strong. His name is Drizzt. He is not like those characters in the movies that
Mar 06, 2011 ReD rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was younger, I had dug out 'The Legend of Drizzt' from a box of books in my basement, and I fell in love with the story and the character. I had liked the characters and the journey, and eagerly devoured the next series. When I saw 'The Hunter's Blades' trilogy, I picked it up, expecting to find a group of changed heros and a new and exciting conflict.

While I enjoyed the story, I was disappointed.

- Easy to follow story.
- Ability to pick it up without knowing anything about the charac
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