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Streams of Silver (The Icewind Dale Trilogy #2)

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"Yer eyes'll shine when ye see the rivers runnin' silver in Mithril Hall!"

Bruenor the dwarf, Wulfgar teh barbarian, Regis the halfling, and Drizzt the dark elf fight monsters and magic on their way to Mithril Hall, centuries-old birthplace of Bruenor and his dwarven ancestors.

Faced with racism, Drizzt contemplates returning to the lightless underworld city and murderous li
Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by TSR Inc. (first published January 1st 1989)
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David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
The Streams of Silver are just one of many treasures to be found in this fantastic adventure!

For over a century, Bruenor Battlehammer has been haunted by his past. In his nightmares, he still feels the horrors from the day he and his dwarven clan were chased out of their home at Mithral Hall. But when he and his friends defeated the evil wizard Akar Kessell and saved the people of Icewind Dale, Bruenor realized he now has a fighting unit strong enough to help him reclaim his lost home. Joined by
Jan 20, 2012 Brad rated it did not like it
Shelves: most-hated, fantasy
Of the five Drizzt Do'Urden books I have read so far (I am taking them in order of timeline) Streams of Silver: The Legend of Drizzt Book V is by far the worst. Granted, none of them have been any better than questionable brain candy, but Streams of Silver goes beyond them all for sheer crapness.

It's not at all difficult to pinpoint Salvatore's biggest problem: his elementary views of good and evil. I have pointed out in previous reviews of his work that the way he structures good and evil is i
Nov 08, 2010 Dani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Feb 10, 2013 Rachael rated it really liked it
See my review for The Crystal Shard, as I have about the exact same things to say here:

A few differences--

-Monsters are more detailed this time. I could tell the difference between different types of bad guys. Not the case in The Crystal Shard.

-To my point made in my review of The Crystal Shard about women playing a crappy role. Here we see Cat develop some as a character. She gets involved in the adventure as more than just a love interest (although she
Jul 27, 2011 Cal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Blatant rip-off of Moria down to a character falling down a crevice to his "death" on the back of a gigantic burning beast. Extremely lame and unoriginal plotline.
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
R. A. Salvatore. Huge name in the fantasy business of writing, and I think I know why.

This book, his second in the Icewind Dale Trilogy, features Drizzt (his most popular character creation I believe), a drow elf. These books are set in the popular "Forgotten Realms" fantasy world.

If you are into, or have ever played, Dungeons and Dragons, the backdrop of this novel will be as familiar to you as your own campaign. And even if you make the sign of the devil at anything related to D & D, you c
Sep 29, 2014 A B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read, but not quite as good as the previous volume. While I enjoyed following the four friends' journey into other areas of the Forgotten Realms, I did miss the Icewind Dale setting. The first book of this trilogy was sort of an ensemble tale. This one is definitely Bruenor's tale which, for the most part, is quite interesting. I like the twist that dwarves live for so long that they often need to resort to magic to help refresh long ago memories and with a character as loveable as Bruenor, ...more
Feb 17, 2010 Claire rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
I tried. I really did. I read the first book in this series, The Crystal Shard, and my husband promised me that as the series progressed the author's writing got less and less clunky. Well, my husband is a liar. Every single page was full of incredibly annoying cliches from beginning writer's classes. It was awful.
Sep 27, 2007 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only on book two, and already things start getting ridiculous. Artemis Entreri is a cool villain, but Drizzt and companions are just too dang tough in this one. Seriously. They slice their way through hordes of everything and take no injury. The black dragon at the end was pretty cool, though.

Decent for mind candy.
Mar 18, 2014 James rated it liked it
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Feb 10, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
In Streams of Silver Drizzt, Wulfgar, Bruenor and Regis head off in search of Bruenor's homeland, Mithril Hall, all the while being chased by a wizard hunting Drizzt who teams up with an assassin hunting Regis. This chase aside, their journey to the Halls themselves are filled with perils and trials that test their strength and endurance.

I enjoyed this book despite its shortcomings. There is plenty of action, even if you have to greatly suspend your disbelief--these characters are superheroes
This was a real page turner following Bruenor Battlehammer's quest to seek his ancestral home of Mithral Hall. A creepy, skilled assassin breaks into the story and becomes a menacing character with blade skills that rival those of Drizzt. It's definately a "bridge" novel between books 4 and 6 as the story has only a minor conclusion with much to be resolved. The characters are terrific and the adventures are engaging. The fight through the Trolls as described in the book would make some great ci ...more
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Jan 19, 2016 Juan Bárcenas Cuellar rated it it was amazing
"La gélida brisa que daba nombre al valle del Viento Helado silbaba en sus oídos y su incesante gemido sofocaba la charla despreocupada que solían entablar los cuatro amigos". Bruenor, el enano, Wulfgar, el bárbaro, Regis, el hafling, y Drizzt, el elfo oscuro, se dirigían hacia Mithril Hall, la antigua tierra natal de Bruenor y de sus antepasados, donde esperaban quedar deslumbrados al contemplar los ríos de plata que fluían en aquel lugar. Cuando consiguieron penetrar en la gran ciudad subterrá ...more
Adam Wik
Jul 25, 2015 Adam Wik rated it liked it
The second book in the Icewind Dale trilogy is a pretty straightforward fantasy adventure book. It reads a lot like a transcribed D&D game - you've got your gruff dwarf warrior, the proud human barbarian northman, the agile dark elf ranger, and the mischievous halfling thief.

The story centers around Thorin's Bruenor's quest to retake his ancestral homeland Lonely Mountain Mithril Hall from the dragon Smaug Shimmergloom and the goblins duergar that have occupied it since his people were drive
Jun 21, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
3.5, The Companions start their journey in search of the legendary Mithral Hall, meanwhile being pursued by Artemis Entreri, Drizzt's ultimate nemesis!

There were some things I loved about this book, yet parts of it I could have lived without. In a world where dwarves and elves live centuries, why is it so hard to find a place (Mithral Hall) that is only 200 years old? Are there so very few left that have recollection of this place? The adventurous search for the Hall becomes kind of tedious aft
Nov 30, 2014 Sean rated it did not like it
Icewind Dale #2 isn't any better than Icewind Dale #1. If you've already read an earlier book that includes the main character of the Drow Elf Drizzt, you might pick up the story here just to see what happens next. But as a standalone work of fantasy fiction, "Streams of Silver" doesn't have much to offer beyond some fairly self-conscious and stilted writing. Highly derivative of so much other fantasy fiction out there, steer clear if you're looking for something original.
Jun 08, 2012 Minna rated it liked it
I started this series with The Dark Elf Trilogy, which was pretty good, but this book proved to be a difficult read for me. I found it slow moving and frequently uninteresting. I really enjoy the characters, but I really feel like the story just plodded along. Things picked up for an adventurous ending, which has me almost excited about reading the last book in this trilogy. I hope that it is more in line with the kind of adventure I found in the first series I read.
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
In this insatllment of the Icewind Dale trilogy; Drizzt, Bruenor, Wulfgar, and Regis make an epic journey to the Bruenor's homeland, Mithril Hall.

This was another great story in this series, and I keep finding myself drawn into the action and the characters lives as the story progressed forward. I love quest stories, and this one is no exception: roads fraught with danger, the comraderie between companians, life on the open road-what's not to love?
Ian Brunner
Aug 19, 2015 Ian Brunner rated it liked it
Once again I'm left wishing I could rate with half stars on Goodreads. I'm left with mixed feelings after finishing Streams of Silver. Although this book is much better than The Crystal Shard, it feels like a bit of a ripoff of The Mines Of Moria in Tolkien's, Middle Earth. A dwarven king, Bruneor Battlehamemer driven from his ancestral home, Mithral Hall, fulfilling his vow to return later with his closest companions; Drizzt Do'Urden, Wulfgar the Barbarian, and Regis the Halfling. Only to find ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Szymon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed time spent with Drizzt, Bruenor, Wulfgar and the rest of companions during this reading, the story was very interesting (chasing Mithril Hall), Artemis Entreri is a great bad-ass character (I hope to find out more about him in the next book), but there were a few (several?) shortcuts in the story, that make it untruly (if fantasy can be truly somehow :)), e.g. won battles they had to lost, but somehow they get out with no scar; some decisions made by characters were incomprehens ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
First off, I have to say that the name of the main tribe of Barbarians in this book (Sky ponies) made me laugh more that I should have. The villian in this book, Artemis Entreri, is simply diabolical. He is extremely interesting in a deadly serpent kind of way, where you want of observe without getting within it's strike radius. I've also started to get a feel for who Cattie-Brie is in this book. In the previous books, she is just a name and a vague shape, but in this book, she becomes more. I h ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the Icewind Dale Trilogy (and book #5 in the overall Legend of Drizzt). All the main characters are back and on a quest for Bruenor's homeland, Mithril Hall. But they are pursued on multiple fronts by a wizard longing for the Crystal Shard (from Book #4), and a deadly Assassin seeking Regis' gem...and his life. The group get into many scrapes in their journey for Bruenor's home, and Drizzt learns more of what it means to be a Drow. And Hurrah! Catti-Brie is back as well, ...more
Xoxe Garcia
Apr 07, 2014 Xoxe Garcia rated it it was amazing
El quinto libro de Salvatore relacionado con los Reinos Olvidados que continúa con la Saga del Elfo Oscuro. Aunque quizá en menor medida, continúa a la altura de las obras maestras anteriores de Drizzt aumentando la tensión aún si cabe aunque con detalles que recuerdan y mucho al Moria de Tolkien en El Señor de los Anillos así como otros aspectos de la obra de Salvatore donde podremos encontrar ciertas similitudes con la obra Tolkiniana.

En general sigue siendo tan fantástico como el resto de obr
Aug 16, 2016 palu added it
I suppose complaining about racism and sexism in an older fantasy novel is like complaining about sitting next to rednecks at a monster truck rally. That said, you'd think a series based around a drow, the most evil of evil races, rejecting his upbringing to lead a life based on deeply held principles could manage to do better than repeatedly fall back on the idea that some races just deserve to get killed and that anything that happens to them is okay, because they're a particular race. Having ...more
Segunda entrega de la trilogía del Valle del Viento Helado que, a diferencia de la primera, no necesita introducir personajes y descripciones de lugares, por lo que la acción y las aventuras no se hacen esperar y ya en el primer capítulo encontramos uno de los enfrentamientos de primer nivel de la novela.

Sin embargo, a medida que avanza el relato y a pesar de las excelentes descripciones, por momentos algunas partes se hacen bastante lentas y el interés decae un poco. Creo que influye el hilo co
Aug 20, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it
In the 80s, there were 3 kinds of mass market fantasy:
1) Tolkien clones
2) Conan clones
3) Fleshed-out D&D campaigns

Naturally, this book falls most squarely into #3, given its origins as a D&D setting. There are characterizations, though, that move it beyond the confines of book 1 in the series. There's an attempt to discuss race, though the depictions of typical gender roles wouldn't fly to today's YA audience. The writing is a bit better than Crystal Shard, and the plot is tighter and mo
Dec 27, 2015 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, fantasy
I have read this book several times since I first bought it in high school. While it reads like a fun d&d adventure with your friends, it has a certain something else that makes it truly enjoyable.
This is a book of maturing, of adventure, of trials & tribulations, of right vs. wrong, but mostly of friendship. When Bruenor Battlehammer sets out to find the lost home of his clan, his friends join him. They know not where the road will take them or what they will face... but, they will be
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
This book contains fewer moralizing speeches than I was expecting, which is good. ("The Crystal Shard" was a disappointment in that regard)

"Streams of Silver" is basically a large scoop of cheesy action, with some generic and very convenient helpers on the side. It also describes some dwarven mines which remind me more of Moria than... well... the description of the mines of Moria in several Lord of the Rings fanfics. The mine-y resemblance is quite uncanny, down to great dwarven tragedies, secr
Hannah Zylstra
"We make the dragons as we make the gods, because we need then, because, somewhere deep in our hearts, we recognize that a world without then is not a world worth living in.

What is it within us, then, that so desperately wants to deny magic and unravel mystery? Fear, I presume.
Put those fears aside, I say, and live free of them, for if we just step back and watch the truth of the world, we will find there is indeed magic all about us.
What is the passion evoked by the stirring speech of the comm
J 5jarvis
Nov 23, 2015 J 5jarvis rated it it was amazing
Bruenor is admirable because, despite his stubbornness and pride, he is caring. Bruenor cares for those around him, including a former enemy he had forced into servitude in exchange for life. Bruenor "had taught him [Wulfgar] to work the forge" (Salvatore 93), and in doing so, changed Wulfgar from an enemy into nearly a son. Bruenor is too proud to admit that he "harbored strong feelings for the young barbarian" (Salvatore 117). Bruenor's lack of outward emotion makes him difficult to understand ...more
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The Icewind Dale Trilogy (3 books)
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