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La gema del halfling (The Icewind Dale Trilogy #3)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  22,411 ratings  ·  211 reviews
El asesino Artemis Entreti conduce a la víctima de su secuestro, Regis, el halfling, hacia Calimport para entregarlo al vengativo bajá Pook. Si éste consigue controlar a la pantera mágica, Guenhwyvar, Regis morirá en un auténtico juego de gatos y ratones. Utilizando una máscara encantada, el elfo oscuro Drizzt Do`Urden oculta su raza, y, junto con Wulfgar, el bárbaro, sale ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 1992 by Timun Mas (first published January 1990)
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David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
I'll write a full review when I have the time, but for now, here's...


- Salvatore once again proves that he's one of the best at describing action sequences
- Lightning quick pace and non-stop action ensures Salvatore has many opportunities to prove the above claim
- While Drizzt may be the star of the show, Bruenor, Wulfgar, Regis, and especially Cattie-Brie are all given their moments to shine
- Features more originality than the previous books of The Icewin
Probably the worst one in the series so far. I actually didn't enjoy this one in the least.

Here's what this book reminded me of: I work a job where I scan a document into the computer as a picture then convert that picture into text using a "smart read" program. This program often messes up: interchanging I's, 1's and l's. It also mistakes O's and 0's and changes other things like t's to i's and ect. It even goes so far as to turn D's into I) or d's into cl. My job is to read through and correct
Mar 17, 2010 Brad rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fantasy
For the first time in six books, I can see why people like R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf series. I still don't like them myself, but The Halfling's Gem isn't completely without merit.

I see that the series' greatest appeal must come from the obligatory and breathless battle sequences -- and those can be kind of entertaining.

The Halfling's Gem contains the best of the series so far (taken in chronological order). From Rogues Circle to the Sewers of Calimport to Tarterus to victory, Salvatore rolls an
This, the third in the Icewind Dale trilogy, is better than the previous two entries, mostly for the change in scenery. Characters, major and minor, are still characterized with a heavy handedness to be found in bad fanfic, characters act outside their "good alignments," and this book manages to bring a little racial fun into play with the profoundly idiotic character Salib whatever his name is. Also, I am sick of the way Bruenor talks! I had to reread sentences a few times to figure out what th ...more
Greg of A2
This was the conclusion of the Icewind Dale trilogy and it was a real questing book. Lots of intermediary quests to reach the ultimate quest - saving Regis. The one part of this that I found confusing was the sort of quick conclusion of taking back Bruenor's ancestral home. This final battle was put into an epilogue. There was more story here that I wish were played out but I guess there was a limit by either the publisher or the author on how much tale to tell. All in all, a very fine trilogy.
This third installment was even better than the last one, but still not amazing. I think I finally figured out the elements that drive me insane and prevent me from truly enjoying the story:

- The metaphors need to die in the fire of thousand angry suns. I kept reading about lavender lights, round orbs and glimmering reflections and I wanted to shoot myself. I understand it's the traditional high-fantasy style of writing but I guess I've been spoiled to enjoy such things.

- The characters are very
I loved this book. It was an easy read and a great story that really got your mind engaged in the scenes Salvatore weaved. Picking up right where the last left off it throws you right in to Drizzt's chase of the assassin who has kidnapped his friend, Regis the halfling. The search will take Drizzt to a home of wizards, to a city in the south of wererats and assassins and thieves, and eventually, his search will even lead him into the realm of Hades. Meanwhile, something rises from the bottom of ...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
In this last installment of the Icewind Dale Trilogy, Drizzt and his friends race across the realm to try and recover their friend Regis from the clutches of the evil assasin, Artemis Enteri.

I didn't think it possible, but Salvatore is writing better and more detailed fight scenes with each new book in his Drizzt series! And truly, this is the strength of these stories; his descriptive and action packed fight scenes. And despite the fact that Catti-brie and Wulfgar are maried by the end of this
The adventure part is alright.
The author is a bit too guilty of deus-ex-magicka, to the extent that all overall tension is lost from the plot: the bad-guys reign at the start, the good-guys reign at the end. The tension is steadily maintained in a staccato manner, from chapter to chapter, building each crisis only to resolve it by pulling out some just-made-this-up trick out of the bag.

The author does try to cram waaay too much stuff into the final epilogue, though, especially considering how mu
4 unstoppable, invincible characters pursue an assassin over thousands of miles for their halfling thief friend in this fantasy. Filled with tons of narrow escapes and convenient encounters.

The Companions of the Hall: Drizzt, the dark elf; Wulfgar, the Barbarian, Bruenor, the Dwarf; and Cattie-Brie, the human adopted daughter of Bruenor, aren't supposedly invincible, but upon reading the book it's quite apparent that they are. It's a fantasy book with superheroes and never fear for their deaths
Susie Toman
This book had the potential to be my favorite Drizzt book to date. I stayed up late into the night to finish the last 50 pages. In retrospect, I probably would have been happier if I just finished it this morning. The Halfling's Gem starts out strong with a search for the Entrari-Abducted-Regis. I love Entrari! Out of the six books I've read he is by far the most compelling character Salvatore has written up. He invokes that sense of danger that makes me so excited to see what happens next. He's ...more
E cosí finisco anche la seconda trilogia di Salvatore, quella di Icewind Dale (la prima era La Trilogia degli Elfi Scuri). La riuscita generale é inferiore a quella precedente ed é plausibile che sia dovuto ad una minore esperienza dell'autore (infatti la prima trilogia é un prequel e quindi scritta dopo la seconda per ordine temporale della storia). Ció non toglie che il prodotto finale (ed in particolare il presente tomo) é appesantito da vari (troppi) clichées del genere, unito ad un plot che ...more
This is just what I wanted in a lighthearted fantasy novel. A quest, a quartet of fine heroes/heroines, travel to strange and exciting new lands, and some surprisingly poignant thoughts (particularly between Drizzt and Catti-brie). I had a feeling Bruenor would be back, but wasn't sure how, and like how R.A. Salvatore brought him back. I usually gloss over fight scenes because blow-by-blow descriptions just don't tend to hit the mark and I find them boring. However, I will agree with other revie ...more
Greg Strandberg
Jun 13, 2014 Greg Strandberg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy trilogy lovers
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I first read this in the summer before 8th grade. I sat outside on my mom's chair in the shade under the trees and read almost all of it in one day. I finished off the rest of it the next day and got into a good habit of completing Salvatore books quickly.

This is one of my favorite fantasy series and I like to read it again every few years. Check it out!
Again, five stars as long as you overlook the obvious campiness of the whole genre... Tolkien it's not.

Yes. ridiculously awesome fun. Did I mention Wulfgar picks up a camel? and THROWS it at bad guys? Later he punches the same camel.

I'm having fun breezing through these books. fun summer reading.
Excellent, excellent, excellent! A great finale to the latest trilogy with Drizzt! Drizzt and Wulfgar are on the trail to save their friend Regis from suffering at the hands of the evil Artemis Entreri, Assassin...chasing throughout much of the realm ensues, by land and sea, and some new characters emerge, like Pasha Pook (Guildmaster), Rassitan (head WereRat) and his army of WereRats, LaValle (Wizard), and Captain Deudermont (whom I think may show up in future books?). Of course Catti-brie and ...more
Amberly Reilly
Once again, I enjoyed every bit of the author's ever
growing talent and his brilliant way of bringing Drizzt to life.
Although our favorite drow is no longer friendless, he
continues to search for place to call home. This latest
journey just might lead him there!

At last, Regis's troubled past has finally caught up to him.
What else can he do but run away, joining his four best
friends on an epic journey to rediscover Breunor's lost
ancestral home, Mithril Hall. Little do the loyal friends
know that a re
Chris Catania
Rereading the series, 20+ yrs since first time, still highly enjoyable but with enough flaws for me to dock it a point.
The characters get better and better, though this book isn't quite as good as the others story wise. Several spots had story leaps (magic or effect that isn't in line with the rest of the story\world, probably a better term for that but hell if i know it) to fix this or that plot\story flow flaw.
Ex The flaming chariot that takes Bruenor and Catt cross continent in 1 day, finds
I read all of these Drizzt books back to back to back etc, so they all seem to run together as one long story. Add to that fact that I read the "collector's edition" of these, so it was often three to four books shoved into one. It is all entertaining, and even though I usually wanted to read "just one more page", it was somewhat tedious and I more than 100 times wondered why this story was being stretched out as far as it was. I wish I had just read The Icewind Dale Trilogy and The Dark Elf Tri ...more
I greatly enjoyed this installment of the series, and found it to contain a great amount of humour amidst the adventure, and flooded me with a wide range of emotions - from sharing Bruenor's rage, to Drizzt's collected calm, to Catti-Brie's determination.

My only grudges were aspects of the plotline were incredibly predictable and some of the dialog left much to be desired. The ending was rather foreshadowed, but still fairly well done. While anticipated, I'm not entirely content with how it all
Terzo libro di Salvatore che conclude la trilogia di Icewind Dale, e di qualità piuttosto buona. La storia si conclude con l'inseguimento ad Entreri da parte di Drizzt ed Wulfgar, a cui poi si aggiungeranno Cattie-brie ed il redivivo Bruenor. Il romanzo scorre bene, come al solito i combattimenti sono molto divertenti e lo scontro tra Entreri e Drizzt è molto epico. Certo, l'happy ending era scontato, e l'ultima parte nelle residenze di Pascià Pook troppo caciarone e poco realistiche (la parte i ...more
Adrian Shuffler
Furcsa érzés volt újra a saját, kedvenc sorozatom darabját a kezembe venni. Rég várt pillanat volt, úgy gondoltam, hogy hamarabb sikerül majd, de így jött össze. Az előző könyvhöz (HG3:Mockingjay) képest sokkal jobban haladtam, élvezetesebb volt. Rengeteg régi emléket idézett fel bennem, s elgondolkodtam az előző részeken is, s a hozzájuk tartozó gondolatokon. Valahogy más volt ez a könyv. Teljesen elszoktam az egésztől, de sikerült újra visszaigazodnom, s mostantól nem is túlzottan szeretnék be ...more
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I was actually rooting for the friends to fail in this book. As I said in my review for Streams of Silver, I'm no fan of Regis. This was initially distressing for me, as I've loved every halfling I've ever met (being a ginormous fan of Tolkien's hobbits), and the fact that I didn't like a halfling was unknown territory for me.

But, Regis once again proves that he's trouble on hairy hobbit feet, even as the companions go rushing off to save him. He lied to them, he kept information from them, he p
David Sarkies
Hmm, the third and final book in the rather aptly misnamed Icewind Dale Trilogy, however I have noted that the series did have a name change and it is now known as the Legend of Drizzt series, though it is still considered to be a part of the original trilogy. In a way though the Legend of Drizzt series seems to be in a way like the Star Wars series. It starts off as a trilogy and then the write three prequels, which I believe they have also done with Lord of the Rings. I have read all of them, ...more
The Halfling's Gem is the final book in the “Icewind Dale” trilogy, which immediately picks up after the cliffhanger in the previous book. This tale completes the journey for Drizzt and his band of companions as they battle unbelievable odds, new magical creatures, and even pirates!

This is the sixth Drizzt book I’ve read in the “Forgotten Realms” series, and it seems like the author hit upon a predictable pattern. The story is still interesting to read to see how the group miracles themselves o
I spent much of my youthood with Drizzt Do'Urden and Forgotten Realms, playing Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. Forgotten Realms campaign setting was one of my sanctuaries, place of wonder and magic with familiar topographies and characters. There were other fantasy worlds out there (there still are), but these needed different type of person, one willing to learn about the new world over and over again. FR was generic as it always was, but that was precisely what made it so secure. Ages ...more
Ricky Ganci
I was ready to sit down at write this review after about 130 pages and give it a mediocre score. But after reading the remaining 190 pages in one sitting on a Saturday night, my prejudice could not be more wrong. It was a fantastic end to the trilogy, though I was confused as to why it was called the “Icewind Dale Trilogy” when only the first of the three book took place in Icewind Dale. It was a superb fantasy story, with plot directions at the end that I could not have predicted. Leaving the E ...more
Absolutely loved this book - the epic adventure didn't let up for a single minute and kept me engaged throughout the entire book. Salvatore is descriptive enough to give you a sense of the full picture but never inhibits your imagination from running wild.

The third installment in the Forgotten Realms series finds Drizzt and Wulfgar racing south to try and save Regis from Pasha Pook, the thieves guildmaster of Calimport and from the clutched of the purely evil Artemis Entreri. Having made many a
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As one of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s most recent original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best- ...more
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The Icewind Dale Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Crystal Shard (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #4)
  • Streams of Silver (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #5)
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) Streams of Silver (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #5)

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“Luck?" Drizzt replied. "Perhaps. But more often, I dare to say, luck is simply the advantage a true warrior gains in excuting the correct course of action.” 73 likes
“He looked down at the mask hanging around his neck. So simple a lie, and he could walk freely throughout the world.
But would he then be trapped within the web of his own deception? What freedom could he find in denying the truth about himself?”
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