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

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  27,298 Ratings  ·  265 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 Gleeman in 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 Icewi
Jun 13, 2016 Beatriz rated it liked it
Debo reconocer que no abordé la lectura con muchas expectativas; si bien la primera entrega de la trilogía me gustó mucho, la segunda flaqueó bastante. Pero en estos libros descubrí al que se convertiría en uno de mis personajes favoritos, Drizzt Do’Urden, por lo que quiero comenzar la trilogía de El Elfo Oscuro, pero no sin terminar la del Valle del Viento Helado (si, si, soy un poco estructurada para estas cosas).

La Gema del Halfling es una novela muy entretenida, con mucha acción, buenos pers
Nov 12, 2010 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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 did not like it  ·  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
Oh boy, oh boy, was this a read.
This book tells the tale of the companions running to the ends of the realm, trying to rescue Regis and Guenhwyvar from the assassin Artemis Entreri. The plot, as is sounds, is pretty straight forward but it still didn't disappoint at all.

It was so full of suspense that you just can't put the book down. And the action! I thought this was so action packed, it would fill three other books with enough. Most of all though, it was just so exciting and fun.

And the ch
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.
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
Note: once you get bitten by a wererat, you are no longer human (precisely), nor a person, and thus can be shot down without remorse. At least, that's what I gathered when I read about Catti-Brie shooting down a human and feeling horribly sorry, but saw her killing wererats left and right without batting an eyelash.

Oh, well. Note to self: never get bitten by a wererat, and never become a gray dwarf.

Drizzt's monologues at the beginning of each part of the book are so out of character and naive t
Sep 05, 2011 Shan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 04, 2013 Nicolas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2015 Arlomisty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have to say... this is the sixth Legend of Drizzt book I've read and I couldn't put it down! It was a really good action packed adventure story... I loved it! It totally reads like watching a movie... I almost imagined it in movie form as I was reading... looking forward to reading more Drizzt books!
Feb 23, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall Rating:4/5

I enjoyed this book quite a lot! The things that had annoyed me about The Crystal Shard and Streams of Silver were not nearly as apparent in this book, which made it far more enjoyable. Salvatore definitely shows a lot of improvement in his writing.

A fast pace and numerous fight scenes made this a quick read. There isn't much character depth, and some of the characters are easily swayed by flimsy arguments, but what else do you expect from one of these books?

I would've given th
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
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
Lasha Shubladze
Feb 17, 2016 Lasha Shubladze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Timothy Boyd
Feb 09, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome trilogy. I discovered the writer with this, his first set of books, and have loved everything he has done since. A great storyline, captivating characters and a good fantasy world make this a must read for fantasy fans. My highest recommendation.
Kerian Halcyon
Feb 16, 2016 Kerian Halcyon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D&D fans, readers of heroic fantasy
Much, much better than its predecessor. The Halfling's Gem is itself a decent gem in the series so far. Unlike the first two books in this first trilogy, it doesn't take place predominantly in the Frozen North; instead it goes up and down the Sword Coast and even gives you a taste of the Forgotten Realms' equivalent of Arabian myth and legend. I was on the edge of my seat towards the end of the book, and had spent several hours at night I should have been spending in bed asleep reading through t ...more
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
El asesino Artemis Entreti conduce a la víctima de su secuestro, Regis, el hafling, 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 en persecución del asesino para liberar a su amigo. Un aliado inesperado hace acto de presencia en el preciso instante en que ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Paulius rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Prastai, nors progresas jaučiamas. Daugiau nei 2/5 - nei pro kur.
Knyga skirta Drizzt’o ir žudiko Artemis Entreri lenktynėms. Nęsamonių mažiau, tačiau vis tiek bado akis: nykštukų karalius meta viso gyvenimo svajonę dėl elfo (ech tie vyrai), paviršiaus elfų pagalba juodukui (nepaaiškinama kodėl), skraidymai Perkūno vežimu, Mitrilo salės atsikovojimas (trunka tris pastraipas),hobito brangakmenis (brangakmeniui skirta knyga, bet apie jį sužinome lygiai nieko), na, ir galiausiai, patys superherojai.
Jun 22, 2014 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kyle Leeper
Feb 08, 2016 Kyle Leeper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sixth book following Drizzt's adventures and I was not disappointed even a little. This particular book drew me in with the deepening rivalry and parallels of Artemis Entreri and Drizzt. I'm excited to see what other developments this rivalry will bring about in the future books. There are SO many more Drizzt books to read!! I don't know how I'm going to get through it all but after this book I have renewed determination to read them all. Until next time Drizzt
Nov 06, 2014 A B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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!
Jul 09, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 10, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2014 Amberly Reilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ian Brunner
As I've progressed through The Legend of Drizzt, Salvatore has steadily improved as a writer. Although I still fail to see why these are considered modern classics of fantasy. He has created a few interesting characters in Drizzt, Bruneor, Wulfgar, Regis and Catt-brie but fails in almost every way to give them any depth. He tries very hard to make the interpersonal relationships between these characters seem real, but is very heavy handed at it. Drizzt, who's character is very obviously the post ...more
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
Feb 24, 2014 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Madison Mega-Mara...: The Halfling's Gem 1 5 Mar 11, 2012 02:35PM  
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  • Condemnation (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #3)
  • Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms: Avatar #1)
  • Black Wizards (Forgotten Realms: The Moonshae Trilogy, #2)
  • Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad (Forgotten Realms: Avatar, #5)
  • Song Of The Saurials (Forgotten Realms: Finder's Stone, #3)
  • Prince of Lies (Forgotten Realms: Avatar, #4)
  • Insurrection (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #2)
  • Resurrection (Forgotten Realms:  War of the Spider Queen, #6)
  • Extinction (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #4)
  • Dissolution (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #1)
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 original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list ...more
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Other Books in the Series

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)

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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.” 85 likes
“He looked down at the mask hanging around his neck. So simple a lie, and he could walk freely throughout the world.
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