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Sea of Swords by R.A. Salvatore
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Oct 12, 2010

it was ok
Read in October, 2010

The plot is well thought out and the author seems to know where he is headed right from the start, it was realistic (to fantasy standards) and very detailed. Unfortunately,I could predict what was going to happen for the duration of the book in the first fifty pages, this of course, makes even a fast paced book seam to plod along. The main character Drizzt Do-Urden is very unique and well-rounded, his back story is well thought out which allows him to grow and change in a believable fashion. The group of friends that Drizzt chooses to associate himself with is a very stereotypical fantasy group, which is a bit disappointing because of how great of a character Drizzt is. By far my favorite books were Homeland, Exile and Sojourn in which Drizzt is a "lone wolf" so to speak. In a nut shell, the theme was about how friends are important and they can help you through bad times and make the good times all the more enjoyable. Although this is an important message; in my opinion, it is one that is used all too often in fantasy novels, in this book in particular it is over worked and in the end it is ineffective and unmemorable. R.A. Salvator does get a bit bogged down in descriptive detail from time to time, but he is clear and he always paints a picture in your mind. With the books i have read so far, he has a complex writing style that always includes a plot, sub-plot,and then on top of it all the characters have their own story happening.
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message 1: by Dru (new) - rated it 2 stars

Dru I agree 100% that the best books about Drizzt were those set in his early life in the Underdark. Those were, for me, the only 3 that had any relation to a typical D&D game (upon which these books are built). The rest have been long winded human drama stories. Almost NO monsters nor dungeon crawls for the last 6 books. Blech.

Oh, and how is it that they can survive so long without a cleric?

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