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The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore
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May 20, 2011

really liked it
Read from June 08 to 10, 2011

It took me at least 100 pages to feel fully engaged with the story but the lengthy intro was truly necessary character and story development. Even with his brief introduction of Drizzt, Bruenor and Regis, Salvatore created tangible characters that colored the war tactics, battles, and subsequent survival (since "victory" is only in the eye of the beholder) with clear depth and breadth. He was true to their character throughout the entire story and it allowed for the events that took place to be highly likely and credible in both a fantasy and/or reality of war and survival. I particularly liked how each part contained a forward of Drizzt's thoughts. He's clearly a very keen strategist and I enjoyed hearing his train of thought at he pondered current events.

With the interplay of these three characters, my favorite introduction was Wulfgar. When they first introduced him as an intelligent and clearly unique barbarian, I secretly hoped that he wouldn't be slain but instead would become an integral part of the story. I was definitely rewarded! Wulfgar's "education" in patience, hard work, and loyalty under the initial tutelege of Bruenor and finally in combat, cognizance, and tactical leadership under Drizzt were all it took for me to trust and invest in his character. I definitely rooted for him as he set out on his journey to the dragon's lair and then to his former King. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more tales of his adventures.
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Kevin Xu I could not agree with more.

David Sarkies They ended up creating a much deeper background for Drizzt in the prequels, but you are right, Drizzt is really only a side character in this book. Wulfgar and Bruenor are the main ones.

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