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Το πετράδι του Χάλφλινγκ (The Icewind Dale Trilogy #3)

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Ο εκτελεστής Αρτέμιος Εντρεράι απάγει τον Ρέτζις και οδηγεί τον χάλφλινγκ στην Κάλιμπορτ, κατευθείαν μέσα στα εκδικητικά χέρια του Πουκ Πασά. Εν τω μεταξύ ο Πουκ προσπαθεί απεγνωσμένα να πάρει υπό τον έλεγχό του την Γκουένγουιβαρ, το μαγικό πάνθηρα - και αν τελικά τα καταφέρει, ο Ρέτζις θα χάσει τη ζωή του σε ένα πραγματικό παιχνίδι ανάμεσα στη
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Paperback, 394 pages
Published 2002 by Anubis (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...

DAVE'S FINAL JUDGMENT -

THE DEFENSE
- 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
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Dani
Oct 20, 2009 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
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Beatriz
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
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Brad
Nov 01, 2008 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
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Ralph Pulner
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great adventure. A great balance of humor and action. I think this is the best of the trilogy.

-There is a shift, tonally, in RA Salvatore's writing style that I really enjoyed. Better sentence structure, more enhanced and descriptive battle scenes, but not hard to follow.

-Getting to see the realms was a pleasure. Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate and Calimsham!

-This book was number 12 on the New York Times bestseller list at it's release. I imagine that sealed the deal for RA's writing career and legi
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Mehmet Ali Yıldırım
Tatmin olmadım diyemem. Bunda, aynı kurguda okunabilecek daha çok kitap ve serinin olmasının da etkisi var tabi.
Chelsea
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
Twila
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
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Gregory
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.
Wanda
I will never be a super-fan of this series, but I can still certainly appreciate its appeal. I will try very hard not to complain about character names—many of them, I find completely ridiculous and sometimes even distracting. I mean, who wants an imaginary Halfling in their head who looks like Regis Philbin with furry feet?

There’s plenty of good action in this installment, several lost-and-found characters, plus incredible imaginary beasts. Positive from my point of view is Cattie-Brie getting
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David
This trilogy, which concludes here, is truly not as good as the prequel trilogy, Dark Elf, but it still has things to offer. Here, Drizzt is still the central character, but he settles nicely at the same time into an ensemble. It is an epic fantasy ensemble that rivals that of Dragonlance Chronicles with it's iconic and diverse group and amazingly epic tale of deep friendship. While Drizzt is an interesting character because he subverts normal fantasy hero roles, the others are solid, but are mu ...more
Shan
Sep 05, 2011 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
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Nicolas
Oct 22, 2012 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
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
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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
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David
Feb 21, 2013 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
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Kyle Leeper
Oct 24, 2015 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
Arlomisty
Jul 31, 2015 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!
Greg Strandberg
Apr 21, 2013 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!
Suz
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
Not bad although it felt a bit rushed at the end. I mean, they went on the quest with a war for Mithral Hall looming and then when the quest was finished it jumped to them having apparently already won the war for Mithral Hall. I thought that was pretty sloppy.

Otherwise the story wasn't bad, although I'm getting bored with fight scenes.
Alex
Jul 09, 2013 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.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 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.
Liliia
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the saddest in a trilogy, though it was really fun to travel with drow party once again.
Lasha Shubladze
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christopher Rush
Through a long, somewhat tedious journey, our heroes finally bring their rescue attempt to a satisfactory conclusion. The overall tone of this adventure is much lighter than the second, which sunk to very unpleasant levels of torture and death. Poor Regis endures a good deal of torture as well, including losing at least one finger (something halflings apparently have to do on all their adventures), and that's pretty wretched for him, but the overall tone of unpleasantness is far less than in the ...more
Earl Grey Tea
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I think I've reached the end of my adventure in D&D literature (outside of the instruction manuals). As some of my D&D buddies would describe R.A. Salvatore's work, it's just fan fiction, nothing great, but nothing particularly terrible either.

After getting through six of these books, I would have to say my vocabulary concerning the Forgotten Realms has increased somewhat and I've been able to follow some of our adventures a little bit better since I have some more familiarity with the s
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Max S
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Haflings Gem, by R.A. Salvatore was a suspenseful book with a wonderfully crafted plot. It starts off with Cattie-Brie gaining the knowledge that Artemis Entreri, an assassin hired to kill her friend Regis and reclaim the gem he stole from his former thief guild, had arrived at Icewind Dale. Regis, Drizz't and Wulfgar, were currently in Luskan and Cattie-Brie set off to warn them only to be captured by Artemis and taken with him. The book has two plots, the one of Drizzt, Regis, and Wulfgar, ...more
Sean McBride
This was a gradual improvement form the previous in the series, though the ending leaves a little to be desired. The writing is more sound and the plotting is better (there are fewer "Random Encounters" in this one, which is one of my biggest problems with the previous two books), but it is still obvious that this is young writing. The second half of the book is far stronger however, so to me this is about Salvatore figuring out how to plot out his books. The reason is because the last quarter o ...more
Lora Shouse
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Icewind Dale Trilogy.

Drizzt and Wulfgar head south to Calimport to rescue Regis from the assassin Artemis Entreri and thieves’ guild master Pasha Pook. On the way, they make some new friends and are unexpectedly joined by unexpected allies.

Entreri delivers his captive to Pasha Pook as required, but his real interest now is in defeating Drizzt.

Aside from the excellent story and exciting adventures, what I really like about the episodes of The Legend of Drizzt is Driz
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Mariana Flores
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O último volume da Trilogia das Planícies Geladas é A Joia Encantada. Aqui R. A. Salvatore fecha a história com um desenvolvimento bastante interessante. Há uma batalha épica, uma viagem além-mar, somos transportando-nos para diferentes planos e quando tudo parece perdido… Drizzt Do’Urden e os seus amigos vão achando uma solução.

No geral os seis livros referentes às aventuras do elfo negro no universo de Forgotten Realms foram muito bons. Começaram um pouco aborrecidos, claustrofóbicos até, e fo
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Madison Mega-Mara...: The Halfling's Gem 1 5 Mar 11, 2012 02:35PM  
  • Tangled Webs (Starlight & Shadows #2)
  • 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)
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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 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)
“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.” 94 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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