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Echoes of the Fourth Magic

(The Chronicles of Ynis Aielle #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  953 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The extraordinary beginning of an epic series brimming with the unbridled action, adventure, and imagination that have made the name R. A. Salvatore synonymous with the best in fantasy!

Jeff "Del" DelGuidice was proud of his assignment to the research submarine The Unicorn. But his mission had barely begun when the vessel was sucked into a mysterious underseas void where ti
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 4th 1990 by Roc (first published 1990)
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Jeffrey
Feb 19, 2008 rated it liked it
This is Salvatore's first novel, which he wrote long hand in 1982, but which was not published until 1990 (I know this because my copy is signed by the author).

Salvatore has gone on to have a lot of huge hits with his Drizzt series, but even in this early novel, one can see his flair for fantasy, in that seeming archtype story of modern man who becomes a hero in a fantasy world.
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Scott
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was the first book ever written by Salvatore (although not the first published) and for a story what we've got is a submarine crew in present day that pops through a time wave into the far distant future after the world has been destroyed by a war/bombs/etc. and magic has taken over.

We've got some decent characters and a decent plot but it reads like the cliff notes version of a novel - you get the high points but none of the depth that make a great novel great. I don't hold it against him
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Forgotten Realms Queen
First in Salavtore's Ynis Aielle trilogy, one of his earlier works, and a fantastic read!

At first I was skeptical of it, seemed a little too sci-fi for my tastes, but wound up really good.

A submarine team going through the Bermuda Triangle gets sucked into a pocket of suspended time, and when they re emerge, they find that twelve centuries have past.

World War 3 has come and gone, changing the face of the landscape they once knew. Humanity had essentially been wiped out and had been slowly rebuil
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Victor Vilchiz
not as great as Spearwilder Series.
Noel Thingvall
Salvatore's first novel, and it's an unpolished, unfocused mess with storytelling that veers from wildly all over the place to hitting too many of the expected, well-established notes. While I like the unexpected, extended prologue which brought us into the tale in an unexpected way, the "another world" aspect is suddenly info dumped on us before our characters even have a chance to explore and sort things out for themselves. And once the stage is set, it then leads to a very typical mix of poli ...more
BobA707
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Many aspects of this book did not work for me, I didn't like the writing, I didn't like characters and I especially didn't like the premise, and was glad to get to the end. I will not be seeking book 2.

Plotline: The plot was reasonably thought out but revolved around the unreal characters and weak premise.

Premise: Just no. It felt poorly thought out and inconsistent and updated on a whim.

Writing: I didn't get on with the style and really disliked all the characters who never came to li
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Andrew Malczewski
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it ok, im not a fan of the future/past earth trope, ie the protagonist is from the past a place of incredible technology and finds himself in the future a place of medieval technology and magics but this book was not to bad.
Mark Isaak
This fantasy novel/morality tale has some good moments, but most of the characters are one-dimensional and predictable; the plot needed some contrivances to prevent the book's moral from getting murdered; and the writing style was not good enough to mitigate the other weaknesses. ...more
Kristopher Wagner
It reads more like a Jules Verne novel than an R.A. Salvatore one. His world building is great, and I see some characters in his other books that were inspired from this one... but it's not his best work. ...more
Bob Erlenback
Smooth read through a 'blah' story. Characters have no development and remain static caricatures. Especially Mitchell. Character motivations are fuzzy forced by an untold exposition. ...more
Travis
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept but very uneven story. It made it hard to get attached to any of the characters.
Jeremy
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found little to no sympathy with any of the characters. As a book a disappointment
Knight King
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Salvatore

I have been a fan for a long time(I am 67)I was not disappointed with this story and am going to get the second one asap(the witch's daughter..yeh
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Angela
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has almost everything. It starts off with action and twists and turns, covering quite a number of topics to consider. A great story.
Kevin Konrad
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it was well written, I love RA ‘s older books and this being one of his earlier works and one of the first series he wrote I had to read it. The blending of the old with the future fantasy realm so well done I forgot that the characters came from the real world. This book was a hard one to find in my hometown because it is a older book I could not get it at the library and when I did I could only do a interlibrary loan that’s for short time only. I was able to finally purchase my own cop ...more
Dusty Bibliophile
I grabbed the audiobook version off the shelf of my local library when I saw Salvatore’s name on it. I remembered how much I enjoyed the early Drizzt Do'Urden books when I was a teen and was hoping to find another tale that grabbed me like those did. Unfortunately I found this story to be something I can’t recommend to anyone but the ardent Salvatore fan. Originally published in 1990 then reprinted in 1998, it’s one of Salvatore’s earliest works and suffers from several storytelling flaws (detai ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been almost a year and a half since I finished the great DemonWars Trilogy (see The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit and The Demon Apostle). I was so awed by that trilogy, I almost feared picking up another fantasy tale by R.A. Salvatore. But within the first 50 pages of the Echoes of the Fourth Magic, I found myself saying out loud, "Wow! I can't wait to find out what happens." I was not disappointed.

The first part of this book starts off as straight Sci Fi, while the remained is pure Fa
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Tobias
Mar 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: almost no one
Annoyingly two-dimensional and formulaic. I've wanted to read a Salvatore book for some time and was excited at the prospect of doing so - I had heard lots of good things - but cannot say I was anything other than unimpressed. The premise was interesting enough, but the characterisation was tissue-thin and the characters were so shallow as to be see-through. Every character was personified by their hyperbole (Mitchel is always "furious", Dale "distraught") and all were completely implausible. Re ...more
Kathy
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was not really what I was expecting after reading the Dark Elf books and I really enjoyed it. Since this is the first in the new series, I may end up changing my rating up a notch if the story progresses the way I suspect it might. So far, I really loved the characters and the swift pace of action in this one. The whole premise of being lost in the Burmuda Triangle and coming out in another time is great. Can't wait for book two. ...more
Art
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is an early novel, part 1 of 4. By no means a literary classic, it did hold my interest, and presented some entertaining imagery. Somewhat exaggerated character development (especially Mitchell), yet has some clever plot twists. Looking forward to #2 in this series, The Witch's Daughter. ...more
Heidi
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first R.A. S. book. I wrote a poem about the bad guy from this book in high school once upon a time. It's a seriously awesome book. I couldn't get through the sequel though. I was like 10 pages from the end and lost interest. Too much politics.
But this one is awesome alone.
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Don
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-books
Saw this in the school library back in highschool.

Read it because my brother loves R.A....but I read only this book and loved it.

Ended up asking my brother to buy me the other books.

Fantasy beautifully reflecting reality.

My kind of fantasy story!
Erin Vanessa
As soon as I finished this book (it has a great/cliffhanger ending), I immediately needed more and went to get the second in the series, "The Witch's Daughter". Salvatore is a master of words, his prose is lovely, and the plot of this book was great. I can't wait to read more of his books. ...more
Jeremy Laird
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Salvatore series by far! I loved these three books even more than the Drizzt saga (though they are quite different so a comparison is not really fair). I definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy tale!
Kelsey
Oct 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Honestly, I think this one of his best books.
Ruth Kyle
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Clearly one of his first novels. Still a fascinating read! =)
Keil Hunsaker
I quite enjoyed this book and am currently reading the next one.
Nikki
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I love the blending between the world of technology and the world of fantasy. Brilliantly done; another kudos to R.A. Salvatore.
Annie
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a R.A. Salvatore. Easy to read and just plain enjoyable.
Karen
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad at all. I didn't think it'd be any good, but it held my attention and I finished it in a couple days. Evil, mixed in with humans, elves, talons, wizards and a decent plot. ...more
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