Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Silent Blade (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #11)” as Want to Read:
The Silent Blade (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #11)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Silent Blade

(Paths of Darkness #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  18,300 ratings  ·  193 reviews
When the vile Crystal Shard once again reveals itself, Drizzt must race against his most formidable enemies in hopes of destroying it before it finds the one being that can help it enslave the world: a dark elf named Jarlaxle.
Winner of the Origins Award for best game-related novel of 1998, "The Silent Blade" marked the return of Drizzt to the wind-swept tundra of the Forg
...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by TSR (first published 1998)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.12  · 
Rating details
 ·  18,300 ratings  ·  193 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Silent Blade (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #11)
Markus
A new storyline begins; another part of the neverending Legend of Drizzt. And I find myself wondering if it will ever find its way back to the real quality found in the Dark Elf trilogy.

It keeps getting very close, especially in books such as Siege of Darkness, but it is never quite there. Too many plots rehashed, too little creativity. The Drizzt books keep being enjoyable, but could easily be so much more.

I keep having to convince myself to continue, partly because I want to read some of the n
...more
Chris Gager
Rescued this w/o the dust cover some time ago. I'm needing something different in my reading life right now, so despite the fact that I'm already reading several other books, I picked this one up and haven't been disappointed(so far). Two of the books I'm reading are collections and the other is mainly a bunch of vignettes and digressions so it's easy to let them go awhile while I read this. Last night's reading introduced a story with a number of links to past books. No surprise there: typical ...more
Gabriel Vidrine
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it
I've always liked most of R.A. Salvatore's work. But I have to admit, this series starts to go downhill at this book. I don't like Wulfgar, and his decent into madness and drink feels a little bit overused. Gee...that also happened to an overly-tall warrior in another fantasy series (Dragonlance). And Drizzt's role (the only one I truly care about) starts to decrease. But Jarlaxle is a great villian, so he kind of makes up for it. And he continues into the next books, so that is one bonus.

I just
...more
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
So, it it hasn't been painfully clear, I've been struggling with this series for the past couple books. I took a break and read some other stuff, but in the end, there was still a nagging part of my mind that kept telling me I need to come back. I need to read more. The books get better, because my three favorite books, the first ones I read, were written LAST, so really the series can only improve. So I came back and picked up Silent Blade and I am so glad that I did.

This book has everything I
...more
Allen M Werner
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm already a big R.A. Salvatore fan and being late to the party, I'm catching up on some of his previous works. The Silent Blade is the first book in the 'Paths of Darkness' series.
While all the characters are known to me already, the depth of Wulfgar, Drizzt and Entreri become even more complex.
Wulfgar, the imposing barbarian from Icewind Dale, having suffered for six years, tormented by the demon Errtu, is delivered physically but unable to clear his head, suffering nightmares and delusions,
...more
Jessica
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drizzt wall. Even though I still really enjoyed the story, I ended up hitting the Drizzt wall.

So yes, the story was entertaining and enjoyable, which I expect from a Drizzt novel. What I didn't expect, though (and ultimately, what I ended up struggling with) was the three different story lines. Drizzt and his traveling companions made up one part, Entreri and his dealings in Calimport and with Jarlaxle made up the second part, and Wulfgar and his whoring around Luskan made up the third.

I unders
...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Wow, I'm pretty sure this is the lowest rating I have ever given a Drizzt book! And it really is a character issue rather than a writing/storyline issue. As always, I love Salvatore's writing style, I love his detailed action scenes and setting descriptions, and I love Drizzt, Catti-brie, Bruenor, Gwen, and even Regis. But I've never liked Wulfgar, and that feeling just exploded in this book. He was a bit of a sexist pig in previous books, but he got a lot worse in this book. I'm sorry that you ...more
Scott
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Split thoughts on this one.
Salvatore is such a great writer - the things he can do with the written word are amazing and I always love to read him. I just wish he would write more books without Drizzt OR write a different story - sigh.

But I liked this.
We've got Drizzt, Cattie-Brie, Bruenor and Regis going on a journey, taking the crystal shard to Cadderly.
We've got Wulfgar trying to forget his time spent with the Demon Errtu.
We've got Artemis Entreri & Jarlaxle working together.
We've got Artmeis
...more
Jared
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
I enjoy Salvatore's writing, it does not require much thought or effort to read his books, which make them easy to just sit back and relish them. They are a simple and easy read. I have to say that I am not too excited about this series however. The same villians just keep coming back. Don't you have any new contendors for the Drow or do you have to keep recycling the same old bad guys again and again. Dont get me wrong I like Entreri, but at times I can't help but think that his time has past. ...more
P. Aaron Potter
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Here's a conundrum: how to write a review for a book that you finished only a few months ago, but have forgotten so entirely that you can't actually remember even a little of what it was about?

I have a fine memory for detail and actually enjoy this particular author, often quite a bit. When he's writing well, Salvatore still misses greatness, but he can pen as good a potboiler as anyone, and really, who needs a steady diet of Faulkner? When you're eating popcorn, it should taste like popcorn, no
...more
Kati
This book feels like a one big filler, I don't even know why. It just plods along, there's no big climax or anything. It follows three story lines: Drizzt, Catti-brie, Regis and Bruenor's, then Wulfgar's and Entreri's. It's a good book but, I don't know, the spark's missing, I guess.

Also, what really irked me was how Drizzt and Catti-brie, mostly it was those two, were all about how they wanted to give Wulfgar time and space to get better - and at the same time they kept nagging and nagging, wan
...more
Jeremy Stephens
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2012
I would like to start off by saying that I'm tired of Drizzt Do'urden. He was cool for about the first seven or eight books in which he appeared but as the series goes on he has become a rather repetitive and boring character. Years ago I found myself enthralled by the many fight scenes in which he goes around slaughtering orcs, goblins or whatever else with his mighty scimitars but it has gotten to the point now to where such scenes are so common place and repetitive that they seem like filler ...more
Angie
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel sooo bad. But I am just not in the mood for this book. I have about 80 pages left but am going to give up and move onto another book.


Edit* I have decided to not go back and finish this book. When I jump on the Drizzt bandwagon again I will just skip this one. With 80 pages left I simply look up what ends up happening.

This book is all filler and I can't take it!


http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.co...
...more
Nikky3
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
These books realy were never ment for me. I enjoyed milking the drama to my co-workers but I think me and Drizzit need to see other people.
Matthew Miller
My previous review of this book put it in a more favorable light, but now that I've had some time to really think it over, I'm changing some things. The ending was really good, so I think that was the only thing I was remembering about when I wrote my first review.

R. A. Salvatore continues to be an interesting and original writer despite the fact that this is the 11th book about the same character. His writing style is quick and easy to understand, without being unclear, and his combat scenes ar
...more
Ricky Ganci
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
High quality Salvatore and Drizzt, and, lo and behold, the secondary plots were excellent: Wulfgar’s incredibly profound and difficult inner turmoil in the aftermath of his seven years’ torture at the hands of Errtu, and the refuge that all too many people in the real world turn to when their “inner and past demons” come raging: alcohol. Wulfgar has turned to violence, sex, and booze to forget his tortures, and this conflict has raised his stock for me in the saga—he’s so much different than he ...more
Fantasy Literature
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The Silent Blade is in every regard an improvement over the LEGEND OF DRIZZT’s preceding installment, Passage to Dawn. The plot is tighter, the characterization is subtler, and – stressing this point most of all – the prose has taken leaps and bounds forward. However, this is also the installment of THE LEGEND OF DRIZZT that finally convinced me that the series has not only jumped the shark, but is doing Evel Knievel motorcycle flips over whole tanks of great whites.

Previously, on Drizzt and Fri
...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This is a bad book in my opinion.
This is a filler in my opinion. A repetitive book with everything that happened in other books. More of Drizzt self introspection. I stopped reading for several months, a year a I guess, until I had the mental strenght to come back and finish reading. This book is only valuable because of Entreri.

This book made me get away from the Realms. I want to return and probably will with the War of Spider Queen. I really hope it's better (written by other writers).

I have
...more
Priest Apostate
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Salvatore doesn't disappoint - he still seemlessly develops the characters (making sure to portray them in all their glory (or tragedy), injects some decent amounts of introspection from Drizzt's perspective (which still acts as a profound observation into the human condition), and of course, definitely brings the action.
Nathan
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, well writen, always surprising you in new ways in the wonderful world they put the characters in. A band of friends set out on a journey to destroy Crenchinibon, a corrupting crystal with dark magics trapped inside.
Matthew
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Salvatore returns us to the adventures of Drizzt and his companions. This series starts off with some dark tones hinting at what the future holds. This could be a grim tale for the companions, as seen by Wulfgar's torment.
Justin Anthony
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic and brought back many of the characters I really enjoyed reading about in the previous books. On top of the return of previously loved characters, Salvatore sends some of them in such varying paths that I'm excited to once again see where everything ends up.
Caleb
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 30yr-old-books
Best companions of the hall book since the crystal shard. Artemis and Wulfgar have both evolved beautifully, and Salvatore has cemented his place as my favorite author with this and the precedding books
Jason
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book literally stole my breath away at the end. I won't post spoilers, but this book was great. I could not put it down without thinking and wondering what was going to happen next.
Nico
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great start to another 4 book Drizzt series. Still a feel good adventure story for in between. Wulfgar with PTSD is hilarious.
Shane
Nov 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
How much pointless, boring combat can one book contain?
Ursula
"Loss of empathy might well be the most enduring and deep-cutting scar of all, the silent blade of an unseen enemy, tearing at our hearts and stealing more than our strength" (11-12).

My Rating
5 stars

Book Series
Book 11 of the Legend of Drizzt series (30+ books).

My Thoughts
I'm so glad to be able to rate this book 5 stars. I've had problems with the last two, however this book was perfect!

First, we get Entreri (my favorite) and his return to Calimport. Calimport is my second favorite se
...more
Bill
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Where to begin. Out of every book of the entire series, this has been the worst. The first 85% of the book was a complete drag to get through. It was hard to get interested, it was hard to stay interested, it was hard to want to read. I'm not really sure why either. I think part of the reason is, pertains to two books ago where there was a lot of action going on, progress being made, and in general it felt like everything was kind of moving along. The last book and this one both feel like it was ...more
Lora Shouse
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better.

For a few books now the Legend of Drizzt series has been moving away from just being a chronicle of the life and battles of Drizzt, and with this book the expansion really blossoms. There are now at least three interacting plot lines to keep up with. This provides a lot of variety, but not so much that it’s impossible to keep them straight.

To begin with, Drizzt and his friends, Bruenor the Dwarf, Cattie-Brie, Bruenor’s adopted human daughter, Regis the halfl
...more
Jeremy Blum
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silent Blade starts a new trilogy of Drizzt tales that seem to have gotten a mixed reception, perhaps because there's less sword 'n sorcery action in the next three books than what fans have become used to. Personally, I consider this to be a GOOD thing, and I can't agree with the generalization that The Silent Blade is filler. After the Icewind Dale trilogy and the Legacy saga, both of which were predominantly focused on adventure and swordplay, it feels like a breath of fresh air to slow t ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Month of Fantasy : January's Book 3 13 Jan 19, 2015 05:41AM  
El título 1 13 May 03, 2011 01:33AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Dissolution (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #1)
  • Shadowdale (Forgotten Realms: Avatar #1)
  • Daughter of the Drow (Starlight & Shadows #1)
  • Twilight Falling (Forgotten Realms: Erevis Cale, #1)
  • Insurrection (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #2)
  • Annihilation (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #5)
  • Resurrection (Forgotten Realms:  War of the Spider Queen, #6)
  • The Rage (Forgotten Realms: The Year of Rogue Dragons #1)
  • Extinction (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #4)
  • Condemnation (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #3)
  • Waterdeep (Forgotten Realms: Avatar #3)
  • The Adversary (The Sundering, #3; Brimstone Angels, #3)
  • Elminster: The Making of a Mage (Forgotten Realms: Elminster, #1)
  • Song Of The Saurials (Forgotten Realms: Finder's Stone, #3)
  • Tangled Webs (Starlight & Shadows #2)
  • Shadowbred (Forgotten Realms: The Twilight War, #1)
  • Azure Bonds (Forgotten Realms: Finder's Stone, #1)
  • Tantras (Forgotten Realms: Avatar #2)
See similar books…
8,396 followers
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

Other books in the series

Paths of Darkness (4 books)
  • The Spine of the World (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #12)
  • Servant of the Shard (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #3; The Sellswords, #1)
  • Sea of Swords (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #4; Legend of Drizzt, #13)

News & Interviews

You might know comedian Colin Jost from his work as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, or perhaps you know him as Scarlett Joha...
33 likes · 5 comments
“Loss of empathy might well be the most enduring and deep-cutting scar of all, the silent blade of an unseen enemy, tearing at our hearts and stealing more than our strength. Stealing our will, for what are we without empathy? What manner of joy might we find in our live if we cannot understand the joys and pains of those around us, if we cannot share in a greater community.” 34 likes
“But love, honest love, requires empathy. It is a sharing—of joy, of pain, of laughter, and of tears. Honest love makes one’s soul a reflection of the partner’s moods. And as a room seems larger when it is lined with mirrors, so do the joys become amplified. And as the individual items within the mirrored room seem less acute, so does pain diminish and fade, stretched thin by the sharing. That is the beauty of love, whether in passion or friendship. A sharing that multiplies the joys and thins the pains.” 27 likes
More quotes…