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Streams of Silver

(The Legend of Drizzt #5)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  39,782 ratings  ·  673 reviews
"Yer eyes'll shine when ye see the rivers runnin' silver in Mithril Hall!"

Bruenor the dwarf, Wulfgar the barbarian, Regis the halfling, and Drizzt the dark elf fight monsters and magic on their way to Mithril Hall, centuries-old birthplace of Bruenor and his dwarven ancestors.

Faced with racism, Drizzt contemplates returning to the lightless underworld city and murderous li
Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by TSR Inc. (first published 1989)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
All of Drizzt books are probably going to be 5 stars, maybe a 4 star. Just sayin' ♥

My babies ❤️

"Come on," Regis offered. "Sit with Drizzt and me. No one will bother a tough old dwarf, but a tiny halfling and a skinny elf might look like good sporty the brutes in here. We need your size and strength to deter such unwanted attention."

Wulfgar's chin firmed up at the compliment and he strode boldly toward the table. Regis shot Drizzt a knowing wink and turned to follow.

"Many lessons you will lea
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
The Streams of Silver are just one of many treasures to be found in this fantastic adventure!

For over a century, Bruenor Battlehammer has been haunted by his past. In his nightmares, he still feels the horrors from the day he and his dwarven clan were chased out of their home at Mithral Hall. But when he and his friends defeated the evil wizard Akar Kessell and saved the people of Icewind Dale, Bruenor realized he now has a fighting unit strong enough to help him reclaim his lost home. Joined by
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

"...“How many people long for that "past, simpler, and better world," I wonder, without ever recognizing the truth that perhaps it was they who were simpler and better, and not the world about them?”..."
Popcorn fantasy is popcorn fantasy. Sometimes it's resoundingly enjoyable, sometimes it's not.

In this second book of the Icewind Dale trilogy, Drizzt, Bruenor, Regis and Wulfgar run off on a quest to find Bruenor's ancestral homeland of Mithral Hall. They spend some time doing very little in a city, before spending some time doing very little in a forest. Meanwhile, Catti-Brie is kidnapped by an assassin, and spends some time doing nothing with him.

I've taken a liking to R.A. Salvatore, and I ab
Aug 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: most-hated, fantasy
Of the five Drizzt Do'Urden books I have read so far (I am taking them in order of timeline) Streams of Silver: The Legend of Drizzt Book V is by far the worst. Granted, none of them have been any better than questionable brain candy, but Streams of Silver goes beyond them all for sheer crapness.

It's not at all difficult to pinpoint Salvatore's biggest problem: his elementary views of good and evil. I have pointed out in previous reviews of his work that the way he structures good and evil is i
Wanda Pedersen
Rating: 2.5 stars

Reading this series is more fun that doing housework. So that’s what I’ve been doing—reading this book, and not doing housework (which actually needs to be done quite badly at the moment).

Now, I never played Dungeons & Dragons, so I don’t really understand how these Forgotten Realms books fit into that whole scene, but I did obsessively read and re-read Tolkien as a teen (and I still re-read him on occasion, when I need comfort). So it’s pretty difficult for me to overlook how
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Another great adventure by RA Salvatore.
Ramsey Meadows
Aug 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-fantasy
This book was a lot of fun. It gave me very nostalgic Hobbit vibes. It was a bit of non stop action but the rise of the friendships and making Cattie more of a main character was great.
Luke Scull
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bruenor the dwarf and his companions Wulfgar the barbarian, Regis the halfling and Drizzt the renegade dark elf set forth from Icewind Dale on the most ambitious of quests: to rediscover the lost dwarven stronghold of Mithral Hall, birthplace of Bruenor and his clan. The road will be long and full of peril, for the Savage Frontier is a harsh place - and hot on their trail is the assassin Artemis Entreri, one of the most infamous killers in the Realms.

The sequel to 1988's The Crystal Shard is a f
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
See my review for The Crystal Shard, as I have about the exact same things to say here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

A few differences--

-Monsters are more detailed this time. I could tell the difference between different types of bad guys. Not the case in The Crystal Shard.

-To my point made in my review of The Crystal Shard about women playing a crappy role. Here we see Cat develop some as a character. She gets involved in the adventure as more than just a love interest (although she

"The assassin's strength surprised her as he easily lifted her to a chair. He was a small man, slender as an elf and barely as tall as she, but every muscle on his compact frame was toned to its finest fighting edge. His very presence exuded an aura of strength and an unshakable confidence. This, too, unnerved Cattie-brie, because it wasn't the brash cockiness of an exuberant youngster, but the cool air of superiority of one who has seen a thousand fights and had never been bested" (20).

My Ra
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Blatant rip-off of Moria down to a character falling down a crevice to his "death" on the back of a gigantic burning beast. Extremely lame and unoriginal plotline. ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
RTC maybe.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I started this series with The Dark Elf Trilogy, which was pretty good, but this book proved to be a difficult read for me. I found it slow moving and frequently uninteresting. I really enjoy the characters, but I really feel like the story just plodded along. Things picked up for an adventurous ending, which has me almost excited about reading the last book in this trilogy. I hope that it is more in line with the kind of adventure I found in the first series I read.
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, fantasy
Love the way this one ended. Makes me want to immediately read the 3rd book. While I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book I am still pretty hype to be revisiting these childhood favorites. ...more
C.T. Phipps
As much as I love THE CRYSTAL SHARD, I think of Streams of Silver as really where the actual story of THE LEGEND OF DRIZZT begins because it's when the author seems to have realized that Drizzt is the actual star. There's plenty of Wulfgar and I like Wulfgar just fine but I have to admit the reason I love this book is the introduction of Drizzt's amazing archenemy: Artemis Entreri. The perfect contrast to Drizzt's idealism and brooding is a lethal pragmatic mercenary who cares nothing but for th ...more
Don Brown
This is a tough review to write. I loved these books as a kid. I thought these Drizzt books were full of fun and adventure. As an adult, I see that the writing is average at best and the adventure I remember is not well developed or describe. Adult me thinks that Streams of Silver is a shallow, disjointed, and predictable young adult novel and not the serious fantasy fare I once thought. The series as a whole presents a series of encounters for the book's protagonists as if they were happening r ...more
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
R. A. Salvatore. Huge name in the fantasy business of writing, and I think I know why.

This book, his second in the Icewind Dale Trilogy, features Drizzt (his most popular character creation I believe), a drow elf. These books are set in the popular "Forgotten Realms" fantasy world.

If you are into, or have ever played, Dungeons and Dragons, the backdrop of this novel will be as familiar to you as your own campaign. And even if you make the sign of the devil at anything related to D & D, you can’t
Dec 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
I tried. I really did. I read the first book in this series, The Crystal Shard, and my husband promised me that as the series progressed the author's writing got less and less clunky. Well, my husband is a liar. Every single page was full of incredibly annoying cliches from beginning writer's classes. It was awful. ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My love for this series makes it impossible for me to review it. I can't write anything worthy of expressing my feelings for Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or the Wheel of Time series, and this book is solidly among them.

Simply fantasy canon.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love stories about travelling on the road. Lucky for me this story was exactly that!
Lucille R. Andreea
I knew the last sentence of this book was coming and yet it hit me in the face and I loved it
What a fun continuation of the Drizzt story!

Drizzt and co are on a quest to find the fabled Mithril Hall of Bruenor's childhood. Unknown to most of the group, an assassin is on their trail to find Regis.

There's not much I feel like I can say about this book. It's another fun D&D adventure. I feel like it meanders a fair bit in the first third, like the DM is having trouble getting the party to follow the quest hook. Also in the first half of the book, I wasn't a fan of Catti-Brie, but I liked he
Finally, Drizzt goes on a roaming adventure.

I took a break from this series to give some other books a try, and so I could return with a greater appreciation for these Legend of Drizzt books. Sometimes too much of the same thing for awhile can diminish the enjoyment. I wasn't too thrilled with hearing more about Icewind Dale after the past book or so either. The squabbling of the Ten Towns just wasn't that interesting to me after awhile. Felt like I was reading more of the same.

Quickly enough
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was absolute non-stop action from page 1. It's 377 pages but feels like 100 with how fast it reads. You'll be hard pressed to put this thing down at any point.
Salvatore is a genius. Period. No wonder the Drizzt series is considered the pinnacle of Fantast story telling. I really want to read the LOTR books now to see how they stack up to Salvatore (but that's a discussion for another day).

Salvatore is incredible at setting up those kinds of situations that give you goosebumps- you k
Dec 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Following the events of the previous book (The Crystal Shard), Bruenor Battlehammer, together with Drizzt, Wulfgar and Regis (who has his own, rather urgent reasons for needing to be someplace far away) go in search of Mithral Hall, the dwarven stronghold from which Bruenor fled as a child. ("The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep.")

And the journey there will not be without its own difficulties -- Regis hightailed it out of Ten Towns because the Pasha Pook, head of the thieves' guild in di
Oct 01, 2022 rated it liked it
Better than the last, not better than the Dark Elf Trilogy, a bit of a Hobbit ripoff with a secondary assassination / kidnapping plot. At least the focus is not on Wulfgar the Blandbarian anymore but he unfortunately still has a small part in the story. Yeah I like my barbarians dark and brutal (CONAN), sorry. Anyway I am reading this for nothing more than pure entertainment and in that regard it still succeeds greatly. If I had to read the prose myself as opposed to the brilliantly read audiobo ...more
Bradley Woodall
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made it seemed like the author got tired of hearing complaints about slow starts and just said fuck it lets go to 11/10. The story starts at a jog and ends in a pure Sprint to the finish. It had me on the edge of my seat and the ended was one didn't see coming. Only issue I have is this felt like it would have benefitted from being a bigger book. There was just so much ground covered so fast. But it still pulls it all together brilliantly as is expected from this amazing author ...more
Apr 13, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”

I need depth and visual descriptions of the wonderful locations, characters, and monsters when it comes to reading fantasy to really embrace the world. What I found with Streams of Silver is a generic objective where our protagonists travel from point A to B, fight monster, or monsters. Rinse and repeat.

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Other books in the series

The Legend of Drizzt (1 - 10 of 37 books)
  • Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1)
  • Exile (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #2)
  • Sojourn (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #3)
  • The Crystal Shard (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #4)
  • The Halfling's Gem (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #6)
  • The Legacy (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #7)
  • Starless Night (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #8)
  • Siege of Darkness (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #9)
  • Passage to Dawn (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #4; Legend of Drizzt, #10)
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