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The Thousand Orcs (Hunter's Blades #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  15,930 Ratings  ·  227 Reviews

When a blood-thirsty banc of orcs led by an as-yet-unseen enemy, comes rampaging out of the Spine of the World, it lays waste to everything in its path. Dark elf ranger Drizzt Do'Urden and his most trusted friends find themselves in the path of destruction. As blades slash and feet trample, even th
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2002)
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Susan Wojtas
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. It was really fun to read about the companions again! It's been ages since I've read any of the Drizzt novels, and I've missed them.

I would have given this a full four stars except the little parts in chapters with all of the extra characters seemed a bit too much. They definitely tied into the story, and Pikel and Ivan gave me a good laugh (as they always have), but it just seemed to be a bit of a distraction sometimes.

All around it was entertaining though.
Dec 11, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is horrible. I've followed Salvatore since the late 80's, when I was in middle school, and I have come to the conclusion that while his reader's have grown, his writing has not. Realizing this back like in '02/03, I purposefully ignored him until now. I figured I could read the last 7(Hunter's Blade, Sellswords, and Orc King) in a month or two, so I decided to get back on that wagon.
This book in particular was just a complete ripoff of the Two Towers(not the book, the Movie. Ugh). From
Greg Strandberg
The Thousand Orcs is the start of a great trilogy. For this trilogy you really get the whole spectrum – intro and slow rise, building and tension, and then the roller coaster of seeing it all come together.

That’s what you get with the three books. This first book starts out slow. I feel that there’s too much in the way of politics, and a lot of this backstory with Ellifain, the slain…you know what from the previous books.

I could have done without the Wulfgar/Delly love angle, and some of the int
Brandon Enyeart
You and your dear companions are besieged by enemies on all sides with no hope of escape. Will any help come? Will you be saved from death? That is what Drizzt Do'urden and his companions face in The Thousand Orcs, by R.A. Salvatore. This book is another entry that continues on the epic Fantasy realm Salvatore has created. In the book, Drizzt, along with his companions who are Cattie-Brie, Wulfgar, Regis, and Bruenor, return to Mithral Hall to crown Bruenor king as a result of his predecessor dy ...more
Nick Mariner
Aug 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read any of Salvatore's work before this, so perhaps my view is skewed. But I found this to be a spectacularly unsophisticated fantasy novel. Drizzt is an interesting character and there is much that could be done with his background. I'm not entirely sure what the connection is between novels centered around him and the Dungeons and Dragons game. I know this book was published by Wizards of the Coast, which created the game also. So maybe it was just used to sell more copies of the ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a fun, action-packed fantasy story
I love this book. It was my first Drizzt book and after reading all the others, it's still my favorite. I could barely put it down even at the beginning when I was confused at what was going on. It has such an interesting mix of so many different kinds of characters that it would be enjoyable for all.
Salvatore does such a great job describing the action scenes, especially the swordfighting. It's more than just "slahs right. slash left, stab." He also does a great job of giving the reader a break
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Michael Cairns
I was really torn over whether to give this a three or a four star rating.
Good points:
The action scenes were fun, there was a nice spread of characters and the ending was satisfying, up to a point.
Not so good points:
I think my main complaint was that I didn't feel invested in the characters by the time I reached the end. I grew up reading the Icewind Dale trilogy and know the people. Perhaps had I read it again before I began this it would have helped. I did enjoy the development of the charac
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
One dark elf. Two enchanted blades. One unknown enemy. And a horde of invaders.

"I am not afraid to die because I know that I am part of a something, a concept, a belief, that is bigger than all that is me, body and soul."

R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt series is a staple of the fantasy genre. You almost can't talk about fantasy books and not relate back to Drizzt somehow. It is a fantastic series, and this one is one of the best books in it thus far.

As usual, the character development is full of depth
It was a really good book. It was fun, light, enjoyable, and moral (in a sense). It was so much better than what Salvatore has been producing. It was back to the old days of the Companions of the Hall. It does seem a little bit like Salvatore is trying to redo what worked for him before. The group heads out from Icewind Dale to help Bruenor claim the crown of Mithril Hall, AND there’s going to be a grand adventure of trying to find an ancient Dwarven stronghold. I don’t care though, if it means ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book had some annoying foreshadowing in what I believe was an attempt to add suspense to the otherwise standard hack and slash Drizzt adventure. The reason why the foreshadowing added nothing to the plot for me is that Salvatore has shown a reluctance to kill his heros and have them actually stay dead-- except for Chewbacca in Vector Prime (still crying over that). So when RA foreshadows an a sad moment for Drizzt coming up in the book, not only does the reader not buy into it, but the read ...more
2.5 stars. Pretty much Tolkien's "The Two Towers" retold with Salvatore's characters. It was just way, way too similar. Actually, exactly the same plot. Kind of disappointing after "Sea of Swords" which I enjoyed immensely.

My favorite parts? Every scene involving Regis, he has become my favorite character of the whole series - Drizzt, the main hero, is just way too frickin' whiny. And then Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder for comic relief.

What I disliked most? Drizzt and Catti-brie. The whole "wil
Found on the mailroom table at my apt. Not the worst book I've ever read, but very, very far from the best. I am a big D&D fan, but never read any of the novels. Now I know why. I've lost track of the number of gaming cliches I've identified, but dwarves speaking like hillbilies and drow with darkly mysterious pasts should have clued me to what I was getting into ... I also should remember to beware of books that come in series ... and worse, are part of at least two series ... Book One of t ...more
Julien V
3 stars for the nostalgia alone. Zero stars for the rest. Sometimes I still feel like a dumb teenager, but books like these make me realize I've grown up, at least a little bit. I'll finish the 3 book series but don't try this at home unless you're 13 yo or so.
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very political but never boring!
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
by S. A. Salvatore, published in 2002.

Drizzt, Cattie-brie, Wulfgar, Bruenor and Regis are embarking on yet another huge adventure. This time though Bruenor the dwarf is none to pleased about it as it looks certain that he must be the next king of Mithral Hall, a position he does not want.

By now these characters must be very familiar to avid Salvatore readers. For myself, well, I skipped all the books in between after “The Halfling’s Gem” and started up again right here with “The Thousand Orcs.”

Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Thousand Orcs by R.A. Salvatore is a fast paced story from the Hunters Blades Trilogy. From the minute you pick up this book you can not stop turning the pages because of the fast pace and exciting characters. If you are a fan of the other books by this author that share the character Drizzit this is a must read. Also if you have never heard of R.A. Salvatore and are just interested in a good book this would be a catching and easy read for those who love stuff like dark elves and fantasy and ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a different kind of book for Salvatore.
It was soooo slow for the first 200 pages - we had at least 6 different POV's - many different plotlines (that finally came together in the last 50 pages) - not a lot of action (until the final 75 pages).

I enjoyed it but I didn't love it.

We have the companions back together again.
We have orcs and frost giants on a united front.
Of course the orcs and giants have a battle with the companions.

Yep, that's it
That's the whole book.

I've heard this is one o
Jennifer Kibble
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thousand Orcs is apart of The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy, which in itself is part of a long line of book by R. A. Salvatore.

Here is a Drizzt and company book that I enjoyed. Filled with action from almost the get-go. The past few books that I have read from Salvatore didn’t highlight Drizzt’s adventures and I found myself a little bored with them.

Thousand Orcs is setting up for a grander battle down the line and I am excited to read what happens next.

However, still not a fan of Pikel and Ivan.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forgotten-realms
Really liked this one - lots of hack and slash and moving characters around - LOVED that IVAN & Pickel Bouldershoulder made their reapperance - those guys crack me up.

Best of all, NO DROW "Intrigues"
All that jazz gets old fast...

I listened to this rather than reading it, and I got SICK of the moron who read it promouncing Cattie Brie as KAT EYE BRI EH....
Figure it out dude...
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in a store that sells cheap books. It's my first time reading a Salvatore book and I really enjoyed it.

It's short, light and funny but also full of action. It was a great way to be introduced to the world of Drizzt and his friends, even if it did make reference to past events.
Isaac Clarke
როგორც იქნა დაიწყო ლეწვა-ჩეხვა და ძვლების ჭახუნი. უბრალოდ 13 წიგნი რო ამას ელოდები ცოტა ტეხავს, მარა ღირდა.

ორკები, დვორფები, ელფები არიქა, შმარიქა.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I was shocked how much I enjoyed this book. I was a huge fan of R. A. Salvatore in high school, but when I tried to go back and reread the Icewind Dale trilogy recently I couldn't stand the writing, the characters were shallow, Drizzt was overbearing and endlessly too insightful and too introspective.

I think a major strength of this story is that Drizzt is not the main focus, instead, many of the more interesting side characters take the fore front, such as the Bouldershoulder Brother
Ned Leffingwell
This is a standard D&D fantasy yarn. A group of adventurers goes around and murders creatures that are not like them. I bought this to read on an airplane and the book served its purpose. There are plenty of stereotypes and cliches. The dwarves all have Scottish accents and the orcs are stupid. There are also pterippi (the plural term for winged horses). This is a great fantasy for D&D players or fantasy fans who don't want to think to hard and want to enjoy some good swashbuckling scene ...more
Shane Milton
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like it was kind of slow at first but it quickly picked up in pace. Over all Drizz't never disappoints and RA Salvatore still remains one of my favorite authors.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Rose
The book was quite interesting but not really my cup of tea, I liked the idea but it dodn't really draw me in and I found it quite boring to sit through.
Emmanuel Boston
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siege and Civil War... wow..
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ma petite faiblesse... Lire un roman de Drizzt c'est simple comme une partie de JDR, c'est efficace, on a sa dose de créatures, de combats et de bons sentiments. Cette trilogie creuse un peu plus les relations entre les différentes races des Royaumes et la fin de ce premier tome est très énergique, prévoyant un second tome épique. C'est simple, mais quand on a un faible pour un personnage on s'en fiche. Et les nains sont impayables !
Peter Curd
Not an especially epic story but a good chance to hear about Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall. Clearly a single story split into three books though.
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“Drizzt Do'Urden had followed a line of precepts based upon discipline and ultimate optimism. He fought for a better world because he believed that a better world could and would be made. He had never held any illusions that he would change the world, of course, or even a substantial portion of it, but he always held strongly that fighting to better just his own little pocket of the world was a worthwhile cause.” 30 likes
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