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The Stowaway by R.A. Salvatore
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Jan 10, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, fantasy, fiction, young-adult

A friend of mine and I were having a conversation about fantasy novels and which I/he should read. When he dropped a mention about Drizzt and Baldur's Gate I stopped him and asked where I'd heard that before. His expression was priceless.

I was then treated to a 20 minute lecture on how I needed to read R.A. Salvatore and how he couldn't believe I'd gone this long without it. When I came home and checked the books I was waiting on from the library I finally figured out where I'd heard the names mentioned before and this book (and it's sequel) were the reasons why.

This is not a story about Drizzt and Baldur's Gate, however. And I'm glad that my introduction to Salvatore came from this story rather than the other way around - because instead of being disappointed by the few appearances made by Drizzt, I find myself becoming more curious and interested and, as a result, will be checking out the stories of Drizzt.

A few things about this book didn't do it for me. It was written in the first person and came off a bit cheesy, as a result. There were moments when I was reading that I could definitely tell I was reading a novel designed to interest young boys and girls into reading fantasy. It's not a bad thing at all though, just made me roll my eyes a few times.

The battle scenes were well done and the progression of the story was great. The cliffhanger ending was a bit of a cheap trick but, again, understandable as this is a book designed to keep kids reading.

Overall, a fun and quick read and interesting enough to get me to read the second book in the series.

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