The Crystal Shard: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV

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It's worth noting that while this book provides a lot of world-building for that part of the Forgotten Realms, there's also no direct story connection between the Icewind Dale Trilogy and the PC roleplaying games released under the name Icewind Dale--they simply take place in the same area within of the campaign setting. The Crystal Shard, set against the many Forgotten Realms novels that exist nowadays, is easy to consider inferior to many of its brother and sister works. Together with Douglas Niles's "Darkwalker on Moonshae," this book is a pure example of an entry point. Together with the following two works in the trilogy, "Streams of Silver" and "The Halfling's Gem," this book thus focuses on three elements: As such, The Crystal Shard is characterized by its adherence to the basics.

The principle characters are an elf, a dwarf, and a man. The villain is a vain, bumbling wizard who stumbles upon an ageless, evil artifact of great power and sentience the eponymous Crystal Shard. The chief threat to the safety of the region arrives in the form of a legion of goblins, orcs, lesser giants, and trolls which serve this evil wizard. Throughout the adventure, the action-packed tempo is kept moving from beginning to end, starting with the first act's preliminary war with the unified barbarian tribes of Icewind Dale, a shorter peril which runs parallel to the slower introduction and development of Akar Kessell, the wizard who finds the Shard.

And over the course of the story, both a demon and a dragon stand as adversaries for the story's two chief protagonists. Magical trinkets and weapons are forged and found, and though the story splits off to follow several characters on their different paths through the adventure--much as J. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" did on a larger scale--the story never deviates from the tried and tested basics of what makes a fantasy adventure feel magical.

In that sense The Crystal Shard is simply an example of good, old-school fantasy fun. The major story hook of this novel that sets it apart from other novels of its type released around the same time is its main character, who at this point requires no introduction.

Start-of-act journal-like essays added to later editions of the Icewind Dale Trilogy, I think provide additional insight into Drizzt's character and outlook and speak directly on the story's themes without intruding on the plot or bogging the overall product down with preachiness. The pacing of Drizzt's portrayal in this book, which I can't help but feel tapered off somewhere after the later novel Starless Night, is very well-done here, and in re-experiencing this book again after so many years, I find myself remembering quite fondly why I loved the character so much in his heyday.

The rest of the cast is likewise entertaining, although coming at this book after the rest of the series is a little awkward in several aspects. For one thing, the first three books listed under the Legend of Drizzt title, the Dark Elf Trilogy, are Drizzt's origin story but were written later, so reading the books in chronological order does for the writing what watching the Hobbit Trilogy before the Lord of the Rings movies does for the action and special effects: There are only two parts of his story in particular that feel unwieldy to me, however.

The first is the character of Catti-brie, who in later books is written as both a more prominent character and speaking with a dwarf-like accent which she inexplicably does not have in her appearances here despite having it at the end of Sojourn, Book III in the Drizzt line, and in Streams of Silver, immediately after this one. She does absolutely nothing worthwhile but the narrative insists that she is strong, fiery, and independent, which kind of feels like the book wanted to make her the token female warrior but gave up halfway through and settled for having her say some mildly interesting lines of dialogue here and there while taking great pains to describe how much her eyes sparkled.

Drizzt mentally refers to her as his most trusted friend and companion, but we are given no context for this connection within the book itself, resulting in Catti-brie's inclusion here feeling forced and awkward.

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This is doubly stark if the reader happens to be a long-time fan of Drizzt and his companions prior to reading The Crystal Shard, as Catti-brie is one of the most interesting and frequently-utilized members of the "Company of the Hall" in later stories. Seeing her so minimalized is, in retrospect, kind of insulting to the character.

The second unwieldy portion of the book is the dragon that happens to be involved in the barbarian Wulfgar's portion of the plot. While the scenes involving this dragon are well-done on many levels, this particular part of the story feels awkwardly tangential when it occurs, because all of the other plot threads involved in The Crystal Shard--from the barbarians to the political conflicts of Ten-Towns to the dwarves to the demon who ends up being summoned by coincidence to the world during the story's events, right up to the primary conflict with Akar Kessel's army--the dragon is the only part of the story that receives no build-up and only a very small token bit of foreshadowing before it happens.

When it does happen, it happens with style, but it feels almost like a one-chapter sidestory than a real part of the novel. The inclusion of a dragon feels forced, as if it were an item on the checklist of Fantasy Adventure Staples the author needed to include, and compared to other dragon encounters in fantasy fiction, such as Tolkien's Smaug, or even Shimmergloom the shadow dragon in the book immediately after this one, this one falls flat and leaves a lasting legacy not so much in the imagination of the reader as on Drizzt Do'Urden's own weapon belt.

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Apart from those stumbling points, though, The Crystal Shard is a great time from beginning to end. While there are certainly better fantasy novels out there, and far more interesting ones to choose from within the Forgotten Realms line itself, The Crystal Shard is one I'd recommend that every fan of the genre read at least once, either to re-acquaint themselves with the basics of these kinds of stories, or to see one of the earliest examples of what made both the Forgotten Realms and Drizzt himself so popular amongst fantasy RPG and novel fans.

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The fourth in a series of premiere hardcover editions of Salvatores classic dark elf tales. This new release of the classic R. Salvatore novel continues the classic tale of Salvatores signature dark elf character Drizzt DoUrden.

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Although this was the first title actually published about Drizzt, it has now been placed in its proper chronological order as fourth in the series. Each title in The Legend of Drizzt series showcases the classic dark elf novels in new, deluxe hardcover editions. Each title will feature all new cover art and new introductions written by those who have become familiar with Salvatore and Drizzt over the years.

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Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in and still makes his home there. He is also known as the best-selling author of the Star Wars: From the Hardcover edition. This item ships from multiple locations. Mega Buzz Inc Condition: