Canticle

Canticle
Forgotten Realms: Cleric Quintet #1
R.A. Salvatore
Fantasy
2 Stars
203 pages, Epub

Some evil group makes up this evil potion and tries to destroy a library, which for some reason is the center of everything in this particular region. The protaganist, Cadderly, is a young gifted mage who ends up helping the badguys and then destroying them.

Extremely trope’ish. Dwarves, warrior woman who love him, jealous rival, etc, etc. Definitely not high reading. It was bland enough that it almost lost my interest. We’ll see how the second book holds up. If it isn’t any better, I’ll probably drop the series.

The Legacy

The Legacy
Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow #1
RA Salvatore
Fantasy
2 Stars
316 pages, paperbook

The dwarves have taken control of the mines. Drizz’t’s sister regains Lolth’s favor so she attempts to hunt down Drizz’t with Entreri’s help [the assassin]. Regis is kidnapped and used as a pawn and the group must enter the Underdark to rescue him and to free Drizz’t from the Drow. Cattie-Bri and Wulfgar have a falling out and Wulfgar apparently dies while in battle with one of Lolth’s servants.

Everything was telegraphed about 4 chapters ahead, so nothing was a surprise. Didn’t really enjoy this.

The Halfling’s Gem

The Halfling’s Gem
Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale #3
RA Salvatore
Fantasy
3 Stars
378 pages, paperbook

Drizz’t and company go rescue Regis, the overreaching greedy halfing. Ends at Cattie Brie and Wulfgar’s wedding.

This stuff is one step up from the Mars series by Burroughs. But palatable, unlike Burroughs 🙂

Streams of Silver

Streams of Silver
Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale #2
RA Salvatore
Fantasy
3 Stars
377 pages, paperbook

Bruennor the dwarf, along with some others, set out to find his ancestral home that he was driven from over 2 centuries ago. Mix in an assassin going after the halfling, a wizard going after Drizz’t because he thinks Drizz’t has the Crystal Shard and a dragon trying to kill them all, and you get a good rollicking adventure story.

The Crystal Shard

The Crystal Shard
Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale #1
RA Salvatore
Fantasy
3 Stars
344 pages, paperbook

the continuing adventures of Drizz’t. A magical do-hickey from the bowels of hell comes to the surface and takes over a weakminded wizard. He threatens 10 towns and it is up to Drizz’t and a new character named Wulfgar to save the day. Kill dragons and demons, face down hordes and get magical weapons.

Good for what it is, pulp fantasy.

The Dark Elf Trilogy

The Dark Elf Trilogy
Forgotten Realms
RA Salvatore
Fantasy
3 Stars
805 pages

Consisting of Homeland, Exile and Sojourn, this chronicles the beginnings of Drizz’t Do’Urden, renegade drow.

From his birth and growing up years in which he realizes he cannot be a typical drow [capricious, backstabbing, evil], his exile in the Underdark and realization that the Drow will never cease trying to kill him, to his journey to the surface world and his adventures to gain acceptance, these stories tell of a Drow of great skill and kind heart.

Okay, so not the best writing ever, pretty shallow, but a good rousing tale to wile the time away.