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The Crystal Shard: Bk. 4 (The Legend of Drizzt)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2009
Okay, there are good and bad review here, but few help one decide where in the series to start. I shall therefore answer the title of this review: begin with Homeland, Exile and Sojourn. Here's why.

While I agree that this is a good book, I can't really understand why it's SO highly rated by so many people. I am enjoying it a lot, but have found the characters less engaging than those in The Dark Elf trilogy.

Also, it's full of action, and a bit too much. You find yourself attached to few of the characters; had I started with this, I may not have gone on to read the others. It's not a book that makes me think "I have to read the others!!"; I want to read the others because I really enjoyed the previous trilogy.

Another reason to begin with The Dark Elf trilogy is because it introduces you properly to Drizzt, who acts as more of a side-character in this book; a shame, since he's one of the most interesting, but then I suppose this was the first book written, and he was written to be an extra. His character is also more admirable in The Dark Elf trilogy. I developed respect and love for him, but in this book he's - well - a tad bland.

But most importantly, almost all of The Dark Elf trilogy's plot is summarised in this book; the books wouldn't have worked as well had I known what was going to happen. That may cause you to ask "why bother to read them then?" My answer is for the character development, the detail, and the quality of the writing which is more developed, more engaging, and more enjoyable.

I know this focussed a lot on the trilogy that comes before this book chronologically, but I felt I wanted to say something different to what's been said in the reviews that have already been published on the page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 1998
R.A. Salvatore started a tale with this book that I never imagined I would have the pleasure of experiencing. I am 26 and have loved Fantasy (AD&D) my entire life. The story that starts here and continues to this day in over ten glorious novels is overwhelming. Thank you Mr. Salvatore and please keep writing books about Drizzt, the drow, Regis, Wulfgar, The Dwarves and all the other characters you have created. they have made so many people awe struck by the storyline. Thank you, your characters and their tales will be in my heart and soul forever.
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on 8 April 2012
I finished reading this book for the second time. The first time I read it was when I just began reading fantasy novels many years ago. I didn't enjoy it as much this time through, but I still found it entertaining. For those who have read the Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawnin (TSR Fantasy) or The Lord of the Rings 3 book boxset (movie covers), you may feel that this book falls short of those fantastic trilogies. However, I would say there is a reason that Salvatore has written so many novels in the Drizzit series. It is not because all of his readers are stupid. The reason his books sell is that his books are fun to read. The Crystal Shard is a fast paced book with a lot of good ideas and an interesting premise. I will be the first to say that Salvatore's writing in The Crystal Shard is not up there with the quality of J.R.R Tolkien, but the novel still draws you in and makes you continue reading because you want to find out what is going to happen. If you are going to read fantasy novels of this type you unfortunately will have to get used to superheroes that are impossible to kill. This is true of Drizzit, Bruenor, and Wulfgar. But if Salvatore killed them off in the first couple of books there would not be this long running series that we have now. For those who say the character development in this book is poor...I think you are right to some degree, but read The Dark Elf Trilogy: "Homeland", "Exile", "Sojourn" (Forgotten Realms) and you will see that Salvatore is a really good author. For those of you who like to read fun light-hearted books please read this book you will like it and the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 1998
At a very dark time in my life I picked up this book on a whim ... needless to say it changed my life. Salvatore's grasp on the human spirit is amazing! I literally HAD TROUBLE putting the book down! The pace is perfect, the characters CLASSIC. I cried during certain parts. Salvatore and I share the philosophy that Good triumphs over evil, and it is evident in his masterful story telling. If I could recommend only ONE book, THIS IS IT. READ THE CRYSTAL SHARD. It is the beginning of something that will stand the test of time, something truly great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 1998
The Crystal Shard is the worst of the Dark Elf books (not including Passage to Dawn or The Silent Blade, I haven't read them yet) but it is still a excellent book. Truly a well written and although not a original storyline it has changed enough so that it isn't a spinoff. But you can see his not fully developed writing style is evident although by The Halfling's Gem it does get much better. I whole heartedly recommend this novel.
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on 23 June 2013
This was the first published novel to feature Drizzt and one more first forgotten realms novels as well. This shows through in the quality of the writing but the strong storyline compensates admirably.

The novel concerns the fate of the ten towns against first a barbarian and secondly a more deadly invasion. The novel powers along but it's interesting to note that some of the more memorable characters in this setting have so little to do beyond hit goblins with swords!

Overall it's a good tale and sets the reader up well for future adventures in this world.

On a separate note, the kindle version appears to have some additional sections added over the original paperback where Drizzt puts the emerging tale into the wider context of his life. These additions don't add a lot beyond spoiling some of the events in the later published (but chronologically earlier novels) but given that the publisher has reordered the novels in the legend of Drizzt series this probably isn't an issue for most readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 1998
This is where it all started for RA Salvatore and his awsome characters of Drizzt, Bruennor, and Wulfgar. This book and its characters draws you in like no other and you just can not put it down. The entire trilogy is right up there with the classic Lord of the Rings-only this is easier to read and even more vivid.
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on 5 February 2010
This is the first installment of a new Drizzt trilogy. The story picks up a few years after his arrival in ten towns area of icewind dale.

Theres plenty of action and large scale battles in this story. Drizzt has adopted a cockiness in this series, which i approve of. I won't go into anymore detail for fear of spoiling for any potential reader. It's probably a good idea to read the first trilogy before embarking on this installment.

Why the 3-stars? I thought this could have been written alot better (which the author is more then capable of), some of the larger battles are a bit disconnected. I also thought some of the scene in the book where fairly stupid and far-fetched, yes i know it's fantasy and thats to be expected, but theres limits.

This is still a must for anyone who is into the FR stable.
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on 31 March 2014
I was expecting quite a lot of this book are being very impressed with the Dark Elf trilogy, which explains events before this book but was written long after.

Unfortunately by comparison this book seemed a bit flimsy. Its not that its a bad book its just not as well written as his later books and the characters/plots lack any real depth, and although I like fast moving action filled books this one pushed it to the limit which left very little time to go into depth on anything.

Still despite those complaints its a decent book and part of an excellent series, with the next in the series being miles ahead of this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 1998
I hate to say this, but R.A. Salvatore is really not a very good writer. When I was, oh, ten or twelve, I absolutely adored this stuff. Then I got older, and I found that that had changed quite a bit. Salvatore's characters are very flat and bland, even when they're not obvious Tolkien rip-offs. Having a drow as a central character is novel, but that's about all it is. I think it strikes a chord because everybody feels persecuted sometimes and wishes that they were strong enough to DO something about it. Drizzt is a guy who really IS and CAN. Really, though, the dialogue is trite, the battle scenes are unspeakably tedious, and, though I can't outright condemn it (I sure as hell enjoyed it at one time), I can't recommend it to anyone either.
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