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The Silent Blade: The Legend of Drizzt, Book XI

The Silent Blade: The Legend of Drizzt, Book XI [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Salvatore
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Everybody's favourite introspective dark elf butt-kicker is back. And if you're one of the many fans of R.A. Salvatore's phenomenally popular twin-scimitar-swinger, you won't be disappointed. The Silent Blade is old-school Drizzt, an adventure that brings together the original gang: the lovely Cattie-brie, the plump and mischievous Regis, the gruff dwarven father- figure Bruenor, and the even more gruff barbarian hammer-hurler Wulfgar. Better yet, The Silent Blade brings back Drizzt's best worst nemesis, master assassin Artemis Entreri. Throw in the evil artefact Crenshinibon (a.k.a. the Crystal Shard, the namesake of the first Drizzt Do'Urden book), and you know you're in for a good time.

The plot follows three intertwined threads: Drizzt and Co.'s road trip to destroy Crenshinibon, Wulfgar's struggle to overcome the scars of his imprisonment at the claws of the demon Errtu and Artemis Entreri's long-awaited return to the seamy streets of Calimport. The action is as lively as ever, with giants and goblins and thieves all getting their deserved lumps at the hands of our heroes, and of course Drizzt continues his meditations on life with a capital L. The book's highlight, though, comes when Do'Urden and Entreri cross paths once again, this time with surprising results. And the promise of that match-up should keep you flipping the pages quickly. --Paul Hughes,

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Can the Crystal Shard be destroyed at last?

Drizzt is determined to destroy the evil Crystal Shard, and seeks out the help of the scholar-priest Cadderly. But instead, his worst fears are realized, and Crenshinibon falls into the hands of the dark elf mercenary Jarlaxle and his unlikely ally Artemis Entreri.

The Silent Blade is the book that brought Drizzt back to the Realms, and was a New York Times best seller on its initial release--and has been in print every day since. Like the rest of the Legend of Drizzt(R) reissues, The Silent Blade features beautiful new cover art by award-winning illustrator Todd Lockwood.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1591 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (23 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL4NW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointing story from a great author 15 Oct 1998
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First I wish to state my tremendous respect for RA Salvatore, an author who has been an inspiration to me. His skill and vision helped give me the desire to try my own hand at the art of words. I have enjoyed his Drizzt books and the Demon War series, finding them skillfully written with equal measures of action, humor, and reflection.
This noted, I must say I found Silent Blade a dissapointment. The players were all on stage but the plot and script wasn't there. As always Mr. Salvatore, through Drizzt's words at the beginning of each part, strikes home with messages of life so that even if you disagree, you can respect what he writes. I wish the rest of the book was as well done.
Much of this book, getting into Artemis Enteri's black heart, was the true joy of Silent Blade for me. It was new and the action surrounding the assassin was far more exciting than Drizzt's trials during most of the book. My only problems with these portions was I felt a lack of the memorable characters RA Salvatore always creates. No one really stood out at all. In addition the city of Calimport never came alive to me, the descriptions lacking their normal vibrancy. The rest of the book focuses on the trials of Drizzt and his friends. With one exception I never felt any of them in any danger. They are simply too skilled and powerful. Nothing came even close to the edge-of-your-seat sequence of Streams of Silver when the Companions fled the troll-infested swamps. With no danger there is no suspense.
The plot felt thread-bare, the desire to destroy the crystal shard recovered form the last book. New readers are given little idea of how dangerous it truly is, given along a thin backstory for the nefarious crystal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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"The Silent Blade" is definitely a step-up from the previous book, the nearly insufferable "Passage to Dawn." However, it still pales in comparison to his better works such as "Homeland" and "Siege of Darkness." Wulfgar's return, which even a tundra yeti realized would happen in PtD, is made a little more tolerable in TSB, since Salvatore does a pretty good job of detailing the barbarian's tortured mind and bringing more depth to him than just depicting him as the stereotypical barbarian. And the assassin Artemis Entreri, whom I originally was loathe to see again after so many failed attempts to kill Drizzt, really saved this book, as he struggles to understand his role in the world through some heavy introspection (though he thankfully never contemplates complete redemption). However, "our heroes" are worse than ever (well, maybe not as bad as they were in PtD). Regis has become utterly pointless, Bruenor provides no insights into his mind at all other than he is a completely stereotypical dwarf, and Drizzt remains flawless as always to an annoying degree. What happened to the Drizzt of earlier novels who actually questioned things? What does Salvatore think is interesting about a character who already has everything figured out? The best Salvatore books were "Homeland" and "Siege of Darkness," in my opinion, because they dealt with the fascinating, wicked politics of the drow city of Menzoberranzan, their evil goddess, Lloth, and their conflicts with Drizzt. Matron Baenre seemed like a suitable opponent for Drizzt, but Entreri and his ignorant gang of thieves just don't. I wish the series would return to the Underdark, where Drizzt is less sure of himself, both morally and physically. Read more ›
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Like almost all the Drizzt books I've read, I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Silent Blade'... But before I go into that, I have to say: I am sick to death of the lousy cover pictures of Drizzt that abound (esp on The Legacy et al) When I read the books I have to studiously avoid looking at the covers, in order that the Drizzt in my head jumping round with his scimitars is the Drizzt Mr Salvatore describes, rather than a dodgy looking, wizened ugly old guy. PLEASE, if you have any creative control at all, Mr S, get some decent cover art? Please? I adore the written descriptions of Drizzt, and would love to see a faithful visual portrayal of him, for once. Anyway...this book really turned me back on to R A Salvatore's work-- I'd been disappointed and alienated by the abysmal 'Passage to Dawn'. With 'the Silent Blade' however, I am well and truly hooked again, and loving the more introspective, deeper looks at the characters (esp the 'villains' like Entreri) the continuation of the love triangle (I was tearing my hair out when Wulfgar returned in PtD-- screaming 'No!' But Salvatore has redeemed the barbarians return here in my eyes, by making him less of a 'golden boy' and giving him psychological trauma after his time in the abyss.) and the wonderful action scenes! My only complaint would be that after making Entreri a more three-dimensional character, the same 'humanising' (so to speak) treatment needs to be given to Drizzt and co. They come across as a little too invincible and perfect. Complete invulnerability does not make for a great character IMHO. But of course, I still enjoyed the book, rated it highly, and am biting my nails till the next one comes out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!!
After few books that I can say that they were a bit boring, this was a fantastic book with an amazing story keeping engaged at all times!!
Published 2 months ago by Lepeniotis Panagiotis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Salvatore Does it again
The continued adventures of Dritzz & friends is awsome as a collector I'm more than happy to add to my collection, The seller has done me proud & I will use him again, R. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mr p w Meade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 months ago by Scott Mair
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
Some times the daemons of the realms are not just beings of the Abyss. Sometimes the greatest of all enemies are made with in ourselves.
Published 22 months ago by Ben Eastes
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Yet again RA Salvotore manages to bring us another fantastic series of books, like all of his books. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2004 by Paul Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
The silent blade took a little longer to get into than other Salvatore books, as the focus has shifted from Drizzt, to Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2001 by B. Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.. as always
In Silent blade we see more development of other characters in this ongoing Epic. We spend rather a lot of time with Ertemis in this worthy sequal to Passage to Dawn. Read more
Published on 19 May 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old
This book is just more of the same old blah churned out to make a quick buck. Let's just kill Drizzt off and be done with it. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars This was a boring book
This didn't appeal to me at all. The characters were lifeless and uninteresting, the threats they faced seemed insignificant, and the narrative was drawn out and confused.
Published on 15 May 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars One of his Worst
Starts Slowly, races along in the middle and ends stupidly.
I have followed the series from the begining and it has now passed it sell by date. Read more
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