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  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (15 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786928042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786928040
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.3 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Continues the adventures of the Dark Elf hero, Drizzt Do'Urden, as an invasion of orcs sweeps across the Spine of the World, separating him from the friends on whom he has long relied and forcing him to draw on his own inner resources.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Paddon on 15 Dec 2002
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The Thousand Orcs is another in the excellent line of R.A Salvatore books on the adventures of the 'heroes of the hall', with Drizzt, Catti-brie, Bruenor Battlehammer, Wulfgar, and Regis once again setting out to right the evils of the world.
As with all of Bob's books the action is, as usual, gripping and well written. The plot is good, but those with good memories, and who have read Bob's previous books might note the very odd continuity error. However this certainly doesn't detract from the book over all.
Three of the 'heroes of the hall' are found to be questioning their identity, their role in the world of the present, and their future in general.
Wulfgar is well on the mend emotionally after his high fall from grace caused by the torment he suffered at the hands of the demon Ertu. However, now he is questioning how he can walk the road of a warrior now that he has the responsibility of a wife and child to consider.
In the throes of a blossoming relationship with, Drizzt, Cattie-brie finds herself questioning her own mortality when balanced against the longevity of a Drow Elf. As with Wulfgar she questions what her future holds, be it on the road, or making a home somewhere to raise children, and how hard it would be if those children were half Drow.
Regis is also searching for his position in the world, and how he quite fits in amongst his powerful friends, which leads to quite a change in his general behaviour.
The overall general plot is hard to explain without giving away too much. There are a thousand Orcs in it, a few giants, and lots of battles, as she would expect with the title of the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tracyann Qualter on 9 Oct 2003
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I don't know how Salvatore does it but the stories keep coming bigger and better than the last. If you're a fan you're a fan for life. Everytime I get another book it's like I'm reading someone from my own family. You wont want to finish this book until you've got the next in the series so you can just keep on reading. Fantastic!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jamesg7811 on 24 Jan 2003
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It never fails to astound me just how much Salvatore can drag me into his world and show me how little I know about myself. Through his characters we are able to mirror our own existence and look at our morality and judgement. To those who are unfamilar with the work of R A Salvator this book is exiting and powerful from the onset. And to anyone who has already discovered the author then the usual aplies, battles and fighting throughout, character tension and a host of Orcs to be destroyed, Read it and love it.
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By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
`The Thousand Orcs' is the first book in the Hunters Blades trilogy and as such is mainly setting things up for the rest of the series. In the book Obould Many-Arrows and his orcs have teamed up with a band of frost giants in an attempt to bring the North under their control. As escalating raids of these monstrous allies continue Bruenor Battlehammer and his friends are forced to return to Mithral Hall so that he can take up his position as king. Added to this the relationship between Mithral Hall and the city of Mirabar is deteriorating leading to civil strife in the multicultural city.

R. A. Salvatore is a great writer able to breathe life into his characters and write some great battle scenes. The book is never anything but entertaining and things escalate nicely and at a good pace right up until the end which leaves the story in an interesting situation that will keep you reading the series. Having said this the book does lack something that would make it truly great and much of the time it has the feel of an average R. A. Salvatore book, although that is still better than many other fantasy authors. As well as this some of the humour does fall a little flat and I feel the situation in Mirabar went on a little to long but other than that `The Thousand Orcs' was an entertaining book that should be enjoyed by any Drizzt fan.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "steveveevers" on 16 Nov 2002
Format: Hardcover
Being a self proclaimed R.A. Salvatore nut, i have been awaiting the latest novel with baited breath.
i can honestly say i would be willing to wait for another year for it as it is that excellent.
Bob is again on his best form with the progression of the relationships of the companions of the hall, espacially the still budding love interest of Catti-brie and our favorite Paladin in Dark Elf's clothing!. Wulfgar is also coming on leaps and bounds to regain his rightful place as one of the key players in the group but is being closely chased by Regis of all people, read on.
The book captures the magic and mayhem of the earlier books with sweeping battles and evil baddies to keep the friends (and us) more than occupied, with the beginnings of a bigger plot line that will hopefully travel through the rest of the trilogy.
Many twists and sub-plots will keep you unable to put it down until it is finished, one of my dinners actually got cold before i realised that i had actually just read three chapters!
It is nice to see that some of the minor minions of Bruenor's realm have been padded out, Dagnabit being the mosrt prominent.
The book ending leaves us on one of the most cliff-hanging situations that Salvatore has ever done, may even be worth moving over to America to cut the waiting time downfor the next one.
In truth, one of the best to come from the hand of R.A. Salvatore and a MUST for any fan.
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