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Another classic Salvatore book
on 15 December 2002
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.
As this is the first in a trilogy you can see the building blocks of a large plot developing, and the ending is far more cliffhanging than any of Salvatore's previous trilogies, which will likely make you eager for the next book, as I am.
I think my favourite, or most enjoyable aspect of the book was the inclusion of the BlouderShoulder Brothers, Ivan, and Pikel.
These two characters are probably my favourite characters that Bob has ever created, ones that I fell in love during the cleric quintet series of books.
The interaction between the surly Ivan, and the Druidic Pikel is always excellent, and often exceptionally funny. I am always amazed at how Bob manages to give Pikel such a personality when his conversation only seems to consist of "Oi oi", "Uh uh", "Me Brudder", "Doo Dah", and "Hee Hee Hee".
Anyway, this book is excellent and you should definitely include it in your collection, even if it is just to laugh at the antics of the BoulderShoulder brothers.