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Canticle: The Cleric Quintet, Book I Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 5 in The Cleric Quintet (5 Book Series)
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However, Canticle is a well written novel and is somewhat refreshing for Slavatore in that the main character, the young scholar Cadderly, is not the invincible fighting machine that Drizzt, Wulfgar or Bruenor are in Salvatore's other books.
For those new to Salvatore, Canticle is an ideal starting point for an author who is one of the best at writing flowing action/battle scenes.
Cadderly is a young scholar who was orphaned and bought up in a monestary in a remote part of the Forgotten Realms. When this monestary comes under attack by a strange power, it is the bookish young man who must suddenly assume the mantle of a hero in an effort to save his brother priests who have suffered from a strange curse causing them to lose all inhibitions.
As the ordered priests suddenly succumb to every whim they may have, from binge drinking and eating to outlandish fornification, Cadderly finds some allies in his closest friends and with the beatiful warrior monk Danica and the dwarven Bouldershoulder brothers, Ivan and Pikel, he looks to right the wrongs around him.
This book is the perfect opener for the rest of the 'Cleric Quintet' but it does suffer a little becasue of that. The book is merely a staging novel for the following four books and while it is very enjoyable, the pace is a little slow to begin with as we're introduced to the characters.
However, this book is of course a must read as the rest of the series is excellent as the young scholar progresses to become a powerful priest and faces up to the ghosts from his own past in the process.
While this will never challenge the grey matter, it is an enjoyable piece of escapism and highly recommended.
The storyline has lots of promise. The idea of having a cleric and a monk as the main characters in a Forgotten Realms novel is quite intriguing. Unfortunately, this book doesn't deliver on that potential. The novel starts off extremely slow; however, in a new series with unknown characters this is somewhat expected. But it would have been hard to fail more miserably at the character introductions and early plot development. The rest of the book is a toss up. Parts of the book are funny and amusing, but there are other parts that leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Even Salvatore's battle scenes, his strongest skill, are lacking the excitement they normally invoke. The battles with Cadderly using the yo-yo were just downright stupid.
I think my biggest problem with the book was the main character! By the end of the book, I really just started to dislike him. Cadderly character is intriguing; he is thrown into a violent world that he would rather not exist, pushed into an adventurous life that he doesn't want. Unfortunately, Salvatore writing style doesn't lend itself to the possibilities. The book should make you feel for Cadderly, but it leaves me with dislike instead. My other gripe is Pickel. I hated his little catch phrase "Ou oi"; it perturbed me to no end.Read more ›
I began reading this book years ago but stopped to wait until I had got the entire series and then completely forgot about it. I found it again when I was going through my cupboards recently and decided to finish it as I hadn't read a Dungeons and Dragons book for a while and I must say it was very enjoyable.
The book is a good introduction to the series, setting up the characters and the plot quite well and while the pacing is a little of in places it is still easy to read. Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder have always been favourite characters of mine from Salvatore's other books and they make a good showing here, as do Cadderly and Danica. The description of the Library's decent into chaos is also very well done. The only real downside to the book is that some of the action and the plot can be a little too predictable but this is only a minor complaint as the book remains entertaining throughout.
Overall I feel that this book was a good start to the series worth a mark of a high three or low four. I will definitely be looking to get the rest of the series once again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
all of these books are exceptional gripping stories, a must for lovers of this genraPublished 4 months ago by Mr. Ronald L. Alcock
I am now a long way into reading the Drizzt Saga and those peripheral character's and stories of which this is the first, definitely fills in the gaps around key character's.Published 16 months ago by mpm
This booked and the whole series was recommended to me by my son who found the storyline interesting. Anyone interested in Fantasy books would enjoy this seriesPublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by June
The first book in a side story from the Legend of Drizzt series that tells the tales of Cadderly and Danica. Great companion book, but also great on its own.Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by Ro
I cant remember the story from when I read this series as a child and with my new kindle I wanted something new yet familiar. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2012 by Ian