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Canticle: The Cleric Quintet, Book I by [Salvatore, R.A.]
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R.A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sophomore year of college when he was given a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift. He promptly changed his major from computer science to journalism. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications in 1981, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English. He began writing seriously in 1982, penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic. His first published novel was The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988 and he is still best known as the creator of the dark elf Drizzt, one of fantasy s most beloved characters. His novel The Silent Blade won the Origins Award, and in the fall of 1997, his letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers were donated to the R.A. Salvatore Library at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3047 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (16 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005899T7I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a great read from start to end. The Cleric Quintet fits part way through the Drizzt books and it's important to read them where it fits as other storylines later on in the books make more sense ( needless to say I didn't do that and read all the Drizzt books and then went back and read these !). The story introduces Cadderly and Danica and their battle against the Chaos Curse Released by a powerful wizard who is supposedly part of the Goddess of poisons sect. The writing is exciting and there are some interesting twists along the way.
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With the popularity of Drizzt Do'urden and all the associated characters from Salvatore's other Forgotten Realms series, Cadderly and his companions are often overlooked.
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.
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After reading the amazing Dark Elf saga it was with some trepidation that I decided to delve into and start exploring another of Salvatore's characters. I was not disappointed. In some respects I have enjoyed this book and the other four that make up "The Cleric Quintet" above and beyond what I could have expected when I first picked up this novel. Once you read this first book you will be compelled to read the rest of the "Quintet" to it's fantastic conclusion.
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This novel takes place in the Forgotten Realms setting in the remote Snowflake Mountains. The story centers around the Edificant Library established by the faith of Denir (god of knowledge). The main characters are a young orphaned priest named Cadderly and his girlfriend Danica, a monk. They along with several of his friends must defend the library from a curse that intensifies the desires of all the occupants causing dire effects.

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.
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Cadderly is a young priest of Deneir living at the Edificant Library in the Snowflake Mountains. A cleaver, if childlike, young man Cadderly and his friends become the only ones capable of stopping a great evil that grips the Library and threatens to plunge the entire region into chaos.

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.
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