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The Cleric Quintet: Omnibus Paperback – 1 Feb 2002
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Salvatore shows . . . intelligence in using the classic elements, a pleasant dry wit and a narrative gift. --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
As one of the fantasy genre's most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best seller lists and have sold more than ten million copies. Salvatore's first published novel, The Crystal Shard in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden. Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi-volume series.
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I forgot to take any books with me when visiting my Dad's, so, as is normally the case on such occasions, I looked in the shelves above his bed and found one. In this case, it was the first book of the Cleric Quintet. (Actually, this was how I first met the Icewind Dale books, and the Hitchikers Guide not-a-trilogy.)
So, having read that one, I bought the 5 in one book. I think it is nice to have a familiar writing style, but in a book not centered so much on the combat side of the story. There are, of course, fights, but Cadarly, (the protagonist,) attempts to avoid them. Also, although the other characters are battle-hardened, superhero types, he is, realistically, new to the whole combat scene.
All said and done, this quintet contains many of the ingenious plot twists that frequent the author's other work, and provides a flowing and believable story. (Or as close as this genre can get to being realistic.)
Great, just not as great as other great things.
I like the characters of Cadderly, Danica and the two mad dwarves Ivan and Pikel but was not impressed with the writing. The books seemed very repetitive and a lot of the plots became predictable after a while. Book after book of the quintet seemed to follow the same template. Either I didn't notice, or the Drizzt books don't suffer from this to the same degree.
There is a short foreword in which the author gives an insight into how this work came into being and it may be the explanation why it isn't as good as the Drizzt books. Apparently his original concept of a book with a monk character as the hero, a monastery setting and open handed fighting got vetoed by the publisher and turned into a cleric figure with appropriate trimmings instead. In my opinion this has resulted in giving the book a flavour of having been born out of duty rather than passion in parts. The author is still desperately trying to get his 'monk hero' into the story in the shape of Danica, whilst at the same time having to build up Cadderly in cold blood, so to speak.
For the price, you get a decent amount of reading material and if you are a hard core Forgotten Realms fan, then it's probably a must read, but there are a lot of books out there that are better written.