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This is the first book I’ve read by R.A. Salvatore, I was looking for an epic fantasy read and 51VY1C606GL__SX302_BO1,204,203,200_a good friend pointed me here as they read it a long time back. Now I wish I started with book one and may find myself backtracking.

This book was initially published in 1988 stemming three editions to date, that means it predates the games such as World of Warcraft and other role play games which have brought to life some of the very images being described here. These books were what I would class as an epic movement in the world of fantasy stories, baring in mind the genre back then was not as popular as today and these tales have aged excellently. I didn’t feel as though I was reading a story crafted almost thirty years back, which in itself is a tribute to the author and their style

I’ve not played D&D but it is certainly on my to do list, the reason I mention this is I can’t be certain how much of the lore and mythos are from the author’s own creation and how much already exists in the books. I will say that the book contains a fantastic narrative, flows well, and introduces a number of interesting and gripping characters, and as so many have before me, I must say I am very fond of the characters in this book, Drittz especially caught my interest, and I look forward to learning more of him as I back track to book one. I have laughed and cringed with the characters through their tale, it really was an enjoyable read.

This author is definitely on my future buy list when I feel like a good old fashioned fantasy tale, in fact, I predict I shall be picking up a number of his works in the near future.

Here are the links:

UK The Crystal Shard book IV

US: The Crystal Shard book IV

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