This evening I am posting for you about The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. Normally, I would not be posting a trilogy as a joint review, but since I started this particular trilogy long before I decided to start a blog, I do not want to mistake any events in one book as happening in another, etc. Also, I just finished the final in the trilogy, so I want my reflections to be fresh. The trilogy consists of (in this order) The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem.
Yes, The Icewind Dale Trilogy is from the fantasy genre, and yes it is Dungeons & Dragons (Forgotten Realms is only one world of multiple in the D&D 'universe'). If those facts would be the only things keeping youfrom reading the books, I would definitely urge you to reconsider. First of all, if you would just be too embarrassed to be seen reading a Dungeons & Dragons book, you have nothing to worry about, since nowhere on the cover of any copy I have seen (and most definitely not those which are more recently published) do they say "Dungeons & Dragons". Secondly, the books are amazing!
immediately upon meeting them (and even those who I did not fall immediately in love with, I immediately hated. A strong
The basic synopsis of each of the Icewind Dale books would be as follows: In The Crystal Shard, a power-hungry wizard has gained control of a crystal containing deep magic. War breaks out between his army of various monstrous creatures and the people of Ten-Towns, a community of people settled around the many lakes in Icewind Dale. The conflict makes friends out of former enemies, but we start to see that some prejudices in the Realms run too deep for most to let go.
In Streams of Silver, the dwarf, Bruenor (with the aid of his friends) embarks on the quest that has been his life's dream --- to find and reclaim his ancestral home. Of course, many obstacles exist along the way, including one that leads to the final book in the trilogy, The Halfling's Gem. In this book, the party journeys even farther, leaving certain business unfinished in pursuit of a friend whose past has finally caught up to him, at the risk of all their lives.
I look very forward to reading more of these characters, of Forgotten Realms, and of Salvatore's work beyond Dungeons & Dragons. And again, if the only thing really holding you back from giving these kinds of books a read is the unnecessary stigma against D&D, I hope you will not continue to let it bias you, because the stories and characters are truly engaging. I see no reason you should be disappointed.
078691811X (Collector's Edition)
0880385359 (The Crystal Shard)
0786942657 (Streams of Silver)
0786942894 (The Halfling's Gem)
Series Info: What came before this book? What's next?
The Icewind Dale Trilogy
* The Crystal Shard (Book 1)
* Streams of Silver (Book 2)
* The Halfling's Gem (Book 3)
The Legend of Drizzt
- Sojourn (Book 3)
* The Crystal Shard (Book 4)
* Streams of Silver (Book 5)
* The Halfling's Gem (Book 6)