Review: The Crystal Shard

The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore1261150

Series: The Icewind Dale Trilogy #1; Legend of Drizzt #4

Published: January 1, 1988

Rating: 3.5/5

Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf named Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshinibon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

It kills me to not read a series in order but my friend highly recommended that I read these in the order they were published for whatever reason, and I decided to trust him. This was the first book I’ve read by Salvatore, and also the first work that he published. There are many aspects of this book that remind me of what I consider to be fantasy in the late 80’s, with a lot of complicated names and Lord of the Rings-esque references/characters.

While this was originally published as the first of a series, it truly does read like a fourth book with a lot of characters and vague backstory dumps. This may be due to the fact that apparently this entire book was written based on a Dungeons and Dragons campaign the author completed with his friends.

The storyline and characters were interesting enough to encourage me to finish; however, everything in it seemed very tropey and similar to so many other things. Again, in the 1980’s and the years before fantasy and fantasy films became really popularized I’m sure this book was a revolution in it’s own right (heck, this was published 8 years before A Song of Ice and Fire).

A lot of the parts felt like an RPG videogame, which I enjoyed. The main character, Drizzt, was a misunderstood and often-hated dark elf which is always the character I pick in RPG situations. Wulfgar the human, Regis the hobbit halfling, and Gimli Bruenor the dwarf contribute to this mighty gang and are a force I’m interested in following through their adventures.

While I will continue this series, I’m in no rush to do so with all the other amazing fantasy series I need to start. Have you read anything by Salvatore, and if so what were your thoughts?

Mar. TBR Tuesday

I recently made a TBR jar to help me decide what books to read next! You can check out how I made mine in my post HERE. This is the fun new way I’m going to be choosing a book or two to read each month. Note: you can click on the book covers below to read more about them on Goodreads.

And the first book that I drew for March was…

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff! I actually started this a while ago and put it down because I got distracted by other reads. Now I have no excuse, and I’m excited to return to this world!

I Instagram-polled my followers to help me decide my next read for this month, and out of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson, they chose Mistborn!

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this series, and am excited to find out what all of the hype is about! (If you’d like to join in on some more of my shenanigans, my Instagram is @emiesnook)

I was also recently approved for an ARC of one of my anticipated reads of the year, The Raging Ones, the fantasy debut of two of my favorite romance authors, Krista and Becca Ritchie! This book is definitely moving to the top of my TBR for the month.

Other books that I’m hoping to read/finish:

  1. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (my Classic of the Month!)
  3. Alphas Like Us (Like Us #3) by Becca and Krista Ritchie
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (continuing with read-a-long)

I may be a little overly-optimistic trying to finish multiple 600 page books this month, in the midst of midterm exam season, but I’m going to try my best!

What books are you planning on reading this month?