The Icewind Dale Trilogy

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The Icewind Dale Trilogy is a trilogy of novels written by science fiction and fantasy author R.A. Salvatore. The trilogy contains three books: The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem and tells the tale of the drow, or dark elf, ranger Drizzt Do'Urden, the barbarian warrior, Wulfgar, the halfling Regis, a dwarf king, Bruenor, and Bruenor's adopted human daughter Catti-brie. The first of Salvatore's Forgotten Realms novels, it describes the events that created some of the best-known characters in that world. The final book of this series The Halfling's Gem appeared in the New York Times Best seller list. [1]

A prequel trilogy, The Dark Elf Trilogy, followed as did several subsequent sequel series such as Legacy of the Drow and Paths of Darkness.

Works included[edit]

Forgotten Realms: The Icewind Dale Trilogy series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

  1. The Crystal Shard (1988)
  2. Streams of Silver (1989)
  3. The Halfling's Gem (1990)

In later years, these and other books featuring the character Drizzt Do'Urden have been rebranded as installments of The Legend of Drizzt: current publications of the Icewind Dale Trilogy are identified on their covers as books IV, V, and VI of that series.

Characters[edit]

  • Akar Kessel is the former apprentice of Morkai the Red. He is left to die in a bowl-shaped dell of Icewind Dale by Dendybar the Mottled, who tricked Kessel into killing Morkai with promises to become the new head of the mage's guild. He comes across Crenshinibon, which allows him to survive and grants him great power. He commands a large army of creatures (mostly goblins, with lesser numbers of orcs, ogres and giants) and builds a large tower. He also forms an alliance with Errtu, who also seeks the crystal. He is defeated by Drizzt and killed when he teleports the two of them to the base of a mountain only to by buried in an avalanche.
  • Errtu is the powerful balor who originally sought the Crystal Shard. After leaving the Abyss, he comes to the Prime Material Plane and stumbles upon Crenshinibon and Akar Kessel-its wielder. Akar, after reminding Errtu of his newfound power, appoints him general of his army. Soon enough, Errtu is magically beckoned by Drizzt Do'Urden, who attempts to trick the balor into thinking he is part of larger drow force whose eyes are set on the Crystal Shard. Once this ruse fails, Errtu attacks Drizzt and Guenhwyvar, but is destroyed in the process and sent back to the Abyss for 100 years' banishment.

Comic adaptation[edit]

Crystal Shard[edit]

Following from the comic adaption of The Dark Elf Trilogy, Devil's Due Publishing continued with the adaptation of Crystal Shard. The second issue (October 2006) reaching 20 [2] and the third issue (December 2006) reaching 18 in the top 100 Independent comic for their respective months.[3]

Streams of Silver[edit]

Devil's Due Publishing announced the individual issues for this series would be collected into a tradepaperback with Tyler Walpole serving as the cover artist. The series was adapted by Andrew Dabb and pencilled by Val Semeiks. [4] The trade paperback for Streams of Silver was ranked 34 in the top 100 Graphic Novels for August 2007 with an estimated pre-order sale quantity of 2524. [5]

Halfling's Gem[edit]

The final issue of Halfling's Gem was announced on 18 September 2007 and was shipped December 2007.[6] The final issue #3 completes the adaptation of Dark Elf Trilogy and Icewind Dale Trilogy.

Reception[edit]

The entire trilogy was ranked 9th in Banophernalia's top 10 books for 2000.[7] In the same site, the series was given 3 stars for Crystal Shard and 3.5 stars for Streams of Silver and The Halfling's Gem. It was considered standard enjoyable fantasy fare although clichéd.[8]

Ian Strelec, Staff reviewer for d20zines.com awarded Streams of Silver with a B+ rating. Vivid descriptions and good characterisations were praised in the novel however he was critical of unrealistic situations as well an over emphasis on combat scenarios.[9]

The last volume of the trilogy The Halfling's Gem was ranked 14th in the New York Times Paperback best sellers' list on March 11, 1990.[1]

Paul Hughes in an editorial review of the trilogy on amazon.com stated while the book is not Tolkien it has "brought legions of enthusiastic fans to the genre". The reviewer also stated it is essential for any "Drizzt true believer". [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: March 11, 1990". NY Times. 1990-03-11. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  2. ^ Albert, Aaron. "Top 100 Indy Comics for October 2006". About.com. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  3. ^ Albert, Aaron. "Top 100 Indy Comics for December 2006". About.com. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Devil's Due Comics for August, 2007". comicsnewsi. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--August 2007". icv2.com. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  6. ^ "December 07 Solicits — Tuesday, 18 September 2007". Devil's Due. Archived from the original on 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Best books of 2000". Banophernalia. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  8. ^ "R.A. Salvatore". Banophernalia. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  9. ^ Strelec, Ian. "Streams of Silver Review". d20zines.com. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  10. ^ Hughes, Paul. "The Icewind Dale Collector's Edition: (World: Forgotten Realms) (Forgotten Realms) (Hardcover)". amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-03-31.