The Cleric Quintet

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The Cleric Quintet is a series of five novels set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. They are written by R. A. Salvatore and follow the story of Cadderly Bonaduce, a scholar-cleric, as he attempts to stop the "Chaos Curse" unleashed upon the world. It is also a spiritual journey for Cadderly, where he begins to see things in a new light and becomes closer to his god.

Recurring characters in this series include Cadderly, Danica Maupoissant, the dwarven brothers Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder and Shayleigh, an elf maiden of Shilmista Forest.

The Cleric Quintet Collector's Edition Cover

Creation[edit]

The character of Cadderly was created specially for Cleric Quintet, after six Drizzt books were completed - as Salvatore wrote in his introduction, "We were done with Drizzt. Or at least, we thought we were". The new protagonist was originally planned to be a monk, but it got rejected due to changes in Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, where the class of monks was absent. Mary Kirchoff proposed that the protagonist should be a cleric. Salvatore invented a concept of spiritual journey for his character, who initially treats his religion as just a lifestyle, but gradually becomes more tied to his god, Deneir.[1]

The Cleric Quintet Title Fictional Date Author Original Publishing Current Publisher
Book 1 Canticle 1361 DR R.A. Salvatore October 1991 Wizards of the Coast
Book 2 In Sylvan Shadows 1361 DR R.A. Salvatore April 1992 Wizards of the Coast
Book 3 Night Masks 1361 DR R.A. Salvatore August 1992 Wizards of the Coast
Book 4 The Fallen Fortress 1361-1362 DR R.A. Salvatore June 1993 Wizards of the Coast
Book 5 The Chaos Curse 1362 DR R.A. Salvatore June 1994 Wizards of the Coast

Canticle[edit]

Canticle
Canticle (D&D novel).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author R. A. Salvatore
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Published 1991
Media type Print (Paperback)
Followed by In Sylvan Shadows

Plot[edit]

The evil wizard Aballister has spent two years collecting and brewing a potion of power, as told to him by the imp, Druzil, sent by the Goddess of Poison, Talona. When he reveals it to his evil fellowship at the hidden stronghold Castle Trinity, the priest Barjin takes control of it and sets off to the major stronghold of the Snowflake Mountains — the Edificant Library. He finds an innocent, intelligent, and young, low-ranking priest, to open the potion, the Chaos Curse, which makes all who breathe it lose self-control. Cadderly must fight a memory-blocking spell in order to lift the curse and save the Library.

In Sylvan Shadows[edit]

In Sylvan Shadows
In Sylvan Shadows (D&D novel).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author R. A. Salvatore
Country United States
Language English
Series The Cleric Quintet
Genre Fantasy
Published 1992 (Wizards of the Coast)
Media type Print (paperback)
Preceded by Canticle
Followed by Night Masks

Plot[edit]

"Cadderly must leave his home to combat the evil unleashed by the Chaos Curse. To counter Castle Trinity's plans for conquest, the cleric and his friends enter the beautiful forest of Shilmista. But among the trees and glades of the forest, Cadderly must battle a monstrous evil."

Night Masks[edit]

Night Masks
Night Masks (first edition).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author R. A. Salvatore
Country United States
Language English
Series The Cleric Quintet
Genre Fantasy
Published 1992 (Wizards of the Coast)
Media type Print ( )
Preceded by In Sylvan Shadows
Followed by The Fallen Fortress

Plot[edit]

"Caradoon, city of shadows, city of assassins. Through its dark streets flit the killers of the Night Masks, led by the thin, sinister killer known as Ghost. In the city's evil alleyways Cadderly, struggling against the horrible Chaos Curse, must fight an additional battle against sudden, silent death."

The Fallen Fortress[edit]

The Fallen Fortress
The Fallen Fortress (D&D novel).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author R. A. Salvatore
Country United States
Language English
Series The Cleric Quintet
Genre Fantasy
Published 1993 (Wizards of the Coast)
Media type Print ( )
Preceded by Night Masks
Followed by The Chaos Curse

Plot[edit]

"The war rages on. Cadderly, scholar-priest of the Edificant Library, leads the combined forces of Caradoon and Shilmista forest against Castle Trinity, stronghold of his enemy Aballister. But another mission calls him on a journey leading into the past.

A past he could just as soon forget."

The Chaos Curse[edit]

The Chaos Curse
The Chaos Curse (D&D novel).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author R. A. Salvatore
Country United States
Language English
Series The Cleric Quintet
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Wizards of the Coast
Publication date
1994
Media type Print ( )
Preceded by The Fallen Fortress

Plot[edit]

"The quest is over. The hero returns home.

A weary Cadderly makes his way back to the Edificant Library, where he can begin to rebuild his shattered life. But the Chaos Curse has one last surprise for him.

If he fails to meet the challenge, his beloved Danica will be lost to him forever."

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