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The Silent Blade (1998)

by R. A. Salvatore

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Wulfgar returns from the Abyss to find there are demons a hammer cannot crush. Entreri has used his dagger to carve an empire in the back streets of Calimport, as he seeks the head of his oldest foe. Drizzt learns that not all wounds bleed. And not all blades kill.

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i think this is one of my favourite in the series so far!
(I am on my knees, begging every single character to please get some damn therapy for the love of god.) ( )
  ashelocke | Jul 22, 2021 |
The Silent Blade is interesting in that it spends as much or more time following the story’s antagonist, the assassin Artemis Entreri, as it does following Drizzt, the story’s protagonist. Although it was an interesting approach, I didn’t find Artemis to be a compelling character. I wasn’t buying into his motivation (or lack of motivation in this case), that he was just going through the motions because he did not defeat Drizzt in battle. His lack of interest did little to pique my own interest in the sections where he was the main character.

The main plot, bringing the evil artifact Crenshinibon to the wizard Cadderly, did not seem to have high enough stakes to be overly compelling. As far as fantasy adventures go, it was pretty ho-hum. The writing was strong, and the characters interesting. The action was also pretty solid, although I think Drizzt and his crew dispatch their foes far too easily, and I think have been made to be such awesome fighters as to make them a bit less compelling as a result. Overall, this was a fun fantasy novel that didn’t really move the needle much. It was a fine novel but not one that I will likely remember.

Carl Alves – author of Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jul 9, 2016 |
Quiet book about the Icewind Dale friend. Setting of a stage I suppose for grander stories. Lot of character development, less fighting. ( )
  mdekleine | Oct 28, 2010 |
Another adventure in the world of Drizzt. I just didn't enjoy this one as much as the others.....nothing seemed to really happen and the pace, which typically for Salvatore is blistering, was sluggish in this book. I'm sure we're getting setup for future adventures and this was just a necessary step to put all the characters in the right place, but it just didn't make for an enjoyable read. I think I'll hold off for a bit on future Drizzt novels....I need a break. ( )
  harpua | Sep 25, 2010 |
Not one of Salvatore's best, this is worth reading if you want to continue reading everything in the Drizzt series, but it can be skipped. ( )
  Karlstar | Jul 13, 2008 |
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Chiklis, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Wulfgar lay back in his bed, pondering, trying to come to terms with the abrupt changes that had come over his life.
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Wulfgar returns from the Abyss to find there are demons a hammer cannot crush. Entreri has used his dagger to carve an empire in the back streets of Calimport, as he seeks the head of his oldest foe. Drizzt learns that not all wounds bleed. And not all blades kill.

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Can the Crystal Shard be destroyed at last?

Drizzt is determined to destroy the evil Crystal Shard, and seeks out the help of the scholar-priest Cadderly. But instead, his worst fears are realized, and Crenshinibon falls into the hands of the dark elf mercenary Jarlaxle and his unlikely ally Artemis Entreri.

The Silent Blade is the book that brought Drizzt back to the Realms, and was a New York Times best seller on its initial release--and has been in print every day since. Like the rest of the Legend of Drizzt(R) reissues, The Silent Blade features beautiful new cover art by award-winning illustrator Todd Lockwood.
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