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Verified Purchase. Out of all the Drizzt trilogies, this one this by far my favorite. For one thing, there is much lore and world-building going on in this series, especially the first one, Homeland. Lore and world building is something that is absolutely essential to ALL fantasy novels, and this series has plenty of it. Sadly, RA’s Salvatore’s other works had much less lore and immersion, making them somewhat lackluster compared to this series.
It would be difficult for me to believe that someone could not be enthralled by the race of the drow, their politics, and their culture. And neither does the trilogy have TOO much lore. There is a perfect balance and it makes this trilogy superior to other fantasy trilogies in that department. The narrative flows smoothly and the pacing is excellent. You aren’t bombarded with too much information too quickly, but neither does the plot move too slowly to be interesting.
It also doesn’t treat the reader like and idiot, and nothing that happens is irrelevant. Most of these imperfections that aren’t present in the Dark Elf Trilogy ARE present in other Salvatore books, which really makes this one stand out above the rest.
Drizzt is somewhat like a Conan-esque character in this series, in that the story mostly focuses on one tough, central, and lone wolf type character, as opposed to featuring many characters and complex political machinations. I’m very grateful of this, as that is just a personal preference for me. That doesn’t mean that the trilogy is cheesey or ham-fisted at all, though. I think that even fans who enjoy more complex stories with multiple main characters will find this trilogy exciting because the writing and characters are simply that great.
The action is very fluid and exciting, with great detail explaining the choreography of the bloody battles. It can make one’s heart race and blood pound with trepidation. It really is an “edge of your seat” kind of action. I must admit that every now and then it can become a bit choppy and confusing, especially when characters use complex combat maneuvers. It doesn’t disturb the pace too much however and can be ignored.
An annoying trend with fantasy novels is that the villains are featured as protagonists, which is boring because the reader knows exactly what the heroes will be encountering next. Thankfully, this is not the case with the Dark Elf Trilogy.
The reader will be kept guessing at what will happen next, never quite sure of what is around the other corner. Much like the action, the plot is very much “edge of your seat” style. This is very refreshing and makes the trilogy much more entertaining than most other fantasy novels. I give this book a perfect rating, no doubt. It is a cut above R. Buy this book either before or after the crystal shard trilogy and you won’t be disappointed. Also book came in amazing shape, just small bends on pages and cover and a couple of library stickers.
Peeled it off and cleaned it up, just another high quality, clean used book. And used books are the best right? I was going through my local library a little over two years ago, when I found a book where it was not supposed to be, upon its spine was an interesting enough title, so I pulled it off the shelf. Upon its cover was a black elf wielding scimitars, obviously confronting two others.
I have heard that one should never judge a book by its cover, but that was one point in which I did, and I am grateful. I had not read any Fantasy beyond Harry Potter at that point, so to say the least, I was new to the genre. I didn’t really expect much from the book to be honest, but thankfully those feelings were proven wrong. From the first few pages I fell in love with the book. Its detail on the culture of the Drow, the action, the adventure, the humor even.
It stirred withing me a great love for all things fantasy, although I must say that for the better part of the next year I did not move beyond the works of Salvatore, I loved them far too much.
Alas, I am not a fanboy though, and I do not blindly rush into these books, and think them flawless. I enjoy them for what they are: simple, entertaining reads. This book and the others in the series have proven to be quite a stepping stone as well.
I may sound like a foolish person who enjoys the archetypal character and nothing more, but that is not true, though I do enjoy a story even if the characters barely stray from fantasy stereotypes like Feist.
I am a fan of George R. Martin as well, his complexity is a breath of fresh air, in a somewhat stale genre. I strongly encourage picking up this book and the rest of Salvatore’s books , especially if you are just beginning to read Fantasy. No matter how far you brach out in your readings, you will always be firmly rooted in the Legend of Drizzt. The books are highly entertaining and are also good for the post-brain bashings the more epic fantasy novels are wont to give.
There is no author better suited than RA Salvatore to write this series. The Drizzt Do’Urden series will rivet your eyes to the many pages as this good hearted dark elf’s saga unfolds before you. I wish he would write a dozen more of them, and I consider their entertainment value far in excess of any book which I have read of which there are many, including Lord of the Rings, Tales of Narnia, and many more.
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Many countries created many Oz cartoons and movies in their own language. Even recently there were multiple announcements about New Wizard of Oz movies and shows.
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My five years old enjoys coloring illustrations in Oz books in the copies that are no longer collectible. Few might even be part of the performance at their schools during a childhood. Some additional avenues bring indirectly collectors to Oz.
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I assume that the main intention of the school is for parents to read out loud to a special kid in their life. Many people read them as a pre-teen, as a teenager, as an adult and as an adult to their kids. In my opinion, books are better than the movie, better than Wicked the book or musical, or any of the other movies or t.
Here are a few reasons: -Fun. These books are silly. They are kind. They are thoughtful. They remember each other from book to book. They have an art-nouveau feel, and are a good reason to find well-printed physical copies of the books -Vocabulary.
These books were feminist before women even had the right to vote , and great for little developing feminists. Another recent example is from Idaho in December Idaho elementary, middle and high school students collaborated with 24 schools in 10 U.
The movie was produced with the Story Maker technology that is used by 17, students in school districts nationwide. As someone can imagine with advances in technology it is a matter of time until one of these young kids takes an adventure into making other Oz movies for other 39 Oz books that are currently in public domains. That information is a reaffirmation of my observations that the Oz trend is still alive and growing. Since I am working mostly with Oz books and film memorabilia, I know there is a huge demand for collectible Oz books.
I recently found an article that lists the most valuable children books from to and guess which books photo was at the head of the article? Many people shy away from book collecting because they don’t quite understand how to determine a books value.
On this website, I’m going to give you all the information and tools you will need to successfully collect, sell, and buy. Below is the image of the complete set of my fourteen Wizard of Oz books in order. To indicate a rarity of locating books in the original dust jacket, I performed an online search of 15, antique book dealers that handles over million books.
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When is sold at auction twenty years later Swann Galleries, Epstein sale , the partial dust jacket was a featured element of the description. If you would like to start reading the Wizard of Oz series but not sure where to start, then Wizard of Oz books Ranked – poll list might help.
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Collectors of lesser means may collect works by a favorite author, first editions of modern authors, or books of a certain genre. Finnegans Wake met with mixed review: some said it was unreadable, others praised Joyce for ingenuity. As our publisher Webb Howell said at the time, “When someone starts cataloguing their stuff, they really have transcended into a collector. Wealthy book collectors pursue rarities such as the Gutenberg Bible , and Shakespeare’s First Folio , books which are both famous and extremely valuable. The latest version, allows me to read a pdf file without leaving the database. And Matthew B. October 7,