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The chronological order of the Forgotten Worlds books is the same as the publication order, with one exception. The only exception is The Dark Elf Trilogy preceeding The Icewind Dale Trilogy.
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American author R.A. Salvatore, or Robert Anthony Salvatore in full, is a well known and equally well regarded writer of science-fiction and fantasy novels. Creating such series as ‘The DemonWars Saga’, he’s built a well established name for himself. Not only that, but he’s also worked for other franchises such as ‘Star Wars’ as well, as he adds to their mythology too.
Early and Personal Life
Born into a large family of seven on the 20th of January, 1959, R.A. Salvatore was the youngest of all of them. Raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, Salvatore took his inspiration from the world around him as he excelled in English enjoying writing creatively from an early age. Encouraged to continue by his English teacher at school, he took this interest on with him into the adult world, as he set about making a living from it. Next he went onto University graduating with a degree in Communications after gaining an avid interest in fantasy, especially ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Originally he wanted to work as a journalist, a career choice which was helped along after he gained a B.A. in English. In the meantime he worked through a succession of smaller jobs, ending up as a bouncer for some time. This helped inform his battle scenes within his work, as his experience gained on the job greatly helped his material. During this time he continued to write creating manuscripts and producing vast quantities of work, which he’d keep on submitting. 1997 was the year he donated all his old manuscripts and material to the library named after him at his old alma mater. Eventually he did get published and his dream of writing for living was finally fully realized.
It was the year of 1982 that he was to start taking his writing career more seriously, as he begun to concentrate on becoming an author. Working on his initial manuscript, ‘Echoes of the Fourth Magic’, he began to outline the entire world and universe within. Finally finishing it in 1987 he managed to secure himself a deal and his status as a writer was set.
With number of series behind him, many of them still ongoing, he is no stranger to the epic saga spanning across multiple volumes. He’s even presiding over one such saga, the ‘War of the Spider Queen’, which is written by a whole collection of different authors. The most famous brand of his though is his ‘Forgotten Realms’ franchise which brings together a large number of different series. Not only is he adept at writing novels though, he’s also managed to pen some video-games too, where he’s taken his Forgotten Realms series onto many different gaming platforms. He’s also managed to write smaller parts for big games such as ‘Quake 3′ as well, in that he’s created some of the dialogue. That’s along with the comic-books he has produced as well.
Getting both critical and commercial success over the years, he’s managed to garner a considerable amount of acclaim for his legacy. With plenty of awards throughout his career, he continues to attract attention for his work, as he pioneers within his chosen genres. As his career grows from strength-to-strength he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon either, as he continues into the foreseeable future.
The Crystal Shard
First published in 1988 this was to be the book that helped set-up and establish Salvatore’s ‘Ice Wind Dale Trilogy’. Creating the world and building the overall tone of the series, this particular book went about introducing the characters. It also worked on getting the arc right for the series, so that the readers knew what to expect.
Beginning with the protagonist Drizzt Do’Urden, the series finds him an outcast to all except the dwarves. He soon learns of a barbarian attack on his native Ten Towns, as he must warn the council of what lies ahead. After persuading them of the impending barbarian invasion they must then work together to prevent it from occurring. During this battle Drizzt proves himself to be a hero saving the town, thus securing his acceptance and sealing his fate there. Following on five years later, there is tale of a shard with great power that can embed itself in the minds of others along with its user. It is then up to Drizzt to take his pupil, indentured to him during the previous battle after saving his life, and going after the shard piece lest it fall into the wrong hands. So begins their journey, as they attempt to keep one step ahead of each other, whilst trying to keep a lookout as to the intentions of those they meet. Will they be able to find the shard and rectify the wrong? Can they survive the terrible ordeal that awaits them, whilst also proving their worth? What will become of them as they go searching on their epic quest for the crystal shard?
Starting his ‘Neverwinter’ series, this was the first in a new collection set within the ‘Forgotten Realms’ universe. Continuing with the adventures of the elf renegade Drizzt Do’Urden, it further expands on the world, as he takes his experience on with him. Building upon the tone as well, it works to create a somewhat different direction to what came previously.
Set in the year of 1409 Drizzt is in mourning after the death of his friend Regis who recently passed away. He then teams up with Bruenor to take a quest to find the fabled lands of Gauntlgrym, a dwarven kingdom said to be filled with treasure. In their search though they happen to set about a series of events that might finish their own kingdom spelling the end of life as they know it. Will they be able to find the much fabled kingdom with its many riches and arcane lore, or will peril befall them along the way? Can Drizzt overcome his grief and find a new zest for life once more within the quest that he’s set before himself? What will become of them on their search for the legendary Gauntlgrym?
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