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Publication Order of Forgotten Realms Books

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Moonshae Trilogy Books

Darkwalker on Moonshae (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Darkwell (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Wizards (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Icewind Dale Books

The Crystal Shard (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Streams of Silver (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Halfling's Gem (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Shandril's Saga Books

Spellfire (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crown of Fire (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hand Of Fire (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Finder's Stone Books

By: Kate Novak, Jeff Grubb
Azure Bonds (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wyvern's Spur (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Song Of The Saurials (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Avatar Books

Shadowdale (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tantras (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Waterdeep (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prince Of Lies (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Pools Books

Pool of Radiance (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pools of Darkness (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pool of Twilight (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ruins of Myth Drannor (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Maztica Books

Ironhelm (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Viperhand (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Feathered Dragon (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy Books

Homeland (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exile (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sojourn (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Harpers Books

The Parched Sea (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elfshadow (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Magic (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Parade (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ring of Winter (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soldiers of Ice (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elfsong (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masquerades (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Curse of the Shadowmage (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Veiled Dragon (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silver Shadows (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stormlight (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finder's Bane (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thornhold (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Cleric Quintet Books

Canticle (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Sylvan Shadows (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Masks (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fallen Fortress (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chaos Curse (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Druidhome Books

Prophet of Moonshae (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Coral Kingdom (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Druid Queen (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow Books

The Legacy (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starless Night (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Siege of Darkness (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Passage to Dawn (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Twilight Giants Books

The Ogre's Pact (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Among Us (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Titan of Twilight (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Elminster Books

Elminster: The Making of a Mage (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elminster in Myth Drannor (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Temptation of Elminster (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elminster in Hell (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elminster's Daughter (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elminster Ascending (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spellstorm (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Masks (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Shadow Of The Avatar Books

Shadows of Doom (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cloak of Shadows (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Shadows Fled (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Nobles Books

King Pinch (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
War in Tethyr (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Escape from Undermountain (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mage in the Iron Mask (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Council of Blades (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Simbul's Gift (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Starlight & Shadows Books

Daughter of the Drow (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tangled Webs (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Windwalker (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Netheril Books

Sword Play (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Games (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mortal Consequences (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Cormyr Saga Books

Cormyr (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond The High Road (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of the Dragon (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Lost Gods Books

Tymora's Luck (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Double Diamond Triangle Saga Books

The Abduction (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paladins (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mercenaries (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Errand of Mercy (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Opportunity for Profit (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conspiracy (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uneasy Alliances (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Easy Betrayals (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Diamond (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Lost Empires Books

The Lost Library of Cormanthyr (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Faces of Deception (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star of Cursrah (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nether Scroll (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness Books

The Silent Blade (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spine of the World (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sea of Swords (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Threat From The Sea Books

Rising Tide (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under Fallen Stars (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Devil's Eye (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate Books

Baldur's Gate (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baldur's Gate II (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Counselors & Kings Books

The Magehound (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wizardwar (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Floodgate (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Sembia, Gateway to the Realms Books

The Halls Of Stormweather (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow's Witness (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Wolf (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shattered Mask (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heirs of Prophecy (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sands of the Soul (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord of Stormweather (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Sellswords Books

Servant of the Shard (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Promise of the Witch King (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Road of the Patriarch (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Cities Books

The City of Ravens (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Temple Hill (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jewel of Turmish (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The City of Splendors (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Return of the Archwizards Books

The Summoning (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Siege (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sorcerer (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Counselors & Kings Books

The Magehound (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wizardwar (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Floodgate (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The War of the Spider Queen Books

Dissolution (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Insurrection (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condemnation (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Extinction (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Annihilation (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resurrection (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Shandril's Saga Books

Spellfire (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crown of Fire (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hand Of Fire (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Hunter's Blades Books

The Thousand Orcs (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lone Drow (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Two Swords (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Rogues Books

The Alabaster Staff (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Bouquet (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crimson Gold (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yellow Silk (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Erevis Cale Books

Twilight Falling (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dawn of Night (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight's Mask (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Scions of Arrabar Books

The Sapphire Crescent (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ruby Guardian (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Emerald Sceptre (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents Books

Venom's Taste (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Viper's Kiss (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vanity's Brood (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Year of Rogue Dragons Books

The Rage (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rite (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ruin (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Priests Books

Lady of Poison (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mistress of the Night (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maiden of Pain (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queen of the Depths (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Last Mythal Books

Forsaken House (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farthest Reach (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Final Gate (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Fighters Books

Master of Chains (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghostwalker (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Son of Thunder (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bladesinger (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Sellswords Books

Servant of the Shard (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Promise of the Witch King (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Road of the Patriarch (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Watercourse Books

Whisper of Waves (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lies of Light (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scream of Stone (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Last Mythal Books

Forsaken House (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farthest Reach (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Final Gate (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Wizards Books

Blackstaff (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodwalk (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Frostfell (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Twilight War Books

Shadowbred (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadowstorm (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadowrealm (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Lady Penitent Books

Sacrifice of the Widow (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storm of the Dead (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ascendancy of the Last (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Dungeons Books

The Howling Delve (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Depths of Madness (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crypt of the Moaning Diamond (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crypt of the Moaning Diamond (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Haunted Lands Books

Unclean (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Undead (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unholy (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Empyrean Odyssey Books

The Gossamer Plain (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fractured Sky (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crystal Mountain (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Knights of Myth Drannor Books

Swords of Eveningstar (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swords of Dragonfire (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sword Never Sleeps (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Transitions Books

The Orc King (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pirate King (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost King (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Citadels Books

Neversfall (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Obsidian Ridge (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shield of Weeping Ghosts (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sentinelspire (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Blades of the Moonsea Books

Swordmage (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Corsair (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Avenger (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep Books

Blackstaff Tower (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mistshore (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Downshadow (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of the Dead (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The God Catcher (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Circle of Skulls (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty Books

Plague of Spells (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of Torment (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Key of Stars (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: The Wilds Books

The Fanged Crown: The Wilds (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Restless Shore (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Edge of Chaos: The Wilds (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wrath of the Blue Lady (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Shadowbane Books

Downshadow (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadowbane (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of Justice (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Stone of Tymora Books

The Stowaway (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadowmask (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sentinels (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stone of Tymora is an omnibus containing all three books Stowaway, Shadowmask and Sentinels in the series.

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Chosen of Nendawen Books

The Fall of Highwatch (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hand of the Hunter (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cry of the Ghost Wolf (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Brotherhood of the Griffon Books

The Captive Flame (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whisper of Venom (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spectral Blaze (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Masked Witches (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prophet of the Dead (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Unbroken Chain Books

The Darker Road (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unbroken Chain (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Sage Of Shadowdale Books

Elminster Must Die (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bury Elminster Deep (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elminster Enraged (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Neverwinter Books

Gauntlgrym (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neverwinter (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charon's Claw (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Threshold (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Sword of the Gods Books

Sword of the Gods (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spinner of Lies (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter: Brimstone Angels Books

Brimstone Angels (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lesser Evils (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire in the Blood (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ashes of the Tyrant (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil You Know (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Sundering Books

The Companions (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adversary (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Godborn (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reaver (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sentinel (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Herald (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex Books

Night of the Hunter (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rise of the King (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Homecoming Books

Archmage (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maestro (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hero (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Drizzt Trilogy: Generations Books

Timeless (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boundless (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Relentless (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Way of the Drow Books

Starlight Enclave (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glacier's Edge (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms Standalone Novels

Once Around the Realms (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evermeet: Island of the Elves (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadow Stone (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silverfall (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Glass Prison (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pool of Radiance (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We Three Dragons (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dawnbringer (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sandstorm (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prince of Ravens (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rose of Sarifal (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rose of Sarifal (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gilded Rune (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Venom in Her Veins (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Forgotten Realms: Anthologies Books

Realms of Valor (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of Infamy (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of Magic (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of the Underdark (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of the Arcane (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of Mystery (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of the Dragons (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of the Dragons II (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of the Elves (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of War (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Realms of the Dead (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

R.A. Salvaore’s Forgotten Realms Series takes place in the universe of the same name belonging to the wildly popular Dungeons and Dragons franchise. Currently comprising thirty seven novels, the author has continued to write since his first release, The Crystal Shard, in 1988. The series has received critical acclaim, bringing enormous amounts of attention to the universe within which it is set and making it onto the New York Times Bestseller list many times. Despite not being part of a universe original to the author, the series’ primary protagonist, Drizzt Do’Urden, has become one of the most iconic characters of fantasy literature. Although not every book follows Drizzt, with many diverging to follow previously encountered characters on their individual adventures, the bulk of Salvatore’s writing still belongs to this character, and his saga continues to this day. Drizzt is a member of the Drow, or Dark Elven race, and in addition to being a master swordsman and an adventurous spirit, he is depicted as an individual that sticks to his deeply held moral values, even in the face of extreme adversity. In his first novel, Drizzt is rejected by the majority of Icewindale, the northern region in which he has chosen to make his home. Despite having few friends, he makes it his mission to operate on the fringes of civilization, dispatching any threats to the nearby Ten Towns that he encounters. Although he is eventually respected after saving them from a massive Barbarian invasion, it is still, for the most part, thankless work that he performs out of a sense of duty to others. In part one of the prequel trilogy to Salvatore’s first three books, Homeland, Drizzt is shown growing up among the society of his people in the subterranean city of Menzoberranzan. As cruel as they are beautiful, the Drow are infamous for their evil ways, and yet somehow Drizzt manages to avoid being corrupted by the depravity he encounters. Eventually, he strikes out on his own, reaching the surface and setting the stage for The Crystal Shard.

The Crystal Shard begins with the conflict between the barbarians of the tundra and the Ten Towns of Icewindale, who are perceived as invaders. Constantly patrolling the outskirts of the settlements, Drizzt catches wind of the impending attack, reporting this to one of his only true friends, Bruenor, the local Dwarven king. With this information, the towns are able to eventually band together, and with the assistance of Drizzt and the Dwarves, they repel the barbarians, slaughtering many and crushing their strength. The Drow ranger does battle with the barbarian king, Heafstaag, only managing to wound him, and after Bruenor knocks a young barbarian standard barer, Wulfgar, unconscious, he decides to take him in rather than allowing him to be executed.

The novel soon transitions to a separate conflict of far greater magnitude. After being left to die in the icy wasteland, Akar Kessel, an apprentice mage, encounters the ancient magical artifact Crenshinibon. Suddenly possessing immense power, Kessel creates an enormous army of Orcs, Trolls and Goblins over the course of five years, erecting a massive tower, known as Cryshal Tirith, from which to spread his influence. He also allies with the previously defeated Barbarian tribe, and an incredibly powerful demon, Errtu, who he makes his general. However, his plot to dominate the area is foiled by Drizzt and his companions, as Wulfgar duels Heafstaag and takes control of the Barbarians, while Drizzt defeats and banishes the demon Errtu. Eventually, Drizzt and Kessel fight a battle on the top of a mountain. Despite his power, Kessel dies after unleashing a spell that buries him under a massive avalanche, and Crenshinibon is buried, no longer able to access the sunlight that provides it with energy.

In Homeland, Drizzt is born to Daermon Na’shezbaernon, or “House Do’Urden,” one of the many noble houses inhabiting the city of Menzoberranzan. The houses are sorted into a hierarchy, with each one constantly vying for power against the others, and at his birth, they ranked tenth. Being the third son to his mother, the Matron Mother Malice, is was slated to be sacrificed to the Spider Goddess Lolth. However, at the same time, his brothers and the troops of the family were carrying out a plan to slaughter the ninth house and take their place. Fortunately for Drizzt, his oldest brother, Nalfein, was murdered by the jealous second son, Dinin, and as a result, the baby was allowed to survive. As he grows up, he shows incredible promise as a fighter, being the son of Zaknafein Do’Urden, the house’s weaponmaster and Patron. Zaknafein trains Drizzt, preparing him for the Melee-Magthere, the Drow warrior academy. Although at first his mother insists that he be sent to the mage academy instead, Zaknafein proves to her that he was born to be a fighter, and she relents.

Despite being the best student at the academy, Drizzt is unhappy, constantly encountering situations that conflict with his inner morality. Eventually, after graduating, he takes part in a surface raid against a clan of elves, who he had been conditioned to think were evil. However, after watching his comrades slaughter innocent families, he finally realizes the truth of the nature of his people, and he manages to save a young elven girl from death by hiding her under the corpse of her slain mother. Although none of the other Drow notice, the Goddess Lolth witnesses his transgression against her will, and House Do’Urden begins to fall out of her favor. Meanwhile, Zaknafein, who had long harbored ideals similar to Drizzt’s, was unaware that his son had not actually killed the child. Afraid that his son had been corrupted, the two fight, and Drizzt eventually reveals the truth. The two decide to leave Menzobarranzan together, but Malice, secretly observing the encounter, informs Zaknafein that she intends to sacrifice Drizzt in order to please Lolth. Just as she had intended, Zaknafein offers himself instead, and Malice kills him, hoping that Drizzt will begin to behave like other Drow. She reveals to him the death of his father, but instead of accepting her offer of becoming the new weaponmaster, he attacks them, escaping off into the under dark and beginning the chain of events that would eventually lead to him making his way to the surface.

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One Response to “Forgotten Realms”

  1. Marco: 7 years ago

    A couple of Forgotten Realms series are missing in this overview (Dark Elf, Icewind Dale, Cleric Quintet, Legacy of the Drow, Paths of Darkness, Sellswords, Hunter’s Blades, Transitions, The Dungeons, Twilight war)

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