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  • Written By: R.A. Salvatore, Andrew Dabb
  • Val Semeiks: Val Semeiks
  • Publisher: Devil's Due Publishing
  • Pages: 144
  • Price: $18.99

STREAMS OF SILVER: The Legend of Drizzt Book V

By Tim Janson     October 14, 2007


STREAMS OF SILVER: The Legend of Drizzt Book V
© Devil’s Due Publishing
Streams of Silver continues Devil’s Due’s adaptation of R.A. Salvatore’s Crystal Shard Trilogy. Salvatore is a bit of a polarizing writer. You seem to love him or hate him without much middle ground. I personally like Salvatore quite a bit. To me he is a throwback to adventurous swords and sorcery writers like Fritz Leiber, Lin Carter, and even Robert E. Howard. Now, I’m not putting Salvatore in the same class as these legendary writers, mind you. But Salvatore has managed to create a signature character, Drizzt Do’Urden, much like these men did. The fact that the character has lasted nearly twenty years and continues to be popular is proof of his appeal. Salvatore certainly had big advantage over these other gentlemen…the Forgotten Realms was already a fully developed fantasy world, courtesy of Ed Greenwood.
 
In this book, Drizzt, Bruenor the Dwarf, Wulfgar the barbarian, and Regis the halfling thief have set out to find the legendary Dwarven stronghold of Mithral Hall. Hot in pursuit of them is the Assassin Artemis Entreri who is after the gem that Regis stole from his master. Joining him is Sydney, apprentice to the evil mage Dendybar, the wizard’s monstrous golem, Bok, and a soldier of Luskan. With them is Cattie Brie, the adopted human daughter of Bruenor who was taken by Entreri as insurance for Bruenor’s cooperation. 
 
The first two-thirds of the book is spent quickly traveling from one location to the next in their quest for clues to find Mithral Hall, while being beset by Trolls, Orcs, and other monsters. It’s been many years since I read Streams of Silvers and I really don’t recall this, but once Mithral Halls is found, there is an overwhelming similarity to the Fellowship of the Ring entering the Mines of Moria. As in Tolkien’s story, the companions need a magical means to open a hidden door to gain entry. Once inside, they find that the Dwarves, including Bruenor’s father, have been slain long ago except instead of goblins, they were assaulted by Gray Dwarves. They even find themselves attacked by a powerful monster…instead of a Balrog, though, it’s a dragon. They even lose one of their group inside, paralleling the loss of Gandalf.
 
Streams of Silver is probably the weakest of Salvatore’s early books but Devil’s Due does a good job with their adaptation. Andrew Dabb keeps the story concentrated on action with a very quick pace. Artemis Entreri is Salvatore’s second best character behind Drizzt with his unusual assassin’s code of honor and who can match Drizzt in swordplay, blow-for-blow. As with the Crystal Shard the art is by Val Semeiks who is an old pro at fantasy and swords & sorcery stories, having worked on Conan at Marvel Comics.    Semeik’s art is bold and lively and is a nice fit for the story. Not Salvatore’s best work but Devil’s Due holds up their end with a strong adaptation.

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DarkJedi_home 10/14/2007 6:13:52 AM
I have a friend who absolutely hates Salvatore's novels in this universe. I love them. It's like you say Tim, there seems to be no middle ground. My friend hates them for the exact reason I love them. Sure, I'll take some serious sci-fi/fantasy reading when it comes but I'm also going to like the straight ass action fluff for what it is...If I want to take a time out in between some serious reading and check out Drizzt & Co. mow down nasty orcs and drow in an action oriented story, it's fine with me. These kinds of arguements always happen though within the sci-fi/fantasy community of readers. The splits over what's serious reading vs. action fluff. Good review, Tim.
lincolnparadox 10/14/2007 10:12:42 AM
I avoided these novels when I was younger. I loved Dragonlance and the Avatar Series, but for some reason I didn't want to fall in love with Drizzt. My biggest problem was the concept, a "good" Drow ranger who lives topside. It sounded like a twink's wet dream. However, when these comic adaptations came out, I started buying them. And I love them. I do miss the artwork from the earlier trilogy. The Icewind Dale artwork. I was glad when they went back to Tim Seely's artwork. Still, all of these books are a great read, and in comic form you don't have to invest so much time to enjoy the story.
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