A kindly postwoman appeared just a few hours ago in all manner of joy and positivity, likely a result of the effect of the morning sun, to deliver into my hands the final piece of the Hunter’s Blades Trilogy by R.A.Salvatore. For those of you who haven’t seen my recent post about my unexpected acquisition of parts two and three this last Saturday, this was the last book (ironically the first of the three) required to complete this particular series and I will be looking forward to delving into all three when such a suitable opportunity arises. So basically when time permits……..it may be a while.
The lack of plentiful opportunities to read such novels is a bothersome situation but one of the reasons I prefer to purchase my books in a physical form, as opposed to the digital version, is that seeing these volumes upon my shelf gives me more of an incentive to open them up at a later date. “Look how pretty, tangible and interesting they are” I will think to myself as the early onset of the powers of temptation begins to take a hold and grip my thoughts until I start to read the first words in those pages. A digital tome buried within an e-book device is far more likely to be forgotten and ignored because it lacks that presence that an actual book that I can hold in my hands and smell with my nose (not that I am an odd, book sniffing deviant by any means), there is just something tangibly satisfying missing from the digital product.
Anyway, back to the point I was originally intending to make. Oh deviation, how whimsical and distracting you are. Like an easily distracted moth to a flame.
R.A. Salvatore is a respected and acclaimed fantasy author who has had many of his works published over the years (multiple novels spanning decades) since his first book, The Crystal Shard released in 1988, the first volume in a trio known as the Icewind Dale trilogy. I’m not going to go into detail about how many of his titles are worth checking out (all of them), which reviews are most notable to give you informed opinions (there’s a good few), where best to purchase his books (unsurprisingly a book shop) or anything like that. I’m not his PR assistant after all and a quick search for his name will point you in the right direction. However, I will simply state that I firmly believe he belongs within the pantheon of fantasy’s best authors and writers with the likes of J.R.R.Tolkien, Joe Abercrombie, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin as well as other esteemed pioneers of the genre.
If you love high fantasy fiction and have not had the chance to read any of his works then I would highly recommend that you give them a try. Maybe check out a snippet of information regarding his most famous character creation, the drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden, just to give you a glimpse into this writers capabilities.
“Let the snows fall deep, the rain drive down, and the wind buffet my cloak. I care not, for I’ve a road worth walking!” – Drizzt Do’Urden.
I doubt you will be disappointed.
Forged From Reverie.