Title: The Crystal Shard
(Legend of Drizzt – Book 4)
Author: R. A. Salvatore
Rating: 2.5 of 5
As is often the case with Forgotten Realms fantasy books, I found this fourth installment in the Drizzt series (actually the first one written) to be derivative and forgettable. Take equal parts Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien), Conan the Barbarian (Robert E. Howard), and Elric of Melniboné (Michael Moorcock), strip them of any elements of philosophical value, mix them together, and you have this book. I don’t necessarily object to purely escapist fantasy or sci-fi, but this one was just so incredibly generic that it bored me for the most part. The Dark Elf trilogy that came (chronologically) before this one kept my attention with interesting world building, but I’m hesitant to go any farther in the series at this point.
Thankfully, I now get to launch into the world of C. S. Lewis for the class I’m auditing (though I may try to finish off the last 50 pages of the Kierkegaard book I’m reading first).