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R. A. Salvatore
Robert Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. During his time at Fitchburg State College, he became interested in literature, especially fantasy, after reading J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from his university, and later returned to receive a Bachelor of Arts in English.
In 1982 he started writing more seriously, developing a manuscript he titled Echoes of the Fourth Magic .
A character that appears in many of Salvatore's Forgotten Realms stories is Drizzt Do'Urden, a drow who has forsaken the evil reputation of his race, and carries twin scimitars as his preferred weapon.
The legion of readers and critics who love Salvatore seem to praise his battle scenes most. His descriptions seem to transcend the page and paint a picture in your mind that can, at times, move with such speed and power that it leaves the reader in a cold sweat. When asked how he keeps his battle scenes so fresh and vivid, he said, “I really don’t know, except to say that I actually watch the action taking place in my head, in slow motion, while I’m writing the battle scenes.” Some critics say that this actually backfires on him due to some of his more graphic death scenes. Others say that the amount of time he spends on building his battles is detrimental to his character development. Those critics are quite few and far between.
His works include the Icewind Dale Trilogy/Dark Elf Trilogy series which centre around Drizzt Do'urden, the Cleric Quintet which centre around Cadderly, a priest of Deneir, and several others. Many critics claim his works lack depth of theme and maturity. However, even his detractors acknowledge that he is a master of battle scenes and action.
- The Icewind Dale Trilogy :
- The Dark Elf Trilogy:
- Chronicles of Ynis Aielle
- The Cleric Quintet
- Legacy of the Drow
- Spearwielder's Tales
- Crimson Shadow
- Demon Wars
- Paths of Darkness
- Star Wars: New Jedi Order
- Demons War (Second Saga)
- The Hunter's Blade
- The Sellswords
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