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Canticle: Forgotten Realms The Cleric Quintet Book 1 | [R. A. Salvatore]

Canticle: Forgotten Realms The Cleric Quintet Book 1

High in the Snowflake Mountains sits the Edificant Library, a place of scholarly study for priests, bards, and others. Now from the hidden vaults beneath the library a devastating curse is unleashed, and a young cleric must battle the terrifying creatures set loose by a malevolent, consuming essence that's been released, before his own brethren turn against him. Cadderly must put his studies to the test and enter the catacombs far below to save his brothers and himself.
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Publisher's Summary

A classic adventure from the creator of Drizzt!

High in the Snowflake Mountains sits the Edificant Library, a place of scholarly study for priests, bards, and others. Now from the hidden vaults beneath the library a devastating curse is unleashed, and a young cleric must battle the terrifying creatures set loose by a malevolent, consuming essence that's been released, before his own brethren turn against him. Cadderly must put his studies to the test and enter the catacombs far below to save his brothers and himself.

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    Sean 07-06-15
    Sean 07-06-15 Member Since 2015

    "Not all those who wander are lost" -JRR Tolkien

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    "Salvatore has a knack for D&D driven stories"

    Basically writing review to say that Skyrim character creators must be wasted on people like Rosslyn (see review below)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Roth Jr West Palm Beach, FL United States 06-01-15
    Ron Roth Jr West Palm Beach, FL United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exciting and compelling author"

    Victor Bevine is my favorite narrator. R A Salvatore always keeps the story going with unpredictable plots. The Canticle Series is no exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liviu Constantinescu Sydney, Australia 05-14-15
    Liviu Constantinescu Sydney, Australia 05-14-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent reading, and a solid, pulp D&D story"

    Victor Bevine does a great job with the different characters and voices, and while this is no masterpiece, the story is interesting and enjoyably tense.

    Definitely worth buying the next one, and that's high praise in this context. =) Salvatore sure knows how to write D&D.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    spyros 03-25-14
    spyros 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "Love it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would it's not as perfect as the drizzt books but pretty close


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danika she is great


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    All of them


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just love it


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you ra and audible

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    Rosslyn Rocky Mtns. 06-04-15
    Rosslyn Rocky Mtns. 06-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Special Snowflakes and Asian fetish? Ew. Plot OK."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    When you introduce a character, that first paragraph is when you tell us the most important thing you want us to know about them. RA makes sure we know that Cadderly knows things that druids don't about talking to squirrels, that he's exceedingly smart and clever and the best at what he does but also doesn't like to follow the rules, but is allowed to live among people who do have to follow rules and is only in amusing amounts of trouble over it, never being really held accountable for anything.
    Special Snowflake Syndrome. He wants us to know Cadderly is precious and precocious and Not Like Those Other Boring People. I should have expected that after the neverending Drizzt "saga" by the same author.
    I mean, at least Cadderly does learn a teeny fraction about consequences as the main point of plot, but come on!

    Then the CREEPY bit: The author goes on to make sure that you know the female lead, Danica, is Exotic, but Not "Ethnic" Because She's Pretty Too- And By Pretty I Mean She Still Looks White Enough To Be An Appropriate Object Of Straight White Male Consumption.

    She has "Tabatan" (read: not even remotely pretending here, Tibetan) heritage to make her "cool enough to be like, you know, Exotic and she has Asian almond eyes, but she's not, like, Asian looking because, ew, no! She does have red blonde hair! We wouldn't want her to look TOO Asian, would we? So she's Exotic but not too non-White looking! She's still pretty even though she looks kinda Asian!"

    Ew ew ew ew race fetish. I need a bath. I like her as a character for having at least one more facet than the usual single thing but EW.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This story at least had a plot that moves and then resolves, but what they do with the Evil Plot Item at the end is unfathomably senseless and irrational in a way that doesn't remotely match


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    He reads with emotion, even if his female voices and variety need work.


    Could you see Canticle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Eh, maybe. It'd need some work to correct the intentional whitewashing.


    Any additional comments?

    I really should know better than to try to read RA Salvatore.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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