Young noble Luthien Bedwyr is too privileged to understand that his once-proud land, Eriador, suffers under the demonic oppression of Wizard-King Greensparrow. That is, until the day Luthien seeks justice for a friend's murder---only to become a fugitive fleeing the king's monstrous cyclopian soldiers. Befriended by the irrepressible "highwayhalfling" Oliver deBurrows, and enlisted by an ancient, mysterious mage, Luthien's exile will become an enchanted quest to steal a mystic prize from a dragon's hoard.
Suddenly, Eriador's enslaved humans, elves, and dwarfs begin to rally around rumored tales of a freedom fighter who strikes Greensparrow's foul minions...an unknown hero who wields a legendary sword and magic cape...a warrior who is invisible but who casts the "Crimson Shadow."
©1995 R. A. Salvatore (P)2010 Tantor
“Salvatore describes and choreographs battle scenes better than any other contemporary fantasist, as this first tale of the adventures of Luthien Bedwyr amply demonstrates.” (Publishers Weekly)
A good story. I enjoyed it. I really liked the highwAyman character. He made me laugh. The rest was a little predictable. I definately enjoyed it. Its a good inbetween book... I finished some AWSOME epics, couldnt find any new ones, so I read this one. Short and entertaining. Like a good tv episode. Just not earth shattering.
The book is very complex for an Audible book. Like reading an extensive history lesson and my BA was in history...So the book may be fine, but I was a bit overwhelmed by the deluge of information instead of a more gradual introduction. I love elaborate stories, but this one just did not work for me.
The narration was uninspiring. There are so many excellent narrators and this was not one of them.
His monotone. Reading it like its a history of Rome, not a fantasy novel.
RA Salvatore is a wonderful writer and I may read, rather than listen to this book. Once I have the reading down, I may switch back to the less than stellar narrator.
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