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Enter the Forest of Shadows...In Sylvan Shadows follows Cadderly, the scholarly priest, as he leaves his home to combat the evil unleashed by the Chaos Curse. To counter Castle Trinity's plans for conquest, the cleric and his friends must enter the beautiful forest of Shilmista. But among the trees and glades of the forest, Cadderly must battle a monstrous evil...

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In Sylvan Shadows

A very enjoyable fantasy realm.
A person could believe in the characters. Presented in a understandable story lines.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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ok, I give up

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is really something more for action fans and those who love D&D

Has In Sylvan Shadows turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I won't continue the series - I didn't mind the first but was hoping the next story would bring more depth to the characters and story. The characters are very one dimensional and the story is just not anything special - good vs evil but I don't like any of the characters enough [or hate them enough!] to keep my interest

What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Victor Bevine does a wonderful job with the narration - the voices flow seamlessly and are all identifiable - well done<br/>

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom . . .

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good for Gamers, Slow narration

The writing is good for those who want to immerse into a D&D centered story, but it is not as compelling as I would like. Salvatore does a good job with the fighting scenes, but jumps point of view too much for my taste. Despite that, I like the books. The narration is too slow by far, and I listen to most of it at 1.25 instead of 1, and during suspenseful and other scenes the narrator speaks too softly, which definitely makes it hard to hear in a car or on a bike.

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Slow

The narrator does a good job. It seems like he's reading incredibly slowly. Seems to take forever.

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Taking the Fight to the Forrest

What did you love best about In Sylvan Shadows?

Character interactions. While the combat is good because most of the characters do not kill/fight for a living and it takes a different tole on them... it's the dialogue that keeps you listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boulder Shoulder Bros. Ivan and Pickle are always down for a fight and a laugh. I know their motives and story parts might be small but you know what to expect with dwarfs.

What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

Victor always does a nice job. He does most if not all of the Drizzt books I've listened to and he is in the top 5 for FR narrators.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Homeland.

Any additional comments?

I don't feel like you have to had read the first book in the series to understand what was happening in Sylvan Shadows. Obviously, character background helps but the story seems fairly independent.

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excellent performance

the cleric quintet is not my absolute favorite of Salvatore. though it is an enjoyable listen that I did not regret purchasing. Victor Bevine excellently portrayed all the parts. He hit the role of 'the bouldershoulder brothers' right on the mark, greatly adding to the comic relief.

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always wanted to read the series never had time.

audio books give me the chance to catch up on books I'd never make the time for.

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Unlike part 1

Not as full of a story as part 1. If you are eager to complete the series, this book is for you.

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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

What did you like best about this story?

All of it

What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

All of it

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Money maker

Any additional comments?

Thank you ra and audible

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Should have known better

What did you like best about In Sylvan Shadows? What did you like least?

The reader has a few vocal idiosyncracies I found distracting but that's me being far too sensitive to that kind of thing. I really wish Salvatore had spent more time on his potentially interesting characters and less timeon blow by blow bloody combat scenes. I don't *CARE* how so and so ducked and spun and leaped and sliced and blood gouted from this or that, I want to know what happened to the characters and the plot.

What was most disappointing about R. A. Salvatore’s story?

I wish there'd been more plot and less combat descriptions. You do not need to describe every stroke of combat. it kills the pacing. I just stopped caring about 3/4 the way through. <br/>

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene where we actually have a balance of plot moving forward and characters interacting meaningfully. I think there were about five or six in the whole darn book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I should have known I wasn't going to get good writing out of RA "I Love Drizzt" Salvatore. Oh well.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful