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The Orc King by R. A. Salvatore

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Science Fiction. Hardback from Wizards of the Coast. Published in 2007. 346 pages. On loan from the Flower Mound Public Library.

I enjoyed The Orc King for the most part. There was a Drizzt journal entry about change that I thought hit the nail on the head perfectly. (Enough so that I copied out several paragraphs by hand before returning the book to the library.) There are a couple of things about the book that I’d like to comment on. Firstly, I found the discovery of underground proof of orcs and dwarves peacefully coexisting to be very similar to Terry Pratchett’s book Thud that came out in 2005. (Though in Pratchett’s book it was trolls and dwarves, but still.) Is this a common theme in SciFi literature that I’ve missed previously? Secondly, it seemed very abrupt to me to wrap up the main conflict of the story then go fairly quickly to 100 years later. This is the first in a trilogy, which means the second will be devoid of many of the shorter lifespan characters. Which is of course, his right, but all the previous books in the Drizzt series have had basically the same main characters and I guess I expected this series would, too. I will read the next one when it comes out, but will do so with some trepidation.

Publisher’s summary:
Drizzt is back in this exciting new trilogy from R.A. Salvatore!

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can’t last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he’s worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World. Powerful individuals on both sides may have to change the way they see each other. They may have to start to talk. But it won’t be easy.

Online book shopping:
Powell’s: The Orc King
amazon.co.uk: The Orc King
amazon.com: The Orc King
Audible.com: not currently available as audio

And finally, an eight minute interview with R. A. Salvatore about The Orc King courtesy of YouTube:

  1. happytheman
    Wednesday, 28 November 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Joyce…you a fan of Goodkind’s Books? The new one the confessor is out and wondering if you’ve read any of it?

  2. Wednesday, 28 November 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Happy. I have not read any Goodkind – in part because there are so many and I’ve got no idea where to start. Is “The Confessor” a stand alone book?

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