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The sword of Bedwyr
R. A. Salvatore
Adult Fiction SALVATO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Bestselling Salvatore (Starless Night) returns with a pleasant fantasy novel, notable mainly for its attention to detail. Salvatore describes and choreographs battle scenes better than any other contemporary fantasist, as this first tale of the adventures of Luthien Bedwyr amply demonstrates. The naïve Luthien plunges into a series of events, beginning with a self-imposed exile from his father's kingdom of Bedwyr, which has fallen ``under the iron rule of King Greensparrow of Avon,'' that test his mettle and increase the political stakes for which he must fight. As Salvatore carefully and exquisitely builds his narrative, Luthien, along with the charming Oliver de Burrows‘self-described thief with the obligatory heart of gold‘finds his actions becoming more consequential, especially in his Robin Hood-like guise as the ``Crimson Shadow.'' The tale is satisfactorily resolved, but with enough matters left hanging to suggest that readers looking forward to a sequel may well be rewarded. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Young Luthien Bedwyr's blind loyalty to his father, the Earl of Bedwydrin, turns to contempt when he realizes that his father is powerless against the agents of the evil Wizard-King who rules their land. Taking to the road to fight for justice, Luthien acquires a roguish (and diminutive) highway halfling companion, a magical cape, and a reputation as "The Crimson Shadow." The author of the "Dark Elf" series tries his hand at swashbucking fantasy with this fast-paced series opener. Although an overabundance of swordplay leaves marginal room for character development, the heroes' escapades pave the way for future adventures. Libraries looking to satisfy a demand for fantasy adventure may want to consider this title. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Luthien Bedwyr
Male
Age: Young adult
Nobleman
Privileged.

Greensparrow
Male
Evil
Wizard-king of Eriador; tyrant; ruled for the last twenty years.

Brind'Amour
Male
Wizard

Oliver deBurrows
Male
Debonair; halfling.
Thief



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