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Streams of Silver
Basic Information
Author(s) R.A. Salvatore
Publisher Wizards of the Coast
Type Novel
Realm year(s) 1356 DR
Binding Mass Market Paperback /
Hardcover
Released January 1989
Reprinted July 2005
Pages 342 (original)
352 (reissue)
ISBN 0-8803-8672-X
ISBN 0-7869-3762-9
Series
Series Icewind Dale trilogy
Preceded by The Crystal Shard
Followed by The Halfling's Gem

Streams of Silver is the second book in the Icewind Dale trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. It was later reissued as book five of the Legend of Drizzt series.

"Yer eyes'll shine when ye see the rivers runnin' silver in Mithril Hall!"

Bruenor the dwarf, Wulfgar the barbarian, Regis the halfling, and Drizzt the dark elf fight monsters and magic on their way to Mithril Hall, centuries-old birthplace of Bruenor and his dwarven ancestors.

Faced with racism, Drizzt contemplates returning to the lightless underworld city and murderous lifestyle he abandoned. Wulfgar begins to overcome his tribe's aversion for magic. And Regis runs from a deadly assassin, who, allied with evil wizards, is bent on the companions' destruction. All of Bruenor's dreams, and the survival of his party, hinge upon the actions of one brave young woman.

SummaryEdit

In the first part of the book, the four companions Drizzt Do'Urden, Bruenor Battlehammer, Wulfgar and Regis, set on their quest for Mithral Hall. From Icewind Dale they first reach the city of Luskan. There Drizzt and Bruenor have to deal with Whisper and her gang to obtain a map of that area of the Realms, while Regis and Wulfgar get involved in a tavern brawl. The party then crosses the Crags where they have to face a band of orcs and the Uthgardt of the Sky Pony tribe, which unleashes a Spiritual Beast against them. In the meanwhile, Artemis Entreri, who is hunting for Regis, is on their trail, having learned of their quest from Catti-brie, who is interrogated by the merciless assassin and later captured and brought with him. Also Dendybar the Mottled, a wizard of the Host Tower of the Arcane is interested in the companions, believing Drizzt in possess of Crenshinibon. The assassin and the wizard end up joining forces.

In the second part of the book, the four companions visit Longsaddle and the Harpells, a group of eccentric wizards, who suggest them to head for Silverymoon. On their way though they have to cross the deadly Evermoors. In the meanwhile Entreri and Catti-brie, together with Jierdan, Sydney and Bok, respectively a soldier, the apprentice of Dendybar and the wizard's flesh golem, fly magically to Silverymoon, having learnt of the companions destination from Harkle Harpell. Once outside Silverymoon, Drizzt and friends aren't allowed to enter the city, but Lady Alustriel meets the drow and gives him some equipment and good advice, telling him to seek information about Mithral Hall at the Herald's Holdfast. The four friends are spotted by Bok the golem, which was standing outside the city, and Entreri's party immediately set on their trail, with Catti-brie trying to turn Jierdan against the rest of the group.

In the third part of the book, Bruenor, thanks to information found in the Herald's Holdfast and to a potion from Alustriel, lives again his past and he is able to remember the location of Mithral Hall. In the meanwhile Catti-brie turns Jierdan against the rest of the party and she is able to escape in the commotion of the resulting fight and to join her friends. The companions enter in Mithral Hall and find it overrun by enemies, their next goal becoming leaving the place safely, and there they are finally reached by Entreri's party. The fight brings to Entreri and Drizzt being separated from the rest of the two parties, being forced to work together to find their way out. Bruenor and friends defeat their opponents but they are soon faced by the Shadow dragon Shimmergloom. The companions, rejoined with Drizzt, manage to survive the encounter and to defeat the dragon, but Bruenor falls in a gorge apparently to his death, and Entreri captures Regis and Guenhwyvar's statuette and he escapes from the companions.

The book ends with Drizzt and Wulfgar ready to hunt for Entreri, and Catti-brie planning to conquer Mithral Hall in an attempt to avenge Bruenor, with the help of the dwarves and of the Harpells.

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