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Robert Anthony Salvatore (born January 20, 1959) is an American author best known for The Legend of Drizzt, a series of fantasy novels set in the Forgotten Realms and starring the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden. He has also written The DemonWars Saga, a series of high fantasy novels; several other Forgotten Realms novels; and Vector Prime, the first novel in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. He has sold more than 15 million copies of his books in the United States alone and twenty-two of his titles have been New York Times best-sellers. Early life and education Salvatore was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, the youngest of a family of seven. A graduate of Leominster High School, Salvatore has credited his high school English teacher with being instrumental in his development as a writer. During his time at Fitchburg State College, he became interested in fantasy after reading J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, given to him as a Christmas gift. He developed an interest in fantasy and other literature, promptly changing his major from computer science to journalism. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications/Media from Fitchburg. He earned this degree in 1981 and later a Bachelor of Arts in English. Before taking up writing full-time, he worked as a bouncer. He attributes his fierce and vividly described battle scenes to his experience as a bouncer.In the fall of 1997, his letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers were donated to the R. A. Salvatore collection at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Career 1980s–90s In 1982, he started writing more seriously, developing a manuscript he titled Echoes of the Fourth Magic about a submarine sucked into a post-apocalyptic future that resembled a fantasy world. He created the setting of Ynis Aielle for the novel, writing it in longhand by candlelight. Salvatore sent the work to several publishers from 1983 to 1987, including TSR, Inc.. Mary Kirchoff, then working for TSR's book department in reviewing the slush pile of unsolicited submissions, didn't like the story that much, but did like Salvatore's writing. TSR was then looking for an author to write the second book in the Forgotten Realms line and asked Salvatore to audition. In July 1987, Salvatore won the spot to write the book. Much of the Realms setting was then undeveloped and waiting to be fleshed out, giving Salvatore a relatively free hand. He wrote his first published novel The Crystal Shard in just two months, and it was published by TSR in 1988. Salvatore's Icewind Dale trilogy (The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem) was a huge hit, with over 1.5 million copies sold of the first two novels, and the third book hitting The New York Times list of paperback bestsellers. Salvatore's first novel published in hardcover was another Drizzt book, The Legacy (1992). The Legacy placed in the number 9 slot of The New York Times list of bestsellers in September 1992. In 1994, Salvatore branched out beyond working for TSR, and signed a three-book deal with Warner Books for what would become The Crimson Shadow series. Salvatore and TSR engaged in a dispute afterward. TSR's managing editor of the fiction department, Brian Thomsen, wanted Salvatore to write six additional novels when renewing the contract, rather than the three novels that Salvatore offered. Salvatore, who had just agreed to write 3 novels for Warner and had written 14 novels in the prior 6 years, was unwilling to overcommit himself to write so many novels in such a short span of time at the rate TSR offered; he would have to write three novels a year to honor all his obligations to TSR and Warner had he taken TSR's contract as written. Thomsen suggested that Salvatore find a ghostwriter, a suggestion that Salvatore found distasteful. Negotiations ultimately fell through; TSR was unwilling to budge on their demands, and was unwilling to put the Drizzt brand on hold while Salvatore finished books for other publishers. They also possibly believed that the "brand" was more valuable than any one specific author, as Thomsen said he would find another author to write Drizzt (as TSR owned the rights to the Forgotten Realms and all its characters). Salvatore, for his part, felt bullied by the company whom he had contributed such a valuable property, and signed a three-novel deal with Del Rey instead for what would become The DemonWars Saga. Salvatore's last Drizzt novel for some time was Passage to Dawn in 1996, finishing up his previous contract. Salvatore publicly stated that if TSR assigned another author to write Drizzt, he'd never write Drizzt again, and would assume that Drizzt died. The management at TSR followed through their threat and chose a new author to write stories about Drizzt; Mark Anthony completed the Drizzt novel The Shores of Dusk. However, Wizards of the Coast acquired TSR in 1997, and one of their first actions was to fire Thomsen and attempt to mend broken bonds with TSR's authors. Wizards decided to shelve Anthony's novel and not publish it, and to lure Salvatore back. The result was Salvatore returning to the Drizzt series with The Silent Blade (1998). The Silent Blade won the Origins Award that year. Salvatore went on to publish several more series of books in the Forgotten Realms campaign world. Salvatore wrote Vector Prime, which was published in 1999 as the first novel in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. Vector Prime was controversial among Star Wars fans because its plot included the death of Chewbacca the Wookiee, who became the first major character from the original trilogy to be permanently killed off in the Star Wars expanded universe novels. Many fans thought that Salvatore himself had made this decision; however, the decision to kill Chewbecca did not come from Salvatore. Lucasfilm and the editors at Del Rey had decided they needed to kill a character to sell the new threat of the Yuuzhan Vong; the editors wanted to kill Luke Skywalker, but were refused permission by Lucasfilm. Randy Stradley, then an editor at Dark Horse Comics, suggested killing Chewbacca, and the decision came down that he would die in the novel. Much later, after Disney bought the rights to Star Wars in 2012, Disney declared in 2014 that all Expanded Universe works released before 2014 were non-canon. The death of Chewbacca in Vector Prime was cited as a major reason why they revoked the canonical status of so many works. 2000s–present In February 2008, Devil's Due Publishing published Spooks, a comic book about a U.S. government anti-paranormal investigator/task force created by Larry Hama and Salvatore. Hama created the military characters and plots, and Salvatore covered the monster characters.In addition to his novels, Salvatore has written for video games. He wrote the story for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC video game Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (2004), working .... Discover the R A Salvatore popular books. Find the top 100 most popular R A Salvatore books.

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  • Resurrection synopsis, comments


    Paul S. Kemp

    The devastating War of the Spider Queen comes to an end, giving birth to the greatest horror the Realms has ever knownThe Spider Queen lives again, but something is differentsometh...

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    Der Sommerdrache

    Todd Lockwood

    »Der Sommmerdrache« ist der erste Band einer neuen epischen Fantasytrilogie voller Magie, politischer Intrigen und Drachen – von einem der berühmtesten Illustratoren (»Dungeons &...

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    Ascendancy of the Last

    Lisa Smedman

    New York Times–bestselling author: The shocking conclusion to a trilogy that will change the Forgotten Realms forever Lolth has come out of hibernation with a plan that may be...

  • Condemnation synopsis, comments


    Richard Baker

    The race to understand the secrets of Lolth’s silenceand the future of drow civilizationcontinues in this third War of the Spider Queen adventureFrom the burning sands of Anauroch ...

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    Storm of the Dead

    Lisa Smedman

    It’s drow god vs. drow god in this thrilling second installment of the Lady Penitent seriesWhen drow goddesses Lolth and Eilistraee sit down to a game of sava, they play for contro...

  • Annihilation synopsis, comments


    Philip Athans

    The fifth title in the New York Times–bestselling saga of civil war and chaos in the darkest part of the Forgotten Realms setting Quenthel Baenre and her band of dark elves em...

  • Ashes of the Tyrant synopsis, comments

    Ashes of the Tyrant

    Erin M. Evans

    Farideh finds herself in the midst of a fastpaced murder mystery rife with political intrigue In the wake of the war brought on by the Sundering, Farideh’s adopted father Mehe...

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    The Devil You Know

    Erin M. Evans

    The stakes are higher than ever in this longawaited finale of the Brimstone Angels series, starring tiefling heroine Farideh An epic battle of good versus evil has eruptedone ...

  • Extinction synopsis, comments


    Lisa Smedman

    New York Times bestseller The mystery of Lolth remains, leaving the drow to wonder if she has truly turned her back on them forever. In this fourth installment in the War of t...

  • Timeless synopsis, comments


    R.A. Salvatore

    New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!R. A. Salvatore returns with one of fantasy's most beloved and enduring icons, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, in an allnew trilogy full of sw...

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    Salvatore R. Curiale v. Aig Multi-Line Syndicate

    Supreme Court of New York

    REPUBLISH Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Ira Gammerman, J.), entered August 19, 1993, to the extent that it granted the motion of certain defendant reinsurers an...

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    Uncommon Valor

    Dwight Jon Zimmerman & John D. Gresham

    Uncommon Valor from Dwight Jon Zimmerman and John D. Gresham presents a fascinating look at six of our bravest soldiers and the highest military decoration awarded in this country....

  • The Adversary synopsis, comments

    The Adversary

    Erin M. Evans

    Farideh is plunged into a maelstrom of devilish politics and magical intrigue that will have farreaching implications for the Forgotten RealmsAs the chaos of the Sundering rages ar...

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    Servant of the Shard

    R.A. Salvatore

    New York Times–bestselling author: The muchawaited story of master assassin Artemis Entreri and the first installment in a new series set in the Forgotten Realms universeSurrounded...

  • Relentless synopsis, comments


    R.A. Salvatore

    The epic conclusion to the longawaited trilogy featuring one of the most beloved characters in all of fantasyDrizzt Do'Urdena rollicking tale of life, death, intrigue, magic, dange...

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    The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

    Philip Athans & R.A. Salvatore

    Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challengingand rewarding!genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Sa...

  • Dissolution synopsis, comments


    Richard Lee Byers

    The race to save drow society begins in this first installment in the War of the Spider Queen series The subterranean drowcity of Menzoberranzan is in chaos. The Silence of Lo...

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    Thomas M. Reid

    With the fate of the drow hanging in the balance, a powerful priestess sets out to understand the Spider Queen’s silence, in this thrilling sequel to Dissolution Quenthel Baen...

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    Starlight Enclave

    R.A. Salvatore

    From New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore comes a new trilogy and adventure of Drizzt and fantasy’s beloved characters from Dungeons & Dragons’ Forgotten Realms.Af...

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    Sacrifice of the Widow

    Lisa Smedman

    A new chapter in the War of the Spider Queen saga begins in this spinoff series featuring priestess Halisstra Melarn Goddesses vie for the souls of people. Halisstra Mela...

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    Fire in the Blood

    Erin M. Evans

    Tiefling heroine Farideh returns to the Forgotten Realms' game of thrones in this riveting fourth installment in the Brimstone Angels series Young warlock Farideh and her twin...