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Canticle is the first book of the The Cleric Quintet by R.A. Salvatore.

High in the Snowflake Mountains sits the Edificant Library, a place of scholarly study for priests, bards, and others. Now from the hidden vaults beneath the library a devastating curse is unleashed, and a young cleric must battle the terrifying creatures set loose by a malevolent, consuming essence.


In this novel, the wizard Aballister Bonaduce creates the Chaos Curse[2], a horrible potion that makes people need to fulfill their deepest most personal desire without regard to the consequence. A priest of Talona, Barjin, takes the potion from Aballister and brings it to the Edificant Library, an enemy of Castle Trinity, where Aballister and Barjin work.[3] Barjin makes his way to the library, sneaks into the cellar of the building, and is able to release the ever-smoking potion unto the library with the unknowing help of the priest Cadderly.[4] The library deteriorates into pandemonium, but Cadderly, his good friend Danica Maupoissant, the two dwarven brothers Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder, as well as a druid named Newander travel down to the altar of Barjin and kill him, saving, for the time, the library.[5]

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Audio book[]

An audio book version of this novel does exist, with an introduction by R. A. Salvatore, explaining how it came to be, fan response, and other information about it.


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  1. Eric L. Boyd, Ed Greenwood, Steven E. Schend (2000). Presenting...Seven Millennia of Realms Fiction. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2003-06-21. Retrieved on 2015-08-12.
  2. R.A. Salvatore (February 2002). Canticle. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 5–7. ISBN 0-7869-1604-4.
  3. R.A. Salvatore (February 2002). Canticle. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 50–55. ISBN 0-7869-1604-4.
  4. R.A. Salvatore (February 2002). Canticle. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 75–90. ISBN 0-7869-1604-4.
  5. R.A. Salvatore (February 2002). Canticle. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 170–220. ISBN 0-7869-1604-4.