The Silent Blade, by R.A. Salvatore, hardback Forgotten Realms novel
“Determined to destroy the evil Crystal Shard, Drizzt seeks out the help of a scholar-priest named Cadderly. But instead, his worst fears are realized when the artifact falls into the hands of the dark elf mercenary Jarlaxle and his unlikely ally Artemis Entreri.
Drizzt’s friends also experience their own hardships: Wulfgar, now freed from Errtu’s clutches, struggles with anger and bloodlust. Only in the far reaches of Luskan can he find solace from the torments that haunt him. Meanwhile, Regis’ ruby pendant–once the property of his old master, Pasha Pook–seems to be a magnet for all things evil and wicked . . .
The Silent Blade is the first book in the Paths of Darkness series and the eleventh book in the Legend of Drizzt series.”