The three books that comprise The Crimson Shadow series: The Sword of Bedwyr, Luthien's Gamble and The Dragon King are set in Eriador. This world, created by Salvatore, turned out to be the precursor for the world of Corona in the DemonWars Saga, which was first published by DelRey. These books have a real swashbuckling take on fantasy and feature the indomitable Oliver DeBurrows, the highway halfling, whom Salvatore describes as a cross between Ineyo Montoya and the little French guy on the wall in Monty Python's Holy Grail. He once played Oliver in a D &D campaign and knew that he had effectively captured the true personality of this character when, after a few weeks with Oliver, the entire group stood up and cheered his demise. .