- Libro de bolsillo: 459 páginas
- Editor: Companions Codex (2 de septiembre de 2014)
- Colección: Companions Codex
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0786965177
- ISBN-13: 978-0786965175
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R.A. Salvatores New York Times best-selling saga continues as dark elf Drizzt DoUrden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenors loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire.
But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross through a colony of drow, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt DoUrden dead.
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R.A. Salvatore is the New York Times best-selling author of more than forty novels, including the popular Forgotten Realms series The Legend of Drizzt. He's an avid gamer, father of three, and loyal citizen of Red Sox Nation.
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The last volume, 'The Companions,' left us off with a new stage with old characters and alliances renewed, with the Companions of the Hall returned to Drizzt's side, this time in their new but similar bodies and lives.
Regis is much more brave in this novel, doing his best to actually be a part of his companions' fighting dynamic as opposed to his previous cowardly and troublesome existence with few brave acts in between. However, he still has the uncanny ability to drag trouble into his friends' midst! His new alchemy and rogue-style fighting abilities, as well as his magical rapier, all work out quite well for him. Bruenor is just as stubborn, gruff, and fiery as ever. He also is a key player for comical relief. He is determined to set aright his mistakes in his previous life, specifically allowing the Kingdom of Many Arrows to stand on Mithral Hall's doorstep. It seems that Salvatore is using this new series to revitalize Wulfgar to his boyish and carefree qualities. He is very much at peace in this novel, mischievous even. This is refreshing compared to the Wulfar we saw in Spine of the World, a tormented and addicted man with too many ghosts to be a part of the Companions of the Hall. The rest of Wulfgar's story in his previous existence can be found in 'To Legend He Goes', a novella in the Collected Stories. Catti-brie is incredibly developed and is now very proficient with divine magic from Mielikki and arcane/fire magic. She is very wise and seems to be much more front stage than ever before. Drizzt is beside himself through this book, thrilled at the return of his friends yet haunted by the memories of his recent past. His amazing scimitar play and uncanny luck make a full return. We see a lot of new chemistry among the companions but also a lot of the same fighting styles that they used to employ as a unit.
Dahlia is very broken in this book and ultimately serves as a very sadistic twist at the end. Entreri has grown very much both because of his revelations traveling besides Jarlaxle and his recent experiences with Drizzt and Dahlia. He experiences many human emotions in this book and even gets a chance to massacre some bad guys with Drizzt at his side. Ambergris and Afrenfere play a small part in this book, although their actions ultimately affect the outcome.
The drow and Matron Mother Baenre are at an all-time level of intrigue in this novel. Cunning and sadistic twists and plot changes at every turn! Wow! Salvatore really did his best here to illustrate the chaotic wishes of Lloth. Jarlaxle plays a cursory part but is still no less amusing and intriguing. Some very crazy and wild things happen and I can't help but marvel at Salvatore's ability to create these ideas. We see the return of the infamous sword Khazid'hea as well as it's owner, a drow who settled among the moon elves, and his half-elven daughter. They become an integral part of the dark elves' intrigue. The drow have something big in store for the surface dwellers, and the end of this book sets the stage for a massive battle.
There are many interesting questions raised about living a second life. *minor spoiler* there is even one part in the book where Bruenor is staring into the eye sockets of his old skull from his previous life. Intense!
There are things happening of God-like proportions in this book, since the main plot line is a struggle between Lloth and Mielikki over Drizzt's soul. Salvatore is at his best here, masterfully bringing several moving parts together. There is even a chapter titled "So Many Moving Parts"! There are some who might complain that there should be more content about the Companions, but I feel he did a marvelous job with the different plots coming together. I personally enjoyed reading about the drow and found it extremely intriguing to read about Lloth's designs.
In conclusion, this book had my attention for 2 days, after which I finished it. I could not stop thinking of what would happen next, even while in the shower or during down times I found myself thinking oabout what I was reading about. The level of intrigue in this book will have you asking many questions, not only of the book but of yourself. I was extremely satisfied with the content and delivery, in my humble opinion this is Salvatore's greatest work yet. The tone is much more mature as seems to be the progression with Salvatore's works. I bought the hard copy of this book to keep on the shelf, I imagine I will enjoy reading it many times. If you are a Drizzt fan, buy this book! It delivers a myriad of emotions and interesting plots.
My only criticism is that Salvatore put so much stuff in one book that it seems rushed, although I will say that I noticed a dramatically positive change in his writing style. In my opinion, it would seem he is finally writing it how he wants it to read, like a master storyteller. There are many moving parts so it is hard to keep track of what is going on at times, but that varies by the person. I find it easy to keep up with although this book had a lot packed into it! I cannot stress that enough!
An issue concerning Amazon and Prime membership/shipping and this item that I wanted to share. I have received a few Salvatore titles via Amazon Prime before, the day before the release date much to my delight. I took advantage of their 'release date' deliveries. However, I pre-ordered this book and the day after the release date, I got an email saying the book would not get shipped until 2 weeks later. I felt that this was unacceptable though I knew some things were beyond Amazon's control. I contacted their customer service via email with my complaint and within 7 minutes received an email back, which contained an appropriate apology and they even gave me a $20 promotional discount on my next Amazon purchase. I was rather put out about not receiving my book on the release date and having to cancel and order from another seller, but the quick action taken to remedy my discontent impressed me.
Drizzt has no idea House Do'Urden is being re-made. No idea who the Weapons Master is or who the Matron of the House is. He will be gobsmacked to find out what is going on. Disgusted, angry and don't ye doubt he'll be going in for the rescue. Rescue of whom? No spoilers here.
Huzzah to Artemis Entreri - how many times have we thought him done for? They were all put to sleep for 18 years for a reason, should be interesting to see what that reason turns out to be. Dark times ahead for the Companions of the Hall - not a single one of them wants to go back to Menzobarranzan, but I bet they all end up there nonetheless. Who will come out intact? Only Mr. Salvatore knows.
Lets start with the general premise without spoilers:
If you've read The Companions, you know that Catti-Brie, Regis, Wulfgar, and Bruenor are alive again and re-united with Drizzt. Their mission (as was hinted before) is to put Thibbledorf Pwent, now a vampire residing in Gauntylgrym, to rest. But that will be complicated because House Xolarrin has taken over Gauntlygrym, remember? This book has a ton of battles and action involving the companions, which is quite satisfying and is the main part of the book, as well as my favorite part. However, it switches off between this and drow characters. There is a lot of intrigue with characters like Quenthel Baenre, Jarlaxle, and Gromph, to name a few. Drizzt's "friends" from the Neverwinter series (Entreri, Dhalia, Afafrenfere, Ambergris, and Effron) are in the novel as well, and some important stuff goes on with them, too.
As for the quality of the book:
The battles are tense, exciting, and action packed all the way to the end. It's wonderful to see the companions of the hall back together again, and this time around in their second lives I find that they are much more interesting. Regis is the most transformed character, because now he is brave and capable of fighting alongside the others, and is quite useful as well. This is a refreshing thing to see. Catti-Brie is now a cleric/mage and a chosen of Mielikki, which also spices things up a bit since before every member was more or less a fighter. Wulfgar and Bruenor are not as drastically changed, which some readers have complained about. I think it is fine, since there is no need to fix what isn't broken. All in all, everything evens out pretty well.
Now for the other half of the book (the drow intrigue). I enjoyed it very much and found it very interesting. If you like the drow, you will not be disappointed. We get to see what is going on in Menzoberranzan, what the houses are doing, who is plotting with who, so on and so forth. If have been recently confused in the Drizzt saga, prepare to become more confused. The book will tease you all the way to the end, hinting at this or that, and never revealing too much. Then right near the end, there are some massive plot twists that will reveal everything. You will get the answers you desperately need. After reading it, you will have a pretty good idea about what the drow are planning and what the general path of the next books will be. This makes for a very gripping read that will have you absorbed right up to the end. And when you finish, you will be satisfied, but awaiting the next Drizzt book VERY eagerly. (It is somewhat of a cliffhanger ending.)
This book is exciting, tense, stressful at times, interesting, and action-packed. It has something of everything, so that no matter what your favorite aspect of Salvatore's books is, there will be something for you. This novel is a recovery from the terrible mess that was the Neverwinter series. It will renew your faith in Salvatore. For all the disappointed fans, myself included, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.