No, I love the character of Drizzt, but this story is weak.
The story line is way to jumpy, the time keeps progressing without any hint of what happened in between the years. They kill off two characters and theres nothing but a minor mention of it. The character of Barrabus is obviously Artemis Enteri. I didnt have to get past the first 4 chapters to know that. Its painfully obvious. I am a devout R.A. Salvatore fan, but I cant finish this book.
I think a younger, less critical reader would enjoy this more.
Yes. Being a gamer/dnd nerd, I had often heard about how amazing these Drizzt centered books were. I was expecting an author that elevated the source material, and what I found was ... something I would expect from an 8th-grader, after he had watched all of the LOTR movies back to back.
he really does commit to the portrayal of the characters. his rendition of a gnome makes you conjure up an image of a gnome, his dwarf the same, etc etc.
Some people might object as to how critical I am of this book, considering it is set in a DnD universe. "What do you expect?", I imagine them saying. All I can say in response is, humble source material can give rise to serious literature. For example, the Dragon Age books: based on a video-game, fantasy setting, but with some nuanced, intricate characters, and an engaging, somewhat sophisticated plotline. Gauntlgrym was not this. It was awful. I quit after about an hour.
Perhaps the story picked up but it was not quick to draw me in. Didn't get more than a few hours into it before I was bored enough to switch to something else.
Another amazing story from R.A. Salvatore. The depth and attachment I have carried throughout Drizzt's adventures picked right back up in this series.
The new gripping characters and while the story picks up after decades it seems like only yesterday that Drizzt and company were knee deep in Luskan dead.
No I would not.
Yes it was but could not.
I do much of my listening on the road to and from work (keeps the road rage at bay), I am not able to listen throughout an entire story in a single sitting. I have not written a review before because for the most part (minus the absence of James Marsters in one book of the Dresden Files) I enjoy the various narrators but in this case I have had great difficulty with the voice acting. In a span of 30 minutes I heard different voices used for the same characters which made it difficult to catch who was saying what. I found myself voicing over what I felt some characters should sound like....(see the Tranitions Series). Not having Mark Bramhall voice this series is a failure, and to me takes away from this amazing and heartbreaking story.
I suppose that you'd love this if you are a long standing dungeons and Dragons player. Otherwise, it was fairly mediocre. Very long and extremely improbable fight scenes interrupt otherwise complex character development and plot..... to the point you lose track. I enjoyed the book, the reader was excellent, but I won't bother with the rest of the series
The novel suffered from an excess of dialogue. I was dying to get to the action! I grew so bored with the talk, talk, talk, that I gave up on the book before anything happened.
No, the works of Marion Zimmer Bradley show that it is possible to write compelling fantasy set in the past.
I didn't even try to identify any of the chacters.
I couldn't tell you - were there scenes?