Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even the mercenary Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.
Unfortunately, the more they uncover about the secret of Gauntlgrym, the more it looks like they can’t stop it on their own. They’ll need help, and from the last people they ever thought to fight alongside again: Drizzt and Bruenor.
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With so many characters and races, you really have to pay attention to keep track of who is who. I think I might have enjoyed this more in print form. The story was OK, and the narration was OK, but I never became super engaged.
IF YOU HAVENT READ TEH OTHER BOOKS, PLEASE READ THE ORIGINS SERIES FIRST BEFORE WORKING YOUR WAY TO THIS BOOK. THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH HISTORY AND CHARACTER BUILT IN THE PREVIOUS BOOKS AND EXPERIENCES OFTEH PRIMARY CHARACTER THAT WOULD BE LOST TO YOU IF YOU HAVENT READ THEM FIRST.
i would recommend reading it yourself. a decent book (though definitely not salvatore's best) if you can ignore the different format than all his other Drizzt books (a lot of jumping around, bunny trails that get forgotten about, a denoumont that seems to last forever), but it does at least have an ending, and there are many good parts. i feel the need to campaign against every audio book that is read by Victor Bevine, though. every book of his has me gritting my teeth, rolling my eyes, & taking deep breaths to calm my agitation. this idiot not only mispronounces a few common words (that are frequently used), but his voices for almost all the the numerous characters is the same talentless ridiculous attempt: the stereotypical big dumb henchman. yeah, that doesn't work for most of the characters... at all. sometimes he really pours it on, and i literally have to stop whatever it is i am doing to either laugh out loud or clench my fists in irritation. and what he really does the worst is try to sound out laughter. "bwahahaha" is NOT, I REPEAT NOT MEANT TO BE PRONOUNCED LIKE AN EXOTIC FIRST NAME. AND "bah" is NOT MEANT TO BE USED LIKE THE TITLE "mom". how wonderful it is, then, that Salvatore uses those two iterations CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE LAST 7 BOOKS!!! AND WE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS IMBECILE HACK as he murders almost every bit of character dialogue in the entire series!!! WHO KEEPS HIRING THIS GUY?!?!?! STOP!!! listen to some of his work, first. he DOES have a great speaking voice, when he is just reading the action, so he would make a great narrator for a romance novel, perhaps, but not for anything fantasy or sci-fi, or anything that has unusual or boisterous character work.
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.
I will definitely keep reading Salvatore's books, but I am incredibly disappointed in Victor Bevine's performance. I loved Mark Bramhall's interpretation of the characters. It was a joy to hear every word. Bevine sounds like a joke, with no empathy or enthusiasm.
A silly comparison, but never the less: Bramhall's dwarven "Bah" sounds like BWWÆÆÆÆH!, while Bevine sounds like, well, "bah", like a sheep falling asleep.
Bruenor's long anticipated meeting with Gauntlgrym
No, I will most likely skip the other books where he's narrating. I was surprised, and horrified, of how bad he was.
It does, and it has.
Please bring back Mark Bramhall to narrate the other books!
This was literally the worst fantasy book I have ever heard. It was like Salvatore sat down with a group of teenagers playing a midnight game of dungeons and dragons and simply transcribed it into a book. The storyline might have been salvagable but there was very little coherence to the sequence of events and the overall writing was awful.
As an example, 40% of the book was overly detailed descriptions of fights:
"The elf drew his +1 broadsword and leaned left as he swung it right with his left hand, slightly bending his right knee to bring his head level with his shield which was magically enhanced by his belt of giant strength. This move was quickened by the agility boots he obtained using his magical wands. The sword connected with its target and he rolled back to his left while wrenching his right arm behind him to bring his sword up around his shield to rengage his opponent." Add 10 more similar paragraphs before this one foe is dispatched.
Rinse and repeat about 60 times in the book
That is every fight sequence.
Apparently there was minimum page count before Wizards of the Coast would pay Salvatore for the book.
I fought through the whole book sincerely hoping that the storyline would justify the terrible writing but it never truly did.
The narration was just ok. The character voices were pretty obnoxious and managed to make the horrible dialogue a little less coherent.
Overall, I will not finish this series nor will I read another book by Salvatore.
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?
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