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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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?
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
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