Something terrible, unspeakable, immense has come to Menzoberranzan and is leaving death and destruction in its wake. The primordial of Gauntlgrym stirs, sending Cattie-brie and Gromph to Luskan and the ruins of the only power that can keep the beast in check. The damage of the Darkening, of war, and of a demon-ravaged Underdark has sent cracks out across the North. Some of this damage may never be repaired.
And Drizzt is going home. But not to Mithral Hall. Not to Icewind Dale. He's going to Menzoberranzan. Bruenor is ready to march with him, bringing along an army of dwarves to end the scourge of Menzoberranzan, but Drizzt needs to see what's happening there. The dwarf army may not be necessary. The City of Spiders might already have fallen to the demons and their wicked prince. But even if that's true, what's to say the demons will stop there?
Maestro picks up where Archmage left off, plunging Drizzt into his most dangerous adventure yet and with all the action, adventure, beloved characters, dark elves, monsters, and demon princes Drizzt fans adore.
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Where to start. I've love the whole Dark Elf Saga. Not just the Lone Ranger but the who dynamic that is the Dark Elf Life. Yet this book left me rolling my eyes. What makes any great antagonist is their flaws and their imperfections. It's what made Quenthal (hope I spelled that right) so loved as the Matron Mother. Loths pettiness and limitations even as a God made her enjoyable. Yet once you start creating powers that are damn near perfect and almost all seeing you lose me. And when you destroy the core of your Hero for no reason other than you can... You lose me. Another sickness!? One that puts doubt in the purest heart in the D&D universe... Lost me. Do better R.A. Please.
I don't know if RA Salvatore is a writer who has jumped the proverbial shark or just that my expectations have gotten higher as I got older. Its possibly a bit of both. There were some highlights in the book, glimpses of quality writing and plot, but they were sandwiched between long bouts of endlessly repetitive "Drow Infighting." which has been interesting in the past but is now so repetitive that it has just became stone dull. This book is a big step down from the previous book Archmage which had many of the same problems, but which had a significantly better cool/blah ratio.
So if you Archmage was a borderline book for you, stop there.
The story was sloppy and meandering. The plot was weak. The character interactions were contrived. The "struggle" in the story quickly became tiresome.
1) Virtually nothing is done with the Host Tower ... a team is assembled to rebuild it but nothing really happens with it. The interaction between Cattie-Brie and Penelope regarding Gromph is unrealistic and I found myself actually disliking Cattie-Brie because of it.
2) While I have wanted to read about Drizzt, Entreri, and Jarlaxle fighting side-by-side for a long time, I actually feel that we were deprived this when we felt like it was about to happen. Illusions, psionic intrusions, hallucinations, and Faerzress madness all muddied the entire quest to the point that we never got to truly enjoy them working as a team.
3) In the end the new Yvonnel the Eternal expected Drizzt and team to come to the city, do what they did, then be released. Why not assist them? ... it is what she wanted in the end all of the work to get there was basically meaningless as she wanted them there anyhow so that Drizzt could champion the city.
I do not know
He is able to convey emotion and tension in a way that I may not take the time to do so.
It furthers the saga of Drizzt
This book feels like it was written hastily and with no plan of where the story would go ... it just kind of eventually ended.
It was so short and uneventful. I waited with baited breath for this books release and was so shocked when I hit the epilogue- Is that it for this book. There's just not a lot that happens in this book, it felt really thin and as I said, short!
This is a masterpiece of audio music to massage the inner recesses of literary fantasy and lore.
Mr Salvatore has changed....No , Elevated his presentation of the story.
He has made it seamless and in turn keeps one drooling like a Dwarf staring at a female Dwarf with a better beard than his lol.
I have to say please let others know about Drizzt and the books he's in.
It is a wonderful gift for the mind .
Especially this one.
Every time I buy a RA salvatore books or auditable book I am not disappointed it's interesting so see drizzt going through this weird mental manipulation.
Victor has another great performance. I like that the Archmage is more a fixture in these stories.
As the title says...
Some time passes that you're left to assume from archmage to maestro but not much.
Overall the book started out slow but built up quickly then things started to get weird until you understand why.
It's not as action packed as his past books but definetly more mature in its writing.
"A decent distraction
I struggled to finish and didn't take much to the narration but I finished the story and enjoyed parts of it well enough
"What a finish!"
Full of emotions and an explosive finish!
thoroughly enjoyed it :)
RA Salvatore proves himself more accomplished than Jarlaxele a true Maestro!
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