An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build.
But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World. Powerful individuals on both sides may have to change the way they see each other. They may have to start to talk. And it won't be easy.
This book wasn't just the next installment in the long-running saga of the famous dark elf, but the beginning of a bold new trilogy that will help change the face of the Forgotten Realms world forever.
Don't forget to listen to more adventures of the Forgotten Realms.
©2008 R. A. Salvatore; (P)2009 Random House
If you have read Salvatore and have grown (like me) to enjoy the dark elf and his adventures then this is for you.
If not then read up some of he older books otherwise its like watching Die Harder with no idea who John McClane is.
It's like fantasy porn with descriptive fights, philisophical rants that mirror our society and evil beings getting stabbed.
It is like a cliche but I happen to enjoy a grumpy dwarf and if you do then this is the book for you.
First off, I am a pretty big fan of Salvatore's works, I have always enjoyed his action packed writing style, and human interest essays in the Drizzt books. However, this is not his best work. Don't get me wrong it is still a good story, but it is not as involved and suspenseful as many of his other books. I still enjoyed the listen, but I found that it was hard to concentrate on the story, especially when doing other things at the moment (I multi-task a lot).
Overall the reader did a good job with the reading. But I look forward to the day when earlier Drizzt books are made into an audio format. If you are a fan of these books and the Drizzt series I recommend this book if you have a credit to spend. If you have not read any books featuring the character Drizzt, then stop by the book store or library to pick up the Dark elf Trilogy first.
I've been reading these characters for over 15 years now, but I had a lot more time to read back then, and a very long commute to work now. So the only way to continue these stories have been through their audio counterparts. Mark has captured the voices these characters had in my head and applied them to these reads. Naturally, the women in the book don't sound like I imagined, but all of the lead males characters (Drizzt, Buernor, Wulfgar, Pwent) sound amazingly-distinct and true to their character. I plan on continuing the series with Mark as my narrator, as he brings these books to life with emotive reads.
While the story served as a transition, it also held its own as a strong time-passage vessel that tasked the characters with accepting change that goes beyond their own comfort zone. It was an interesting thing to see, give the characters' past.
This is the first performance I have listened to.
I was delighted to discover that Mark would be re-reading the older books in the series. I'd always wanted to return to those books and re-experience them, but again, with the time budget afforded to me now, I barely have enough to keep up with the new books, so this alternative will be even better read with someone who gets the characters he's reading.
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There were way too many longs passages about our hero's inner dialog.
They was slow and limped along like his wounded lead character.
Very nice tones
This was the wrap up of a lot of story lines that have been going on for books and books. It mostly in the hero's head, his self regrets, instead of deeds of heroic battle.
A very good transition book that prepares the fans of Drizzt and his companions to what lies ahead. Not for those unfamiliar with Drizzt. Mark Bramhall was also great as the narrator and spoke with clarity and personality.
R.A.Salvatore has enchanted readers for 20 + years with his tale of a rouge Dark elf (Drizzt do'Urden and his friends. This book is no different, action packed, exciting, and filled with romance, intreague and epic battle it once more leads the reader on a merry fantastical romp through the forgotten realms. Well written, and epic as always, This book is well worth the listen and definitely one of the best YET. The orc king says a lot about racial politics, war, and how misunderstandings start terrible conflicts. If you like Drizzt this is a definite, if your looking for something new and different from other fantasy worlds this is the best!
I've never come across a better SciFi Narrator who could make a story like this come alive. It starts a bit slow, but it picks up and you can easily understand the characters and what has happened to them.
Exciting, action... packed.
I love the world Salvatore has created. He writes great stories - if you love one, you'll love pretty much all of them.
I've read the book too, and wouldn't say it's any better performed :-)
I found this hard to get in to at first, but by the end I wanted more. In final assessment, this is a good book that is well narrated.
As always loved this Salvatore book! The narrator did an amazing job with different voices and accents, really added to the experience!
Great character voice distinction and accents
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