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5.0 out of 5 starsSalvatore raises the bar on himself, and the 5 Companions of Mithril Hall.
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2018
The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy represents an expansion of Salvatore’s grip on the Forgotten Realms AD&D fantasy setting. Each of the 5 main characters faces new life challenges alongside a potent new villain, Obould Many Arrows, the Orc Warlord. There are philosophical themes like “Kith or Kin”, a political struggle in the city of Mirabar between the dwarves mining population and the human aristocracy. Salvatore’s villains get as much development as the heroes, so some frost giants and rogue drow make an impact on the seemingly indefatigable dwarves warriors of Mithril Hall. Cattie Brie faces mortality and questions her place alongside an elven ranger due to old age and death. Regis tries to be more assertive and less of a cliché helpless halfling thief. In some ways this trilogy is the apex of the Drizzt novels, an attempt to “wrap-up” the characters and give the writer his own resolution of the major character arcs. Like Arthur Conan Doyle before him, RASalvatore would not be allowed by fans and publishers to keep his cherished character off the pages for long, so the Hunter’s blades are correctly the midpoint of the Drizzt novels (33 volumes!).
What happens when you take a fierce, dual wielding dark elf (Drow) and throw 1000 orcs and a few giants at him? Well, you get one bloody mess - that's what.
Drizzt, RA Salvatore's premier character joins his friends for a new adventure - one that will finally put the king of dwarves on his throne. Or will it? Dwarves aren't known for sitting quietly while the action is going on and Salvatore uses this to his advantage when he moves this group of adventurers through the Spine of the World. This desolate, hostile environment is not exactly a Sunday stroll through a park and the group knows it. But it is a way to get home and enjoy a little fun on the way.
Of course, fun comes in different forms for a group of battle tested fighters - especially when you have a Drow in your party. Thousand Orcs (Book One of the trilogy) shows you that Salvatore still has what it takes to entertain and wrap the reader in a story of what many consider the ideal hero of the Realms. As a Drow, Drizzt is still shunned by many of the surface dwellers and hunted by his own kind for abandoning their way - yet he carries on. Fighting for what is right, protecting his friends, and enjoying what life has to offer.
If you are a fan of the original stories of Drizzt (highly recommended read before starting this series), then you will love the Hunter's Blade trilogy.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Most Intelligent 'Drizzt' Novel so Far
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2003
R.A. Salvatore's 'Drizzt' saga began many years with the Ice Wind Dale trilogy. The original trilogy was an excellent adventure that introduced readers to what would become the Companions of Mithral Hall: Drizzt, Wulfgar, Breunor, Regis, and Cattie-Brie. Since that time, the characters had largely stagnated, not really growing or changing as they moved from adventure to adventure. That changed with 'Spine of the World' and 'Sea of Swords' as Wulfgar began his return from the abyss and his friens began to adjust to the changes that they found in their friend. Finally, in 'The Thousand Orcs' the rest of the cast begins to explore their own inner demons. The novel opens with Drizzt and Co. beginning their trek to Mithral Hall where Breunor is to resume the throne after the previous king died. Along the way, the stumble upon the aftermath of a growing army of orcs, postponing their return to Mithral Hall. This is much to Breunor's delight, as he is not anxious to resume his duties as king, which he views as a very dull lifestyle. Regis, the halfling thief, continues to evolve following the near loss of his arm in a previous novel. He is no longer content to hide behind his friends as they fight for him. The trouble is, he doesn't know how to be more of a help without getting in the way and putting his companions in further danger. As events unfold in the novel, he has some difficult decisions to make. Cattie-Brie, facing a near death experience, makes some difficult realizations that will lead to some difficult decisions in future novels. She and Drizzt, a human and a Drow Elf, have an evolving relationship. But what can become of such a relationship? What will happen as she grows old, but Drizzt maintains his youth, inherent in the elven race? These questions plague both Cattie-Brie and Drizzt and will shape their future for novels to come. This novel has a very Tolkenesque quality to it. Readers familiar with 'The Two Towers,' either the novel or the movie, will recognize several similarities. However, Salvatore resolves things in his own way and does so in fairly satisfying fashion. This book will make the most sense if you have read the previous novels of the series, however, it is not entirely necessary. There is a lot of new material in this novel, that a new reader to the series will be able to grasp and understand without having read any of the previous works in the series. For one, all the old enemies (Entreri, Jarlaxle, etc.) are absent, so no past history is needed to understand the foes. I highly recommend this novel to any fantasy fan.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
Another great book from author R.A. Salvatore. The whole Drizzt series has been a pleasure to read and this one is another great in the series. If your a fan of Forgotten Realms and Drizzt you will probably love this book. Highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe hunt for orcish raiders turns into war
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
We get a chance to get know the Ivan and Pikel better along with their elven friends as the two dwarves travel north to Mithril Hall. Meanwhile the companions along with a handful of allies from Mithril Hall enforce a small wizards town to the north, before they encounter an implacable enemy.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
The Drittz stories are a great read for D&D fans to people who want a good adventure story with characters you care about. The books themselves are made very well and can handle wear and tear from active reading.
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2014
I enjoy fantasy fiction and started reading the Drizzt books years ago. Of the newer books some are obviously better than others.but few are as entertaining as the first dozen. It almost seems that they are not written by the original author but follow a similar story line. Several of the words used in the books I am unfamiliar with are not defined by any dictionary supported by Kindle or in any of my college edition dictionaries. I could nitpick and find faults with multiple issues but overall the story line is entertaining and I expect I will follow the series to its conclusion.
Very much enjoying the Drizzt series of novels, in fact have now purchased the whole series so I can follow the total legend. R A Salvatore is an excellent story teller. Would recommend to anyone. Honour does not have a price!!