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  • Paperback: 1354 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Sept. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786930012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786930012
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 10 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #701,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starless Night is part of the continuing "Forgotten Realms" saga, which includes the author's best seller, The Legacy (Random Audio, 1992). Still shaken by the death of their comrade, Wolfgar, the companions, Regis, Brunor, Catibri, and Drizzt, mourn in their own ways. For Drizzt, however, sorrow turns to vengeance. Drizzt decides that he must return to the Underdark city of Menzoberranzan and see for himself that the drow do not again spread their evil on the surface world. Much like a fly who is caught in a spider's invisible web, Drizzt, too, finds himself entangled in events that he cannot control. Starless Night is good sword-and-sorcery fare and keeps a lively pace throughout. Narrator Simon Jones offers a solid performance that is occasionally marred by hokey sound effects. Those who are Dungeons and Dragons players will appreciate seeing the genre come to life. Recommended for "gamers" and listeners interested in fantasy.
- Adam Paul Hunt, "California Bicyclist," San Francisco
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

R.A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts and still makes his home there. He has published numerous Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., most of which have been New York Times best-sellers. He is also known as the best-selling author of the Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones novelization from Del Rey.

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Format: Hardcover
Starless Night, book 8 chronologically in the Drizzt series, shows the main characters still suffering from the death of one of their own in the previous book. Because of this guilt, Drizzt ventures back to the underground world of Menzoberranzan, to determine the true drow threat himself. Catti-brie follows, once she finds that he has slipped out on his own.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character development of Jarlaxle, the mercenary drow, and it was great to see a small glimpse of strong Belwar again. My only problem with this series is that characters just won't stay dead once killed (or twice killed!), as Artemis Entreri shows up again. Mr. Salvatore keeps the readers guessing that Entreri and perhaps Jarlaxle are not as evil as they seem.

As with the three initial books in the series, the drow homeland is well described, as are the political machinations that keep the drow world in check.

Not as good as the first three (which are classics), but moves the character development forward and brings Jarlaxle, a very interesting character, to the fore.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I imagined it would be hard to follow up after a book like "the Legacy" but this book (the second in the series) is extremely good. Drizzt runs off to confront his heritage in order to save his companions from future terror and attacks by the dark elves. Little does he know that the dark elves have other plans for the surface dwellers and the legendary Mithril Hall. This book mainly features Drizzt and Cattie-Brie, along with some of the classic drow - some of which have become my favorite characters in the books.
It is amazing finally getting into the underground city of the drow (I have not yet read the "Homeland" books). The inner workings of the city are facinating and unlike anything I had ever imagined. They truely seem to be pure evil (or most of them at least). The political intrigue in this book is exceptional. It is nothing like the politics in a huge epic (like "Song of Ice and Fire") but still pretty good and facinating at face value for a such a small book and a vastly different target audience. This book never let me down and was quite fun and enjoyable to read. My only reservation about this book is that Breunor and Regis are not that involved in the story (they are definately not involved in the main story, and their side plot line is very slim). But Salvatore proves that he doesn't need all of the companions to make a great book, and also proves that he still has a lot of fire under him and some surprises still up his sleave.
As always, the battles are fierce and exciting. Also the assasin (one of my favorites) is back and "integrated" into the drow society. Very interesting watching the strong and powerful get pushed around.
Read this book - this sub series in the Drizzt series is my favorite so far and is filled with more action and adventures than the others I have read.
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By L Gontzes on June 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
Definitely GREAT Fantasy epics and my personal favorites, The Dark Elf Trilogy-Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn, as well as The Icewind Dale Trilogy- The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem bring to life the story of the good hearted dark elf ranger Drizzt Do'Urden and his adventures in the magical World of Faerun. Legacy, Starless Night, Siege of Darkness and Passage to Dawn are the continuation of these adventures in a way that you keep coming back for more and more and more... The books are all so incredibly well written that the reader feels that they have been transported to another universe and are actually present among the characters, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel, sensing what they sense. RA Salvatore has truly outdone himself and has presented us with a masterpiece of literature the likes of which we have seen only in JRR Tolkien's work and in authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies. Duty, honor, bravery, magic, and swordfights are all about. A great trilogy indeed and a "must read" along with RA Salvatore's The Icewind Dale Trilogy! One should seriously start thinking about maybe turning them into movies...
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
3.5 stars
Spoiler Alert:
When Bruenor supposedly died and then came back in the Icewind Dale Trilogy, I held my silence. While his survival stretched the imagination, it made enough sense to at least seem plausible. But this Artemis Entreri business is getting ridiculous. Let's see: He fell down a straight drop unconscious, but his cloak somehow managed to catch onto the rock enough so that IT HELD HIS WHOLE BODY WEIGHT AND DIDN'T TEAR, and then when he did fall, there just happened to be a spiderweb underneath him, STRONG ENOUGH TO CATCH HIM AND NOT BREAK, and then Jarlaxle just happened to be waiting for him. Mr. Salvatore, stop being a wuss and allow your characters to die when they need to, instead of just writing about the same old enemies over and over. This is my biggest gripe. I can only imagine what George Martin would say. Artemis Entreri should have stayed dead, and maybe even Bruenor should have stayed dead as well. I get the impression that you just couldn't figure out something interesting to put in the plot and so instead reincarnated a dead villain to spice things up. At least he was different this time around, and I'll have to give you credit for that. But it's still very cheap. And then Dritzz just lets him go at the end?! That's a little far-fetched too. I think you might just be setting things up for an eternal battle between these two, and I wouldn't be surprised if Artemis Entreri shows up later with some bracelets of his own. If that turns out to be the case, I quit. There's no point in reading if there's no change.
Now, as to the book itself. It was good, though not as good as The Legacy. It took a little longer to rev up, and in a book this short, that means something. By the way, is that ever going to change?
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