Drizzt Do'Urden, hero of the "Dark Elf" trilogy, finds the peace and prosperity of Mithril Hall shattered when his old enemies arrive to exact their revenge. Reprint. 200,000 first printing.
With the reuniting of old friends, the introduction of new friends, and the plotting of old enemies with clever plans, this book deserves all five stars just because of these elements and a pace that does not slow down until the last few pages. In fact, this book all takes place in less than a day. This book also has unforgivable sad moments that only give credit to the author for making his characters more realistic, however sad that conclusion brings. I will never forgive Salvatore for the way this book ends, but that only gives tribute to how much passion he can deliver in simple text.
Let the swordplay dazzle you and the enemy scare you, but whatever you do, don't stop reading this book.
The Dark Elf Trilogy was probably the best trilogy I ever read, with Homeland and Exile both being 5 star books. I next read the Icewind Dale Trilogy, and it was pretty good, but not near the level of the DET (No big surprise there, it's what he wrote first). This quartet he wrote after both trilogies, and I was excited to get back to the level of writing that so enthralled me while reading the DET. This book delivered as promised. The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars was the fact that the writing wasn't quite up at the level of Homeland, and (probably because most of the action takes plan in the span of a day) it didn't leave as much of a lasting impact. However, this book starts as a great introduction, and doesn't fail anywhere else.
It starts off right after the end of The Halfling's Gem, book 3 of the IDT. Since the book is so short, I won't give away any plot details, but just suffice it to say that trouble soon arrives for Dritzz and friends in the form of those deadly masters of combat known as the drow. It was nice for me to see characters like Bruenor, Wulfgar, and Cattie-brie (characters not in the DET) endowed with new depths and characterized more realistically. It was nice to be returned to that previous form of writing that gripped me when I first started reading Salvatore. Once trouble arrives at Dritzz's doorstep, the action takes off at a bang and doesn't stop until the end. I finished this book in two days, would have finished it in one if not for school, and that's fast for me. For those of you who complained about the action, I really don't see what your problem is. It's like you're saying "Let's get rid of that more interesting stuff so we can make the story more dull.Read more ›