The Lone Drow: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book II Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2004
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At the start of bestseller Salvatore's second book in his Tolkienesque fantasy trilogy (after 2002's The Thousand Orcs), hordes of orcs, led by cruel King Obould Many-Arrows, sweep down mechanically and unexcitingly on beleaguered dwarves. When he isn't slaying orcs, the story's hero, the dark elf drow loner Drizzt Do'Urden, suffers guilt for allowing a friendly elf to die in his stead and is attracted to Catti-brie, a beautiful human woman who is the ward of the dying dwarf king, Bruenor Battlehammer. The usual fantasy suspects-gnomes, trolls, elves, flying horses, unicorns, giants-crowd the pages, but the author does at times rise above cliche, and a few characters do achieve some complexity. Obould actually speaks of economics, while an elf, Innovindel, having lost her mate in battle, talks pensively of the centuries of her life, in contrast to the paltry few years of human life. This difference is significant to Drizzt, because Catti-brie is only human. Fans will eagerly await further developments in volume three. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Instead we have a repetitive plot, where things happen but in the end nothing changes much. Everyone is still there, constantly dwelling on their problems that they seem to have had have since the very beginning, and Drizzt himself has developed a bad case of righteousness without doubt. This may be comforting, but I lost my ability to be surrpised by the characters. I also feel they won't die thus my excitement when they get to a fight is diminished. 10 orcs attack, 10 orcs die. Sure there is some flashy footwork, but we have seen it all before.
Also, Drizzt needs to be fighting more than just orcs, ogres, etc etc. He used to face off with dragons, demons, deadly swordsmen, and high end wizards. That has definately tapered off of late, and that has also dampened my interest as well.
I am hoping that the 3rd book actually changes some things and causes growth. It looks like Savatore is setting up a new love for Drizzt, but we will have to wait and see.
In this novel, Drizzt has been killing orcs, goblins and giants outside the siege lines and believes his friends to have died when the town fell. In his pain, he retreats into the Hunter state and loses himself in the killing. He is not quite alone among the goblinkin, for two surface elves, Tarathiel and Innovindil, and their pegasi mounts are also ambushing and raiding the orc army. However, Drizzt is avoiding these elves since they were friends of the deluded and deceased Ellifain.
Bruenor is deep within a coma, being kept alive only by the healing magic of the dwarf clerics, but he is not yet dead. Regis has been appointed Steward to manage the affairs of Mithral Hall as Bruenor would have wanted it run. Catti-brie and Wulfgar are supporting Banak Brawnanvil in holding back the orc army on the cliffs overlooking Keeper's Dale to the west of Mithral Hall.
The dwarves from Mirabar under Torgar Hammerstriker are also fighting with Banak on the western cliffs. Marchon Elastul of Mirabar is incensed at this betrayal and sends Shoudra Stargleam and Nanfoodle the gnome alchemist to cause trouble in Mithral Hall. However, Shoudra and Nanfoodle soon have other plans.
King Obould Many-Arrows has attracted even more goblinkin after the fall of Shallows and the supposed death of King Bruenor.Read more ›
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The book was scheduled to arrive between February 1-11, and was delayed due to customs. My book came on February 16th, but the seller was really nice when I contacted them, and... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2011 by Salvatore Collector
Book One of R.A. Salvatore's "The Hunter's Blade" trilogy, The Lone Drow is the story of Drizzi Do'Urden who is the bane of the orc hordes still ravaging the North. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Midwest Book Review
Starting with the Dark Elf Trilogy this drow's adventures really kept me good company for years. My all time favorite work of the author is the Dark Elf Trilogy and I read all the... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by dream28
I've been a fan of Salvatore for years now. The Ice, wind and Dale Trilogy and The Dark Elf Trilogy (Which is my all time favorite work by Salvatore) are great. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by William M. Olejarz
Salvatore keeps getting better and better along with the solid and unforgetable characters. I feel that he, second only to Lars Walker, is about the best fantasy writer out there!Published on June 17 2004
It seems like I refused to read these books for so long on the simple principle that if more than two people I knew had read them, then they must be mainstream crap. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Bizmarkie