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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786932287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786932283
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JD on Dec 4 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After waiting with much anticipation for this book, I was not disappointed. Salvatore creates an intriguing deviation and his unique blend of battle action and saga will have you turning page after page. Salvatore's writing style can, at times, be a cold slap in the face and maybe even frustrating for some readers. But over all this trilogy is definatly positioning itself as his best work yet. Highly entertaining and recommended. Bring on "The Two Swords" !!!
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By A Customer on July 10 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is not a bad book, but the last few titles in the Drizzt campaign have been lackluster, including this one for me. The main problem is the lack of growth in the series. While events happen that should change things everything eventually remains the same. Wulfgar and Bruenor should rightfully be dead at this point( or in Wulfgar's case he should be busy raising a kid instead of out gratuitously adventuring), and Drizzt should have had the courage to either love Catti brie as he should or give a definate no to it so she can move on. He may be long lived, she is not.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
What some people seem to forget is that this is not a 'Drizzt' book, but a 'Forgotten Realms' Book. Drizzt Do'Urden is a character from the world of Dungeons and Dragons, and in writing a story an author is more undertaking a single-handed campaign with characters that he serves as both player and DM to. So what if the fight scenes seem long-winded? Being a swordsman myself, I proudly say that at least they are accurate. Besides, would you more enjoy, "Orcs ran at Drizzt. He slashed at them. They went ker-splat all over some other orcs that were now rushing at him... etc". If you think of this less as a book and more as a horribly detailed account of a well thought-out campaign with fully rendered characters, you might find yourself enjoying it more (which is only for those who are not enjoying it already, mind you. If how you see it works, stick with it ;-). ). While this may not be Salvatore's most compelling work, he still holds high and far above your run-of-the-mill fantasy author.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read and absorbed a few of the previous reviews for R.A. Salvatore's latest Drizzt installments and not once has anyone touched on the glaring similarity to the recently released Lord of the Rings movies. I began reading about Drizzt over 10 years ago, falling in love with a character that I could totally relate to (the single most important factor in establishing character development). The Thousand Orcs.....The Two Towers. The release of the book, not to mention the eerily similar content, coincided very harmoniously with the movie. We have an assembly of many, many snarling and bloodthirsty orcs in both cases. Now if this doesn't reek of a cash-grab, I don't know what does. I whole-heartedly agree that Drizzt et troupe have become characatures of themselves. The names of the secondary characters, not to mention their dialogue ("oo, oi"???) have slid uncerimoniously from the sublime to the absolute ridiculous. Give us some credit Rob, we've grown up with Drizzt. Whay hasn't he grown up with us? The "poor me" syndrome he seems steeped in just doesn't cut it anymore for a warrior of his stature. Forget about D&D stats, here is a fully fleshed-out character that really does need to mature and develop his own path. Perhaps Drizzt's inability to mature and "move on" is symptomatic of R.A. Salvatore's inability to create what he loves without WotC breathing down his neck about revenues and deadlines. I don't care how long it takes Rob to write another Drizzt novel, but please, for the sake of this wonderful, enduring and lovable character you have blessed us with, let him loose. Take a journey back across the worlds you have created and look at the very reason you set out on the journey. We love you Drizzt.
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Format: Hardcover
The Lone Drow is the second novel in the Hunter's Blades trilogy, following The Thousand Orcs. In the previous volume, the goblinkin topple Withegroo's tower and overrun Shallows town. King Bruenor was injured in the crashing tower and the orcs believed him to have been killed. However, some of the defenders, including the injured dwarf king, escaped within a wooden sculpture of Gruumsh, the orcish god.
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.
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