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The Lone Drow: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book II [Paperback]

R.A. Salvatore
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June 1 2004 The Hunter's Blades Trilogy (Book 2)
The latest New York Times best-seller from R.A. Salvatore is now in paperback! The Lone Drow is yet another top release from premiere Forgotten Realms author R.A. Salvatore. This mass market reprint focuses primarily on his signature character, Drizzt Do'Urden, who has been the subject of most of Salvatore's best-selling Forgotten Realms titles. This title includes a sample chapter from the author's next hardcover, The Two Swords.

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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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Sample chapter, author chat, editorial content, author tour coverage, and free downloads are available at --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall great experience Feb. 21 2011
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 told me to keep them posted on arrival, and let them know if it didn't come in the next 7 days. If you live in Canada and are ordering, know that customs is really long with books, and can take an extra 2-3 weeks over the shipping date. My only complaint is that the bubble wrap was not the greatest, and I have a slightly damaged dust cover. If you are ordering through this company, ask them to add an extra layer or two of bubble wrap to the edges to protect it during shipping. Other than that, love the book, especially since it is in hard cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but too much of the same July 10 2004
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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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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. Cut off, alone, convinced that everything he ever valued has been destroyed and all that's left is to kill until there are no enemies left, the reader is carried along on an expertly crafted action/adventure fantasy tale that is replete with memorable characters, dire situations, vividly drawn backgrounds, and horrific battles. But the novice reader should be forewarned! Reading The Lone Drow will send you to seek out all of R. A. Salvatore's earlier books -- and leave you looking urgently toward the next installment of this thrilling fantasy series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Most boring piece Salvatore ever created June 30 2004
By dream28
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 other adventures of Drizzt. Thousand Orc series however , have been sending alarm signals that Drizzt and Co. have finally come to an end. What was most interesting about Drizzt in the beginning was his inner reflection and diary-like musings. Unfortunately it grew old and boring and he became a whining self rightous character. The plot is more like a cheap soap opera: There is no plot at all. You can tell that many pages and dialogues and Drizzt's self reflection moments are just there to fill the pages.
It is time for bob Salvatore to pull the plug on this guy and create something else. This book is written mainly due to financial concerns of the author.
I agree with the previous posters recommendations. Storyline and characters need to mature.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 370 pages of filler June 25 2004
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. His new Forgotten Realm trilogy should be forgotten it's self. Especially the Lone Drow. There's is no plot at all. Just one Battle scene after another. Its grow tiresome and absurd very quickly. No matter how many enemies Drizzt or his buddies fight they wont die or get hurt. There is no character development at all. The dialog between characters so childish sounding. I know Salvatore never has had deep plot-lines for his books but this book takes the cake for being poor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You're missing the Approach June 21 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Salvatore!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better
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 more
Published on June 11 2004 by Bizmarkie
3.0 out of 5 stars If 3 stars is mediocre, then mediocre it is.
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... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by "thebishop72"
5.0 out of 5 stars Drizzt Alone amidst Tens of Thousands of Goblinkin
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... Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Arthur W. Jordin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
All I could think of as I read this book was WOW! Never before have I had any book as interesting as this, and as I neared the finish I was hoping it would never end. Read more
Published on April 22 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!!
I'm really surprised to see all the positive reviews for this book. I am a big fan of the Drizzt series but this one is disappointing. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Puppypaws98
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