Legacy of the Drow: Collector's Edition Paperback – Jan 1 2003
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Think of it as an opportunity to give all those tattered old paperbacks away to younger adventurers. Just as Wizards of the Coast did with the Icewind Dale and Dark Elf trilogy hardbacks, this 1,000-plus page collector's edition pulls together some of Drizzt Do'Urden's best stories--Legacy, Starless Night, Siege of Darkness, and Passage to Dawn--into one whopping volume.
Starting way back with 1988's Crystal Shard, the Icewind Dale books kicked off the celebrated Drizzt saga, while the Dark Elf prequel trio that followed detailed the scimitar swinger's shadowy beginnings in the drow city of Menzoberranzan. This third series essentially rolls up a bunch of random encounters from both worlds--all of Drizzt's cherished friends and newfound foes on the surface world, along with his old adversaries from the Underdark--throwing them into combat after combat to see who shakes out.
Legacy begins amicably enough, with Bruenor back on the throne and Cattie-brie and Wulfgar getting ready to tie the knot. But along comes a spider (the demon queen Lloth, in this case), and pretty soon the tunnels below Mithril Hall become a bloodbath. Starless Night takes Drizzt deeper into the Underdark in search of his lost friends, to Blingdenstone and on towards Menzoberranzan. Then Siege of Darkness nearly closes the series with its giant drow-dwarf battle finale, but the sea-faring followup adventure Passage to Dawn reveals the fate of one of Drizzt's fallen comrades, held in the Abyss by the demon Errtu. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
R.A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959 and still makes his home there. He has published numerous Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., including the recent New York Times bestsellers Servant of the Shard and Sea of Swords.
Top Customer Reviews
As shown by other reviews here, some readers really go for this style of fantasy, but I was largely unimpressed. My main problem was that with the elaborately balanced cast of characters - Elf, Dwarf, Barbarian, Thief, Cleric, Assassin, Priestess, and various magical weapons and items - it often felt more like an RPG scenario than a novel. That was especially true in the first book; the sequels were better but still not terrific.
The characters and dialogue are thin. The surprises are few, the prose not particularly striking, character development entirely unknown, battles innumerable. In general, the book seemed aimed at the teen market that is the heart of the RPG industry.
The first three volumes of the tetralogy tell the story of an attack from Menzabarranzan, Drizzt Do' Urden's place of origin, against the dwarves of Mithril Hall. The final volume is a bit tacked on, not really the same story as the earlier books, although it it further adventures of the same characters.
Any of these four novels can be read as a stand-alone, although they do contain numerous spoilers for prior Urden novels. The 2nd through 4th also contain spoilers for the earlier novels in this set.
This set of books is packed with very interesting characters, epic conquest, fatal flaws, but probably no redemption. Its a solid book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I consider it, with all due respect and understanding of course, to be a better story than Lord of the Rings.
Even if this is your first of the Drizzt books, its still a good place to start as enough background is given to allow the characters actions to make sense. If you later read Dark Elf Trilogy it will explain more.
This is a quite nice read which I thouroughly enjoyed so much so that I gave it to my sister for her to read. It contains very small bits of character humor, but no silliness. Its a serious book that is a lot of fun, thought provoking to some degree. Its not jam packet with spells and D&D-ish things. Its a real story focused more on characters than dice rolling confrontations. Which is not what I expected from a book based on a game.
Salvatore isn't a literary genius, but the more he writes, the better he gets. Unlike Robert Jordan, who can't seem to sustain the energy or interest level in his plodding, soap-opera like epics, Salvatore keeps things simple, fast, and enjoyable. Yet, at the same time, his flagship character, Drizzt Do'Urden, only seems to become deeper and more interesting as he matures.
In "Legacy of the Drow", Salvatore takes the characters and plot threads introduced in "Icewind Dale" and the "Dark Elf Trilogy" and runs them through a thousand-page wringer. Starting with "The Legacy", we are re-introduced to Drizzt's sinister family. In the books that follow, Salvatore seemingly puts the characters through every close call and near defeat he can, finally wrapping up the books in a touching rescue/showdown where Drizzt is forced to face defeat, only to see victory ripped from it's jaws at the last moment. The author pulls off the necessary dramatic tension and pacing to keep the reader hanging on his every word and glued to the book through the whole wild ride. "Legacy of the Drow" is far darker than the merry romp of "Icewind Dale", and the reintroduction of the Drow was every bit as scary as the foreshadowing in "The Dark Elf Trilogy" promised.
Of course, the books have some weaknesses. Drizzt's family members are under-used and quickly disposed of, much like the villains in Salvatore's plodding, overly-derivative "Cleric Quintet".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I have read most of Salvatore's books and I have to say that I have enjoyed this series the most. Legacy of the Drow - C.E. Read morePublished on April 24 2008 by JD
This was the best series of books describing the adventures of Drizzt and his companions. There is great description, inovation and action in each of the four books in the series. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Phill
If you're a Drizzt fan, and have not yet read this series, do so! Don't be intimidated by the length, you won't be able to put it down. R.A. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003
After reading the Dark Elf trilogy, this book provides further stories of what happens to Drizzt. The epic story is in-depth so I would not read through it fast. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Jason
Wow! I have read some really good books before but the whole Drizzt Do'Urden series takes the cake for my new favorites. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Alexis Stockford
This book is really a masterpiece for the fantasy fan. You should read the "The Dark Elf"-trilogy and then the "Icewind Dale"-trilogy first, by the same author,... Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by Gustaf
You just can't go wrong with R.A. Salvatore, especially when Drizzt is involved. The Drizzt saga is like a bible to me.
The Legacy of the Drow was particularily enjoyable. Read more