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on October 2, 2003
Since Salvatore's first two trilogies (Icewind Dale and Dark Elf) there has been absolutely NO development in his ramrod character, Drizzt Do'Urden. For well over a decade, now, Drizzt has just been the ho-hum "I'm a bad@$$ invincible swordsman who can never be defeated." Wulfgar has developed a bit, but precious little, Cattie-brie and Bruenor none, and only in the latest novel, The Thousand Orcs, has Regis done any growing or maturing. I flipped through this series, reading about every other page, and even then just skimmed through those, and I didn't feel like I had missed anything crucial. Through the last 10 books, NOTHING has happened to the star of the show; he has not matured, nor has he grown stronger (or weaker, for that matter), or smarter, or anything. He knows only what he knew at the end of the Halfling's Gem, and uses only what he has wielded since defeating Icingdeath, and feels the same about everything that he has felt since Exhile. No character development = no story. Great book for juvenile fans of Rambo, Blade, and two-dimensional cardboard-cutout comic book heroes, though.
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on January 15, 2002
I barely managed to get thru this. For one thing, the first half of the first book in this volume seems dedicated to doing nothing more than respewing EVERYTHING the characters had done in all the prior novels. That's not only bad form, but its a bad sign right from the start. This is purely Salvatore milking the characters he developped a long time ago in a the mostly blatant and insulting way. If this is the first of the trilogies you've read in a long time, you will be completely put off by it. For those who've kept up, it may be worth it just to see what happens to the characters, but you should be just as insulted by the fact that in the end, you bought 3 books where in fact there was at LEAST one book's worth of stuff you already read.
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