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Sea of Swords: The Legend of Drizzt, Book XIII Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2009
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To his credit, the author resolved and wrapped up many hanging treads left throughout the series.
The characterization of the pirates was wonderful, but the opponent Salvatore lined up for Drizzt came of as a shadow of Entrari. I felt that he could have completely left this character out or developed someone within the pirate crew to cover the need for a dramatic closing fight (Salvatore's greatest strength).
If Salvatore continues to write books with the Heroes of Mithiril Hall (which I pray he does), I look forward to seeing who or what he comes up with to challenge the party.
Bottom Line: A good book, and worth the wait. Even Salvatore's B work is better than 90% of the rambling epics on the fantasy market.
Having said that, this book is not as good as the Crystal Shard. Shard contained a level of suspense and moral ambiguity that is missing here. The problem is common enough in any Wizards of the Coast setting (and can indeed be found in some of their computer games as well): as the characters advance in level and/or power, nothing in the story can really injure or threaten them. The protagonist becomes superhero - far outstripping his foes in both physical and mental prowess. This is problematic in a linear plot. Servant of the Shard was SO GOOD because it avoided this issue by presenting a vast set of interweaving difficulties and complex situations. In other words, the story could have logically ended in any number of different ways. Sea of Swords misses that critical element that Salvatore always has in his books that contain Jarlaxle: complexity.
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to Drizzt fans. It advances the characters emotionally, contains solid sarcastic wit in several places, and it is action-packed without having the action overwhelm. However, I also eagerly await the return of Entreri and Jarlaxe.
Sea of Swords tried to change all of that. Wulfgar is forced into getting character development. He steals the show from Drizzt to the point where neither one is really the main character, and the book has no strong protagonist. Even more insulting, RA Salvatore forces him into becoming the same exact type of character Drizzt is supposed to be: disturbed, stoic, and brooding.
Wulfgar doesn't need to be a main character. He doesn't need to be developed. He's supposed to be a side character. It just doesn't work with him taking the lead. Why couldn't Salvatore just kill him off or make him go away? I'm really starting to hate Wulfgar.
Another awful thing is that the reader knows exactly what the bad guys are up to. Heck, Shelia Kree and her lackeys are in the book more often than Drizzt and friends. The reader gets to see what every character is doing at all times. It's like playing chess: you get to see every piece on the board and how they're moving. In narrative, that just doesn't work. Mystery is an integral part of plot. Its fun to wonder what will happen next, to be surprised when the heroes face something for godsake. Anyone of average intelligence could read this book and be able to figure out what is going to happen and how all the characters will come together.Read more ›
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I have been a fan of Salvatore's work since I was a boy. I have read and re-read almost all of his works. This one is no different. Read morePublished 1 month ago
I think I missed this one several years ago when I first read this series, I enjoyed it very much.Published 1 month ago by Scott Elliott
Another goodie for sure. These books rock hard. Always a good page turner. You'll love reading this bitchin book. WordPublished 3 months ago by William P. Kessler, Jr.
Each time I'm thinking I won't be surprised by deizzt and his companions but each time I find my self drawn and surprised by each book.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not much more to say except BEWARE if you start this series you will devour each page and look for more... you never get enough!Published 6 months ago by Marlene