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It's not Salvatore`s best, but it's still fun.
on August 17, 2013
I enjoyed it. But I feel that my two decade devotion to the Drizzt legends is coming to an end. I don't blame Salvatore. His books are still exciting, fun, and are still worth reading for the amazing battle imagery alone. He's the ultimate fight scene writer. It's just really difficult to live up to the magic of the original trilogies. Lately I feel that Bob's writing is missing something. It's just more basic, more predictable,more lackluster than it used to be. It seems like I'm getting too old for it, and that saddens me. Drizzt annoys me more and more lately, too. He's such a lost soul, but less of a noble, wise wanderer, and more of a whiney adolescent who can't figure out his own emotions. I find his behavior and his introspective emotional turmoil to be boring and unrealistic at times. I mean, I get that he has some long-lasting depression over the events in his exciting past. I get it that he'll never find friends as cool as the original companions. However, he is an amazing hero who has seen and done some extraordinarily awesome things for well over a century. He is a living legend in the Realms. He is an agent of good, who constantly kicks ass, and practices chivalry. Therefore, he should be a ROCK in terms of his emotional well being. Quit acting confused, Drizzt! Know thyself. You are too smart and well-disciplined to be so unstable. It's not reading right. Long ago he got over his guilt and self-doubt, or so I had thought. He used to be tougher, I swear it. He learned to face his dark ego, The Hunter, and embrace it when he needed to. Now he's reverting?? Now he needs advice from his uncharismatic, bitchy lover Dhalia about being tough enough to face the "ugly world?" That part was ridiculous. I couldn't understand why fellow Kindle readers had highlighted it. You actually like that line / scene? Seems like lazy, predictable writing again. Drizzt had already learned that lesson tenfold, and he's so far above this girl, it's not even funny. Anyway, I digress. I just feel let down more and more, because I'm just getting bored with the lack of interesting new characters, the predictable plotline, and the lack of satisfying character development (inexplicable reverting and then re-learning life lessons doesn't count). I'm now just reading purely out of loyalty to R.A. Salvatore and his amazing original stories. I have to see how it all ends up, even if I'm being taken for a ride on the mediocre train. I have a vested interest, so I have to keep going. These books are a part of me. I just hope that Bob isn't purposely exploiting the loyalty of his Constant Readers like me by putting forth substandard novels. In any case, after all this negativity, why a 3? Well, it was still a damn fun read. That's why. Just not one of great literary merit this time around.