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The Companions: The Sundering, Book I Mass Market Paperback – February 4, 2014

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Book 24 of 26 in the Legend of Drizzt Series

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R.A. Salvatore is the New York Times best-selling author of more than forty novels, including the popular Forgotten Realms series The Legend of Drizzt. He's an avid gamer, father of three, and loyal citizen of Red Sox Nation.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Sundering
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786965223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786965229
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (724 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me establish where my thoughts were going into this new series. I love the Drizzt saga and always devour the books as they come out. That being said, The Ghost King was very weak and I had mixed feelings about the events that unfolded from that point on. This was mostly due to Drizzt's new companions and I kept thinking to myself as I read the most recent books that it just wasn't the same. Even when the books were good (and they were) they just weren't quite the same. However, all of my uneasiness with the Neverwinter series and the new companions only served to make the ending climax of the Last Threshold far more moving than it would have been otherwise.

And this book absolutely blows that ending out of the water. Salvatore has definitely built up very nicely to this book and I'm sure that any of the readers who have been with Drizzt and the Companions for many years will enjoy this new turn in the series. I honestly can't express how excited I am for the next book.

I also want to point out that several of the lower star reviews are by people who admittedly have not read any Drizzt books before. This tale is definitely tailored to those who have dedicated many years to following Drizzt and who can ride the emotional roller coaster that Salvatore has been building up to with the Neverwinter series.
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That was the first thought I had upon completing R.A. Salvatore's latest entry into The Legend of Drizzt, and the first book in the Realms-wide event, The Sundering. Throughout my initial reading, I was constantly going back and forth as to whether or not I could accept the revival of The Companions of the Hall, and indeed, there was a period of time where I didn't think I was going to be able to. But the reason I love Salvatore so much is because he is such a master storyteller. As much as it is a shame that he was forced into a position where he had to revive these characters, he earns it in this book, one of the best he's written. Salvatore takes the hand that he was dealt with the arrival of 4th Edition, and weaves for all of us readers a truly touching novel that reminds me of why I fell in love with his books in the first place. This is a love-letter to us fans, and as divided as I was, Bob, with this book, has assured me that it's going to be okay.

We are almost immediately introduced to the conceit that the titular companions are indeed those of The Hall. The prologue, after briefly touching base with Drizzt as we left him at the end of The Last Threshold, cuts back a number of years to a small girl in Netheril being hunted by Shadovar. Within just a few pages, she reveals herself to be none other than a reborn Catti-Brie, as she magically fends off her would-be kidnappers. From there we are taken back to Iruladoon where we finally learn Iruladoon's purpose, and just how the Companions will be reunited on the Prime Material Plane. In a masterful storytelling move, Salvatore does not simply eject them all back into the world, all in their prime and ready to take to the road again.
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I started this book with low expectations since I was a bit jaded by the previous book, "The Last Threshold", but boy was in for a ride.

This has been one of Salvatore's crowning work in Drizzt's saga even if he was hardly in it. In fact, compared to his prior books I enjoyed this one the most in probably the past many years! This book has totally restored my interest in the series and I cannot wait for the next installment!

As a longtime reader, I appreciated that this book made tons of references to previous books. However, understand that if you are new to the series you may be a little lost and might want to start with the earlier books.
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This latest installment from Salvatore sees him return to his roots - literally, as the original quartet of heroes from way back from very first book, The Crystal Shard, are brought back together by virtue of reincarnation, which conveniently allows the characters to keep their memory and by and large also their physical appearances. If this sounds Dallas-esque, you are rightt. For the first few chapters I had to wonder if Salvatore's book sales have dropped so much that he has had to resort something like this.

However, as I read deeper into the novel I started to grow fond of it. The story is split into three parts, on each following the growth of Regis, Bruenor and Catti-Brie from newborns to their twenties. Of the three, the Regis story is by far the best, giving a feeling of what one might do if you could start all over again while still keeping all the knowledge and skills you already possess. The Bruenor part is definitely the worst, with most of it spent in descriptions of battle and moping hardly worthy of the character, and the Cattie-Brie section unmemorable. While there is no surprise waiting once the three lines are connected (including the twist every reader will see coming a mile away), I did find myself waiting for the conclusion with anticipation, and at the end of the book I had to admit I liked it.

This one is definitely one of the better Salvatore books - not up to par with the first six, but much better than the mediocre books we've been getting for the last ten years. If you can get by the cop-out, reset-button-pressing of the premise you'll find a nice read. And if movies can do a reboots left and right, why not a fantasy series?

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