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The Companions: The Sundering, Book I Mass Market Paperback – February 4, 2014
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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?
Received as an ARC from the publisher.
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Salvatore has come a long way and the beauty of his work is glorified in this plot heavy book following his fan favorite characters.Published 4 days ago by Seikojin
After 20 years, Salvatore should be more predictable than exciting. Yet, his twists are dependable and refreshing at the same time.Published 18 days ago by Big IV
I wasn't thrilled with the Neverwinter series, but this book is right on par with Salvatore's great stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue D