The Ghost King by R.A. Salvatore

One the best Drizzt books I have read in a long while.

4/5 stars.
Hardcover, 352 pages.
Read from April 26, 2017 to May 4, 2017.

One of the things I love the most about the stories of Drizzt is the connection and companionship that all the characters have. Salvatore also does a great job at keeping the characters interesting and connected, no matter where their adventures take them. That, and Drizzt is hella-talented with his scimitars and pretty much has no match. Mix in a zombie-Dragon that references a plot line from some of the very first books in the series and you have a great way to revive a lagging story line.  I have now read 19 books in this series and there are still 11 more to go, and counting, until I reach the end. Considering I never had any intentions of reading them this far, I’d say I have done pretty well.

Cattibrie is thriving in her magic studies since an injury to her hip and leg has left her unable to fight. However there is something horribly wrong in the fray of the magic world and in front of Drizzt’s eyes, Cattibrie sinks into a coma in which she stuck between the real world and that of a magical purgatory. In an effort to save his wife, Drizzt and his companions journey to find their old friend Cadderly, a priest with substantial healing powers. They learn that the magical world has suddenly become unstable and that an old nemesis, once thought destroyed, the Crenshinibon is responsible.  This evil has also reawakened and revived some old enemies who have a score to settle. In order to save Cattibrie as well as the realm of magic, Drizzt and his friends need to destroy the source once and for all.

This book renewed my faith in the Legend of Drizzt series. It brought back some of my favourite characters, Jarlaxle and Cadderly, and made reference to a plot from one of my favourite books in the series, The Crystal Shard. This book was a much-needed boost after the previous book I read (The Pirate King), which seemed forced and dull. By revisiting the roots of the story of Drizzt, Salvatore has put new life into his long series. While nothing will replace the love I have for the original and first three books in the whole series, it is nice to see that Salvatore is still capable of putting out quality plot lines with the same loveable characters.  Oh, and not to mention. ZOMBIE DRAGON. That, in and of itself, is worth reading.

I would most definitely recommend this book to Salvatore and fantasy fans. It is worth working your way up to in the series.

The Pirate King by R.A. Salvatore

How did Drizzt get involved in this mess?

2/5 stars.
Hardcover, 347 pages.
Read from October 26 to November 13, 2016.

Well I am now 18 books into this now 30+ series. It is nice to be able to fall back on this series for a quick, easy and entertaining read that takes me away with its familiar characters. I have always been thankful the series has continued but with this book I was wondering if maybe Salvatore wasn’t sure where to take the story next. I believe Salvatore would have stopped the series long ago had he had his own say but as the story is owned by Forgotten Realms it sadly means that they can get anyone to write and continue the story if Salvatore doesn’t want to (even though he thought up the whole story and characters). I am glad Salvatore has stuck with it as it wouldn’t be the same without him.

Luskan has always been a city with a bad reputation. Pirates, gangs, thieves and more because it is a busy sea port of people coming and going with merchant goods. Currently the Arcane Brotherhood are in charge and have a death grip on the city. Drizzt and Regis are in search of Wulfgar after he had not been heard from since he left to rediscover himself and his homeland. However the become compelled to help Captain Deudermont  who is looking to over throw the nasty Arcane Brotherhood from their corrupt rule on the city. However, the leader of the Arcane Brotherhood is not who he appears to be and devastation could be awaiting the group. And what if Drizzr and Regis delay their search of Wulfgar too long and are too late to help their friend if he needs it?

My biggest problem with this book was that there were too many characters that were introduced too quickly. I found myself completely because I got confused in trying to keep up with everything that they were doing and how it related to the bigger plot.  I also find Captain Deudermont’s character just a bit too righteous for my liking. Having said all this, the big fight that takes place with the Arcane Brotherhood was pretty awesome. Not the devastation, but how it all went done, which I won’t spoil.  I did enjoy aspects of this novel, just not as much as others in this series.

Overall, I hope the next set of books in this series promises a bit more. I have faith that Salvatore will redeem himself.

The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore

Remarkable plot similarities to the latest Warcraft movie…

Remarkable plot similarities to the latest Warcraft movie…

3/5 stars.
Hardcover, 346 pages.
Read from June 18 to 26, 2016.

Thanks to the Hong Kong public library system I can still get my Drizzt-fix. According to Goodreads, Salvatore is one of my most read authors. I’m not sure how I feel about that but it doesn’t help that that this is 17th book in a series that now has 30 books in it and that the characters are kind of addicting. What’s peculiar about this book is that the latest Warcraft movie seems to have picked up on some it’s plot lines. I will explain.

The book strangely opens up 100 years into the future, so you already in a way know how the book is going to end. Interesting style switch for Salvatore. The plot picks up from the last book where Drizzt has been reunited with his friends and Obould and the band of orcs he has united is still a major threat to everyone in the realm .Bruenor is also determined to put a stop to it, even if it means putting him near death again. Wulfgar is mourning the death of his wife Dellie but he now needs to find Cottie, the adoptive child that they had together and make things right. Drizzt is torn on where to assist his friends and Cattibrie is still injured and may never fight again. Wulfgar is facing more of his demons and is looking to find peace but can Bruenor and Obould do the same?

If you’ve seen the latest Warcraft movie you may already understand the plot similarities. In the movie the Alliance and Horde start a war (no surprises there) but one of the leaders of the Orc groups tries to bring the tribes together to broker peace so that they can work together. That all goes horribly wrong and but the cliffhanger at the end leaves it on one Orc to hopefully bring about peace. While in this book peace is successfully brokered and because the book opens 100 years in the future you already know it’s successful. As Salvatore wrote this novel in 2007 I think he had one up on the movie in terms of who had the plot idea first but it was interesting to see the similarities. I mean, it’s not uncommon for fantasy themes to carry over in all sorts of mediums but what made this plot unique is that it showed that Orcs are more than just blood thirsty savages.

Drizzt and Cattibrie are also hella cute. Still looking forward to how things are going to continue to progress with them.

Overall, a good solid read that provided me with a fantasy -fix. It’s been one of best fantasy series I’ve ever picked up so far so I would recommend it to anyone interested in the genre.