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The Pirate King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

R.A. Salvatore
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7 July 2009 Forgotten Realms: Transitions Trilogy (Book 2)
The New York Times best seller now in mass market paperback!

Captain Deudermont has sailed to the pirate city of Luskan on a mission--a mission to once and for all defeat the true power behind the corrupt city: a wicked lich and his cabal of evil wizards from the Host Tower of the Arcane. But the Host Tower has some tricks up its sleeve, as do the pirate captains who would like to see both sides fail.

This is MUST READ for even the most casual fan of the Legend of Drizzt(R)!

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (7 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786951443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786951444
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Pirate King, book two in R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms series called "Transitions," suffers greatly from middle-book syndrome, as well as just not being as interesting as the first book, The Orc King. The pacing of the book just seems off, a large part of the book is filled with characters I didn't care much about (and a couple who I had trouble telling apart occasionally), and it just seemed too much like a transitional novel. You might not think that's a bad thing in a series called "Transitions," but this one goes a bit too far in that direction.

The major problem I had with The Pirate King is that too much of the action is removed from the characters who I actually like, Regis and Drizzt. Salvatore cuts back and forth between the two companions and the events in Luskan, and I found myself losing interest in the horrible events going on in that city, especially after the first assault on the Hosttower. The main pirate captain who dreams of becoming the Pirate King, Kensidan, just isn't that interesting a character, despite his Machiavellian machinations to wield political power once Deudermont is removed. The dialogue didn't grab me, the plots and counterplots going back and forth among the captains, Greeth, and Deudermont, all seemed so pedestrian. These events didn't have the oomph of the first book, and the characters weren't interesting enough to cover for that.

Also, Drizzt and Regis seemed too far removed from the action. When they're in Luskan, they get involved, and things become much more immediate. They actually succeeded in making me care about Luskan and what was going on there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The master just keeps getting better 1 Dec 2008
This is the way the Realms, indeed fantasy should be. Salavtore has matured with his readers: The lines are shades of grey, not the white of a paladin against the black of the skull adorned necromancer. Teenagers may be less than pleased, but those of us who have followed Drizzt's twenty year sojourn will find something that is lacking in so much of the Realms - A soul. Drizzt's choices are not clear cut and so he has the opportunity to truly be a hero, much as he would hate the epithet, as he is forced to make difficult decisions, rather than simply taking physical risks, that for one of his bravery do not count as risks at all.

He is the warrior philosopher that we would all be, if we were made of the same stuff. He is someone to emulate even if our battles are waged with words and actions rather than magical scimitars. That Salvatore created such a character is remarkable, that he maintains and develops one is nothing short of extraordinary.

I'll leave with a quote:

"I don't have to prove my worth and value to any but those I love, Drizzt said to him dropping an arm across the Halfling's shoulders. And that I do by being who I am, with confidence that those I love appreciate the good and accept the bad. Does anything else really matter? Do the looks of the guards I don't know and who don't know me truly affect the pleasures, the triumphs and the failings of my life?" p.93

That's writing.

Fare Well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity got the better of me 1 Oct 2012
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I was not sure I was going to like this book. I want to say that I would give this book 4 1/2 stars but I felt it deserved a round up rather then a round down. The thing I really like about these books is that the characters keep maturing and growing, and changing through their life experiences. It this book we get to see another side of Drizzt we is still introspective but he is a bit more open and jovial with his friends.

I have always thought of Salvatore as a literal hitman. He is not afraid to kill off characters that he has built up, that kind of give his books a bit of a fear factor as I did not know which characters would be safe. Drizzt is taken to the limit of his moral and physical self. He has to decides to walk away from one fight to take part in another one. With all the manipulations in the background even Drizzt is over matched. There is a bit of a passing of the touch of moment in this book. I have to say it was done subtly I did not really see it coming.

Being part of the Transitions Trilogy everyone will really need to read all the other Drizzt books to understand how much he characters have grown. Even characters that I I'd not particularly like (Wulfgar) I found new levels of respect for. A great book not a definitive ending like The Orc King: Forgotten Realms - Transitions Trilogy, Book 1 but a great story and it feels like it should bridge the gap between books one and three. Because of the fact that most part for this book is against wizards there are not as many individual fight scenes in the book till the last chapter. I do hope there will be a rematch or a reckoning in the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 31 May 2014
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I just love this character he seems so real I have read them all and really recommend them, nestle down and read them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough 26 Jan 2014
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I love these books. From the first page to the last, I am totally mesmerized.
I wish I had discovered them years ago.
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