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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
The only problem with this book is that Salvatore is starting to just make stuff up as he goes along. The most bizarre stuff happens, as a result of something that just hits us from a clear blue sky. He has kind of thrown out character development. Drizzt has become a jerk. His problem is he is so confident in his fighting ability that he fights for no better reason...
Published on 21 July 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Getting a bit dull
I've enjoyed most of the previous books but by this stage the series is proving a bit formulaic and i'm bored to death of the constant discussion of how much Drizzt loves his friends, how much his friends love him, zzzzz.

The writing is also very very poor in places, as if the author wrote the book in a rush and hasn't re-read it. I also found the attempts at...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 21 July 1999
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The only problem with this book is that Salvatore is starting to just make stuff up as he goes along. The most bizarre stuff happens, as a result of something that just hits us from a clear blue sky. He has kind of thrown out character development. Drizzt has become a jerk. His problem is he is so confident in his fighting ability that he fights for no better reason than to fight; not for honor or some other just cause as he usually does. He just goes out and kicks butt. Same thing in Starless Night. Any clear mind eventually comes to the conclusion that you do not go to Menzoberranzan in that situation. I guess I just liked Drizzt better when the odds were stacked against him. Of course, I can't blame Salvatore for this. Everything must happen within the framework of a normal D&D adventure, which foresakes the character development of really good literature. I'm sure Salvatore could be as successful as another good old writer whose last name begins with an S, ends with an E, and has a whole bunch of letters in between (yes I do know how to spell Shakespeare; I am not avoiding that) if he just took his time like J.R.R., Piers Anthony, and Douglas Adams and created his own world, his own rules, and set everything up in advance rather than making it up as he went along to help the heroes. Only hero in this series is Jarlaxle. He foresakes the drow and the Spider Queen just as Drizzt does, but with much more subtlety and cunning, much less arrogance. Notice how he bows to everybody? His body count is considerably less than Drizzt's, and he's spent his whole life in Menzoberranzan. His gang is just for protection; they hardly ever kill anybody either. He has perfect control over an evil and violent race of beings without taking anyone's life as Drizzt does. And, in his own strange sense, he's happy too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book, 5 Oct 1998
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Siege of Darkness is quite good. Salvatore has a talent for the portrayal of battles, both large and small, that is excellent and gives one the impression of actually being there through all the events. His close attention to detail and description lend themselves well to this novel, and his ability to describe individual events skillfully woven into the tapestry of the larger battle is very good. Salvatore does discuss his convictions a bit too much, however, and explains the morality and "good" of the defending forces a mite more than he should. He emphasizes their differences with the evil invaders a bit too strongly. His need to explain things does not damage this book much, however, (as it does "The Demon Awakens"... see my review on that...), and the story and epic heroism make Siege of Darkness a great read in spite of the few minor flaws. I recommend it to any Drizzt fans out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Drow attack the Dwarves, 20 Jan 2007
Siege of Darkness, book 9 chronologically in the Drizzt series, finally gives what the last few books have been leading up to: the epic battle as the underground drow attack Mithril Hall, home of King Bruenor Battlehammer and his clan of dwarves. The battle turns epic when the forces of the barbarians, the Riders from Silverymoon and Nesme, and even the svirfnebli join forces with the dwarves against overwhelming odds.

The first part of the book cleans up the mess left in Menzoberranzan, home of the drow, after Drizzt and co.'s escape and destruction of House Baenre's temple. A side story includes the temporary halt of all magic through some battle of the gods, which lets us see more of Lolth the Spider Queen and the Monster Errtu (whom Drizzt and Wulfgar defeated in an earlier book), and this so-called "Time of Troubles" is a useful device in several plots...they have little to do with the epic battle, but they either continue previous story lines or assumingly lay ground for the next book.

Writing battle scenes is one of Bob Salvatore's greatest skills, and the battles in the caves and out in the valley are some of the best written in this series.

There is also a plot line involving Berkthgar, the barbarian who takes over as king for the fallen Wulfgar. He initially believe he needs Aegis-fang, the weapon King Bruenor crafted specifically for Wulfgar, and Catti-brie and Drizzt convince him otherwise, that he needs to build his own name in battle and not rely on Wulfgars. In the battle scenes, he certainly does that. He becomes an interesting character, hopefully there will be more from him.

Lots of groundwork laid for the next book, including the mysterious prisoner the Lolth gives to Errtu to help him get back to the Material Plan and go after Drizzt. I assume this will be the focus of the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars R.A. Salvatore is one of this century's greatest authors., 5 Nov 1998
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God I loved this book. Excellent battle scenes, great characters, and good Forgotten Realms world tie-ins. For instance, the Time of Troubles. Lloth's avatar waas cool. The tanar'ri? Mean. And you just have to love Harkle Harpell. Anyway, it's good to see Bruenor take down a major enemy without nearly dying and being saved by Drizzt's scimitar. I mean, Drizzt killed or defeated Ertuu, Vierna, Dantrag, Akar Kessel, and everyone's favoeite villain - Artemis Entreri. Wulfgar pounded Biggrin and Icingdeath. And Catti-Brie took down Sydney. So how about it? Bruenor killing Matron Baenre. Real open-ended book, too. And i like all the characters, Stumpet Rakingclaw, Besnell, Berkthgar, Berg'inyon, etc. And of course, it's impossible to forget Jarlaxle. What a drow. I hear that Passage to Dawn and Silent Blade our great. We love you, Bob. Never stop writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, 13 Dec 1997
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After 5 books, RA Salvatore can still give us a fresh angle into the complex world of the drow. I loved the idea of telling the Time of Troubles(a period when the gods were cast down from the heavens and magic went awry) from the drow perspective-- since they are creatures weaned on magic it made the situation all the more difficult for them(and interesting for the reader). We also got our first close-up look at the drow goddess Lloth, and she was as every bit as cunning as I hoped she would be. Salvatore handled the intrigue swirling around the Time of Troubles really well. The epic battle scenes of the second half of the book weren't quite as interesting, but still vividly rendered. I would rank Siege of Darkness as my second-favorite Salvatore novel behind Homeland.
--Teri Tada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Salvatore, 25 Sep 1998
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This book was great. The juxtaposition of the avatar series with this book (The Time of Troubles) was brilliant. The idea that a fighter wins with his whole body, not just his hands shows actual thought, not just an assumtion that Dantrag's bracers would improve Drizzt's skill. Jarlaxle is fantastic as usual. He is Salvatore's 3rd best character (behind Cadderly and Drizzt) with all his mysteriousness and the intrigue and power surrounding him making me wish i could have been part of Bregan D'aerthe. I would love to see more of him, maybe a short story in one of the "Realms of..." books. Errtu's anti-magic stone didn't dispell his summoning though in Passage to Dawn as it did to his minion in Seige...Odd. Must be the Best Salvatore Ever, in my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore is a literary genius..., 19 Feb 1997
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Is R.A. Salvatore the best Fantasy writer in the world? If not, he certainly ranks near the top. Siege of Darkness is a story of a battle between the Drow and the Dwarves of Mithril Hall.

Magic, humour, intrigue and triumph are all elements abundant in this book. It's a very good read, one of his best. Buy it!!! What are you waiting for??? Buy it!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Getting a bit dull, 23 April 2014
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This review is from: Siege of Darkness: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IX (Kindle Edition)
I've enjoyed most of the previous books but by this stage the series is proving a bit formulaic and i'm bored to death of the constant discussion of how much Drizzt loves his friends, how much his friends love him, zzzzz.

The writing is also very very poor in places, as if the author wrote the book in a rush and hasn't re-read it. I also found the attempts at humour, such as around the character Bidderdoo, don't work at all. Salvatore may write some decent content but he's not Pratchett

In addition some of the more interesting bits, such as about the enchanted sword with the mind of its own or the issues affecting magic, are glossed over. It seems odd to introduce these aspects at all given how little time they are afforded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to read about Drizzt and the gang, 30 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Siege of Darkness: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IX (Kindle Edition)
I just love the writings of R A Salvatore his characters are so lifelike and whole.
I still have more to read in the series and cant wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore again, 25 Nov 2012
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Yep, its a Salavtore book. Good fun. Skip Drizzt's monologues at the start of each Chapter or book as way too cheesy.
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