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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 October 2015
'Night of the Hunter' was a bit disappointing considering its predecessor. Though not part of the same series, 'The Companions' nicely set up this book and probably the rest of this series as well. With a lot of personal stories and quests for our returned heroes, I expected a bit more from this book.

They do embark on one such quest, the one to save Pwent from his curse, but I still felt the story was a bit lacking. This was not the grand reunion of old friends I had expected for this book. The returned characters have lived 21 years and undergone trials that have changed them. However, this book was just like the Drizzt books of old. They all just seemed to fall into familiar roles.

This isn't entirely a bad thing.

The book was better than most of what has come recently as at least Drizzt is comfortable with his place in the world. The melancholy has finally passed which is only a good thing.

As always there was still a lot of great action. The story is always moving forward so it was at least another enjoyable addition to this series.

The biggest success of this book for me was Wulfgar. He is no longer a character crushed by the weight of responsibility or past trials. He is now someone much more fun to read about.

I remain optimistic about the next book. But, I do hope that there is more focus on the protagonists going forward. The strength of 'The Companions' was each story being told from a protagonist's viewpoint. I would say that more than half of this book was told from an antagonist's viewpoint. This got tiring quite fast as I was always eager for Drizzt and co to have more exposure.
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on 17 March 2014
Overall I liked this book. There are parts that I found boring like the parts in Menzoberranza. Mainly because of the repetition that kept happening. This was mainly the same things had to be repeated to different characters over and over again. The Drow are the most treacherous and manipulative race and it is so interwoven into their Menzoberranzan society it is hard to keep up with everything but this does not mean that we need a recap every time the book goes to Menzoberranza. That was my only gripe with the book. I know why this was done it was sowing the seed for the future. The Salvatore really excels is the battle scenes. They are fast paced and brutal. I have only come across a few writers how understand the intricacies of combat, and manage to bring them alive on the page. The Blocks the strikes and most of all the positioning of the characters. There are a couple of silly mistakes though develop wolverine style healing factors eg facing down 2 Drow with a broken leg and being starved for days, and still coming out on top before needing a healing potion.

The Story. The Companions of the hall have been reborn and come together for the purpose that of saving Drizzt on the appointed day and place. What do they do next? Bruenor Battlehammer sees this as an opportunity to correct wrongs he feels he committed in their last life. Wulfgar simply want to enjoy the adventure. Cattie-brie has been enhanced since her rebirth with Devine wisdom and power plus one and a half decades of sorcery training and experience. Regis is the most change. He made it his mission that in his second life he would be on equal footing with his friends when it came to battle. For the past 2 decades he has dedicated his life to developing his own fighting style and skills that would be useful. Cattie-brie is the sorceress of the group; Regis would be the (swashbuckling) scientist.

There is also the question of Drizzt's "replacement" companions. Even after 18 year they were the last ones to be seen with Drizzt and his enemies have long memories and even longer lifespans. The significance is explained of Drizzt's rejection which goes far beyond his physical fight with Dahlia Sin'felle. This has once again angered Lady Loth, last time this happened the whole of Menzoberranza was mobilised. This could be very dangerous for the replacement despite leaving Drizzt behind.

Unaware of all the other plotting happening around them the Companions of the Hall have decided to make Gauntlgrym their first quest to see if they can help an old friend out of his curse. They need to make a couple of stops along the way to gather supplies from old allies and rekindle old alliances. This book sets the stage for a great action long saga. The revelations keep coming straight to the last page.
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on 19 April 2015
It has been quite a while since i read an RAS book and it featured these characters. However in the time since i last read these books i feel that it has lost some of the edge drizzt had, he has become similar to a lot of other middling heroic characters and in that has lost a lot of its appeal. I found this book hard to enjoy because a lot of the action has been diluted and the banter between the characters has gone. Pity really .
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on 27 June 2015
Great story, brilliant characters.
Don't like the inevitable fact that Tiago seems untouchable, yet Drizzt or Entreri struggle in a fight against Dark Elves.
Also dislike that vampires in previous Salvatore tales could talk and reason, yet poor old Pwent could barely resist eating Bruenor.
However, couldn't stop reading from beginning to end.
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on 2 May 2014
It arrived fast - thanks Amazon and was also a present.
I am not that into the darkelf book, I enjoy the pc gamens more.
Still it is a complex and facinating universe for fantasy and RGP fans.
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on 6 November 2015
Clever writing to get the Companions of the Hall back together...just like old times. I enjoyed this latest instalment, and look forward to starting the second book in the series.
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on 21 May 2015
Clever way to increase the saga with the rebirth of the key character's and keep the reader engrossed as the strands slowly develop as the coming battles unfolds.
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on 25 October 2015
Hoorah for the companions of the hall - the adventures continue, new and old characters are again the paints for salvatore to paint a masterpiece with
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on 14 June 2015
What a return for the Companions. This brings back all my memories of reading Drizzt's previous adventures. Cannot wait to read the rest. :)
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on 11 March 2015
Back to his best! Ties up previous trilogy perfectly!

Great to see the changes made to the setting too! The way it should be
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