Most helpful positive review
Not the novel I was hoping for but still good
on 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.