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on 24 January 2005
The third book in the trilogy, though without giving too much away, it definitely leaves it open for the story that these three books have followed to continue!
The pace of this book is pretty much the same as the two preceding it, a well thought out mix of action and storyline, interspersed with passages of character introspection that give us the insight into the lead characters that Salvatore does so well, but that don't break up the flow of the book's particular plot too much.
Though it follows to the culmination of the plot that the two earlier books have been building to, there are some unexpected events on the way there that really add this books ability to hold the reader's attention.
The final chapters contain some truly touching interplay between the main characters, which as is true of all three books in this series enables the reader to make their way through the plot not just through the vivid descriptions of what is happening, but though the feelings of those experiencing the story.
This book is a worthy closing third of the trilogy, which as a whole is a very enjoyable read.
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VINE VOICEon 22 September 2005
Drizzt Do'urden and the 'Companions Of The Hall' are fast on their way to establishing themselves as characters of fantasy legend and this book does them no damage on that front.
The story continues with Mithril Hall and the surrounding area coming under the sway of the orcish hordes and their Giant allies. Rather than the mindless rabble that orcs have been depicted as in past Forgotten Realm novels, these invaders are really beleivable as a race that see themselves laying claim to a kingdom of their own, something hitherto denied them by the civilised races. Obould continues to surprise his enemies as they fail to take him as anything more than a war mongering greenskin and it's only towards the end he is seen as the threat he really is.
Once again, Salvatore's action scenes are of page turning quality and it seems he has even taken some of the comments of his fans on board. No more are his characters virtual demi-gods but heroes you can believe are actually capable of dying(Anyone who read of Wulfgar and Drizzt single-handedly killing dragons in earlier novels will agree here).
Personally, I have never been a fan of Drizzt's 'Hunter' alter ego and it is a shame it plays a large part of this story but that is a minor grumble. All the characters evolve in this novel and the new characters introduced are fleshed out that little bit more. Bruenor actually comes across as more of a leader of his people, as opposed to the wayward adventurer and reluctant monarch he's appeared to be in past novels.
The triangular relationship between Drizzt, Catti-Brie and Wulfgar also continues and finally seems to reach some sort of conclusion. One small complaint is that quite an important supporting character dies and it's just brushed aside with little real reaction from the rest of the characters.
A few niggles but, in general, another fine novel from Salvatore and one that is slightly easier to believe than previous efforts. The ending is also particularly good as it leaves you wondering what will become of the Orcish Hordes of the Forgotten Realms
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on 29 January 2006
I love this type of adventure story. Action, battles, etc. Anyone who likes such types of stories will enjoy it.
I found another series by Brian S Pratt that those who liked these may enjoy as well. The Unsuspecting Mage is a fast paced action adventure with gods, magic etc. True epic in the making!!
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on 16 November 2008
The Two Swords (Forgotten Realms: Hunter's Blades Trilogy)
After reading the Dark elf trilogy I was amazed at the writing genius that was R A Salvatore. However what was and what is, is what sets this book apart from the Salvatore franchise. It is more than obvious that Rob was under serious pressure to write a sequel to satisfy the publics thirst for Drizzt and to be fair they got what was asked. Yet I'm dissapointed. What I once thought was a master character is now a product in the marketing campaign for the Realms number one seller. Signs of the pressure Salvatore was under is evidenced a number of times in the book particularly by some of the impossible situations Drizzt finds himself in. One such instance in this book is where Drizzt trains a seal to fetch an item at the bottom of the ocean... He does it in one day!!! Rob if you do read this review I would just like to call a spade a spade here. Lazy. Plain Lazy. Your writing style which was once near greatness is now the victim of corporate slavery.
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on 31 May 2014
I love all of R A Salvatore books about this character he builds a great world around all the other characters I have read them all and would really recommend them
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on 6 April 2016
Great series enjoyed immensely
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on 8 December 2015
Love these books
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on 17 March 2006
If you've waded through the previous volumes in this trilogy, you'll know that much has been happened in and around Mithral Hall... oh sorry, this is The Two Swords? Right, in that case: no it hasn't.
IT IS BORING! I never thought I'd be so glad to finish a book. Nothing captured my imagination: the endless running battle commentary and cardboard-cutout characterisation has left me with a nasty taste in my mouth. Salvatore has written some cracking novels but this ranks as one of his worst. And of course, the ending is left open.
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