The Last Threshold (Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms Novel: Neverwinter Saga) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Sep 2013
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About the Author
R.A. Salvatore is the "New York Times" best-selling author of more than forty novels, including the popular Forgotten Realms series "The Legend of Drizzt." He's an avid gamer, father of three, and loyal citizen of Red Sox Nation.
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Now Drizzt sets his plan in motion of trying to give his band a purpose. He thinks of Port Llast. A rival port from Luskan, which has suffered as just as much or more during the Battle with the Host tower and the Spell plague. The people living here have number under 200 and dwindling rather than the 1000 plus a few decades before. Drizzt want to stand for something again not just live battle to battle. Also to choose his battles to fight. By leading by example he thinks he can install the same beliefs into his comrades. Some are more easily convinced then others, to some it is foreign concept. Drizzt is forced to look at his relationship with Dahlia and recognise that is it for what it is. Dahlia is forced to face her past and issues. This is the good part of the book. Now from part 3 of the book onwards the book changes unfortunately not for the better.
Drizzt and his 5 companions do on a quest to save Guenhwyvar form the powerful wizard Draygo Quick. Sounds good so far, let just say it does not go so well. Enter the real hero Jarlaxle.Read more ›
But now; really since the start of the Neverwinter series things have become tragically wayward. You might even argue the rot set in during the Transitions series.
Salvatore has started to waffle! It's plain to see; and this loss of focus just loses all drive and momentum from his recent books in the Drizzt sagas.
It seems he is becoming lost in his own urge to add character after character; each one with with a more stupendously spelled name than before; and each more forgettable than the last!
Gone are the companions whose characters were built over decades of writing and whom regular readers truly felt for; to be replaced by lack lustre 2 dimensional throw away characters that last a story arc...and as such the reader never truly engages with them!
Even steadfast characters are losing the edge that made them so special to read; Drizzt and Entreri both being waffled about for pages and pages that simply act as filler at best, and at worst just destroy any hope you might have tht thins will get better!
Occasionally the old magic returns; but its getting further and further away and trudging through the endless drivel becomes more of a chore than it has any right to be.
It's a shame, truly it is....but finally it would seem that Drizzt and his leged has run out of steam!
This series started with a sense of great change for our beloved Drow Ranger. His world has been torn apart by so many personal losses and he is struggling to find a path to walk because of it. It was a brave move by the author to shake things up and give us a chance to see some interesting changes and character progression. Sadly I feel that this story ended without taking hold of those opportunities.
The Last Threshold is a hard one to sum up as it didn't seem to know what it wanted to be. Part of it was about a rescue of Guenhwyvar, part of it was about relationships between the characters, part of it was the redemption of Artemis Entreri and part of it was about Jarlaxle. There was even some demon action, a drow hunt and a brief cameo appearance of an old character brought back as a vampire for seemingly no reason.
It was basically a bit of a mess that didn't seem to know what it wanted to be. Worse for me, it was completely unfulfilling. There are a lot of open story lines at the end of this book which makes it hard to see this as the end of the series.
Either way I am hoping that the next Drizzt books will be a little more cohesive, less dreamlike and bring back the morally strong and dazzling fighter that I have loved reading about for 20+ books rather than this broken shell of a protagonist.
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big fan of Salvatore's work, book is in line with his other novelsPublished 12 months ago by David Van Belle
Very much enjoying the Drizzt series of novels, in fact have now purchased the whole series so I can follow the total legend. R A Salvatore is an excellent story teller.Published on 1 Jun. 2014 by mpm
I have read everything R A Salvatore has written about this character and loved every one of them, just really wish there was morePublished on 31 May 2014 by P J Budd
Reading this novel took me back over 20 years to when I read The Crystal Shard. I've been a fan of Salvatore and a certain dark elf ever since! Read morePublished on 11 May 2014 by J. James