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Redemption, but with a dissapointing ending!
on 25 March 2013
This story is about redemption. It is a lot slower paces then the first 3 book in the series. Many fewer battles but after the first books that is understandable. Drizzt's new band of companions joined together against a common enemy. Now that he has been vanquished now what do they do? Drizzt comes up with a plan, but first he and Dahlia must solve the mystery of a creature ripping apart goblins and other local predators. This creature could be something from Drizzt's past. This story is better told in Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt - Neverwinter Tales.
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. I said in book one he was acting more like Drizzt then Drizzt himself. Now he fully steps up to the role of hero. We also learn some of his history. Next Drizzt returns to the Icewind Dales. Where he encounters a certain enchanted forest with an "auburn haired witch and Halfling companion".
Now I appreciate the character development but I do feel disappointed about the 3 confrontation that had been teased during the course of the series that never happened. Not just did they not happen but it was the way in which they were avoided that was most annoying. These did nothing to enhance the character of Drizzt except to make him look at best ordinary at worst useless. There is a literal cliff hanger ending which will be addressed in the next book The Companions: The Sundering, Book I.