Forgotten Realms: Promise of the Witch-King (Sellswords #2)

Forgotten Realms: Promise of the Witch-King (Sellswords #2)

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by R. A. Salvatore
     
 

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The book was hidden well.

It’s pages promised the power of the Witch-King himself.

And now that it’s been found, even the fact that it kills anyone foolish enough to crack its cover won’t stop people from fighting over it.

Welcome to the Bloodstone Lands!

Human assassin Artemis Entreri and his dark elf companion Jarlaxle have come to the

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The book was hidden well.

It’s pages promised the power of the Witch-King himself.

And now that it’s been found, even the fact that it kills anyone foolish enough to crack its cover won’t stop people from fighting over it.

Welcome to the Bloodstone Lands!

Human assassin Artemis Entreri and his dark elf companion Jarlaxle have come to the demon-haunted wastelands of the frozen north at the request of their dragon patron. It doesn’t take long for them to find themselves caught in the middle of a struggle between powerful forces that would like nothing more than to see them both dead . . . or worse.

But Entreri and Jarlaxle aren’t just any wandering sellswords, and the ancient evils and bitter blood-feuds of the wild Bloodstone Lands may have finally met their match.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Jarlaxle Baenre is a conniving dark elf with more tricks up his sleeve than a roomful of magicians; Artemis Entreri, an ill-tempered human assassin wielding a vampiric sword, is his unlikely companion. In R. A. Salvatore's Promise of the Witch-King -- a stand-alone novel that is also part of the Sellswords saga -- the two mercenaries travel to the wild lands of Bloodstone in search of tomes of unspeakable power supposedly created by Zhengyi, a legendary witch-king whose knowledge of the arcane was unsurpassed. With the help of a small group of battle-hardened warriors and wizards, the dysfunctional duo find what they seek -- unfortunately, the artifacts are hidden away in massive dark towers and guarded by regenerating armies of golems, goblins, and gargoyles. But as Jarlaxle and Artemis fight their way into the evil construct -- side-by-side with a band of illustrious fighters who include a half-crazy dwarf, a beautiful paladin with royal ties, and a much-fêted knight -- they realize that they have overlooked other deadly foes: namely, betrayal and greed.

Fans of the Forgotten Realms novel line (set in a domain encompassing more than 120 titles, it's arguably the most extensive fantasy saga in the history of the genre) will devour this one, arguably Salvatore's most proficient offering to date. Featuring a misfit cast of characters that are as wildly entertaining as they are extraordinary, breakneck-paced and tightly woven story lines, and adrenaline-fueled sword-wielding action in literally every single paragraph, this novel proves again why Salvatore is the supreme master of adventure fantasy. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Jarlaxle Baenre, the drow elf, is once again on the trail to rollicking adventure in bestseller Salvatore's follow-up to Servant of the Shard (2000). At the behest of the dragon sisters Ilnezhara and Tazmikella, Jarlaxle and his assassin companion, Artemis Entreri, travel to far-off Vaasa in search of an unknown artifact belonging to the Witch-King Zhengyi. The intrepid pair infiltrate the Army of Bloodstone at the Vaasan Gate, becoming part of the elite group of seasoned fighters who defend the gate from goblins, ogres, bugbears and other monsters. Salvatore keeps the action hopping as the duo use every trick in their repertoire to achieve their goal-finding magical treasure hidden by the long-dead Witch-King. Lovers of all things elvish, especially those who like butt-kicking swordplay, dastardly intrigues and ingenious hocus-pocus, will relish this fantasy. 15-city author tour. (One-day laydown Oct. 25) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dark elf Jarlaxle and human assassin Artemis Entreri are back with more inane banter and ostentatious swordplay in this sequel to Servant of the Shard (2000). Jarlaxle and Entreri are sent by their dragon masters to investigate a tower believed to be a construct of Zhengyi the Witch-King. In doing so, the duo destroy the tower and the magical tome that gave it birth. The dragons are not pleased, and send the pair to the wastelands of Vassa, where a new construct has been discovered, this one larger and more foreboding than the first. The two join with a diverse group of other adventurers-including the requisite turncoat-to storm the evil castle and destroy the source of its power. And if that sounds bland and bewildering . . . well, it is. The plot is a meandering mess strung together by numerous, lackluster battle sequences-plus clumsy prose and insufferable characters, all making for an adventure to miss. A formulaic, trite and derivative swords-and-sorcery fantasy that reads like a novelized Dungeons & Dragons adventure. First printing of 400,000; $500,000 ad/promo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786940738
Publisher:
Wizards of the Coast
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Series:
Forgotten Realms Sellswords Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
94,707
Product dimensions:
4.14(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.05(d)

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Meet the Author

R. A. Salvatore is the bestselling author of more than forty novels. His first published novel, The Crystal Shard, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden. Since then, Salvatore has published numerous books in each of his multi-volume series, including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Leominster, MA
Date of Birth:
January 20, 1959
Place of Birth:
Leominster, MA
Website:
http://www.rasalvatore.com/

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Forgotten Realms Promise of the Witch-King Sellswords #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a land of bloodshed, wars, and magic, a mythical world some call it, is where this book takes place. Artemis Entreri, a human assassin, and Jaraxle, a drow elf, embark on a quest that will take them closer to death than they have ever been before. They arrive in the bloodstone lands and are quickly hired by two dragon sisters to retrieve artifacts from a now dead Witch-King. After retrieving one such item they are sent to a fort to wait for work. While waiting they become bounty hunters and kill goblins and giants. They then receive word that a structure of the Witch-King has built itself and are sent to destroy it, but will they come out alive I guess you¿ll just have to read it. I liked how the book changed from character to character because you get to see everything from more than one point of view. I also liked how the book starts right off with action. I thought the book to be flawless. This novel is part of a series branched off of a 16 book series, so you are not able to just skip to this book. Anyone over the age of twelve could read this book. If you like this book it is similar to the books written by J.R. Tolkien.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Promise of the Witch-King was released I immediately thought it was going to be an awesome book: full of action and subtleties that R.A.Salvatore works are famous for. As well as the continuing progression of our favourite assassin Artemis Entreri. I was sorely mistaken. Admist the swirl of unfinished plot-lines and uncountable questions it was hard to find a grip on what the story was trying to tell us. Overall, it seemed like a few extremely good, yet unfinished ideas strapped together with packing tape and shipped off to Wizards of the Coast. Nothing like its amazing predecessor 'Servant of the Shard'. Excitement: yes Battle: yes Answers & plot: no
harstan More than 1 year ago
Adventurers Jarlaxle the drow dark elf and his human companion Artemis Entreri journey to the untamed land of Vassa on behest of the dragon sisters to find any books of the dead witch-king Zhengyi that surface. Although the lich (a sentimental zombie like creature) is dead, defeated by King Gareth, artifacts of his surface from tim to time and trouble always follows. --- A half-orc gives his niece Arrayna a book from Zhengyi¿s library and it works its magic on her, forcing her to travel many miles and utter a spell so that the book can create a fortified castle to house it. The castle and the book is evil and King Gareth¿s people are sent to destroy it, while the two adventures who are part of the fighting force hope to keep it for themselves. The keep is protected by gargoyles, golems, daemons, mummies and hosts of other evil supernatural entities and when they are not battling they argue with one another. Many have agendas of their own but even if Jarlaxle and Entreri emerge victorious they must fight an enemy wearing the mask of a friend and the true king of the castle. --- PROMISE OF THE WITCH KING is a spellbinding work of high fantasy where magic and supernatural entities are a part of the culture of the realm. The two protagonists make unlikely heroes though they perform acts of bravery. R.A. Salvatore is a fantastic world builder who creates characters that readers come to care about and puts them in storylines filled with action and intrigue. Just when readers think the book is coming to an end, an unexpected twist adds more intrigue, action and fun to the tale. --- Harriet Klausner Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I have read everything I can get in this series and I haven't been disappointed yet. There is always something exciting going on.
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Why is this and Road to the Patriarch NOT available for the NOOK yet? Further books 4 and 5 of Cleric Quintet is on NOOK but not 1,2, or 3 ?????
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
The novel starts great from page one when Entreri and Jarlaxle defeat the lich Herminicle and tower in Heliogabalus, remnants of the Witch-King's power. Then the novel dies and is very boring and dull until part two. So, stick with it! Arrayan, a half-human and half-orc releases the power of the tome of the Witch-King, Zhengyi, in Palishchuk, as a new tower is erected. Entreri and Jarlaxle get tangled up in the politics of the area between the King Gareth and the Citadel of Assassins. In addition to this, Jarlaxle is following the orders of the sister dragons, Ilnezhara and Tazmikella, to seek out the treasures of Zhengyi that are re-surfacing. Naturally, Jarlaxle holds all the secrets while Entreri is left guessing.
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Mojobass More than 1 year ago
This one is amazing! R.A. has said in interviews that he doesn't understand why Jarlaxle and Entreri's books didn't get more sales. I am lost to that as well. 2 of the most intense, in-depth, and intriguing characters{Jarlaxle & Entreri} continue on their adventures in the Bloodstone Lands. They do battle better then any other pair in the lands. Their friendship gets deeper as they begin to realize that they have a friendship more then just a mutually beneficial partnership. I was quite sucked in and loved the development of the characters. Possibly R.A.'s best book!
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