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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Celebrating his 20th year as one of Salvatore's most popular Forgotten Realms characters, dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden whirls into action in this first installment of a new trilogy. As the Year of Wild Magic arrives in the Silver Marches, bloody conflicts rage between Mithral Hall dwarves, Kingdom of Many Arrows orcs, Moonwood elves and Silverymoon wizards. Recently widowed barbarian Wulfgar must wade through the political morass to undertake a life-changing journey, aided by Drizzt's brave wife, Catti-brie. Meanwhile, archeologists are unearthing an ancient city where orcs and dwarves once lived side by side in peace. Drizzt and dwarven king Bruenor Battlehammer wonder if such peace can be achieved again, but half-orc/half-ogre Grguch, King Obould VI of the orcs and angry dark elf Tos'un Armgo won't go down without a fight. Salvatore mixes neatly choreographed battles with philosophical musings from self-styled "renegade soul" Drizzt, lending a little depth to an otherwise straightforward hack-and-slash adventure. Author tour.(Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786950461
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Transitions Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 121,451
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
R.A. Salvatore
R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His first published novel was The Crystal Shard. He has since published more than a dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Halfling's Gem, Sojourn, The Legacy, and Starless Night. He makes his home in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.

Good To Know

Well, I just turned 50, but I'm still a clean-up hitter on the softball field. A couple of years ago, I found myself in horrible shape and feeling lousy all the time, and so, with the help of my wonderful and beautiful wife of 25 years, I started taking my health seriously again. Now I feel better than I did when I was 40. Fit Camp three times a week and yoga and softball and all the rest.

The other thing that I've come to learn about myself is that R. A. Salvatore and Bobby Salvatore are two different people (and I much prefer Bobby, thank you very much). It's not that I lie to readers at book signings, or anything like that, it's just that the things that are important to me are the little things in life: my family, my home. Writing is what I do, but it's not who I am. I remember one time about 20 years ago, I went back to where I had worked to see my brother, who still worked there. Gary was a few years older, and was, of course, my hero. An associate found us in the parking lot and nudged my brother, asking him what it felt like to have a younger brother who was so much more successful than he.

Gary, of course, took it all in stride, turning what might have been an awkward moment into a joke. Gary died a few years later and I'll never forget the lines of mourners -- grown men crying like babies. He was such a big part of the community, as a friend and a coach to so many kids over the years.

That brought me back to the parking lot and the awkward moment, and the truth of it all: I was not and have never been more successful than my brother, and nothing I can do as a writer will get me there. Only the things I do as a human being, a father, a neighbor, a friend, can bring me into his league.
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  • Posted November 2, 2012

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    This saga after all these years is still fresh and entertainig.

    This series needed a new twist and Salvatore delivered. If you are a true fan you will enjoy this book. I must confess my interest in these books is waning,but Mr.Salvatore never fails to add one more twist just when you feel your getting bored. Plenty of action and carnage and new insight to the more than one of the familiar characters in the series. Worth reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Inexpensive starter to check out the author

    In the month or so since I've read it, I don't remember much of the work.
    Maybe some of his later novels are more memorial.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Blah!

    Stopped reading after 30+ pages...boring, violent, not well written. It sits on my "Bad Choices" shelf.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Awesome book

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    Could Have been a Great Series

    This could have been a really good start to a big change in the Forgotten Realm. Orc's become civilized and ally's to the goodly races, Salvatore really stepped out of the box, which I believe could have been great. I don't know what he could of done to make it great once going down this path, but what he did was all wrong. He took a big risk, which I commend him for, but the final results in the series were just not good at all. He Ended characters from such a great line of series in such a boring and unexciting way. His characters deserved better.

    On the unlikely chance you read this Mr. Salvatore, I have a question?
    Why didn't Drizzt and Catie-bree have a child? You destroyed such a great possibility for a wonderful new character which could of created some many more great stories. And that is the biggest tragedy of this series.

    I think you'll find many of your fans were waiting patiently for Drizzt and Catie-bree's child to finally be and now were are shocked that it will never become so.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

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    Good read will not make my favorites list

    This is a decent book and has a good story to it. The characters are unique and interesting although the base of the world is a copy of JR Tolkien. The Magic is lacking, but the battles make up for it. I did not find myself staying up to late or racing home to read this book. But I truly enjoyed the read and plan to read the next book In the series.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Orc King, Transitions, Book 1

    The war with the orcs continues. Obould's throne is threatened by Grguch, the chieftain of Clan Karuck. The Karuck clan has inter-bred with ogres to make bigger, stronger, and superior warriors. The orcs are divided by those who want to continue fighting until they have claimed Mithral Hall, thus serving the desires of Gruumsh One-eye, and those who seek not just peace between the races, but a recognized kingdom of their own to rule, the Kingdom of Many-Arrows. But, Grguch is not the only one in the way of the destiny of Silver Marches. The Moonwood elves are butchering the orcs as they please. Also, the drow Tos'un and the trickster Jack, a Jaculi, are having their fun too. Innovindil's futile struggle to save the Moonwood elves from the offensive orc ambush, will force Drizzt to track down his own kind, the remaining dark elf. And with Tos'un's possession of Khazid'hea, will Drizzt be able to save Tos'un from the sword? Wulfgar will come to terms with Delly's untimely death in his own way, as he makes his return to the tundra, back to Icewind Dale. Salvatore gave me chills and broke my heart, when Wulfgar did what he thought was right by Colson. King Bruenor and Lady Alustriel of Silverymoon will have the same argument again. Which is, to stand and fight with the dwarves of Mithral Hall, and kill all the orcs while driving them back into their dark, deep holes, back to the Underdark? King Bruenor's expedition to find the legendary Gauntlgrym, will deliver an unbelievable and shocking surprise to not just the stubborn Bruenor, but to the entire Spine of the World!

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Pretty damn good.

    Drizzt and his buddies with an army of orcs at the doors of Mithrill Hall. The orcs have organized and have become tactful. Even with allies such as Silverymoon and it beloved Lady Alustrial, the orcs are too powerful to be dealt with so easily. With allies and enemies known and unknown, the theatre of war is set. Bruenor sets out to find the ancient dwarven city of Gauntyglm. This story has Nanfoodle the Gnome metallurgist/alchemist, Regis the halfling, Wulfgar and his "daughter'', Catabrie, Breunor and all the dwarves of Mithril Hall, a Menzzoberanzan drow, Guennevyr, an evil Gnome, elves of the Moonwood, lady Alustrial and of course Drizzt. There is a surprise visit by someone to a surprise city. A departure and a puzzle that I did not care to think was for Faerun. If you like Drizzt and friends you will like this! Recommend all Drizzt books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Typical Salvatore story line

    Story started out a little slow but as usaul by the time you get to the middle of the book you are having a hard time putting it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    One of his best but not the Best.

    I really was not wowed by this book. I'ev read all of the others and this one just kind of just didnt have what I wanted. After waiting for soooooooo long for Drizzt and Cattie to get together I was hopping this book would get more into the relationship, but they hardley had any scenes togetther. Then one of my favorite characters dies, which I think was because to many people wanted her with Drizzt. I was happy that Wulfgar is finaliy gone. The rest was great. But I really wish He had gone more into the relation ship, Because I don't think they'll have a kid and I keep feeling like this was Cattie's last book. All together the book is great and a must have for all Scifi fan readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    A reviewer

    excellent. slightly confusing at first before you realize the prologue and epilogue are 100 years later. excellent with the tensions between obould and the rest of the orcs. intresting how the search for gauntlgyrm helps them in a different way than they would have thought. cant wait for the next two. YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    Simply Incredible

    Absolutely awesome, this book will have you going all the way to the end, AND THEN SOME! There's so much more to come from the author as well, I can't wait to read the rest of the series, I really can't. I'm hoping some of my favorite characters aren't gone forever, but like others have expressed, it would be really interesting to see Drizzt move on to new and exciting adventures away from the safety and security of his friends and home. That's what got this whole thing started in the first place!!!! GREAT JOB!! BUY THIS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Curious ending

    I thought the path some of the characters traveled was a bit peculiar and I think that in the end some of it was to send them off to greener pastures before moving Drizzt forward. The epilogue at the end of the book is set a 100 years after the story making me wonder if Cattie, Wulfgar, Regis and even Bruenor will be a part of the future adventures. Although I would miss them it would be interesting to see Drizzt move on, perhaps with Tos'un to new and bold adventures, with new companions, more sinister and evil villains and wicked weapons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    A must read for fantasy fans!

    R.A. Salvatore once again shows he is a master of the fantasy genre. His stories will remind you of Tolkien, only Salvatore rarely gets long-winded. His books are fast-paced and his characters well-developed. This particular book begins oddly if you are a fan of the series,but it still is well worth the read. If you are new to the series, I suggest starting with the Dark Elf trilogy, which is the prologue to the adventures of Drizzt. I hope Salvatore continues to enthrall us with the adventures of Drizzt and his friends for many years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    A Must Read

    This book as a great! R.A. Salvador Continues to amaze me with his writing! All i have to say for this book is it is a must read and i guarente that you wont want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    Dude it's been some time since i read a journey with drizzt and his friends in it i'm starting to re-read them again i can't wait until the collectors edtion of this series comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    Love It

    Its Drizzt, what more do I have to say? I missed reading about him the last couple of years and normally I buy paperback but when I seen this at the store I bought it right then and there. Couldnt put it down either. Hurry up with the next ones. I loved the way this one is written. It kept me wondering whats going to happen with Wulfgar, Cati-bri, and the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    This one was a tearjerker-- his most emotional yet. If you are a Drizzt fanatic like I am, you MUST get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    not his best but still excellent a must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Great story as always

    the start for the book had me thrown in 100 differnt directions but it a great addition to Drizzts legacy a emotional story i recommend this book to all drizzts fans a need to read

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