Forgotten Realms : The Pirate King (Transitions Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Drizzt returns to Luskan, and the Realms will never be the same!

The Arcane Brotherhood has long held the city of Luskan in their power, but when corruption eats away at their ranks, Captain Deudermont comes to the rescue of a city that has become a safe haven for the Sword Coast's most dangerous pirates. But rescuing a city from itself may not be as easy as Deudermont ...
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Forgotten Realms : The Pirate King (Transitions Series #2)

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Overview

Drizzt returns to Luskan, and the Realms will never be the same!

The Arcane Brotherhood has long held the city of Luskan in their power, but when corruption eats away at their ranks, Captain Deudermont comes to the rescue of a city that has become a safe haven for the Sword Coast's most dangerous pirates. But rescuing a city from itself may not be as easy as Deudermont thinks, and when Drizzt can't talk him out of it, he'll be forced to help.

Drizzt is back in action again, and bringing more changes to the Forgotten Realms setting. This all new hardcover adventure will keep Drizzt fans guessing the whole way, with edge-of-your-seat action and plot twists that even the most casual reader of the Forgotten Realms novel line can't afford to miss!


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Editorial Reviews

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Unbridled criminality is corrupting Luskan, undermining the Arcane Brotherhood that has long held the city. Captain Deudermont is convinced that he can save this futuristic metropolis, but Drizzt knows better. To save the embattled city and his friend, he returns to Luskan. A significant Forgotten Realms transition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786952656
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Series: Transitions , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 29,129
  • File size: 416 KB

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
R.A. Salvatore has spent so many years winding himself into fantasy worlds that he's still trying to figure out how to unwind. He is the author of more than forty novels and more than a dozen New York Times best sellers, including The Two Swords, which debuted at or near the top of many best seller lists.


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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 October 14, 2008

    The First Disappointment from Salvatore's Drizzt legacy..

    My disappointment in this sequel to The Orc King as well as a continuation of the legendary Drizzt stories is gratuitous. I find that there seem to be many things about this novel that bother me as a Salvatore novel. It really makes me feel like Salvatore didn't even write it, or if he did, there is no true effort.<BR/><BR/>Critics claimed that Salvatore's writing in this had matured in some fashion. But besides a slightly more magical imagination to combat and a couple of scattered paragraphs of suggestive literature, his writing actually feels diminished and lacking passion.<BR/><BR/>Fights are short and less descriptive as usual. Salvatore has always left a certain amount of room in his writing for the imagination of his audience to fill in the rest, and I always liked to commend him on doing it so well that any imagination level can fulfill it. But in this, everything feels, incredibly dumbed down and rushed.<BR/><BR/>In fact, the entire novel feels, incredibly rushed. From the beginning to the end, EVERYTHING in the novel feels rushed. There is no time spent on characters that are not directly linked to immediate events. Honestly I think Bruenor says only 3-4 lines of dialogue in the beginning and then he isn't mentioned at all through the majority of the novel. The same can be said with many other characters. So if you're like me and have been waiting over a year for this novel, you will feel no connection with any of your favorites.<BR/><BR/>The conflict in the story is lacking depth as well. There is no deeper explanation of why things happen, or why all of the sudden a major conflict erupts. You are given a paper thin reason of why these things are occurring. It makes you feel like it all seems rather pointless and moot. <BR/><BR/>The writing style in this novel is also significantly different from previous novels of this kind. Salvatore uses an excessive amount of paragraph breaks to switch from one event to another. The problem with this, is that there is so much of it, you never get a chance to understand what he's trying to focus on. This causes problems too when you try to see "the bigger picture" of a combination of events. But you can't really, it's all too thin and separate to make any true sense or connection. The switching in event is actually rather excessive to be honest. There are times in literally two pages, you are moved 4-6 times.<BR/><BR/>I found myself severely disappointed in this novel and am saddened to have one of my favorite authors put so little passion into a work.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

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    Intrigued...

    I am a huge fan of the series, but I must admit that this one started out a bit slow - due the introduction of new characters and thier intertwined plights. Even so, Salvatore has an uncanny ability to draw you into a story and leave you craving for more! Overall, this was not my favorite, but still high up on my to-read scale.

    If you've never read R.A. Salvatore, I suggest you begin with "Homeland" of the "Dark Elf Trilogy." Also, if you are a fan of Artemis Entreri, you might like "Way of Shadows" by Brent Weeks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Not as good as expected

    it was a good book with all the character detail that is expected of Salvatore. the overall story was lacking. it jumped around alot and seemed like there was too many characters making apperances. but looking at it as a transition book i guess that it made sense that there would be a lot of characters coming and going in the story. there wasn't enough drizzit and it seemed to focus more on the fall of deurdemont and the city of luskan. overall a good book. liked the wrestling match with wulfgar and the veebreeg. gave a real good account of just how powerful he really is

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Salvatore does it again

    Again, Salvatore has come out with another thrilling and suspenseful novel where the realm of Faerun has delved into a new immense evil, not only that but introducing Jarlaxle back into the world of Drizzt and no longer out on his own with Artemis Entreri. An excellent read, and on the shelf of favorites.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    such a great book to read any day of the week

    I am a big Ra Salvatore fan and after I started to read this book I would have to say that it is better than any other fictional book I have read in a long time. I would have to say that the only fictional book maybe better, would have to be the orc king. The one before this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    I think this book is okay

    He has done better in his previous books. You are right this one is a little rushed. everything happens really fast. But it is an overall great book. Especially the ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    People

    I love the book but i see people say he should work on his books but he retired a long time ago so stop being annoying dont like the book dont read it or post a rate/coment

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Very good Book

    I started these books before the original Drizt series. Very good and I am not deap into the first books.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    The Pirate King, Transitions, Book 2

    This book was far more interesting because it gave us an over-due brake from the battling orcs and dwarves. On their way to Icewind Dale, to see how their dear friend Wulfgar is doing, Drizzt and Regis pass through Luskan, and try to save the City of Sails from the inevitable coming war. But, the five high captains have a different idea in their power struggle for the ruling control of Luskan. The beginnings of war lead to Deadurmont and his men of Sea Sprite overthrowing the mages of the Hosttower and, Arklem Greeth, who is the head mage and a lich! With that victory, Drizzt and Regis continue their journey on to Icewind Dale, leaving the people of Luskan in the uncertain hands of Governor Deudermont.
    The winter is too hard for the crippled port and its starving people. With the aid of the mysterious voice in the shadows, High Captain Kensidan is able to keep his men fed through the winter, causing everyone to fight amongst themselves, instead of preparing fields and hunting for food as Governor Deudermont tried to get them to do. So, they witness the heart-wrenching scene of starving children dying in their parent's arms.
    Arklem Greeth confesses to Valindra, the elf mage next to command the Hostower of the Arcane, about the erinyes, (Furies), and their slave devils that he sent to the Silver Marches, to King Obould Many-Arrows, as he wonders about that ambush. Is it the strength of the treaty between the orcs and dwarves, or just a temporary and strange alliance, like many believe it to truly be?
    In the spring, on their way home from Icewind Dale, Drizzt and Regis return to Luskan. They find that Governor Deudermont is in need of their help to maintain order and to control the warring high captains. But, is Arklem Greeth's final role been played through? And if not, what plans has he laid in store for after his passing?
    To make matters worse, Morik the Rogue is freed to make trouble for Drizzt and Regis. The entertaining and rhyming dwarf warrior, Anthrogate, gets his one on one fight against Drizzt. Who will prevail, and can Luskan survive, as the Pirate King is unveiled?

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Another great masterwork from the master of fantasy!

    Another great work from R.A. Salvatore. I think this is the 18th book in the Drizzit Do'Urden series that I have read and I never get tired of the stories. He always has me wanting more with his great storys of adventure, brilliant characters that he portrays with all there little entrencisities. Think I spelled that wrong. His great battles that are so intricate and action driven that when I read them I can imagine them in my head almost as if I was watching them firsthand. Also great is the moral battles that his characters go through dureing each story. Its almost as if hes writeing firsthand knowledge of real characters. A true masterwork from one of if not the best fantasy writer of all time. I almost want them to make a movie of his books but dont see how they could possibly due them justice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    GREAT READ FOR ANYBODY!!!

    Hey there, I have read all of the Orc King and 4 chapters of The Pirate King and I would have to say that R.A. Salvatore is my favorite fantasy/faction writer of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    I agree with the dude before me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    All I needed to do was read the title to get mega-excited about this new book. I have read all the other Drizzt books and am a HUGE fan. Catti-brie and Drizzt... see you at the wedding!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    wow

    I only have one thing to say, I read a sample chapter and I can already tell I will love this book like a brother. I cant wait for the triumphant reunion of the sea sprite and the companions of the hall [albeit probably minus wulfgar] there is no way it can bomb, even if it was 5 pages and had pictures on 2 of them.

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