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The Companions is the best novel [R.A.] Salvatore has ever written. It’s insanely courageous, profoundly powerful, masterfully constructed, and easily Salvatore’s most ambitious work to date.”—Paul Goat Allen, BarnesandNoble.com
 
“After a quarter of a century, R.A. Salvatore just keeps getting better and better, and The Companions is another masterful leap forward for ...

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Overview

The Companions is the best novel [R.A.] Salvatore has ever written. It’s insanely courageous, profoundly powerful, masterfully constructed, and easily Salvatore’s most ambitious work to date.”—Paul Goat Allen, BarnesandNoble.com
 
“After a quarter of a century, R.A. Salvatore just keeps getting better and better, and The Companions is another masterful leap forward for one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time.”
—Philip Athans, best-selling author of Annihilation and The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff

This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life—the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.

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R.A. Salvatore's latest novel begins a new multi-author phase of the Forgotten Realms saga. In The Companions, the author's signature character Drizzt Do'Urden reflects on the Companions of the Hall who helped him weather previous crises even as the first reverberations of The Sundering begin to be felt. (P.S. The global cataclysm known as The Sundering serves not only as a grounding of this new six-novel series, but also as an overarching plot device for Dungeons & Dragons and several other Wizard of the Coast products.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786963713
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Sundering Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 86,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
R.A. Salvatore’s first published novel, The Crystal Shard, introduced the world to the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden whose ongoing adventures continue to captivate readers all around the world. His books have been translated into more than fourteen different languages and regularly debut on the New York Times best seller list, including his most recent series featuring Drizzt, The Neverwinter™ Saga.

Salvatore’s love of fantasy, and literature in general, began in college when he was given a copy of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift. He promptly changed his major from computer science to journalism, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Fitchburg State College, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English. Soon after that, he began writing seriously, penning the novel that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic.

His novel, The Silent Blade, won the Origins award and in 1997, he donated his letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers to his alma mater, forming the library’s R.A. Salvatore Collection. A native of Massachusetts, Salvatore continues to live in his home state along with his wife Diane.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    $14.53 on Nook when you can get it on a Kindle for $8.59? Love

    $14.53 on Nook when you can get it on a Kindle for $8.59? Love the Nook but you are forcing me to consider the switch...

    19 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

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    Creative, Detailed!

    I’m another newbie to the fantasy world and creative talent of R. A. Salvatore, so the bits and pieces of background story neatly placed were a great help to fleshing out what is taking place now. The Companions is the first book in the new Sundering Series, each to be additional book to be written by a different author. Imagine being a witness to the rebirth of heroes lost in the past in a world full of strange creatures in a magical realm where danger can be lurking around every corner. There was once a small group of companions, but only one still lives, full of regret. In another realm, a paradise between the dead and the living, four brave souls are offered a chance to be reborn, to be able to rejoin with their remaining friend, be a part of the battle and adventures they once shared. Who will decide to accept this gift of the gods? Bruenor, Catti-brie, Regis and Wulfgar must search their hearts and choose, continue on in their afterlife or be reborn, fully aware of who they are, but needing to keep this knowledge secret. But first, they must survive their rebirth and we watch them grow physically with an inner knowledge of whom and what they once were. Each of their lives are so very different growing up. Will they really be the same as they were before? Will they be able to keep a pact they made to meet again as adults? Will they find each other and their remaining Companion?

    R. A. Salvatore’s world is full of the kind of fantasy and adventure that pulls the reader in, page after page, with brilliant details and imaginative thinking! Not once did I feel I wanted the story to move along faster, I wanted the details! I wanted to know what would happen to these characters and was completely impressed with the handling of their new lives as I watched them grow!
    An Arc edition was provided by NetGalley and Wizards of the Coast in exchange for my honest review.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    I will start out by saying that I have read all of the Drizzt bo

    I will start out by saying that I have read all of the Drizzt books. I have read them over the past ten years, not long enough to have known the characters as they grew, but long enough to have grown comfortable with the characters and world before the spellplague and then come to terms with the losses and changes after the spellplague. The entire shift to a darker reality was a needed change for our hero I think, but it was not a direction he could have maintained. This book is the best way (I could have imagined) to have begun the transition back to pre-spellplague era. It reintroduces our favorite heroes. Drizzt has been one of my favorite heroes (beside Erevis Cale more lately) but he's always been a bit one dimensional. The spellplague and the Neverwinter series was a needed change to open the character, to make him relateable to the questions that plague most of us who live in that gray zone of morality in life. But when you open a character of this magnitude to those questions you need a way to bring him back to his roots. This is that book; masterfully written. Drizzt doesn't even star in it. All your favorite supporting characters do. But it reintroduces those characters. It breathes new life into them, makes them fresh and interesting again, while at the same time reinvigorating the image we hold of Drizzt. It brings back some of the core characteristics people loved in the series before the Neverwinter Saga and manages to keep everything fresh. It's a new beginning (for everyone) and it's an intriguing opening to the Sundering and all that will come from it hereafter. It surpassed all my expectations for the next book to feature the companions of the hall. If you like the Forgotten Realms in any of it's facets then you should read this book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    O

    Every review a plot spoiler. Ridiculous. For nearly $16 plot spoilers reveal every detail of the book, bragging how they got their book for free, then bn expects us to pay $16 for a book plot spoilers have ruined????????? Ludicrous.

    5 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    A fantasy weaved within a tale of old companions being reborn. I

    A fantasy weaved within a tale of old companions being reborn. I liked the hints of their past deeds and adventures that were in the story. It is like visiting with old friends as you read. Fantasy readers need this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    This is my first R. A. Salvatore read and to say I was completel

    This is my first R. A. Salvatore read and to say I was completely taken by his world building would be an understatement.

    In The Companions the first installment in The Sundering Series, Drizzt is reflecting on his lost companions. Little did he know that the goddess Mielikki has intervened, giving his friends the option to be reborn to this new world some 100 years later to help Drizzt in the journey to come.

    Catti-brie, Bruenor, Regis and Wulfgar are all given the opportunity to return to the world with the possibility of reuniting 21 years later at Kelvins' Cairn up Bruenor's Climb. Three accept the goddess Mielikki's offer and one desires to be reunited to lost loved ones and starts the journey to their final days.

    For the sake of not creating a spoiler for previous Salvatore books I'm going to leave my description at this: 

    The Companions is the story of the rebirth, trials and struggles of three outstanding characters trying to remake their ways in this harsh world. At times, the memories of the past haunt their present. No ones journey is easy and the lure of their new life might just sway them from the honorable path back to Drizzt. 

    This was a brilliant fantasy read. The world building was outstanding. The characters plights were heart felt. I completely enjoyed watching the struggles each returning character had with play acting child-likeness while having the conscious of an adult inside. Each participant had their own unique battles and demons to face, decisions to make and new life lessons to learn. Salvatore brought us vividly along for the adventure. I'm a new R.A. Salvatore fan! I know that sometime in the near future I will be delving into the everty creation of Salvatore's imagination.

    I received this copy ARC copy of The Companions from Wizards of the Coast in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 6, 2013.

    Written by: R. A. Salvatore
    Series: The Sundering
    Sequence in Series: 1
    Publisher: Wizards of the Coast 
    Publication Date: August 6, 2013
    Pages: 384
    ISBN-10: 0786963719
    ISBN-13: 978-0786963713
    Rating: 5
    Genre: Fantasy
    Age Recommendation: Young Adult +

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I am really disappointed with this book. While I am not a follow

    I am really disappointed with this book. While I am not a follower of all things Dungeons and Dragons I have read D&D books in the past that I enjoyed. Nor had I ever read anything by R.A. Salvatore before, but I am aware of what a popular writer he is and I was looking forward to reading a book by him. This book is the first in a new series called The Sundering, every other month a new book will be released written by a different author. Each book will take place in a D&D universe and bring back beloved characters and introduce new ones.




    Even though this is the first book in the series it is the 24th Drizzit story, and the lead characters are from that universe. They are characters that died and are given a second chance through reincarnation. With that in mind I did expect things to be established but not to this extent. So much was already established and there was no refresher course given, so I felt left out from the start. Even though they are reincarnated the leads remember their past lives and relationships to each other. So instead of them discovering who they are and bringing the reader along, they are searching for each other already knowing what they need to achieve. Also the writing was a bit cheesy for my taste. It reminded of a SyFy channel original movie instead of being part of an epic series of novels.




    If you are fan of R.A. Salvatore and the Legend of Drizzit books then you will probably like this book. If you haven’t read any of the Drizzit books, any of Salvorte’s work, or any D&D books then do not start here. I will be reading the next book in this series because it is written by a different author and follows different characters.

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    If you have read a Salvatore before you will know the old and po

    If you have read a Salvatore before you will know the old and polished characters. The most prominent of those being Drizzt. He is mentioned a few times and the whole quest is about him, however he doesn't star in this story. The Companions of the Hall, the friends and family of Drizzt are the centerpiece, with the main focus being on Catte-brie, Regis and Breunor.
    They just happen to be a wee bit dead. Luckily for the them and the storyline they have been given a second chance at life. Unfortunately they have to start at the very beginning again. Breunor somehow manages to get lost on the way to dwarf Valhalla and also ends up reborn.
    I thought this was the interesting part of the concept.
    Giving someone the ability to do over but with all previous memories, emotions and characteristics in place. Thereby having the chance to perhaps change some element of your life or self that was previously a worry or burden.
    Regis takes the opportunity for reflection and uses his insight to become something more than he was before. Catte-brie finally confronts and admits the fact that the lack of connection to her birth parents in a previous life has been a silent torment.
    What can I say about Bruenor?
    Once a grumpy old dwarf always a grumpy old dwarf.
    The part that didn't gel well for me was the Pwent. The race or type of character he has now become seemed a bit like someone inserting a contemporary type in the midst of a Middle Earth type saga.
    The lives of the three enfold slowly with all of them facing various dangers and life challenges. The plot builds up to the meeting of the three at the end, which I thought was a bit flat after all that building.
    Overall it was a very intricate fantasy read and a series I shall be be keeping an eye on.
    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Amazing

    One of his best in years. If you are a fan of the Companions of the Hall this book is everything you have wanted for years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    I've read all of the other R.A. Salvatore books about Drizzt and

    I've read all of the other R.A. Salvatore books about Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall.  The past few books were dark and made me wonder if our hero was going to lose his way.... I really enjoyed this book because of my love of the entire series.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Awsome

    Drizzt died! I was mad at the last book to think after all the stories the Drizzt gets killed by elf girlfriend really! This book the Companion has redemed Salvatore back into my good graces. Cant wait to read more adventures in the future.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    My rating is for BN. Why can I go the Amazon and get the same bo

    My rating is for BN. Why can I go the Amazon and get the same book for under $5 compared to over $15 from BN?
    As much as I read I can buy a new Kindle and have ROI in less that 8 books. I have been a staunch BN fan for
    years however I will now buy a Kindle and shop more wisely!
    Love R.A books....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    This is $9.78 through Amazon Prime. This review is on B&N, n

    This is $9.78 through Amazon Prime. This review is on B&N, not the actual book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Well written and entertaining...

    Yet... Mr Salvatore conveniently brings old (albiet beloved) characters back from the dead who long ago ran their course to the fullest. Yes... we are dealing with gods who control the destiny of the souls of earthly heroes... but please. How many times is one character goin to cheat death? Admittedly i was a huge Drizzt fan... but Mr Salvatores plots and themes are way past getting repetitive. What if every fantasy author fell back on conveniently reincarnating old characters that one had previously decided had outlived their purpose and place? Dead is dead... and should be so even in fantasy. Otherwise whats the point? Unfortunately Mr Salvatore has reduced his characters and storylines to little more than a video game where one simply needs to hit "reset" an thus negate the great equalizer... death. Sadly this will be the last of a very enjoyable line of stories i hav read over the years. The constant reoccuring theme of cheating death has just gotten too old.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Extremely entertaining

    I was skeptical of the reviewer quote on the cover that this was the best story that Salvatore has written yet, but after reading it, I am in agreement. An entrenched cynic might feel that this was a cheesy, deus ex machina allowing a reunion of Drizzt with his old friends. Yes, it achieves that end, but I found the story of how each of the companions' pathway back to be extremely entertaining, especially the viewpoint of a fully aware adult being reborn. Plus, he has opened the door on a number of dangerous new enemies, and powerful friends, paving the way for future stories to which I am eagerly looking forward. As far as I am concerned, Salvatore is at the top of his game, and one of the greatest story tellers of all time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    Brilliant and Beautiful The Companions is a rebirth, in more wa

    Brilliant and Beautiful

    The Companions is a rebirth, in more ways than one, of my favorite characters from Salvatore's Forgotten Realms novels involving the Companions of the Hall. This novel was a rich tapestry of all the things I love about Salvatore's writing, details that breathe life into the world, a grand cause, and grander schemes. You will come to love the Companions of the Hall all over again in completely new ways. It is told from mutliple points of view and covers many years. I particularly enjoyed Bruenor's journey, but then I've always been a swooner for the warrior types (yes, even if they're dwarves). 

    If you haven't read Salvatore's earlier Forgotten Realms novels that involve the companions, then I highly recommend you read those first. Much of the wonder and richness of this novel will be lost on you if you aren't already in love with these long, lost characters. That said, it is still an excellent novel that can stand on its own. One word of warning to prior fans, Drizzt is not the main character, despite the fact this he graces the cover. But don't let that deter you. He makes appearances in clever ways and is the entire thing the novel centers upon.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

     I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest r

     I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
    Its been about 12 years since I've read any books by RA Salvatore, but I remember devouring the entire Drizzt series in the span of a few weeks. R.A. Salvatore is such an incredible world builder, and I've loved immersing myself in his books. His characters are unforgettable. Drizzt, Wulfgar, Cattie-Brie, Bruenor, Regis...they are all there. 
    The plot twist that the author had to come up with to bring these characters back years after their death seemed a little contrived to me, but its fantasy and more importantly, its Dungeons and Dragons fantasy, so anything goes.
    The fans of The Companions of the Hall will love this book, but if you're looking for a lot of Drizzt, you won't find it in this book. The author devotes perhaps 8 pages in total to Drizzt in this book. That's not a bad thing however. After all, RA Salvatore is bringing back 4 people back from the dead, one book as the groundwork is fine. And a very fine groundwork it is!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Highly, Highly Recommended

    Yet again it warms my heart and give me inspiration! Can't wait for the next one. I hope they make a movie of this series !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    The Doctor

    He laughed. "What plan?"

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2014

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    The author pens "The Companions" the first book in the

    The author pens "The Companions" the first book in the 'The Sundering Series' in a plot that just gripped me right from the beginning. I was totally taken back of the author's way with words, just really outstanding. Each of his characters have their own unique personalities and battles to fight which made the story line so much more interesting. A brilliant piece of work which makes one want the next book in the series right on hand. Highly recommended for all fantasy readers. NOTE: if you are new to the writer and his books, I suggest reading his earlier books as "The Companions" does make references to them.








    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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