The Companions: The Sundering, Book I

The Companions: The Sundering, Book I

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by R. A. Salvatore

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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,
“After a quarter of a century, R.A. Salvatore just keeps getting better and better,…  See more details below


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,
“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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The Companions: The Sundering, Book I 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.
pen21 More than 1 year ago
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.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is $9.78 through Amazon Prime. This review is on B&N, not the actual book.
SocratesMN More than 1 year ago
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.
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Well conceived. An enjoyable read. A seemingly heartfelt love letter to RA Salvatot's most beloved characters.
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coziecorner More than 1 year ago
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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StierBri More than 1 year ago
This book was simply amazing! I have been reading the Drizz't books for years. The companions had become family to me. I actually could not finish the books once Brenuor had died. Drizz't isn't complete without everyone else. I felt a true loss. This book was amazing. I have no other word for it! I loved the story, watching Cattie-Brie and Regis grow up again, knowing Drizz't needed them. The end was worth it. I cried and I can't wait to read the next one! Long live the Compaions of the Hall!