The Last Threshold (Neverwinter Saga #4)

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In the final book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt Do’Urden navigates a winding path littered with secrets and lies. Tangled up in his companion Dahlia’s dark secrets, the ties that once held her close to Drizzt threaten to tear as her bonds to his former foe, Artemis Entreri, continue to grow. Meanwhile, in the caverns of Gauntlgrym, the drow Tiago Baenre enlists the help of Bregan D’aerthe in his quest to destroy Drizzt. While making promises they may not keep, the agents of the ...
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Overview

In the final book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt Do’Urden navigates a winding path littered with secrets and lies. Tangled up in his companion Dahlia’s dark secrets, the ties that once held her close to Drizzt threaten to tear as her bonds to his former foe, Artemis Entreri, continue to grow. Meanwhile, in the caverns of Gauntlgrym, the drow Tiago Baenre enlists the help of Bregan D’aerthe in his quest to destroy Drizzt. While making promises they may not keep, the agents of the elite drow mercenary group hide plans of their own. Determined to stand for what’s right in the Realms once again, Drizzt forges a new road north—toward Icewind Dale. Will his new companions follow? Can he fight the darkness alone? Either way, he knows now where he’s headed—back to the only place that’s ever felt like home.  
 
 
Praise for the Neverwinter Saga:

“Absolutely profound.” —Paul Goat Allen, BarnesandNoble.com

“Masterfully written, thrillingly unpredictable, and everything a Drizzt Do’Urden fan could hope for. You’ll be hanging on the words till the very end . . . and then begging for more.”
— GamesFiends.com
 
“Emotional, respectful of its characters, intelligently written and structured, and finally summons a sense of nostalgic sorrow throughout”–Fantasy Book Review on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I
 
“Full of excitement. Salvatore has mastered the art of showing a beautiful fight scene, and he is at the top of his game in this one. We meet many characters with many different fighting styles, and Salvatore does a great job of distinguishing between them. He manages to take these scenes from so much more than just a fight scene, to an integral part of the story.”—The SFF Hub on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I
 
“A quick read with some very satisfying fight scenes. It’s also deeply layered with emotional atmosphere” —California Literary Review on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786963645
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Neverwinter Saga Series , #4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 95,168
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
R.A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sophomore year of college when he was given a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift. He promptly changed his major from computer science to journalism. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications in 1981, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English. He began writing seriously in 1982, penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic.

His first published novel was The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988 and he is still best known as the creator of the dark elf Drizzt, one of fantasy’s most beloved characters.

His novel The Silent Blade won the Origins Award, and in the fall of 1997, his letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers were donated to the R.A. Salvatore Library at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

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 April 5, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Eh.

    Starts off strong and has some cameo appearances of long time familiar characters but it feels rushed at the end like the page limit was coming up. As a reader I felt kind of empty when it was complete. Not a feeling you should have if you have read almost every book in this decades old series.

    - Gumbo's Dad

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    His books seem to be getting worse. The story itself seemed to l

    His books seem to be getting worse. The story itself seemed to lack "heart" for lack of a better description. Also there was a lot of  different plots that seem to contribute little, if anything, to the main storyline. Also, the ending sucked. They wander off and fall asleep for eighteen years. Why? What was the point? Then after being attacked by his ex lover who apparently has not been redeemed in any way, despite signs to the contrary. He is whisked away, with no indication of how, to a rock I thought was destroyed in a previous book. Where he dies? Maybe? I found this book very disappointing and wish I had followed my initial impulse not to buy it. After all the last several books were not that great.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Out with a wimper. After 20 some  years, all that made Salvatore

    Out with a wimper. After 20 some  years, all that made Salvatore's characters strong is tossed aside and I was left feeling that he just
    pumped out another book to meet a deadline. And man, did Drizzt just go out with a wimper. Sad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    *****No Spoilers***

    *****No Spoilers*****

    Let me begin with this line so that you will better understand the last line. I have been a fan of R.A. Salvatore sine he introduced this character. I have read many of his books; this includes every book regarding Drizzt. I could go on and on about what a great writer he is, but since you are reading this review you already know that. That being said....

    Ignore all of the one or two line reviews. They are either not longtime fans or complete idiots.

    If you think that you are in for another grand adventure, you are sorely mistaken. Without giving away any of the details, there are maybe four main story lines. By the time you finish this book; none will have been completed. You will be left wondering and wandering. Wandering around your room wondering where it all went wrong. If you are a true fan of Salvatore and wish to remain one, then I recommend that you do not read this book. I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF RA SALVATORE FOR ALL OF MY ADULT LIFE AND I WILL NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER HIS BOOKS. This book ends that poorly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    skip this saga, go back to the earlier series, and get a better read.

    awful ending to an awful series (Neverwinter saga). this series bored me, and the ending was disappointing. I only kept reading it, hoping it would get better. Alas, I was disappointed to the bitter end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Ok not great

    Was below average for R.A.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Totally unnecessary side plots drag the story to a crawl at leas

    Totally unnecessary side plots drag the story to a crawl at least twice if not more times. Mediocre ending, especially considering the next book title / description is already out. And many missed opportunities to make an OK story be so much more.

    This seems to be a forced reaction to outside influences. Much the same as previous 'deaths' in the character line-up, this, too, feels unnatural for all characters involved.

    (Here there be spoilers)
    And what is the point of the Tiago, his band, his raid, if the entire plotline is going to be glossed over? The same with Errtu? The whole city revival and highwaymen redemption? How about the months spent at sea if they're only going to be caught anyway? Is Effron really going to be that important that he deserves months at sea to 'redeem' himself, epecially if he's going to march off and leave Drizzt anyway? There are so many holes in this book you could fill an entire book writing about them. I really felt like I was playing an MMORPG and I was encountering timesinks just to fill the space between the primary chapters. I felt like this was more than just rushed and unfinished, I felt it was not polished and not thought through.

    Then there's the ending. Just... wow. Getting creamed by a warrior he's already defeated. Ellifain Tuuserail already showed that compassionate Drizzt can still kill. And Bruenor's Climb? Destroyed in The Crystal Shard.

    I'm no Drizzt scholar nor do I remember everything that happens in these books but if I can nitpick these plot points out but have forgotten those others that Salvatore seemingly brings up at will in his books then I can only imagine that others will destroy this book. Or continue to worship at the alter of Drizzt.

    Of course, I'll read the next set of novels. The Sundering series may renew my interest or it may stop it entirely. The end of the War of the Spider Queen series, Resurrection, written by Paul S. Kemp is quite possibly the worst fantasy novel I've ever read. And I see he's writing the second in The Sundering series...

    Good luck.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    I am not sure if there was something going on politically betwee

    I am not sure if there was something going on politically between the author and the publisher, to which I love one and hate the other, but I felt strongly like the author was attempting to give the finger to his publisher due to all of their retarded changes. I applaud the author if this was the case. However the characters deserved soo much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    There needs to be more.....

    There's some really great and deep parts in this book, but I really feel like there needs to be more. I felt like things evolved too quickly.....and now once again I'm left hanging....like always with few answers. Definitely get this book though.....you won't be dissapointed, but most likely will feel like your missing something at the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    A new beginning and a new path

    If you have not read any of the previous NEverwinter saga books, it is recommended that you do. I would also recommend you pick up the DSW Comic series. With out giving too much away it will add insite into a few of the early chapters in the book.

    Drizzt sets out once more to do good in the world, this time however, with a band of adventurers who are more loose and ambiguous with their concepts of right and wrong. Drizzt acts as the moral compass for his friends which oft times has him acting very frustrated (bordering on whiney.)

    The World of the forgotten realms has changed. the lines of good and evil, right and wrong, law and chaos have blurred and Drizzt is really struggling with this. He wants to do the right thing but oft times his vision is narrowed and he looses touch with the reality around him.

    Once more, R A Salvatore has delivered a book of deep emotional depth, and a moral dilema for our hero. All the action and detailed battles are there and there are many.

    My only complaint is that this is a transition for Drizzt, and due to the moral ambiguity of his fellow travelers he spends way to much time debating right and wrong instead of just doing what needs done. It begs the question...Can doing a little evil lead to a greater good? That is the debate Drizzt struggles with. His companions...not so much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Are you serious?

    I think RA's son or some other less than fluently literate person must have written that book. Redundant and totally lower caliber of writing than what I had come to expect from Mr. Salvatore. Very disapointed. I feel as though he just stuck his hand in my pocket and stole 25 bucks. From the use of and lack of certain words and phrases it seems possible to me that his kid or someone else may be writing for him. I don't know but after all the money I have spent on his books I feel I deserve better than this dung. Thanks alot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Just want to say thanks to all the *&^&*$#@! That GAVE A

    Just want to say thanks to all the *&^&*$#@! That GAVE AWAY THE ENDING! Way to ruin it for the people who want a review of the book not a summary!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    A fitting end for  such a legendary warrior in the arms of his w

    A fitting end for  such a legendary warrior in the arms of his wife.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Good but sad

    It was good that most of Drizzets friend we back, but to end it this way was a lityle but of a let down. 386 pages

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    So-so

    I finished reading this book and felt like something was lacking...it had a few good action/fighting sequences, but that was it. The long sleep was really odd to me, like Mr. Salvatore couldnt think of anything to write. What was the reason for the build up with Tiago Banre and Ertu characters if they just went away in less then a chapter? I was excited with all of the build up of these two characters facing the new "companions", only to be sorely dissapointed with a below average fight scene leave Tiago as the "hero" while the real hero is taking a long snooze? This is the first time i've been dissapointed with an R.A. Salvatore book! Hope the Companions series is much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    I have not been that fond of the Neverwinter saga, but The Last

    I have not been that fond of the Neverwinter saga, but The Last Threshold was better than the others, in spite of the ending.

    The upcoming Sundering, from my understanding, is the return of the dead gods, and Ao putting all of the gods in their place and putting an end to their squabbling. I'm a fan of the gods, so I'm both nervous and excited about it. The next book in the Drizzt saga, the Companions, is the first in the Sundering series. They will be by different authors and featuring different characters, so new, and some we have seen from previous books. The Sundering will be taking place in 1486, and TLT ends two years before. The 18 year sleep Drizzt and the others experienced in the enchanted forest was probably Salvatore's way of "catching up" and getting prepared for the next book. From my understanding, it was all intentional on his part, but it did feel rushed.

    *spoilers*
    I found out about Drizzt's death prior to actually reading the book, but my throat still tightened a little. It was kind of bittersweet, because he was reunited with Catti-brie, so that made me happy, but the mournful cry of Guen as Drizzt breathed his last was heart-wrenching. I hope this isn't the last of the beloved panther. And this may seem irrelevant, but I would like to see Zaknafein, Drizzt's father, appear again. In Passage to Dawn, he appeared to Drizzt and told him his spirit was in a good place, and promised they would meet again. I hope Salvatore remembers this. I found out his soul was in the Green Fields, which is indeed a good place, but it is the halfling realm, which doesn't make sense for Zak. Perhaps Salvatore mistook it for Mielikki's realm? Still, the goddess does gift Drizzt, so hopefully they will be united. I admit, I am a sap, and I like happy endings (though I don't like all rainbows and butterflies). Surely, though, if Drizzt is reunited with the others, he should be reunited with Zak, too? I'm crossing my fingers. Please, please?

    The intrigue about the gods was, well, intriguing. There was much speculation of whether Drizzt was a Chosen of Lolth or Mielikki. Perhaps the 18 year sleep was the forest goddess' way of hiding Drizzt from the eyes of the Spider Queen? Perhaps Drizzt will undergo apotheosis like Shevarash did and become some sort of demi-god? I was hoping Paul S. Kemp's Godborn would be first in the Sundering novels, but after reading LTL, I'm glad it's the Companions instead!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    :(

    Is drizzt really dead though?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Amazing

    Can't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    I cant believe that is gonna be how he comisura the epic saga of dritzz

    Really are you kidding me thats how you do down one of the greatest characters in fantasy literature...unbelievable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Star Wars: Last of the Old.

    The year: Approximately 35-40 years before the Phantom Menace, during the fall of the Old Republic. <p>
    The story: The Old Republic was once a prosperous place, a peaceful alliance of the majority of alien races in the Galaxy. It was centered on Coruscant. However, the Dark Side has been growing in power, and Master Yoda fears that soon, a new league of Dark Jedi, or Sith as they are commonly known, will rise up again. He is not sure where this fear has come from, for the Dark Jedi follow the ancient Rule of Two. But a lot more than two Dark Jedi have been seen around the Galaxy, or rumored about. The Jedi Order has, as such, begun recruiting any willing individual, whether Jedi, Soldier, or something else, to form a special force to eliminate the Dark Jedi. But Yoda fears that they are taking the wrong path.... <p>
    The Rules: You may roleplay as a Jedi, whether Padawan, Knight, or Master. You can also be a Soldier in the Republic's forces, called off duty to join this team. Or maybe you're someone.. Darker. One of the new Dark Jedi, perhaps. Or a Bounty Hunter. Something else? Up to you. <br>
    Bios are in fourth result, main roleplay is in the third. The results may switch around a bit, so keep that in mind. <p>
    Note: I based this on something that I made entirely, so don't go off spurting nonsense like "it has nothing to do with the movies!" That's because it doesn't. -_-. Anyways, have fun, and play fair!

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