Forgotten Realms : The Pirate King (Transitions Series #2)

Forgotten Realms : The Pirate King (Transitions Series #2)

by R. A. Salvatore

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Captain Deudermont has sailed to the pirate city of Luskan on a mission—a mission to once and for all defeat the true power behind the corrupt city: a wicked lich and his cabal of evil wizards from the Host Tower of the Arcane. But the Host Tower has some tricks up its sleeve, as do the pirate captains who would like to see both sides fail.

This is MUST READ for even the most casual fan of the Legend of Drizzt(R)!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786951444
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Forgotten Realms Transitions Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 65,720
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.


Leominster, MA

Date of Birth:

January 20, 1959

Place of Birth:

Leominster, MA

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Forgotten Realms : The Pirate King (Transitions Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 140 reviews.
Haru_Lance More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
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.
RezReader More than 1 year ago
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
etipsascientiapotestaest More than 1 year ago
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.
sillybear More than 1 year ago
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.
Xavier_Arindale More than 1 year ago
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
LouCypher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great story by R. A. Salvatore. I really enjoyed the characters getting away from the whole orc problem they have been dealing with the last 4 books and going in a new direction for a bit anyway. Also get to see a bit of some older characters we have not seen in a while. Overall I give it four stars for a very good storyline and plot and as always breathtaking battle and individual fight scenes.
TheCrow2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The follow up to the Orc king deals with two different story line. Of course it's always good to read about Drizzt again, but the other half.... The problem is that while usually I enjoy politics and intrigue in books this one simply bored me.
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