Archmage DRIZZT RETURNS TO THE UNDERDARK 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 e

  • Title: Archmage
  • Author: R.A. Salvatore
  • ISBN: 9780786965755
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • DRIZZT RETURNS TO THE UNDERDARK 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 Writing Monsters R.A Salvatore Archmage The pall that had descended over the North is gone, andDRIZZT RETURNS TO THE UNDERDARK 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 Writing Monsters R.A SalvatoreArchmage The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power The dark elves of Menzoberranzan, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren t done with Drizzt yet And consumed by their own power struggles, feeling backed into a corner, the drow may just be desperate enough to call on demonic forces from the deepest reaches of the Abyss, and unleash a disaster even the Underdark could never have prepared for Archmage has everything Drizzt s fans crave action, adventure, characters that resonate with equal measures of warrior spirit and deep compassion, and no shortage of wicked dark elves

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    1. Standard R.A. Salvatore Biased Review Caveat: Bob Salvatore is one of my favorite authors and has been for 20 years; he’s also, amongst the writers I’ve had the good fortune to meet and/or interview, one of the nicest and most generous with his time. So, any book that has his name on the cover gets an extra bump up the review scale compared to if the same book had been written by someone not named Bob Salvatore. With that said…3.5 Stars(Note: this review assumes you’ve read previous book [...]

    2. ARC from Netgalley. Obvious Spoilers aheadIn the fall of 1992, me being 12 at the time, a friend of mine gave me Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn, the first three novels in what is now known as The Legend of Drizzt. In it, I met Drizzt himself, and started upon a journey that I am still taking, 23 years later and finishing Book 28: Homecoming Vol 1: Archmage.Over time, the books have come to include a large cast of characters, all intersecting portions of Drizzt's life. Some of these characters we s [...]

    3. Every year I find myself looking forward to the newest Drizzt book by R.A. Salvatore, and every year I finally get to read the book and I always find myself wondering why I was so excited. After the events that transpired in the Companions Codex I had high hopes that Salvatore would surprise me with his next series. Sadly going by how I felt after reading Archmage that is not going to be the case. I really need to stop getting my hopes so high for these books and maybe I will enjoy them more.The [...]

    4. Here be dwarves!!! This novel reads easily. Not much happens in the first 40% or so and the plot is very linear, building and anticipating the foregone conclusion.There are many reminders about the current state of affairs which are useful if one has read the latest books some time ago, or not at all. The same goes for the story at hand just to make double sure there never is any tapping of intellectual energy involved.At least there is an unexpected twist about Drizzt, who is always a superb ch [...]

    5. More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/This is the first book in a (yet-another) trilogy (Homecoming) in the seemingly endless Dark Elf series of books. It continues without pause from where we left off in the previous trilogy: Bruenor's quest to reclaim Gauntlgrym. Story: Bruenor marches with an army of dwarves to reclaim Gauntlgrym from the dark elves that hold it. Wulfgar and Regis bow out toward their own adventures in the very early part of the book but the rest of t [...]

    6. 6/10First book in the Homecoming trilogy but I must say that I am disappointed by Salvatore as I expected something more after the weak conclusion of the Companions Codex trilogy.I’ve been a long time fan of Drizzt and Salvatore’s style in general but after Gauntlgrym I’ve been struggling in this series and, although I kinda liked the new version of the Companions, I feel that it should all have ended right there, at the end of Gauntlgrym. It was a somewhat perfect ending for me even if it [...]

    7. Now that is a Drizzt book! Absolutely amazing. This is a huge improvement compared to the last Drizzt trilogy The Companions Codex. I had initially started reading this book instead of another because it was relatively short and I wanted to meet my reading goal for the first time. I didn't expect much. I was excited of course because the Drizzt books are really special to me. I've been reading them since middle school, but I didn't think I would be so entranced in the book. Whenever I picked it [...]

    8. Archmage, like many of Salvatore's books, is the beginning of yet another series kicking off what is promising to be a grand adventure. While I'd taken a break from these books over the last few years, picking this one up was almost seamless. I've missed the last series and frankly, thought I'd have a harder time figuring out what was going on, where Drizzt had been, and where in the timeline of Farun we were. Establishing what's been happening in the world, not to mention Drizzt's life was surp [...]

    9. I received a free kindle edition of the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. WOW!Salvatore is consistently good but this is something else!The war in the Silver Marches is finally over and Bruenor has convened his fellow dwarf kings to convince them to re-take Gauntlgrym.Along with the Companions of the Hall, or at least those who choose to remain, and some worthy replacements the dwarf army marches for the ancient Delzoun homeland and it's Fire Primordial powered forge. But driv [...]

    10. Here I am again! When's the next book going to be released? Oy!If I could be reading it right now, I wouldn't be typing this review. At this point - after having read the last eight books - I'm completely in! That being said, this book was nicely crafted. The story rolled right along and before I knew it, I was caught in its torrent.I have several D&D source books once again stacked on my night table! I enjoyed looking up the monsters and places as I read this. Anyone fancy a quick campaign? [...]

    11. The title is Archmage the series is thought of as Drizzt's but this book belongs to Bruenor and the Dwarves. This isn't a book where you can complain that the plot isn't moving. Things of consequence happen and the status quo of the series has changed. A great installment of a long running series.

    12. Archmage numbers twenty-eighth in ‘The Legend of Drizzt’. As always, I’ll preface my review with the caveat that you will get more out of these later books if you’ve read those that came before. At this point in the saga, a lot of foreknowledge of the world and the characters has to assumed, or R.A. Salvatore would spend half the novel catching everyone up.The war for the Silver Marches is over, a tentative truce declared between the orcs and the combined forces of the dwarves, elves and [...]

    13. Another Drizzt book, with all that implies (more on that in a second), but one that is redeemed by some genuinely cool moments.Let's start with the "another Drizzt book" pieces. We're on another quest to reclaim a lost dwarven homeland (again). In fact, we've already been on a few quests to reclaim this dwarven homeland, because it's Gauntlgrym. But this time there's a dwarven army! So that's different. The dwarves continue to have intensely silly names to the point of distraction and I swear, i [...]

    14. It astounds me that R.A. Salvatore is still writing Drizzt Do'Urden novels with a sense of freshness, telling stories that still captivate and entertain. Salvatore does this by sticking to the simple themes and core characters that have helped make him so successful, while adding a tinge of complexity through additional characters to focus on. Hardcore fans of his Forgotten Realms novels shouldn't be disappointed with the start of this new sub-series.I had read the first ten volumes within The L [...]

    15. I received this ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review. I didn't read the book myself, my husband has been a fan of RA Salvatore's since long before we ever met and I was happy to give him the chance to review one of his favorite authors.The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and c [...]

    16. Salvatore's latest entry in the Legacy of Drizzt anthology is 100% pure plot-driven, 90% predictable fun. (view spoiler)[I did not see the death of Connerad Brawnanvil cominginly because Salvatore tends to be pretty bad about the death of even secondary characters. (hide spoiler)]The pacing is quick and even for the most part, entangled (appropriately) only when outlining all the machinations of House Baenre vs. the other houses.The great weakness of this novel is that Salvatore continuously put [...]

    17. George R.R. Martin and R.A. Salvatore should compare notes occasionally The former seems to delight in killing off primary characters, whereas the latter refuses to leave the dead to their fate. Sure, there are certain characters in any author's world that ought to be sacrosanct, but sometimes the truly good and truly evil do die--or pass irrevocably into history in some manner where those of us emotionally invested in them can cheer, weep, gnash our teeth, and move on. For the (few) inviolate c [...]

    18. Overall this was a good read, and I finished it fairly quickly. There are some good plots twists, and for once the Drizzt books seemed to be tying in with larger events in the Realms, rather than just having RAS do his own thing. As someone who has read FR books outside the Drizzt novels, I sometimes feel that the Dizzt books are sort of their own thing, and only a part of the Realms in that they take place in Faerun and have the same races.I actually liked that Lolth was a character in this nov [...]

    19. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end!Salvatore outdoes himself in this newest novel featuring Drizzt and his companions. The war with the Orcs is over, the Drow continue to plot and now it's time for the Dwarves to reclaim their ancient homeland of Gauntlgrym. They must battle cunning drow, denizens of the underdark, and other nefarious enemies in order to secure it. Meanwhile there are plots within plots by the Goddess Lolth to bring forth chaotic change to the face of Faerun

    20. Much better than the last 2 or 3 books. Bob has slowed the pace down and concentrated more on the story. The Companions series seemed like he was trying to get somewhere as fast as possible.However, there is a slippery slope of characters being too powerful. I kind of want all of the characters to lose of their cool weapons and powers and start over

    21. Salvatore continues his Drizzt saga with the 31st book in the series, Archmage. The malicious Matron Mother of the Underdark city of Menzoberranzan comes up with a demonic scheme to keep her rivals at bay, while throwing the city into the most chaotic frenzy many of its denizens have ever lived through - if in fact, they do live. The resilient dwarves of the Silver Marches, fresh out of a war with the orcs, march to the Underdark to reclaim their most ancient city of Gauntlgrym; which is now occ [...]

    22. This is my first time listening to a book from this series as an audiobook. I had fallen a few books behind, and this seemed like a good way to catch up, though I have greatly enjoyed reading the books in the past. It took some getting used to, but luckily, I was already familiar with pretty much all of the names already, which was one of the largest hurdles. The narrator had some pretty different pronunciations than the ones I had come up with just from having read them, but it didn't take long [...]

    23. Can't say that I still have the same enthusiasm as when I first read these books. Like most, I absolutely loved the books when I first discovered them and devoured them as fast as I could. Picked up this book on a whim as I had just finished a great book and had a bit of a book-hangover, so I wanted to read something that wouldn't demand too much of me.In that sense, Archmage does deliver. This is the 28th book of The Legend of Drizzt and you get exactly what you would expect. Familiar character [...]

    24. I don’t know I think I’m still reading the series just because I’ve read what now? 28 books?But since the companions of the hall died the first time, the author got lost he didn’t know where to go with Drizzt. He became a whining little girl who every part of the book during his introduction would always reminisce his long lost friends.Maybe Salvatore should’ve developed and introduced new characters during the later books and put Entreri as a main character instead of just a guest sta [...]

    25. Long stretches of not-a-lot-happening dull a book that otherwise presents some gripping developments, both on a personal level (for various characters) and for the entirety of Faerun.While "Archmage" presents some interesting character development, it never delves as deeply as it could into these, preferring instead to return to battles, many of which are flashy but uninspired. There is an echo of the level of depth and interiority that was in The Companions--indeed, this is a stronger opening t [...]

    26. Seriously: #31. 31 books in. Amazing.(Sung to the Tune of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music):Dungeons and Dragons and Dwarf-kings a'MightyDark Elves and Driders with goddess a'SpideyHobbits and wizards with magical ringsThese are a few of my favorite things.Dark liches plotting with shadowy purposeDrow elves a'scheming to invade the surfaceMagical panthers of which the bards singThese are a few of my favorite things!When the orcs come, when the sun failsWhen the elves leave the treesI [...]

    27. This was a fun read, much better than the last few Drizz’t books. The funny thing is, not a whole lot happened in this book! Also, it was named Archmage after Archmage Gromph, but he’s no more than a side story. So what happened? 1: The dwarves, mostly led by Bruenor, and with Drizz’t and Cattiebrie in tow, retake Gauntlegrym. They fight a bunch of kobolds, drow, and demons to do it, and Bruenor was named King of Gauntlegrym after the death of the other two dwarf kings who tagged along.2: [...]

    28. Review originally published at Book of Bogan.Drizzt Do'urden is one of the most iconic characters in the Forgotten Realms universe, and it was with some regret that I realised I had missed several previous trilogies written by R A Salvatore. It did not take long for me to catch up with where the world was at, as the author does a fairly good job of introducing the characters' progression in a natural manner, although he does tend to belabour the point after a while.Thinking back to what I really [...]

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