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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Lone Drow by R.A. Salvatore

Book two in The Hunter's Blades Trilogy

Another story in the world of the Forgotten Realms, continuing the story where the Thousand Orcs left off.

The renegade Drow, Drizzt Do'Urden has been cut off from his friends durring the battle at Shallows. Witnessing the battle from a ling distance, he watched the tower fall, seeing his greatest friend Bruenor, King of the Dwarves of Mithral Hall, fall to his doom. To his dismay, the town is destroyed by the orcs, leaving him alone in the surface world.

Drizzt, full of rage, slips back into his Hunter mentality. He turns into a remorseless killing machine that knows no fear. He turns his rage upon the Orc armies, attacking whenever and wherever he can, waging a one Drow war of destruction.

What Drizzt does not know is that his friend are very much alive and retreating toward the Dwarven Citadel at Mithral Hall. Bruenor lies near death and the Dwarves continue to battle on.

The Dwarven forces are joined by unlikely allies from Mirabar, a Sorceress and a Alchemist gnome. They were sent by the Marchion Elastul to sabotage the Dwarves, but they rebel against the orders and join the fight against evil.

Drizzt fights his one man war, almost seeking a suicidal end. While the Dwarves retreat from the onslaught that is Obould.

This story relies less on the history between the main characters and concentrates on the current events. It is a good read. Salvatore weaves a complex story with many separate elements that lead to a complete whole. His characters are likable, especially the dwarves. He has created an interesting society in Mithral Hall which drew me into the story completely.

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