Saturday, March 12, 2011

Review - Gauntlgrym


Information

Title - Gauntlgrym (Neverwinter Book 1)
Author - R. A. Salvatore
Genre - High fantasy
Pages - 384

Description (from goodreads)

Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter—a catastrophe big enough to lure even the mercenary Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it. Unfortunately, the more they uncover about the secret of Gauntlgrym, the more it looks like they can’t stop it on their own. They’ll need help, and from the last people they ever thought to fight alongside again: Drizzt and Bruenor.

Thoughts

Ever have a book or series that just draws you in from the get-go? Thats Gauntlgrym.The 20th(?) book in the Forgotten Realms series by R.A.Salvatore delivers fast paced action, emotional turmoil and just the right amount of humor.

Drizzt, Pwent and Bruenor are off on their journey to find the legendary dwarf city of Gauntlgrym. While it seems the story moves a bit fast in the begginingthe journey is no less exciting. However, an evil cult is plotting to awaken the primordial that dwells withing the legendary city. Enter: Dahlia. She is a part of this cult, an elf warrior, she accompanies Jarlaxle and Athrogate (yes! two of my fav charactors are back in action!) to find Gauntlgrym.

On the other hand and playing a sort of minor role, Alegani of the Netherise has taken over Neverwinter and is fighting with Dahlias cult. Confusing? it can be at times, but its quickly sorted out. Eventualy as events unfold it is Drizzt, Breunor, Athrogate, Jarlaxle and Dahlia who must go to Gauntlgrym to undo a wrong that has been commited and confine the primordial that threatens to destroy Neverwinter, Luksan and anything else in its way.

The fighting is intense as all the action is in Salvatores books, and the imagry is no less beautiful. We do not see into Drizzt mind as much as in previous books, and truefully, he is a bit standoffish this time around. I found myself liking Athrogate the most this time and i even get to briefly see my other favorite character, Valas Hune.

All in all I enjoyed the story, the battles, the adventure however, the end had me in tears! why Salvatore, WHY?! Needless to say, if you are a fan, your eyes will be brimming  with tears by the end. I eagerly await the next in the series, though i do not suspect it will have the same charm because of the ending of Gauntlgrym.

3 Comments:

  1. Moonlight Gleam said...
    Great review hon! I have not yet heard about this title so thank you for sharing :)
    LindyLouMac in Italy said...
    Calling by from A Trillian Books to read your review,never heard of this one but then it is not a genre I read. :)
    My name is Patricia said...
    Stopping through via the "Read My Review". I have never heard of this series before.... how interesting. It sounds amazing! I love it when a series pulls you right away and you just can't put it down. Great Review!!

    <3 Happy Reading
    Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

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