Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review - Neverwinter

Author - R. A. Salvatore
Series - Neverwinter #2
Genre - High Fantasy
Pages - 352

From Goodreads:

With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone--and free--for the first time in almost 100 years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion--Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. But traveling with Dahlia is challenging in more ways than one.

First and foremost I would like to say, I miss the companions of the hall! Yes, I know Salvatore has been writing the Drizzt books for over 10 years and yes I know that new directions must be made but.. why Bruenor? Why?!

Ahem. Back to the review.

Neverwinter starts off a bit after Gauntlgrym. The town of Neverwinter has been demolished and is in the midst of rebuilding,  the ashen zombies brought forth by the Lich Valindra are however hindering that notion. Herzgo Alegni is still plotting his schemes and Barrabus is still his slave. Sylora still is trying to complete her dread ring while harboring hatred for Dahlia who is now traveling with Drizzt in order to stop Sylora once and for all.

Enough plots for you? Indeed, the twists and turns in this book are many and can become cumbersome, however not to the point of making you want to stop reading, truly Salvatore shines in his action packed battles and there are plenty abound!  I love the usage of swordplay and sorcery in this series and Neverwinter delivers on both while still making you think.

The characters themselves are complex and you know who you should and should not like. However, I still feel distanced from Dahlia. She is still much an enigma and the way she makes Drizzt question his ‘goodly’ nature is not endearing. I like my lavender eyed drow to be good, not undecided.  We are also introduced to a few more new characters that add spice and intrigue into the story.

Do NOT think you will find romance in this story, there is none. The few encounters that could possibly be romantic are few, short and only hinted at. That’s how I like it though, I do not enjoy a book that focuses on lovey dovey drama, give me blood and gore and fighting any day and you have a happy fangirl.

While the companions are not in tow anymore and while the series is taking new directions, I like where it is going. There is still fighting, mystery and of course Drizzt and that is what I always keep coming back to Salvatore for. 


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