Thursday, June 4, 2015

Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R.A. Salvatore [Review]

 Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R.A. Salvatore
Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex #3, The Legend of Drizzt #27) by R.A. Salvatore
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Wizards of the Coast through NetGalley
Date read: May 11, 2015

Companions Codex
1. Night of the Hunter
2. Rise of the King
3. Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf - Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling tale of the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden continues immediately on the heels of Rise of the King, with an expanding war and greater danger to the finally-reunited Companions of the Hall.

Bloody war rages across the Forgotten Realms world in the third book of the Companions Codex, the latest series in R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden.

In the evolving world of the Forgotten Realms setting, the Sundering has given way to months of cloud-cloaked darkness, and war rages under that oppressive sky. The orcs have broken a hard-fought treaty that's held, however tentatively, for a hundred years, and the time to settle old scores has devolved into an all-out brawl for control of the ancient realms of the North.
Thoughts on Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf: I'm really enjoying flitting through Drizzt's and his companions' world, but MAN there are a lot of secondary characters to keep straight. (I feel like I say that every book, but there are A LOT of them and more often than not I have to wrack my brain to remember how they fit in with the companions and all that.)

As Drizzt and his group work on helping the dwarfs break the sieges surrounding their various halls, a question of faith comes up. Drizzt is torn between what he's been told by his goddess and what he holds true in his heart. Given all he's seen and those he's met in his long, long years, he can't blindly accept what he's being told. Which should prove interesting down the line since there's the potential he might end up at odds with his companions if they do.

Meanwhile, bloody battle rages, dragons fly, and the orcs and dark elves are swarming the dwarven strongholds. Regis and Wulfgar have been separated from the others and it's a long journey for them out of the underdark.

Enjoyable, despite my griping about the huge cast of characters. Ultimately, the core story is about Drizzt and his band, and I have no problem following along with them. Which is good.

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