Sea of Swords


Product Description
It is good to be home.It is good to hear the wind of Icewind Dale, to feel its invigorating bite, like some reminder that I am alive.

The Dark Elf

When the mark of the great warhammer Aegis-fang is found branded on the back of a vicious outlaw, Drizzt can no longer merely hope that Wulfgar is safe. The dark elf and his companions set out to find the barbarian once and for all. As they discover pieces of the puzzle their friend’s life has become, Drizzt grows only more determined to locate him.

The Barbarian

As his friends search for him, Wulfgar sails with Captain Deudermont in search of the stolen Aegis-fang, now in the hands of the vile pirate Sheila Kree. But the pirate isn’t willing to sit around waiting to be caught. She has other plans.

Drizzt, Cattie-brie, Regis, Bruenor, and Wulfgar — the Companions of the Hall — come together for the first time since The Silent Blade in a reunion filled with discovery and adventure.

The paperback version of a top-selling hardcover featuring the return of Drizzt Do’Urden, R.A. Salvatore’s most popular character.

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  1. Kate @ 2:24 pm

    Salvatore brings back everyone’s favorite Dark Elf for another installment of the Paths of Darkness series. The book itself was a fast read, as are most of Salvatore’s works, but it left me wanting a bit.

    To his credit, the author resolved and wrapped up many hanging treads left throughout the series.
    The characterization of the pirates was wonderful, but the opponent Salvatore lined up for Drizzt came of as a shadow of Entrari. I felt that he could have completely left this character out or developed someone within the pirate crew to cover the need for a dramatic closing fight (Salvatore’s greatest strength).

    If Salvatore continues to write books with the Heroes of Mithiril Hall (which I pray he does), I look forward to seeing who or what he comes up with to challenge the party.

    Bottom Line: A good book, and worth the wait. Even Salvatore’s B work is better than 90% of the rambling epics on the fantasy market.

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  2. Caleb Jones @ 3:54 pm

    In reading this book, it looks like we’re beginning to have a problem here. While it is apparent that Salvatore loves his characters, I got the distinct impression while reading this book that he would have rather been writing something else. Salvatore is falling into the category of the famous writer that has been typecast and is desparately wanting to do something different, but people are simply waving too much money under his nose to write more Drizzt novels. Sea of Swords is a book filled with over-dramatization, repeated phrases from his other books, and way too many adjectives. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that Salvatore is better than this; he *knows* better than that. It’s like before he wrote the book, he sat down and said “Well, a bunch of teenagers are going to read this, the not civilized adults who read my Demonwars novels, so I’d better write to the audience.” Oh boy. The slow demise of Drizzt may have just begun. My advice to Mr. Salvatore: You were an excellent writer, and you still are. Follow your passion. If you want to dump Drizzt, then dump him. If you still want to make a lot of money writing TSR novels, fine. Write about Jarlaxle and Entreri. Use the second half of “Servant of the Shard” as a guide. You’ll have fun, it’ll be a *great* book instead of a *barely good* book like this one, people will buy it (I know I will), and you’ll still make money. I would much, much rather read about Jarlaxle and Entreri than about a drow hero who is getting tired of himself, and whose very author is getting tired of him.

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  3. D. Head @ 6:11 pm

    First off, let me say that I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I read it cover-to-cover yesterday and do not consider it to have been a day wasted. I read fantasy books because they are light fare, an easy break from the day-to-day stresses of the working world, and I read Salvatore’s fantasy because it is exciting and well written. From that perspective, this book was absolutely terrific: a return of fantasy’s most consistently exciting character without the “end of the world” motif that is such a common and overwhelming theme in the genre. It is very solid Drizzt fare.
    Having said that, this book is not as good as the Crystal Shard. Shard contained a level of suspense and moral ambiguity that is missing here. The problem is common enough in any Wizards of the Coast setting (and can indeed be found in some of their computer games as well): as the characters advance in level and/or power, nothing in the story can really injure or threaten them. The protagonist becomes superhero – far outstripping his foes in both physical and mental prowess. This is problematic in a linear plot. Servant of the Shard was SO GOOD because it avoided this issue by presenting a vast set of interweaving difficulties and complex situations. In other words, the story could have logically ended in any number of different ways. Sea of Swords misses that critical element that Salvatore always has in his books that contain Jarlaxle: complexity.
    I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to Drizzt fans. It advances the characters emotionally, contains solid sarcastic wit in several places, and it is action-packed without having the action overwhelm. However, I also eagerly await the return of Entreri and Jarlaxe.

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  4. SA_Ron @ 8:50 pm

    I don’t understand. The plots in these books aren’t very different from each other, the fight scenes go on too long and it’s another “group of friends go adventuring book”. Nothing original or anything here.

    The problem is that I LOVE these books! RAS makes me care about the characters and what happens to them. Watching Drizzt evolve as a character is fascinating. Drizzt is the most evolving character I’ve ever seen in fiction. It’s amazing. His relationship with Cattie-Brie keeps me at the edge of my seat.

    I do find myself skipping over some of the more lengthy fight scenes, but other than that I’m hooked.

    I don’t particularly care about Wulfgar at all, but when the focus is on him I find that I do care. Same with Bruenor and Regis.

    I just don’t understand…

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  5. Brian @ 11:38 pm

    Drizzt and crew returns in a well crafted though not superb book.

    In many ways, Salvatore hits the right steps with humor, action, and resolution. Old plot lines are finally wrapped up and the stage set for new adventures. Fans of the series will feel right at home with the characters and story.

    One problem that is partially resolved is that Salvatore manages to infuse some sense of danger to some of the Companions though perhaps they are never as fully challenged as they were in the past. It’s a thorny problem for the writer in how does one challeges such powerful heroes without losing touch of reality and simply create enemies nonsensical in their power. Fortunately, the problem is solved partially by a villain who with the proper planning poses an actual threat to the great Drizzt.

    Minor problems are lack of total development of some characters though with the multitude introduced this is no real crime. Most have nice hooks that makes them memorable. In the future, more length and depth would be appreciated

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