Spoiler alert – if you are not finished reading all of the Drizzt Do’Urden novels, do not read the below.
The fourth and final book of the Neverwinter Saga. But is it the final book for Drizzt Do’Urden? I was really starting to enjoy the new team Artemis Entreri the assassin, Dahlia the weapons master, Drizzt the weapons master-slash-ranger, Ambergris the priest/warrior, Afafrenfere the monk (i.e. martial arts). Even Pwent the battlerager dwarf returned as a vampire. And then they added the broken tiefling wizard who genuinely fit in with this group of powerful fighters. Such potential.
But this book should have ended about 100 pages before it did. In fact, it seemed to end several times and the jump in time at that point made things confusing. The first half of the book, the companions were statues – victims of a medusa. Except for Drizzt and the tiefling, who were imprisoned. And then a year or more goes by and Jarlaxle, Drizzt longtime friend/enemy, and Athrogate the dwarf (also a longtime friend/enemy) saves them all. End of an okay book, right? Wrong. RA Salvatore adds more to it in what seems to be two short stories in the guise of a novel’s conclusion.
And to top it off, it appears that Drizzt was killed off. Myself, I wanted to see him die in a blaze of glory. So getting ‘the embrace’ from his god was a bit of a letdown. But the Drizzt stories were losing their razzle-dazzle so Salvatore taking a break from them is understandable. And it was left in a way that Drizzt could certainly be brought back in a few years when the demand picks up again. But the good news is – Salvatore could probably put together plenty of good stories just from the other companions. Those are some great characters with unique warrior traits. And leaving Drizzt out of a couple of books will help us fans grow to love these new characters even more. Then bringing Drizzt back would be epic.