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New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2018]
382 pages ; 24 cm.
"At long last, New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore returns with one of fantasy's most beloved and enduring icons, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, in an all-new trilogy full of swordplay, danger, and imaginative thrills, Centuries ago, in the city of Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders, the City of Drow, nestled deep in the unmerciful Underdark of Toril, a young weapon master earned a reputation far above his station or that of his poor house. The greater nobles watched him, and one matron, in particular, decided to take him as her own. She connived with rival great houses to secure her prize, but that prize was caught for her by another, who came to quite enjoy the weapon master. This was the beginning of the friendship between Zaknafein and Jarlaxle, and the coupling of Matron Malice and the weapon master who would sire Drizzt Do'Urden. R. A. Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of Zaknafein and Jarlaxle--an introduction to the darkness that offers a fresh view of the opportunities to be found in the shadows and an intriguing prelude to the intriguing escapes that lie ahead in the modern-day Forgotten Realms. Here, a father and his son are reunited and embark on adventures that parallel the trials of centuries long past as the friends of old are joined by Drizzt, Hero of the North, trained by Grandmaster Kane in the ways of the monk. But the scourge of the dangerous Lolth's ambitions remain, and demons have been foisted on the unwitting of the surface. The resulting chaos and war will prove to be the greatest challenge for all three"-- Provided by publisher.
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R. A. Salvatore was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on January 20, 1959. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. <p> He began writing seriously in 1982 and became a full-time writer in 1990. His first novel, The Crystal Shard, was published in 1988. His other works include The Halfling's Gem; Sojourn; The Legacy; Starless Night; Vector Prime; and The Two Swords. He is also the author of numerous series including The Dark Elf Trilogy; Paths of Darkness; The Hunter's Blades Trilogy; The Cleric Quintet; Saga of the First King; Neverwinter Saga and TheSundering. He made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title's Charon's Claw, Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, 1, Rise of the King and Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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  Publishers Weekly Review

This highly anticipated trilogy launch from Salvatore, a prequel to his Forgotten Realms epic fantasy novels starring dark elf Drizzt do'Urden, is a deeply immersive tale of politics and war. In 1018 by the Dalereckoning calendar, Jarlaxle, a mercenary, is sent to save a great warrior, Zaknafein, from a house that is about to lose a war, and to deliver him to another house. He soon finds out there's more to this fighter, and they become friends. The narrative then skips to the year 1488, when Zaknafein returns to life after many years in the grave. Jarlaxle must reintroduce Zaknafein to his son, Drizzt, who had long ago come to terms with his father's self-sacrifice and death, and is not ready to accept that he's returned. The alternation between the two time periods helps new readers understand the action and returning ones refresh their memories. Familiarity with the Forgotten Realms will add nuance to the experience of this installment, but all readers will find pure, often heart-racing enjoyment as they are drawn into Salvatore's beautifully crafted world. Agent: Paul Lucas, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Fans of Salvatore (Child of a Mad God, 2018) and the intricacies of the Underdark will be doubly excited by this new Drizzt Do'Urden novel, which bounces between modern-day Forgotten Realms and the early adventures of Drizzt Do'Urden's father, Zaknafein, a skilled weapon master. Salvatore explores the origins of the friendship between the drow mercenary Jarlaxle and the weapon master with Zaknafein's mysterious return from death. (Longtime Underdark fans will particularly appreciate the history of Jarlaxle's hairstyle.) Zaknafein's relationships redevelop, and he adapts to the significant changes that have occurred since his death, 200 years prior. Regis, a halfling spy, learns that Lord Neverember, who despises the Gauntlgrym's dwarves led by King Bruenor, has sold nearby ruins to an unknown dwarven clan. The investigation by Drizzt and his allies uncovers demons loose on the surface who are linked to both the Underdark and the dwarven ruins. This first book of a new trilogy sets Drizzt and his allies up for the fight of their lives, with the tendrils of Lolthian chaos stretching throughout the Realms.--Frances Moritz Copyright 2018 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The beginning of a new fantasy trilogy by Salvatore (Child of a Mad God, 2018, etc.), set in the Forgotten Realms and starring Drizzt Do'Urden, the renowned dark elf whose first name sounds like a comic-book electrical short circuit.Created half a century ago as one of the settings for the Dungeons Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Realms owe much of their popularity to Salvatore, who, over three decades, has set many of his novels therein, most of them featuring the said Drizzt. This time, in the present, Drizzt's late father, Zaknafein, has been revivified. By whom? And why? The contending female rulers (males are subordinateeven the wizards) of the aristocratic houses of the Underdark city Menzoberranzan suspect the machinations of Lolth, the ambitious Demon Queen of Spiders. At first Drizzt doubts that Zaknafein is really who he says, and clearly believes, he is. Another problem is that the Menzoberranzan families loathe and despise Drizzt for siding with inferior racesdwarves and elvesagainst them, prejudices that his unenlightened father shares. Meanwhile, nearly five centuries in the past, Matron Malice Do'Urden commissions roguish mercenary Jarlaxle to capture and deliver brilliant and handsome young weapons master Zaknafein to warm her bed and sire the child who will become Drizzt. Jarlaxle, of course, will become friends with both Zaknafein and Drizzt and features in both threads. Despite all those decades of experience, much remains indestructibly, maybe even endearingly, ham-fisted about Salvatore's work, from the clunky prose, clanking exposition, and abrupt switches in point of view to the barrage of names and facts that feels less like being informed and more like being clubbed over the head. Or perhaps the secret's in knowing that the audience is fanatically loyal, expectant, well-informed, and highly forgivingand that he really does deliver the thrills and spills, the battles and swordplay, the jolly banter amid dreadful danger, and the hissing, clawing, chortling, tooth-grinding malice of the villains.Salvatore fans will rejoice. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!</p> <p>R. A. Salvatore returns with one of fantasy's most beloved and enduring icons, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, in an all-new trilogy full of swordplay, danger, and imaginative thrills.</p> <p>Centuries ago, in the city of Menzoberranzan--the City of Spiders, the city of drow--nestled deep in the unmerciful Underdark of Toril, a young weapon master earned a reputation far above his station or that of his poor house.</p> <p>Zaknafein.</p> <p>The greater nobles watched him, and one powerful Matron--Malice--decided to take him as her own. She connived with rival houses to secure her prize, but it was ultimately the roguish Jarlaxle who caught him.</p> <p>Thus sparked the birth of two key moments in Menzoberranzan: the coupling of a noble and weapon master that would produce Drizzt Do'Urden...and the friendship between Zaknafein and Jarlaxle.</p> <p>R. A. Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of this unlikely pair--offering a fresh take on the intrigue and opportunities to be found in the shadows, and providing a fascinating prelude to the journeys that have shaped the modern-day Forgotten Realms. There, Zaknafein and Drizzt are joined together in a series of trials that parallel those of centuries long past, even though their paths no longer seem to be aligned. How will a father, so long constrained by the vicious and conservative world of the drow, be able to reconcile his ingrained prejudices with the world and companions of his enlightened son?</p> <p>The answer lies in their desire for peace over chaos. And as long as the scourge of the goddess Lolth's ambitions still remain, both are determined to keep her dark will at bay. But the Spider Queen is powerful, and now demons have been unleashed on the unwitting denizens of the surface world. United in purpose--and through their mutual friendship with Jarlaxle--Zaknafein and Drizzt will need to put aside their differences in order to keep the ones they love safe.</p> <p> </p>
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