Neverwinter by R.A. Salvatore
- ISBN-13: 9780786960279
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
- Publication date: 7/3/2012
- Pages: 368
- Source: Netgalley and Purchased Hardcover
With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone–and free–for the first time in almost a hundred 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. As the two companions seek revenge on the one responsible for leveling Neverwinter–and nearly Luskan as well–Drizzt finds his usual moral certainty swept away by her unconventional views. Forced to see the dark deeds that the common man may be driven to by circumstance, Drizzt begins to find himself on the wrong side of the law in an effort to protect those the law has failed. Making new enemies, as his old enemies acquire deadly allies, Drizzt and Dahlia quickly find themselves embroiled in battle–a state he’s coming to enjoy a little too much.
Neverwinter is the second book in the Neverwinter Saga by R.A. Salvatore and the 21rst book about Drizzt Do’Urden, probably one of the most famous fantasy characters. With all of his original companions now dead, Drizzt finds himself following the elf Dahlia as she seeks revenge on her former master. Dahlia holds a much harsher world view than Drizzt, forcing him to question his black and white ideals. While his friends may be dead, not all of his enemies are as Drizzt discovers when meeting the character of Barrabus.
I don’t feel this book is as good as most of the early Drizzt novels. The action and the sword fighting is as good as ever, but I thought the overall plot was a bit boring. The antagonists were still trying to achieve the goals they failed in the first book, Gauntlgrym, but I found myself wondering when the book would get to the good part. Any fan of the series will certainly want to read the book, but don’t expect anything too exciting. I’m hoping the next book in the series, Charon’s Claw, redeems this one.