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book review | The Silent Blade by R.A. Salvatore | 11

the silent blade r a salvatore book review legend of drizztAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: The Silent Blade
Series: Paths of Darkness 1
Genre: High Fantasy; Epic Fantasy
Pages: 394
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Felt like a little bit of high fantasy, but didn’t feel like going through the worldbuilding, so I went back to the familiar. “The Silent Blade” by R.A. Salvatore is 11th book in the Legend of Drizzt series, and 1st in the Paths of Darkness trilogy.

About the Book: Evil hearts hear a beckon, a call, see visions full of promise that they can’t resist, that they must answer. Sadly, though, the call comes from a shard kept safe in a pocket of a drow elf on the surface, one who, being a good person himself, hears nothing of sorts. But since his companions and he too are a good lot, the moment they realize what’s going on, they seize the opportunity to rid the world of some evildoers, and start shaping a plan…

My Opinion: Oh how I loathe high fantasy names. I could tell you more, for there happened much more, but how am I supposed to if I can’t spell a single name? It’s a good story, well written, but just… I need a system for these characters.

As usual, neither worse, nor better. Time well spent, a 4 out pf 5, solid.

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book review | Passage to Dawn by R.A. Salvatore | 10

r.a. salvatore passage to dawn book reviewAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Passage to Dawn
Series: Legend of Drizzt 10
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 339
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I like when stories aren’t afraid to return to the poorly resolved points and fix it. This is exactly what “Passage to Dawn” by R.A. Salvatore did, fourth book in Legacy of Drow or tenth book in the Legend of Drizzt. It revisited a point that actually bothered me.

About the Book: A strange prophecy spoken by a blind seer gives Drizzt a glimmer of hope to see his father once again. But, of course, nothing’s simple. First he must release that who hates him most and return to his first home… Where he’ll likely have to survive a ruse of some kind. But any price is worth paying for this.

My Opinion: These are truly good and captivating stories, very unique in the way characters and their relationships are written, how they understand and interact with one another. There’s plenty of adventures and action to keep you reading. But bloody hell, I’m so tired of the damned names. I need a little break from Drizzt, before another letter-jumble pops up.

Good stories, worth the praise it received through the years. A 5 out of 5 so far.

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book review | The White Rose by Glen Cook | Black Company 3

Glen Cook black company white rose book reviewAuthor: Glen Cook
Title: The White Rose
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company 3
Genre: Epic Fantasy; Fantasy
Pages: 317
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I’ve no motivation to read or write, apologies if it’ll become even more dull than it was. “The White Rose” by Glen Cook is the third in the series and at certain points it was very good. At others it was at best confusing.

About the Book: The ancient evil is no longer asleep. Maybe he never even was. Dominator’s powers grow and his tricks from beyond the grave are becoming ever more deadly. It seems that the only way to overcome the new nightmare is for enemies to unite. For the White Rose to strike an alliance with The Lady.

My Opinion: In some aspects it got real interesting. The digging in history, research for the old, buried names that might sway power. Old and young gods clashing. All of that was brilliant. But the whole Raven ordeal was awful.

It’s good so far. A very strong 4/5.

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book review | Siege of Darkness by R.A. Salvatore | Legend of Drizzt 9

siege of darkness r a salvatore knygos apzvalga book reviewAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Siege of Darkness
Series: Legend of Drizzt 9
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 337
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Ninth book in the series, still going strong. “Siege of Darkness” by R.A. Salvatore is 9th book in The Legend of Drizzt series or 3rd book in Legacy of the Drow trilogy. And it was epic.

About the Book: Magic is failing across the realm, disrupting both new spells and the ancient ones. Gods are silent. And tension is rising. Especially among those most keen to warfare, such as the Drow. They’re not only quick to blame one another for the silence of their Spider Queen, their god, but to take advantage of the weakening magical wards. For what better time to take down the Mothers reliant on magic than when said magic is flickering…

My Opinion: A battle of epic proportions erupted in the Underdark for the Mithril Halls, its throne. It was so great it broke out onto the surface too, surprising many a creature and person of darkness, used to ceilings above their heads, less light. It was amazing, gory, and even funny at times. Like when the mage whose eyes teleported to dwarves has requested to keep them moist… Dwarves did their best. Speaking of dwarves – they’re badass and I’m glad to see a book where they shine this bright.

A great book with a few unclear twists. A solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 2

harrow the ninth tamsyn muir locked tomb necromancer book reviewAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Harrow the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 2
Genre: Fantasy; Sci-fi
Pages: 512
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Holy… I’ve noticed there’s “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir, second book in The Locked Tomb, already out, so I grabbed it. Remember in the last review I said I love me a good book on necromancy? Well, score two.

About the Book: When Deathless Emperor beckons – you come. Even if he’s drafting you into a war you could only win in your dreams, and even then – unlikely. And it absolutely does not matter that you barely just rose above being the last necromancer of your house, that your body is failing and trying to fall apart, that you’re nauseated and can’t trust any of your tools, even your damn eyes. Nor does it matter that you’re possessed by an angry spirit. Or several. Death is everywhere at all times. So what’s a few more crumbs to the tar of demise? The only true question here is, should you let go or must you fight?…

My Opinion: I don’t even know where to begin. Harrowhark is barely keeping her head above the water. Even in the previous book she put all her efforts into survival – small house, little power, not enough of anything new, not yet chewed up or sucked dry, with other houses trying to swallow you whole at all times, no one to trust. And now it’s a voyage to unwinnable war with the Deathless Emperor, Teacher. Imagine a gothic tale full of decadent nobles in haunted surroundings full of spirits and walking skeletons alike. And now put that into space, spaceship. All while hopping around, killing planets, fighting monsters, entities. Insane.

It’s a colossal tale. The only thing I didn’t like was the way it was told. But when such things are being told – I’m prepared to suffer. A 5 out of 5, firm.

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book review | The Black Company by Glen Cook | The Chronicles of the Black Company 1

glen cook the black companyAuthor: Glen Cook
Title: The Black Company
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company 1
Genre: Dark Fantasy; Epic Fantasy
Pages: 319
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’ve read Glen Cook‘s “The Black Company” way back in high school. But since discovering it got a whole series to it, I’ve decided there’s a need to re-read it. That was the right choice.

About the Book: A band of mercenaries, The Black Company, are hired to fight the Lady’s war, and are led into it by no other than one of her Taken Ones. A powerful cast of mages, once enslaved by the Dominator, Lady’s husband, to serve him. Then, defeated but undying they were buried with their rulers, and only for the recklessness of another mage had they had a chance to rise again. And so they follow their Lady into battle again. Battle against her foes and myths alike. Like that comet in the sky, promising the return of her greatest foe…

My Opinion: The story is well written and very interesting. Maybe a tad too predictable, but I figured, seeing how this book consists out of war, battle scenes, and is told by a healer who has to patch everyone up afterwards, it was plenty. Conspiring, magic, illusions, darkness, and prophecies. A proper dark fantasy piece, with strong epic fantasy elements to draw you in, and keep you looking forwards for the next book.

It’s a good dark tale. A 5 out of 5, but more due to the fact I’ve nothing to take anything away for. It isn’t the best book you’ll ever read. But it’s definitely worth the time to read it.

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book review | Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore | The Legend of Drizzt 8

starless night r.a. salvatore forgotten realms legend of drizztAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Starless Night
Series: The Legend of Drizzt 8
Genre: High Fantasy
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Okay, I’m positively hooked on The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore. Just finished 8th book in the series, which is second book in Legacy of the Drow trilogy, and the book itself is called “Starless Night“. It was amazing.

About the Book: Drizzt is deeply troubled by the evidence of his kin in the tunnels under and around the Mithril Hall. It seems he must thus go back into the deep Underdark and find his way home, to the cruel Menzoberranzan. Yet before he even reached the eerily beautiful city, he had to make peace with the fact he’ll likely never going to see the sun again. In fact, he’ll be lucky to not get brutally tortured before death… What he doesn’t know is that a friend is secretly coming to his aid, with an unlikely alley, no less.

My Opinion: Underdark is a very interesting place that is hard to even imagine. Out there, in a place where there are no shadows, for there is no light, one has to learn to live, behave differently. In need to hide one must find a way to hide their body heat, for blending in with the surroundings is futile among creatures who were born in the pitch black. To add to that, the schemes of the drow are interesting to read. They’re interlaced with other drow plotting against those drow, for a dark elf is no friend to a dark elf, most of the time, and so you can never be sure whom to trust. Daring sneak-outs, intense escapes, and epic battles, duels.

Truly, I keep saying this, but if you’re into classical fantasy, take these books. A firm 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | The Legacy by R.A. Salvatore | The Legend of Drizzt 7

The Legacy Dark Elf The LEgend of Drizzt R A SalvatoreAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: The Legacy
Series: The Legend of Drizzt 7
Genre: Classic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 334
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

It has been a while since I’ve read a book in one sitting the way I have read “The Legacy” by R.A. Salvatore, seventh book in The Legend of Drizzt, and first book in the third trilogy of the series, Legacy of the Drow.

About the Book: Company of friends are preparing for a wedding in newly reclaimed Mithril Halls. But strange things begin to cloud the otherwise good mood. First, halfling Regis returns to friends as if he’s running once again, and so soon after they left him to enjoy the new life. Then there’s newly brewing animosity, anger. So fierce at times that Drizzt and Wulfgar actually crossed weapons. And if that’s not enough, the tunnels below don’t seem to be safe yet. People coming to congratulate the future newlyweds disappear. Drizzt, venturing to find out more, can’t decide which is worse: the anger one of his best friends is feeling towards him, or the fact the dead dwarves he found are definitely killed by his kin…

My Opinion: Plot thickened and tension was kept well. While some things we got revealed to us via chapters from the perspectives of the antagonists, other things we were left to discover together with the heroes. The animosity thickening felt like Lord of the Ring scenes where groups of people were affected by it, getting more agitated, arguing. But, at the same time, it was different and very clever in its own way. It was nice returning to the deep underground.

I keep saying this, but this is some good classic fantasy. 5 out of 5, again.

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book review | The Halfling’s Gem by R.A. Salvatore | The Legend of Drizzt 6

r a salvatore the halflings gem the legend of drizzt dark elf forgotten realmsAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: The Halfling’s Gem
Series: The Legend of Drizzt 6
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 338
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

It’s good to have long series to fall back onto when TBR becomes overwhelming. So I’ve read “The Halfling’s Gem” by R.A. Salvatore, sixth book in The Legend of Drizzt series of The Forgotten Realms, and third book in The Icewind Dales trilogy.

About the Book: Halfling known as Regis has been kidnapped by a vicious assassin who, via luck, skill, and chance, bested even Drizzt. Now, all companions separated in that battle, but united in their need to survive, and burning need to save their friend or at least avenge him, turn Southwards, and to the dangers that lurk among the sand dunes. Even here, it seems, drows (dark elves) have a reputation that Drizzt cannot escape, and must find a way to deal with if he hopes to help his friend.

My Opinion: Okay, this one might be my favorite book in the series so far. The group got separated, so each one had to get out of their own predicament first, and then logically reach the conclusion – they need to go save Regis, no matter what. I love how characters are written too, especially Drizzt, but not just him. He has journal entries throughout the book, that sum up the moral and emotional background of the situation they were in. On top of that, this book shows you can write about a long journey somewhere else, and not just have it all be a long walk with dialogue that picks at characters. It absolutely can be filled with adventures, misfortunes, fortunes, fights, battles, magic, and so on.

Truly, if you seek light but good fantasy, these are the books to take. A solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 1

gideon the ninth tamsyn muir the locked tombAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Gideon the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 1
Genre: Fantasy; LGBT Literature
Pages: 448
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

This might be the first time I call a book atmospheric. In the best sense of the word. “Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir is something entirely else, and everything I ever wanted from a book about necromancers.

About the Book: There lies a stone on a tomb, placed there by a God Emperor, and nine houses of necromancers pray daily it never rolls away. Nobody knows what or who lies within, but they all know Emperor could only save Universe this once. Yet… The houses are crumbling, power is getting diluted, weaker, if appears in the lineage at all. So when Emperor calls his necromancers and their cavaliers for a trial that could grant them power and immortality, not one hesitates. Among them stands the mysterious living reverent daughter Harrowhark of Ninth house, and her cavalier Gideon the Ninth. They might just need this resurrection of power the most. But the game requires the pair to work together. And these two loathed one another from the cradle…

My Opinion: Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Necromancers who are afraid of travel in deep space for there is just no death there. A murder house with no one to trust. And desperate need to get this power, to wash away the sins, the stains of their name. Schemes, secrets, all kinds of buried nasties, and locked away constructs. It was like a good Agatha Christie book, but with planet-wide clans, and constant requirement of bones and blood to be present, accompanied with deep atmosphere weather. It sounds like a lot, but it really wasn’t. Author successfully contained it all within one house, and well timed confessions.

I can’t wait to lay my hands on the next one. 5 out of 5 for this one, and I highly recommend it to those who want a different tale.

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