by Andrew Charlton
Night of the Hunter, the first book of the Companions codex, the ‘new’ Drizzt series is just what I hoped for. After a long series of loss and slowly growing loneliness, Drizzt is falling into darkness. This book brings back his old companions, as well as the old feeling of grand, joyful adventure to this long running character.
Taking place after the Sundering Series, a six book event series that detailed the ‘chosen of the gods’ escapades across the world, and where dark elven ranger, Drizzt Do’Urden’s friends are brought back from the dead. The book is the first one to take place after they reunite.
Though Drizzt’s adventurers are a very long series of books, I really do feel like this one makes for a great entry way for new readers. One doesn’t need to have read every book in the past to understand what’s happening.
Really all I’d say is that you’d need to read the Companions book in the Sundering, and then you can easily jump straight into this.
This book is a great melding of the old and the new. The darkness of the newer Drizzt books and his adventures with Dahlia and Artemis remain, but they don’t conquer the scene anymore.
The joy of the older books returns in full swing with his friends, and stronger than ever it pushes back the darkness. Thankfully though, it doesn’t remove it all together. Drizzt is wisened and I feel like R.A Salvatore is as well.
The book is by no means afraid to hurt us, characters we’ve grown to love are crippled and ruined. People are put into turmoil and some characters we’ve followed, whether for good or ill, are gone in an instant.
It’s nowhere near the level of something like Game of Thrones, but this book doesn’t recoil around death and pain like some of the earlier Drizzt books did.
It feels real. There’s a lot of emotion. A lot of pain, but also a lot of believable joy. It’s great to see the more cheerful adventurous side of the series return, but the darker, heavier side of things still remains, just under the surface, and it looks like it’s there to stay. I’d say that the overarching series is in the best place it’s ever been, and if you ever needed an excuse to dive into the forgotten realms novels (Which you shouldn’t) this is it.
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