[Reading] ➶ Rise of the King (Companions Codex, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #26) By R.A. Salvatore – Replica-watches.co

[Reading] ➶ Rise of the King (Companions Codex, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #26) By R.A. Salvatore – Replica-watches.co

10 thoughts on “Rise of the King (Companions Codex, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #26)

  1. says:

    no need for SPOILER tags since nothing new was presented in this bookWhat are the prime ingredients for a newer Salvatore Realms book 1 Salvatore reminding the reader that Guenhwyvar weighs 600 pounds.2 Salvatore providing the reader with detailed mechanical descriptions of Catti Brie Ruqiah, the cleric wizard archer seer fire elementalist blessed by Mystra high and mighty Chosen of Mielikki, casting Flaming Hands repeatedly.3 Regis Spider Parrafin wax wondrously producing a potion salve ointment poison that conveniently gets him or the Companions out of a tight spot.4 Salvatore dousing the reader with an unending barrage of fights skirmishes battles.5 And the newest ingredient Salvatore abusing the exclamation point to terminate a sentence outside of dialogue For those of you who don t know what an exclamation point is it s what authors use when they don t think the reader is clever enough to realize the gravity or importance of any given sentence I didn t actually count, but if I had to estimate, there were 150 200 instances where an exclamation point was used in this manner Sometimes two or three were used on a single page That should bother you, the reader, or I m a bearded gnome With Rise of the King, Salvatore certainly provides all of the ingredients mentioned above Sadly, if you remove the plethora of combat scenes which can be enjoyable in moderation , the remaining text that is left standing does not support a story Recycled themes from previous Drizzt novels abound in the second installment of the Companions Codex, and Salvatore fails to present anything new or substantial.I m a Realms completionist, so I ll continue to read all of the Drizzt books But it should also be noted that I m a devout follower of Ilmater as well.

  2. says:

    Another solid installment of the new old adventures of Drizzt and Companions.The battles and skirmishes are always nice and choreographed, Salvatore has a real knack for describing swashbuckling adventures and I never get tired of his storytelling However, the overall feeling is the same I once experienced after the nth played hour of a very complex RPG game, when my characters abilities had already reached the highest level and I simply wandered around and around completing the secondary quests.There was nothing to prove and little to discover I was simply content by being with my characters, even if all I got was a pale echo of past excitement.On the other hand, after the forgettable Neverwinter books, I was very happy about this resurrection dom comeback whatever this literary device is called The Dark Elf trilogy, Legacy of the Drow and even the original Icewind Dale books were total masterpieces of the genre and with The Companions Codex you get than a whiff of Drizzt s golden age thrill pages of adventures reminiscent of the beginnings but written today, with the current fantasy fashion influences and Salvatore s full maturity as a writer The flip side of the coin is that when you A are about to hit book 30 of a series and B have a new book slated every six months something is bound to be sacrificed, be it quality or innovation, and here it s kind of both.I mean, another adventure starring the drows Anyway, let s see how it ends I enjoyed this book as much as its predecessor and I hope the conclusion will be on par In fact, few in the Realms had seen, bartered, battled, befriended, or copulated with a impressive array of powerful beings and monsters than Jarlaxle

  3. says:

    I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review.Rating 2.5 stars.I always look forward to the newest Drizzt novels After all, I love the world and the characters, especially Jarlaxle I ve read them since I was a girl, and they ve always been something I looked forward to every year But the latest novels in the saga have really been a mixed bag for me I get that there were changes in the Forgotten Realms setting that Salvatore had no control over, but I can t say that I am totally happy with how he chose to handle them I was not overly thrilled with bringing back the dead Companions of the Hall I honestly wanted Drizzt to move on and find other friends to have adventures with The reincarnation plot just seemed a little too far fetched Another issue is that the characters are still basically the same as they were in their previous life, except for Regis who is awesome and complex than he ever was in earlier novels Catti Sue. ahem I mean Catti Brie was never a character I was fond of before she died, and she is even annoying and self righteous now that she has been reincarnated as a pseudo goddess mage Chosen or whatever The other Companions of the Hall are pretty much the same as they ever were Not surprisingly I found myself far interested in the other characters, especially the villains Kimmuriel, Gromph, Jarlaxle, even Quenthel and Dahlia had a much intriguing plot than Drizzt and Co Doum wielle and her father were also interesting but I feel like we could have spent time with them to understand what their motivations were Overall I didn t like the Orcs are evil just because they re born that way thing, because it pretty much cancels out what happened in previous novels like The Thousand Orcs Over the years, the series has gone from a very black and white morality to having a great deal of shades of gray, and it just feels as if its just going back to the beginning to repeat itself all over again All in all, this book feels like a copy of some of the early novels, with some minor details changed I feel like this series is losing steam As a long time fan that saddens me, but I just can t bring myself to care as much about Drizzt and his friends any If the next books have a heavy dose of Jarlaxle and maybe Gromph and some other drow, then I might be excited for it, otherwise it will not be at the top of my reading list.

  4. says:

    ARC provided by Netgalley and Wizards for an honest review Anyone who has read any of my previous reviews knows that I have been involved with DD for 24 years and reading the novels for about the same amount of time I love fantasy novels and I count R A Salvatore as one of my top three authors of all time I grew up reading the Drizzt novels and I have read every book Bob has written except Echoes which I am working on so I think that I have what might be considered an educated opinion on the current novels Let s just get this out of the way The Sundering Novels for the most part were very meh the plot line was inconsistent and there was no real threads to link the novels so I am happy to move past them Night of the Hunter the prequel to this book was beyond Amazing, read my review of it to get how much I enjoyed it but it made me once again felt like that High school freshman who found R A Salvatore The Rise of the King blows Night of the Hunter NOTH out the water this book is Bob s best Forgotten Realms work, in my opinion, ever I do find his Corona novels better but this is right up there with them There are so many individual plot lines in this book, most of them continued from NOTH and Bob does an absolutely masterful job weaving them together into a story that is quite frankly Epic in scale, but still shows how vulnerable our heroes can be regardless of their upgrades There are some much unexpected journeys by major characters that take us to lands we have not seen for many years and there is a cameo of a particularly loveable character that surprised me and had me grinning ear to ear I also thoroughly enjoyed the continuing moral arguments both for and against inherent evil in the subhuman races, not to have too many spoilers but it is nice to see Catti becoming the character she always had potential to be now that she is given a second chance As per usual Bob shines the brightest during his battle scenes and this book is no different, he even manages to weave in some amazing descriptions of mass scale combat that really lead you to having a great minds eye of the battles and sieges If you are a fan of Bob s books this will not disappoint you and I dare say it should serve as a good rejuvenation to a series that is long in the tooth not that that is a bad thing By the time the last page digitally turned I was left with a feeling of emptiness because now I have to wait till next year to continue this story with my dear friends that have brought me travels since I was 13 Scimitars High

  5. says:

    More reviews and no fluff on the blog

    In this second book of the Companions Codex, we continue the story with the reincarnated Companions of the Hall, with a large war looming with Orcs again instigated by the Drow again.Honestly while reading the first part of the book, I was pretty sure I had read this book before, so similar is the plot theme to the Thousand Orcs right down to the bickering of the goodly folk While in Realm time a century has passed, in real time it s only been some years since the previous Orc war and it feels like an old hat Personally, I also find it very irritating that given all the effort given in the previous saga into Orcs are people too , now the whole line of Obould and his dream of a real Orc kingdom is swept aside and the whole race is again evil because we re evil Similarly the conversion of Tos un back into evil feels forced, almost if the author wanted to drop all the developments done in the past to return things to the way they were the Companions are young and on the road again, and the only person allowed to be good among the evil races is Drizzt.This aside, the story flows smoothly, if predictably, and the main characters are themselves Of special note is Regis, who is finally given things to do and Wulfgar, who is still being given the short stick All in all, it s yet another Drizzt book but that is not all a bad thing I ve been reading these for 20 years now and definitel ywill be reading the next one when it comes out I just wish we got another book like the Companions in the Sundering series character development, less descriptions of perfect parries.

  6. says:

    Too often do people too greatly measure their lives by their goals, and, subsequently, by that which they consider accomplishments 128 My Rating 5 stars Book Series Book 29 in the Legend of Drizzt series 30 books My Thoughts I have to admit I was interested in the events and dialogue exchanges that happened outside of battle than the ones that happened within Having read over 20 Drizzt books, I ve come to expect whatever side Drizzt is on to win, which unfortunately makes the battle scenes seem longer and tedious than what they actually are However, outside the battles, there were some pretty great scenes Kimmuriel and Jarlaxle had some tense back and forth dialogue, which I had been expecting from Kimmuriel for awhile Then there were some back and forth between Gromph and Kimmuriel, which was surprisingly witty and hilarious Then there s the dragon sisters who also made short, but very entertaining appearances I love the drows Conclusion Overall, I didn t dig the battle scenes, but it was a good book with good dialogue, good quotes, and good characters.

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    The first Drizzt novel came out in 1988, so I m only two years older than Drizzt I read my first Drizzt novel much later than that, somewhere around middle school or maybe my freshman year of high school At the time, it was the most high octane, intensely satisfying series I d ever read and I would literally read one late into the night until I couldn t keep my eyes open More than once, I woke up with a book over my face and I d pick up right where I left off I read those early novels so many times I still know the plots by heart.Despite how much the Forgotten Realms has changed as a result of the Fourth Edition trying to remake everything and Fifth Edition now trying to revert many of those changes, Drizzt still feels the same He IS the same.For a while, I thought the series was moving in an interesting direction the existential crisis Drizzt faced as a result of his elven life span came to pass and his friends from shorter lived races began to pass away I wasn t crazy about the new supporting cast of Dahlia, Effron, and Afrefarafaras or whatever, in my head, I always read his name as Afy , but I liked that there was real change happening Side note it seems like Salvatore s naming conventions are either exceptionally awesome he created Menzoberranzan and Baenre and Entreri or exceptionally irritating and silly Afafrafere, Dagnabet, even back to the old days with Cordio Muffinhead But now we re back to those same characters, doing the same thing, in pretty much the same way.This isn t a terrible book But I ve already read it.If you re a Drizzt completionist, you ve read this book before even without picking it up The plot is basically Siege of Darkness without the Time of Troubles bit combined with the Hunter s Blades Trilogy drow agents are manipulating orcs into attacking the surface This seems to be Drizzt s curse, repeating the same adventures with the same companions, and it s been true for years now The quest for Mithral Hall became the quest for Gauntlegrym, for instance basically the same story.Why do I keep reading, if I m unhappy with the direction the series has taken Two reasons first, there are some genuinely great moments nestled within this book The brief scenes with Gromph Baenre, Kimmuriel, Jarlaxle, and the dragon sisters are quite excellent and full of intriguing possibility My hope is that we ll get to see of these characters in the future Second, I ve stuck with this series longer than any other in my life I really just need to see how it ends.Also, what did the title actually refer to The only king that really rises is the orc warlord, but he repeatedly says he s a warlord, not a king The only kings who actually appear in the book are the ones who get killed Harnoth or the weak king of Vaasa can t remember his name Unless it refers to Bruenor The book doesn t seem to be leading towards his reclaiming the throne of Mithral Hall.

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    Rise of the King is the second in the Companion Codex This book was obviously meant to be the dark middle chapter of the series so I m assuming that this is a trilogy The book continues the story began in book one which was begun in the much longer series that or less ended with the first book of the Sundering All this taken into account, I can certainly understand why this book didn t quite meet the standard that the author, himself set The book has some high points, but or less the work which ends very much too soon Makes the reader harshly aware that there is a lot of story left to be told And while Mr.Salvatore has his standard measure of exciting fight scenes and intrigue It is hard to say anything other than this middle book, was a good middle But taken only in the view of the entire work I would be hard pressed to say quite what will happen in the that long view Which is excellent, because any writer that has overly showed their hand and has atleast one book left of their series is doing a sorry job That being said, I really didn t appreciate how aware the author makes the reader that this IS indeed just PART of the story and if you want to read the rest you better get the next book The Epilogue isn t even an after thought but a literal continuation of events that weren t resolved in the story and aren t in the Epilogue either This book would have gained quite a bit from another hundred pages or so Might have even benefitted from having been a MUCH longer work altogether This might have helped the work seem less limited and less abrupt when it ends I will say however, that this is NOT a book to skip by anyone who read the original book Progress is made and events occur But I would imagine that most people who follow the exploits of Drizzt Do Urden and friends Are as familiar with this sort of thing as I am and while I was disappointed by the abruptness of the end, it certainly wasn t a deal breaker for me So any fan of the series will be well served here, if not entirely satisfied at the end.

  9. says:

    Salvatore s best since The Pirate King If, by some chance, you ve been bored enough to read all of my reviews of Salvatore novels, you know I ve been bothered by view spoiler the whole storyline involving the reincarnation of the Companions of the Hall hide spoiler

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    The following review is based on the ARC received from NetGalley.I am a big fan of Salvatore, unfortunately, this book brought a sense of deja vu to me that was hard to shake The universe has changed, the characters are the same with some improvements due to this being their second go round , but the story itself feels like it s been told before Regis is interesting, but almost in a cliched way The way the drow have started and been successful is almost too simplistic and it seems like there will be a rushed conclusion that sorts everything out I m not thrilled with the story so far, but perhaps the third book will be an improvement.

In The Second Book Of The Companions Codex, The Latest Series In The New York Times Best Selling Saga Of Dark Elf Drizzt Do Urden, RA Salvatore Picks Up With The Fan Favorite Storyline Of Dwarf King Bruenor Battlehammer And His Bloody Feud With The Orc Kingdom Of Many Arrows