Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Companions [Book Review]

Genre - Fantasy
Year Published - 2013
(Published by Wizards of the Coast)
Length - 5,342 [digital] pages *Read on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Kindle App.
Written by R. A. Salvatore

Rating: 5 Skulls

Plot Summary:
'The Companions' moves Salvatore's signature hero, Drizzt, into a new era of the Forgotten Realms.

As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life - the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall.

Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin. . .

First, and foremost, I have to say that this book is a must-read for any fan of Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden series.

I have been reading Salvatore's "Drizzt" books for 25 years now (hard to believe!) and they are just as entertaining now, as they were back then - this particular book especially so!

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with who/what I am talking about, Drizzt Do'Urden is a Dark (Drow) Elf from Menzoberranzan, in the land of the Forgotten Realms.
[Start with the 'Icewind Dale' trilogy, then continue with the 'Dark Elf' trilogy, then the 'Legacy of the Drow' and 'Paths of Darkness' series, and then move into the 'Hunter's Blade' trilogy... this will catch you up.]

'The Companions' is Book One of the 'Sundering' series - six books written by six different authors, creating a major story event within the Forgotten Realms!

I will admit that I was completely confused at the beginning of this book. (the book is now available, however I read an Advanced Review Copy and am unsure if any of it changed - if not, stick through the prologue - you will understand, soon enough, what is transpiring)

This book reunites the "Companions of the Hall" - Bruenor Battlehammer, past King of Mithral Hall and Champion of Icewind Dale (and my favorite dwarf character!) - Wulfgar the Barbarian - the Halfling, Regis - and fair Catti-brie...

The catch - these characters are in a kind of Purgatory where they are being given a choice - to be "reborn" or to go ahead and enter each of their respective "Homelands".
Why, you ask, are they being offered the choice of being reborn? Well, it seems that their dear friend, Drizzt, is going to find himself in quite a predicament, in 21 years time, and they are being offered the opportunity to be reborn (as someone new) and meet again, 21 years later, to help their friend in his time of need.

I am not going to say who chooses what, but I will say that those who choose rebirth keep their past knowledge - all of their prior memories intact - making this a far better decision than just writing an "origin story", and Salvatore keeps your interest high by writing back-and-forth chapters, alternating between each of the characters.

I am looking forward to the next chapter in the Drizzt Saga!



eddie lydecker said...

Jason, isn`t it about time for another movie reveiw ! ?, i`m a bit of a philistine so i dont read books.

thebonebreaker said...


This has not been the best year for movies.
Nothing truly outstanding.

If you search back, a few posts, look for my G+ profile address (right now, I am on my phone, and have no idea how to look it up)

On GooglePlus, I will generally post "snippet reviews" of movies, every now and then. For instance, last weekend I saw 'Through the Never' - which is a must see, if you are a Metallica fan!
(that was posted on G+)


eddie lydecker said...

Cheers Jason. By the way, why not reveiw the "Carrie" remake (i`m presuming that you`ll be going to see it over the week-end).

thebonebreaker said...

Eddie, believe it or not, I no longer go to opening weekend shows any longer.
There is a decent second-run theater, here in town, and I would rather go and see a double/triple-feature for less than the price of a first-run film.
('Through the Never' was an exception, as I was not certain if it will show in.the 2nd run theater - before that, the last 1st run film that I saw was the 'Evil Dead' remake, back in April)
Like I told you in my last comment, I have not really been blown away, that often, by too many films this year.

I do, however, plan on seeing the 'Carrie' remake - whether I see it in the 2nd run theate, or wait until DVD has yet to be decided.
(while I think that it looks good, I doubt it will be outstanding)


eddie lydecker said...

So you`re saying that in the second-run theatre its only $5 or $6 to see a triple feature ! ! !, i must admit that makes a lot more sense than paying $8 or $10 to see just one movie at a (so-called) first-run theatre (especially as, like you said, most first run movies are not worth that money to begin with). I was just wondering what double and triple features you`d seen lately ?, specifically, any good horror movies ?.

thebonebreaker said...

Eddie, I haven't seen any really good horror movies in a while.
(the last one - though not really "true horror" was 'World War Z' - which was better than I expected it to be, and far better than the book!)

Yes, the 2nd run theater is $2.50 (day or night!)
The last double-featire thst I watched was 'Fast & Furious 6' and 'Pacific Rim'.
The last triple-feature that I watched was 'Star Trek 2', 'Iron Man 3', and 'Man of Steel' (which I loved!)

Again, if you can find me on G+, you will get this info as it happens...

eddie lydecker said...

Happy Halloween Jason, have a great time on Thursday night.

thebonebreaker said...

Same to you Eddie!