The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power. The dark elves of Menzoberranzan, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren't done with Drizzt yet. And consumed by their own power struggles, feeling backed into a corner, the drow may just be desperate enough to call on demonic forces from the deepest reaches of the Abyss and unleash a disaster even the Underdark could never have prepared for. Archmage has everything Drizzt's fans crave: action, adventure, characters that resonate with equal measures of warrior spirit and deep compassion, and no shortage of wicked dark elves!
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Its about time
Same Old, Same Old
Unless you're a huge Drizzt fan I can't recommend this book. I like Drizzt and I don't mind that The Companions really never die, etc. But, some of the characters are just grating at this point. Cattie-Bre changed a long time ago and her character just keeps getting worse and worse. Also, the self reflection (drizzt journal) parts are getting old. This deep reflection by Drizzt is the same old same old every time. Things don't have to be so serious with Drizzt... what happened to all the fun?
Oddly, I enjoyed the drow portion more than The Companions. There are healthy chunks without Drizzt and crew and it's really good. I thought I'd be burnt out with Spider Queen (again) and Drizzt running from the same enemy but it's well thought out and engaging.
Victor Bevine is an excellent narrator. I've liked Victor doing all the Forgotten Realms books to Hyperion.
There will be follow-ups as it is book 1 of a series. But, I'm not sure what would make things more fresh with Drizzt and his companions. Maybe a different landscape (different area in Faerun) or a different adversary then the drow (again for the 10th time).
Drizzt fans will enjoy the ride but people who are mediocre on Drizzt and more general FR fans might find this lacking anything new.
- Steve "Dudka"