Archmage by R.A. Salvatore

Archmage by R.A. SalvatoreTitle: Archmage (Homecoming, Book 1)
Author: R.A. Salvatore
Published: September 1, 2015
Pages: 384
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

The story of the returned Companions of the Hall continues in the start of a new series. Having been victorious in the war with the orcs, Bruenor Battlehammer is prepared to lead the dwarves back go Gauntlgrym to reclaim it for their people. But Drizzt and company cannot let their guard down. Even when further victories are in sight, there are forces in the Underdark that are still moving against him…and their plans don’t even seem anywhere close to finished.

I was totally pulled back into this storyline when I read the Companions story during The Sundering, and I have been continuing with the Drizzt books ever since. They are the type of high fantasy that got me reading the genre many years ago, and I enjoy being able to go back to my roots a bit with a fresh perspective.

This was a slow mover. Like really slow. Though that’s been the trend with the past couple of stories here. In part, I think it stands out because it’s in contrast to the books that came right before, which were full of action (interspersed with the various political maneuverings of the drow). But it’s still clear this is moving toward something. And I’m looking forward to whatever epic scene is yet to come.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

2 thoughts on “Archmage by R.A. Salvatore

    1. Curtis Post author

      I had read bits and pieces before, but I picked this back up when Wizards of the Coast gave me access to ARCs of “The Sundering,” a 6-book event to reinvent and reinvigorate the Forgotten Realms setting. I enjoyed them all, but The Companions, which opened the series, brings the Companions of the Hall back around and reunites them with Drizzt on what is to become an epic campaign against the drow (continues into The Companions Codex trilogy and now the Homecoming trilogy, of which this is the first book). I very much recommend this collective chapter in Drizzt’s story.

      (Though I also got pulled into The Adversary, the third book in “The Sundering” which has branched into The Brimstone Angels series [of which only the first book has been released so far]. Erin M. Evans is also pretty great, and someone to check out if you’re a fan of Salvatore’s work, I think.)

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