Maestro by R.A. Salvatore
Published by: Wizards of the Coast on April 5, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Drizzt Do’Urden may never have thought he’d return to Menzoberranzan. The the Drow city, his former home, is his destination. But this should be a quick in-and-out- visit. Traveling with unlikely companions, he must rescue Dahlia, a former love.
And his current (and forever) love, Cattie-brie, finds herself working with some unlikely allies as well. Her team, including Gromph Baenre, Archmage of Menzobarranzan, must work to rebuild the one thing that can keep the ancient primorial under Gauntlgrym in check.
So two unpleasant but important tasks lie before them. And both know that accomplishing their goals will come with challenges. But when a Drow force to be reckoned with–one thought long gone–reveals herself, it becomes clear that the challenge is just beginning.
I have been waiting for some action to return to this series for a couple of books now. Things have been moving slowly. But this one really bought things back into focus. There was an intensity here that I think both longtime and new Drizzt readers can appreciate.
I also enjoyed getting to see a bit more of some of the non-Companions characters. Jarlaxle and Gromph feature a bit more in this book. And readers are re-introduced to a character who could be the biggest game-changer since the Companions of the Hall returned.
I certainly look forward to the next book in this series. The game is truly on now. And I could see it ending in many different ways.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]