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Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R.A. Salvatore

22747919Title: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex, Book 3)
Author: R.A. Salvatore
Published: March 3, 2015
Pages: 352
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

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

The story of Dritzzt Do’Urden and the returned Companions of the Hall continues in this third installment of the Companions Codex miniseries. The war with the Orcs continues, with the Drow aiding and urging them on. The Dwarven and Elvish settlements are likely to fall under the continued pressure. And with two dragons on their side, how could the Orcs not win? But the Companions aren’t ones to give up easily. With a little strategy and some assistance from an unexpected ally, it might just be possible to hold them off and be victorious. But even if they think it’s possible, that doesn’t mean it’s probable–and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.

I enjoyed this much more than the previous installment, which I think was mostly setup for this one. With all the players in their proper places on the board, we’re treated to some epic battles, some cunning and decisive moves, and more of the truth behind each entity’s involvement in this conflict. There’s are more going on here than it may have seemed in the beginning. And each of the characters really gets their moment to shine, making it all the more enjoyable to read. I’m definitely very curious how things will continue to resolve in the next book.

Title: Rise of the King
Author: R.A. Salvatore
Publication Date: September 30, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I’ve very much been enjoying the story of the reincarnated Companions of the Hall, started in the first book of The Sundering and continued in The Companions Codex (of which this is book two). Drizzt and the Companions always makes for an epic story and what we have here seems largely no exception.

While I’ve been enjoying the story thus far (Night of the Hunter – Companions Codex, Book I was one of my favorite books so far this year), this one didn’t really seem to pull its weight. Much of this story seems to be set up. Instead of continuing along the lines of the epic showdowns that occurred in Gauntlegrym, there’s a lot of moving, talking, etc. here but no real major plot points. It’s clear to me that it’s all moving toward something major in the next book, but I was just struck by how little really seemed to happen in this installment overall.

I do plan to continue with the series – I really need to know what happens next. I just hope the next book brings us back to the type of story we saw in The Companions and The Night of the Hunter.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)