Hero

Hero

Book - 2016
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With the demon hordes having receded from the Underdark, Drow elf Drizzt Do'Urden returns to the surface but his final quest for peace and his search for his family are impeded by unexpected challenges.
Publisher: Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast LLC, [2016]
ISBN: 9780786965960
0786965967
Branch Call Number: SF SALVATORE, R.
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 25 cm.

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Feb 13, 2017

*Note: the summary up top is most likely for the previous volume in this series, not 'Hero.'

While I have enjoyed the 'Legend of Drizzt' series since I was a teenager, I worried, going into this volume, that even RA Salvatore would fall into the trope of role inversion between the 'hero' and 'villain.' I needn't have worried.

'Hero' explores realities, what it means to be a hero (and inversely a villain), and going beyond old understandings and limitations. It does so through compelling storytelling and character development -- something Salvatore has masterfully developed over 30 or so years with the prototypical rogue dark elf and his friends.

While reading all of the novels in this series will greatly heighten your enjoyment of it, doing so is probably not necessary just to enjoy a good read. You could probably take the series from the 'The Companions' and be just fine, although you will lack some of the details about some of the characters, especially those who died before then.

Further, I do believe that 'Hero' is a compelling and extremely satisfying conclusion -- to this particular trilogy, certainly, but if Salvatore decided to retire the series, then it would serve well as a fitting series finale.

Highly recommended -- and if you can, why not go from the beginning, with 'Homeland?'

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Drizzt Do'urdden, Artemis Entreri, and Jarlaxle return to Gauntlegrym, having successfully rescued Entreri's love, Dahlia, from Matron Mother Baenre's clutches -- but Drizzt is not unchanged. Mind warped by an Abyssal madness and Yvonnel Baenre's curse, he believes the reality where his friends have been reborn to be a lie. It is now up to an eclectic collection of allies and former-enemies to cure Drizzt.

Gauntlegrym is not completely clear of danger either, as the Primordial Fire Elemental that powers its Great Forge is set to explode again in decades' time. Led by Cattie-brie Battlehammer herself, a team of Faerun's greatest mages assemble to rebuilt the broken Hostower of the Arcane in Luskan to properly harness the Primordial's power before it can erupt.

Menzoberanzen also moves in the aftermath of Llolth's plot to release the denizens of the Abyss into the Underdark. While great demons lurk, the Great Houses of the drow city seek security and power. And in the wake of her father's actions, the reborn Yvonnel considers the meaning of true power and knowledge, especially as it relates to Gromph, Jarlaxle, and the renegade-turned-ranger, Drizzt -- and finds herself questioning her apparent place as Llolth's chosen, destined to become Matron Mother of Menzoberanzen once again.

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