Yup, the Companions of the Hall have evolved over the 30+ novels . . . . Cattie-brie is now a powerful arcane/divine spellcaster and mom, Regis is a seriously leveled-up rogue and also part water genasi, Wulfgar is still a barbarian warrior if but wiser and a former chief of his tribe, and Bruenor is . . . . he's still pretty much the same, although with lots of rulership experience as king of several different dwarven realms over the decades. Drizzt himself picked up some levels of monk, as a brother of the Monastery of the Yellow Rose.
I really didn't like how they resurrected all of them, they are now more like comic book characters than anything else (characters that can never die because you know they'll always come back).
I guess it sort of reset the status quo though so they could keep making money off of them??
I gave up after Boundless...sooooo...your mileage may vary.
I just got this series in the mail yesterday, so it's next up.
Great series, especially for Darksun fans. If I were to suggest D&D books that would be one of the series I'd suggest.
Most of the others have been suggested already though I could emphasis the first two trilogies of Dragonlance (chronicles and Legends). I also really liked the Weasel's Luck and Galen Beknighted in Dragonlance.
Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy (original name for Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn trilogy of Drizzt Books) is probably his best. Legacy was decent...but you'd have to read the Crystal Shard and the rest of that trilogy to understand it.
I thought Spellfire by Greenwood was a fun read.
Most of the others are one book out of trilogies only. Azure bonds was great, Finder's stone was better but didn't really feel all that D&D to me. Darkstalker on Moonshae was a good one, but the ones that followed didn't really find me loving them as great books (good reads for D&D, but not what I'd consider the best of D&D).
I remember a dragonlance trilogy(?), I think it was the Medusa Eye one where the protagonist is a not high level red robes mage and it being both a decent set of novels and a decent portrayal of an AD&D mid-level mage. I read them in the 90s though so the details are more than a little fuzzy.
Defenders of Magic Trilogy