The problems between Thomsen and Salvatore got to the point where Thomsen commissioned a Drizzt novel written by someone other than Bob. Shores of Dusk. There were ads for it in Dragon. If Shores had not been (wisely) shelved by Wizards after they acquired TSR, Salvatore would likely have been done with Drizzt in 1997.
Sounds like Thomsen wasn't a very good line manager and did a lot of damage during his time at TSR.
It won't happen (and probably shouldn't), but I've always wanted WotC to release Shores of Dusk digitally as a non-canon Dark Elf story. It's my understanding the novel was fully completed and ready to go . . . . I wonder if it's still sitting on somebody's hard drive at WotC, or if Anthony still has his manuscript? I'm just so curious about that story!
Hehe, I'm a sucker for any Elminster fiction.
I haven't read this trilogy in a long time, but I love the foes who are the main foes of this trilogy, and book 2 has one of my favorite scenes from FR even if many people don't like it
It's the Time of Troubles- the time is ripe therefore the Malaugrym (& some Zhent) to kick Elminster's backside, and vice-versa- time for Elminster (et al) to do for the Malaugrym.
That's a pretty accurate summation of events in this trilogy
In addition to this trilogy, Malaugrym show up in the first two Spellfire books as well as one of the Harpers books, Stormlight (book 14 in the series).
So it kind of depends on your reading order. I'd read Spellfire as one of my first FR books, and the Harpers series before I read the Shadows of the Avatar trilogy I think.
(snip) 1) Malaugrym? I had to go and look them up (about 30 seconds ago) I had no idea (apart from the description in the text) what they were. Why pick these guys- surely they're very niche. (snip)
Prince was supposed to be the roughly same length as the other Realms books at the time--100,000 words, according to my contract--but I wrote long and my editor successfully petitioned for me to be allowed extra pages. With the color map at the front, which ran in the first few printings, and the spot illos throughout, this made Prince something of a prestige paperback release in the Realms line. I still had to tighten the end of the story--I wrote really long--but I greatly appreciated having the extra pages.
Glad you enjoyed it!
The issue is the buying of the books- I looked at different ways to do this (there was another thread here prior to this one asking people to suggest the correct order to read the books)- reading all of them in publication order, reading them as a sort of time line of the Realms, but the difficulty has (and will) always be getting hold of the books.
eBay is a good starting place. The site bookfinder.com is a good used book search aggregator. You can sometimes find good deals there.
As the Realms series stretches on, many of the titles will become harder to find. The TSR books in the late 80s and early 90s went through multiple printings and sold over (some well over) 100,000 copies each. Many of the late Realms series releases from Wizards only went through one, relatively small printing. This has nothing to do with the quality of the books, but rather speaks to the differences between the bookselling market in the early 1990s and the last ten or so years, as well as the way the publisher perceived the fiction as part of their overall publishing plan.
Bob Salvatore's Drizzt books don't follow this model, of course. They are a thing unto themselves, with their own rules.
#046 The Legacy by RA Salvatore (Legacy of the Drow 1)
Read 19/1/20 to 23/1/20
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And we're back in Salvatore land, and all is... well.
It's not great, like some of the previous Drizzt books, but it does the job- and flies by given half the chance, I had three goes at reading this one- the first two attempts got interrupted (work- gah!), the last- well, suddenly, it was the end of the book.
Lloth, and in particular, Vierna (Drizzt's favourite sister) is gunning for Drizzt, the ultimo sacrifice to the eight-legged her-nastyness. Also in tow are Jarlaxle, who I like more and more every time I encounter him; and Entreri who... well, same again- I do love me some super-villains with (bad/cool) attitude. Point of fact Vierna (High Priest of Eight-Legged Grave-Machine) is the least bad ass of the bad guy squad.
Then on the other hand there's the roll call of good guys- Bruenor (of the Battlehammer), Catti, Wulf, a little bit of Regis (and his Mask wearing friend) and of course the Drow's faithful feline- Guenhwyvar. So, the gangs all here- there's even a comedy Dwarf, the Battlerager Pwent is back.
However it starts badly, I have to say, the Drizzt - Catti - Wulfy triangle is back in force. For three folk that swear that they love each other, and will give their lives to save the others- they don't ever get around to chatting with each other about, y'know- stuff, like feelings. The love tryst seems strange and strained- Catti sort out who and what you want, and if its Wulfy then have a word and tell him how it is (it's the whatever year it is in Dale Reckoning, and women have rights too). Drizzt you do all the inner turmoil shizz- get around to figuring out that you're 'maybe' thing with Catti is not making things any easier- for anyone- again, perhaps a little tete-a-tete to relieve the tension. Lastly, Wulfy- you're a bit of a dick, have a word with yourself.
So, the Drow are coming and Entreri has been hired to lead the charge, his price another showdown with the scimitar-prince (actually we get three showdowns between the pair). There's some nice underdark to enjoy, and lovely bit of hot-Dwarf action, and of course the Drow-squad to admire in full in all their hand crossbow-wielding fury.
Lots and lots of fighting.
Lots and lots.
Which is why it was so easy (and quick) to read, on reflection.
All the way to the end which MASSIVE SPOILER culminates in some dark times ahead for a majority of the good guys and the bad.
Wulfy gets stoned (to death) although I'd have a hefty wedge on it, whatever the odds, that the big guy is coming back- no body = no fatality, it's the way here.
Obviously all the of other good guys think Wulfy's dead, and are all to a greater or lesser degree left broken by the loss.
For the Drow team- Vierna's gone to Lloth, Entreri is presumed dead- so, not dead at all then, while Jarlaxle has a broken leg, and is still telling jokes- and smirking in his stupid hat. I love that Drow.
If the other books in this series are as good as this one (which just to remind you, I said at the start isn't great- not quite) then this is still going to be the third or fourth best series that I have read so far. Salvatore's five-some are already very well established, and for a variety of reasons sympathetic (sometimes with shades of annoying) but all of them regardless interesting folk.
There's also the odd thing in that they just seem like an adventuring party that I have encountered before, and I get that they're all to some degree stereotypes, but they are perhaps 'the stereotype' from whence it all began (or if not began, then received a hefty leg-up).