#BookReview – Archmage by R. A. Salvatore – Guest Submission


This book review was done by my awesome husband! I’m so excited to have his POV on my blog. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

I received this ARC ebook from NetGalley and Wizards of the Coast in exchange for an honest review.

The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power.

The dark elves of Menzoberranzan, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren’t done with Drizzt yet. And consumed by their own power struggles, feeling backed into a corner, the drow may just be desperate enough to call on demonic forces from the deepest reaches of the Abyss, and unleash a disaster even the Underdark could never have prepared for.
 
Archmage has everything Drizzt’s fans crave: action, adventure, characters that resonate with equal measures of warrior spirit and deep compassion, and no shortage of wicked dark elves!

Archmage Cover

The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power.

First, I must start by saying that I’ve been fan of RA Salvatore books since my friend loaned me his copy of Homeland in 1990. I’ve read just about anything I could from this author from that point on so this review is taking into mind my experience with this newest entry; Archmage.

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book ever since I finished Vengeance of Iron Dwarf at the end of March 2015. After war, what comes next? So much had to be done now that it was over & this book delivers that. With the immediate threat gone, it occurs to Drizzt & his companions to finally retake the most ancient Dwarven kingdom Gauntlgyrm back from the dark elves that had taken part of the underground complex, desecrated and bent the ancient forges to their will. It might be easy to think the already amassed armies could easily accomplish this task, but many also long to return to their homes to rebuild.

Probably the best thing about this book that I liked was that characters that normally wouldn’t interact so directly, became more central and even actually added another dimension you don’t normally see from them; fear. Archmage Gromph being at the top of this list for me, he isn’t alone as Kimmuriel Oblodra also shows cracks in his normally cool exterior.

Reading a long running series of books like this, seeing growth of characters throughout the years has always kept me coming back. The Companions of the Hall reunited & newly triumphet now make decisions regarding their future and not all of it is together, at least not here. Regis makes a choice to leave his friends & it may surprise you to find out who it is that decides to go with him.

Meanwhile not everything is running smoothly in the drow city of Menzoberranzan (I suppose things NEVER run smoothly in that place!) in the wake of the Darkening spell failing and many losses many of the houses turn a hateful eye towards Matron Baenre, thinking finally the great house might be toppled by this recent failure on the surface. It was bad enough installing a surface elf to head as Matron of a newly reconstituted House Do’urden and now demons from the abyss start to fill the streets of the drow city, making any combined attempt to depose House Baenre all but impossible. In fact, there is a cleverness to the whole thing, that might not seem evident but ultimately in line with other rogue elements such as Kimmuriel & Gromph.

Without spoiling anything about the last parts there was just one question that was on my mind; what is Lolth playing at? Well it was something big enough to force certain characters to consider something they never would have done. It had me both horrified for what might be to come but at the same time had me laughing at the characters that overexposed themselves; it was not something I expected but well done I say!

Pre-Order your copy today from Amazon or B&N

Get to know R. A Salvatore and his amazing books at www.rasalvatore.com

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