Drizzt Do’Urden is back with a brand new trilogy that promises swordplay and danger (possibly wrapped in darkness and silence).
Ah Drizzt Do’Urden. Everyone’s favorite Drow outcast who left his oppressive homeland behind and found a few trusted companions in his wanderings above the surface where he was misunderstood and feared because of what he represented. But with his twin magical scimitars, Twinkle and Icingdeath (which kills by cold, not sugar), he has carved out a legend for himself over the last 30 years.
The legendary Dark Elf returns with another Trilogy. Because that is Drizzt’s favorite manifestation. Whether the Dark Elf Trilogy, the Icewind Dale Trilogy, the Legcay o the Drow, the Paths of Darkness, the Sellswords, the Hunter’s Blades Trilogy (where he fights one thousand orcs), the Transitions Trilogy, the Companions Codex, and Homecoming, he loves to show up in Trilogies. It would have been easier to list the times he hasn’t appeared as part of a trilogy (in the Neverwinter Saga, which is four books, and the Companions [which is itself book 1 of a sextet, or double-trilogy so…]) which it seems we’ve just done in that parenthetical.
The point is, Drizzt Do’Urden can fill out a trilogy. With his famous band of adventurers and equally as infamous enemies, he’s built out a lot of space in the Forgotten Realms Legendarium–and this latest entry, Timeless, is looking to explore new ground with these characters. Focusing on the pair Zaknafein and Jarlaxle as they look into the darkness to find new adventure and old friendships.
via Harper Voyager
At long last, New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore returns with one of fantasy’s most beloved and enduring icons, the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden, in an all-new trilogy full of swordplay, danger, and imaginative thrills
Centuries ago, in the city of Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders, the City of Drow, nestled deep in the unmerciful Underdark of Toril, a young weapon master earned a reputation far above his station or that of his poor house.
The greater nobles watched him, and one matron, in particular, decided to take him as her own. She connived with rival great houses to secure her prize, but that prize was caught for her by another, who came to quite enjoy the weapon master.
This was the beginning of the friendship between Zaknafein and Jarlaxle, and the coupling of Matron Malice and the weapon master who would sire Drizzt Do’Urden.
R. A. Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of Zaknafein and Jarlaxle—an introduction to the darkness that offers a fresh view of the opportunities to be found in the shadows and an intriguing prelude to the intriguing escapes that lie ahead in the modern-day Forgotten Realms. Here, a father and his son are reunited and embark on adventures that parallel the trials of centuries long past as the friends of old are joined by Drizzt, Hero of the North, trained by Grandmaster Kane in the ways of the monk.
But the scourge of the dangerous Lolth’s ambitions remain, and demons have been foisted on the unwitting of the surface. The resulting chaos and war will prove to be the greatest challenge for all three.
The book promises to dive into a few new grounds, but with all the descriptions of swordplay it seems like we might get some swashbuckling. Especially since th ebook promises to be a look at the “intriguing escapes that lie ahead in modern-day Forgotten Realms.” Makes me wonder if Lolth’s ambitions and whatever demons have been foisted upon the “unwitting of the surface” have anything to do with the new planar-conflict focused Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes due out in May.
Timeless is due out in September of 2018, though, so perhaps it’ll tie into whatever the fall releases are for D&D. We know at least one of them will be a campaign book–maybe we can find the seeds of whatever story is told in that campaign sown in this father and son romp through the Underdark.
This is the first new Drizzt book in two years (or more) and it’s interesting because Wizards seems to have let their novels slide for the last little bit, with more of their focus on the big story campaigns. But here comes Drizzt traipsing out of the shadows, and into our hearts. Well, our bookshelves at least.
Okay, but out of Drizzt’s gang, we all know who’s best, right? Leave a comment and let us know.
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