Series: The Legend of Drizzt, The Sundering
Published by Wizards of the Coast on August 6, 2013
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This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life--the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.
The Companions takes place before and during The Last Threshold, which is very important to note. It actually starts off right after Gauntlgrym when Bruenor dies. He’s brought to where the souls of the previous companions have waited because they have been offered a gift from Meiliki. They will be reborn with their memories intact, and given the opportunity to live fresh new lives with the stipulation that they will be there for Drizzt in the end, when he most has need of him. Which, yeah, it sounds easy. Of the four companions, Bruenor, Regis, Cattie Brie, and Wulfgar, only Wulfgar chooses not to go. So the three are reborn and start to live their lives. Again.
Cattie Brie’s second chance was almost dull in places, she grows up still knowing magic, of course, and that works against her in the long run, leaving her trapped with no choice but to attend a sort of school for spell casters where she can’t see her “family” easily. She finally escapes and makes her way to the appointed meeting place but she hasn’t really grown or changed much at all.
Bruenor… well, he regrets his choice and becomes angry and bitter. He worries that he will no longer be granted a place in Dwarven heaven when the time comes and he feels old even in his young body. He treks to Gauntlgrym where he once died, and tries to sit on the throne only to be thrown aside. Eventually though he decides to honour his promise and he, too, starts the journey to the appointed meeting place… only to get stuck by the weather.
Regis, though. Regis was my favourite because he embraced his second chance with everything he had. While Regis was always the one in need of rescue before, this time he has decided that would not be the case again. Regis outright stole this story with his determination and his willingness to do just about anything to become better than he was before. And he cared for his adopted father, took care of him when he could, and fought instead of cowering away.
And let’s be honest, the fact that Drizzt was still alive (unlike my initial thoughts after The Last Threshold) was enough to get me excited to read this book. I wasn’t disappointed at all, and I don’t think you would be either.