ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Nearly thirty books into this series and I still feel that pang of disappointment upon reaching the end and having to wait for the next one!
The story looks grim with the 3 dwarf citadels as well as the human cities of Luruar under siege by the drow manipulated orcs. The siege must be broken but how to face such an overwhelming force?
Even the fearless Delzoun dwarfs can’t manage it alone but fortunately the Companions of the Hall are returning with a friend…and he brought dragons!
As you’d expect the story is packed with battles both on the surface and below it. What is a first is an aerial battle involving the four dragons as well as Drizzt and Tiago, who sadly still don’t meet in mêlée – hopefully saved for the next book?
One of my favourite things in the book was that Bruenor was met with the kind of suspicion that you’d expect from his fellow dwarfs rather than a lazy acceptance of his rule as might have been the case in Salvatore’s earlier writing days. The reunion with his second mother is very touching and again felt ‘real’.
A well written tale especially the fights as we’ve come to expect from Salvatore, I can’t wait for the battle for Gauntlgrym!