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Promise of the Witch King (The Sellswords #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  5,871 ratings  ·  63 reviews
The long awaited sequel to Servant of the Shard.

The second title in a new series dealing with two popular characters from the Forgotten Realms world. All three of the books in the last trilogy by Salvatore were New York Times best sellers in hardcover. The last book in the trilogy, The Two Swords, hit #4 on The New York Times best seller list and remained in the top twent
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2005)
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Dec 16, 2007 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who got really sick of Drizzt, but still crave adventure in the Forgotten Realms
R.A. Salvatore finally returns to form after about forty books of repetitive nonsense. Adventure, romance, and fight scenes that literally have you hanging on to every word. This book is fanservice to the highest degree, and one should love it. The removal of the ever fickle Drizzt as protagonist in favor of the heartless Artemis makes for one hell of a read.
P. Aaron Potter
As time has worn on, it's become more and more ovious that R. A. Salvatore is dead tired of his cash cow, Drizzt Do'Urden. That's partially the inevitable result of twenty or thirty years stuck writing the same damned guy, but it's also got to be that, as a much more mature writer than when he started, Salvatore is painfully aware of the limitations and problems with his Drow savant: the dude is a Mary-Sue of the first water, a ridiculous over-achiever who still whines constantly about not being ...more
Eric Smith
Sep 07, 2008 Eric Smith rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Drizzt series only.
There isn't really much that can be said about this book. The plot is well done and the writing is tight and fast as with most of Salvatore's work my biggest complaint is with the characters. These two protagonists, whose names I will avoid typing for fear of mangleing them, worked much better as antoginists in the Drizzt books. I throughly enjoyed the moral ambiguity and sometimes downright evil of their characters before but as they take over the reins in their own series and stumble into a gr ...more
Dale Pearl
Finally! Finally R.A. Salvatore delivers. Many of his recent works have been junkers but this one is right up there as one of the better Forgotten Realms novels. This leaves me wondering why Salvatore can no longer deliver on his Drizzt novels when this story holds everything that I hope to find when I read the books on the kind hearted Drow.

The Promise of the Witch King has action and adventure on every single page. Not only that but Salvatore manages in this novel to keep mystery and unravels
Joe Moley
Ok, I think I'm officially done with Salvatore. I've sort of been stuck on "the old girlfriend" scenario with him for years. You know, where enough time goes by since you've last checked in and you start thinking "hey, things weren't really that bad, we had some good times, maybe we should hang out again". It doesn't take long to remind you why you moved on originally...
Any RPG lover will enjoy the writings of R.A. Salvatore.
This book take you through an adventure with a dark elf and an assassin. Along the way they meet and join with others for one common goal, and a few goals of each owns!!
It's nice to see a Dungeons and Dragons book that actually features dungeons and dragons. And Jarlaxle and Entreri. Also, it was nice to not have to skip over Drizzt's usual editorials.
Michael Ware
Jaraxle and Artemis rock
Definitely a step up after the old Servant of the Shard that got repackaged as book 1. I rather enjoyed the book, especially the good ol' dungeon romp towards the end.

The story sees Jarlaxle and Artemis investigating some relics of the Witch King. The plot follows their exploits in Vaasa at a fast pace. The action keeps coming scene after scene as it builds towards the finale. Really enjoyed the last few chapters, although the boss battle, while rather epic, was a little disappointing in how the
The Sellswords Series has my attention; Largely because while it's not Drizzt, Bruenor, Regis, Cattie-Brie and Wulfgar...but it's set parallel to those stories.

Artemis Entreri is an interesting character because of the internal struggle that is growing within him. Yes, he's a badass. He's also getting older (about 40 at this point). He's also now learning to grow beyond that hard shell he built around himself...seeing his own life as shallow and meaningless. Part of this is due to a magical fl
Wow, this book took me 2 days to read, it was that gripping. Beginning mid-adventure, there was little down-time, very few references to the main characters' pasts, and the entire second half of the book was non-stop action.

The banter between the cold-hearted assassin and the drow who trusts him like a brother (if you know anything about drow...) leaves me laughing and sharing anecdotes with anybody who will listen. Artemis still wants to kill everybody, Jarlaxle has more tricks up his sleeve, i
Forgotten Realms Queen
So! The second installment of that curious adventuring duo Jarlaxle Baenre and Artemis Entreri.

I rather enjoyed this book, but I can see where fans of the assassin would hold this book in contempt.

This story is all about defeating the relics of a lich that was destroyed roughly a decade before the events of this book take place. Jarlaxle is his surprising self, knowing everything and having a trick up his sleeve for everyone. Artemis however, we see a change coming over him. He's not as quick to
Salvatore immediately places the reader in the action of an unfolding event that causes confusion and leaves you wondering what, where and why. The confusion does not relent as he introduces new characters and events before returning to the two unlikely travel companions. But if you're hoping to make sense of it all, things will not begin to connect until the story wraps. Going from a slow start to a creeping climax, the plot is not so enticing and the reader is like to be challenged to continue ...more
Joel Flank
Promise of the Witch King by R.A. Salvatore is the 2nd book in his Sellswords trilogy. This book focuses on two of the antagonists from the earlier Drizzt books, the assassin Artemis Entreri and the drow mercenary Jarlaxle. In the first book of this series, The Crystal Shard, these two were paired up and adventured together. When that book was published, it wasn't clear it was going to start a series, but was merely a diversion from the adventures of Drizzt. This book stands alone just fine, sin ...more
Promise of the Witch King is a book in a long line of novels that began with The Crystal Shard. That was the novel that first introduced us to the dark exile Drizzt Do'Urden and his companions. A hallmark of those novels was the introspective musings of Drizzt as he explored his place in the world and his relationships with his friends.

It was the third novel of the series, The Halfling's Gem, that introduced us to Drizzt's archenemy, Artemis Entreri. Entreri arrived on the scene as a cold-bloode
Hacedores Desierto
Bueno, primero tengo que decir que es la típica novela de R.A. Salvatore. ¿Con esto qué quiero decir? Pues que tiene un ritmo muy particular, con muchos combates muy bien escenificados. ¿Cuál es la parte mala de ello? Lo de siempre, que si no te gustan los combates, lo llevas muy crudo. Asimismo, tiene un problema añadido, y es que, o yo recuerdo muy mal, o después del final del Siervo de la Piedra han sucedido muchas cosas. Lo cual tiene por contra que, al principio, no reconoces a Entreri com ...more
I'd honestly rather give this a 3.5 rather than a 4 star rating. While it was entertaining, it didn't have quite the same kick as the previous book. There was a lot of repetition in dialogs and actions, and the story felt like it really dragged before getting anywhere interesting.

Interesting turn of events for Artemis and Jarlaxle and I'm still intrigued to see how their adventure will play out.
This book felt like a video game: get in, battle zombies and gargoyles and traps, kill the monster, get the price. It felt really... small. I didn't see much of a difference between Jarlaxle and Entreri fighting the lich at the beginning and them and company fighting the dracolich in the castle. It was more of the same, just... more. Also, I really didn't like Entreri's sudden interest in anything with breasts. It felt really OOC for him.
Jarlaxle continues to show how clever he is, and how fast he can think on his feet. Entreri starts losing the dark and angry edge that made him so awesome in his previous appearances. He starts to think with affection and consideration, which is rather bizarre on Entreri and if this was an amateur work, I'd scream "out-of-character (OOC)! Read the real books and try again!" Salvatore offers a weak reason for this OOC this at the end, and it's still disappointing.

The jibes and death threats betw
Lamonica Hart
Awesome. This book has allot of action and was very humorous. The laughter and sarcastic remarks between Artemis and Jarlaxle was wonderful. I definitely will read book 3 sellsword soon which is Road of the Patriarch.
Sarah Jane
So, it's been a LOOOOOONG time since I've read any of Salvatore's series. I still really enjoy his stories, but I had forgotten how many typos there are in his books. I mean, geez. Also, after having played some D&D and HackMaster, reading this seemed like reading the transcription of an RPG. Nevertheless, I still love Jarlaxle and Entreri's antics. I would go into the plot, but I'm pretty sure of the people that read my posts on here I'm the only one that's reading this series, haha. Also, ...more
Kirby Freeman
Artemis Entreri and his companion Jarlaxle have come to the wastelands of the frozen north at the request of their dragon guardian. It doesn't take long for them to find themselves caught in the middle of a struggle between very powerful forces that would like nothing more than to see them both dead. But Entreri and Jarlaxle aren't just any wandering sellswords, and the ancient evils and bitter rivalries of the wild Bloodstone Lands may have met their match.

What I liked about this book is that t
Entreri and Jaraxle are in there own series and i couldnt be happier. I personally love the complex Jaraxle over Drizzt. So much mystery with Jaraxle, I am always wanting more. The series in the bloodstone lands is fantastic, I breathe of fresh air away from waterdeep, Silverymoon, and the rest of Drizzt's stomping grounds. More please.
Greg Strandberg
Big let down from the previous book, Servant of the Shard, which was written several years before this.

Hey, the idea is great - you've got Jarlaxle and Artemis going out on their own to some village. What I liked were some of the battle and the feel of a good D&D adventure.

What I didn't like was the overall story for these two books. I felt Salvatore could have done better, and honestly I got the impression he just kind of wanted to get these done to fulfill some contractual obligations or s
This was a pretty fun book. I will admit that I'm a huge Salvatore fan, and this did fall a little bit short for me.

I liked the new characters, I liked that the old characters, Jarlaxle and Enteri, continue to evolve, I liked the general plot. However, there were scenes that lost my attetion and I felt that the story took awhile to get going. That isn't to say that, at times, I was rivited and really sucked into what was going on.

...I'm giving it 4 stars, so I must have liked it...
Awesome fights, characters that are easier not to hate, banter, magic, half-orcs, dracolich, did I mention awesome fights? This is a great addition to the sellswords trilogy and just the forgotten realms RA Salvatore writes about in general. Jarlaxle is quirky, charming, and backstabbing as usual. Artemis is as broody as ever (but maybe a bit more likable). And all in all the plot is just plain interesting. Don't forget the hilarious banter between the two main characters, it's great.
Christopher Campbell
After just finishing this novel the previous night I can easily put this as one of my top R.A. Salvatore novels to date. The sub-plots, mannerisms, and pure adrenaline the author puts you through in this engaging novel kept me returning for just one more page. As much as I miss Drizzt and the Companions, Artemis and Jarlaxle make for a fantastic duo that leaves so much unsaid to keep you coming back for more.
I found Promise of the Witch King a bit slow in the start. As the story progressed, however, it tied all the different pieces from earlier in the book together and the book became very engaging to read. I loved the scenes that made me feel like I was in a D&D RPG (like Baldur's Gate) controlling mages, fighters, thiefs and rangers. I found myself wishing the story line of the book would become a game.
Nice read lots good fight scenes and great dungeon crawl.
May 09, 2007 John rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dorks
I don't know why I read these books anymore. There are lots of typos and the story is weak. I have no idea why the main character does anything.

On the other hand, Salvatore can write a great action sequence and his knowledge of D&D rules and items is impressive.

I give "Witch-King" 2 glasteel morning stars out of 5.

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Other Books in the Series

The Sellswords (3 books)
  • Servant of the Shard (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #3; The Sellswords, #1)
  • Road of the Patriarch (Forgotten Realms: The Sellswords, #3)
Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1) Exile (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #2) Sojourn (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #3) The Crystal Shard (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #4) The Halfling's Gem (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #6)

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