The Last Threshold (Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter, #4; Legend of Drizzt, #23)
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The Last Threshold (Neverwinter #4)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  2,070 ratings  ·  164 reviews
In the final book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt Do’Urden navigates a winding path littered with secrets and lies. Tangled up in his companion Dahlia’s dark secrets, the ties that once held her close to Drizzt threaten to tear as her bonds to his former foe, Artemis Entreri, continue to grow. Meanwhile, in the caverns of Gauntlgrym, the drow...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2013)
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I always have a hard time reviewing this series, with Drizzt. I love the character and all of his trials and I always enjoy the companions. But with this series I became intimidated by R.A. Salvatore's writing! It took me quite some time to even begin Gauntlegrym just because I knew that some of what the book would hold things that I did not want to read! Now that is an amazing author, to me anyhow. I put that off for a year until the second of this series came out. I owned both books by then an...more
Anthony Paolucci
A Return to Form:

In my opinion, this is by far the best book in the series since before the “A Thousand Orcs” story arc. It possesses all the elements that drew me to this series in the first place. Quite simply put: the characters, and the humanization of (mostly) inhuman creatures. It was never the storylines that did it for me, not to take anything away from them. It was always the very human situations within a very nonhuman world. The issues these characters faced and overcame, or at times...more
It is a sad day indeed that I am giving a Drizzt book 2 out of 5 stars. In the multitude of books about Drizzt from Salvatore, I have never once been disappointed or bored. The characters were always personal, the action exciting, the plot tight... I don't know what Salvatore was smoking when he wrote this, but I am highly saddened that Drizzt's story ends with such poor display.
Once I discovered this would be Drizzt's last book, I expected nothing but what I'd seen before: gre...more
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Kevin Winters
A fantastic addition to the tales of Drizzt! I give this four out of five stars because of the slow start, the book didn't really sink its teeth into me until the later half of the second part. However, once they were in, they didn't come out until I finished. I suppose I COULD complain about the seemingly excessive amount of time skipping, I mean the book takes place over 21 years, but that's not Salvatore's fault. He had to prepare Drizzt for the upcoming Sundering after all. The ending is som...more
Searska GreyRaven
Wow. This was probably the best slow-motion train-wreck I've ever read, and I mean that in a totally complimentary way. The downward spiral wasn't constant, the drama felt heart-achingly realistic, and that final resolution...yikes. If I didn't know that there was more to the story, I would have cried. A fantastic conclusion to the Neverwinter saga.
I'm glad that I read this book as it is a nice conclusion to a character that I've been following since my Sophomore year in high school. There are many literary issues involved with this book that are, as a whole, second to the purpose of the story but it was enough to drop my review to only 2 stars.

This book doesn't do anything new and opens many doors for R.A. Salvatore to write new series or focus on other characters but that's not a saving grace--it's a hindrance. Salvatore seems to have fo...more
D.R. Johnson
Jun 02, 2013 D.R. Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Drizzt Fans
Recommended to D.R. by: My Husband
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I enjoyed The Last Threshold, the story raised some interesting moral and ethical questions for the characters and developed them further. I am glad that Mr Salvatore has finished the story of Drizzt Do'Urden, though I am not altogether happy with the way it happened, it worked well enough. Honestly, the Drizzt books got pretty repetitive and formulaic for a while, then the Hunter's Blades and Transitions trilogies mixed things up and the Sellswords Trilogy explored other characters more in dep...more
At 23 books in, I know what to expect. I also keep coming back for more. Over time, I have noticed certain writing habits that Salvatore has that wore at me a bit early in the book, but about halfway through I realized that I keep coming back for more, not for vibrant fight scenes with fantastic foes (which are there in abundance), but for the emotional content and interactions between the characters. In particular, the monologue segments between sections are revealing and after some slightly co...more
Eric Smith
The fourth and final book of the Neverwinter saga serves as more of a wrap up for the series and for many of the characters within the series than anything else. It becomes very apparent that Salvatore is merely prepping things for the massive changes that will carry over from the Sundering six book event that is starting this year where everything in the Realms is going to be shaken up yet again. I can't say I'm upset by this since I did enjoy reading about most of these characters and how thei...more
Not the best, not the worst, but certainly the most unexpected entry in the entire Drizzt series. About halfway through, I was tempted to compare it to Spine of the World, because it focused more on character development than action or overall plot. It also contained one of the most emotional confrontations in the history of the series.
All well and good, but then the tangents and detours kept piling up, along with unexpected leaps in time (there were similar leaps forward in Gauntlgrym, but I k...more
Sonny Miller
In the fourth and final book of the Neverwinter Saga, we find Drizzt having to deal with his new companions. The trials and tribulations of Drizzt and Dahlia's relationship come to a head. He also has to deal with his former adversary Artemis Entreri along with his new companions, the female dwarf Ambergris and human monk Afafrenfere both former members of the mercenary group Cavus Dun. Add to this quagmire Dahlias tiefling son Effron, we find many story lines intertwining and coming to a climax...more
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After 20+ books spread out over 20+ years, we finally come to end of the Drizzt Do'Urden storyline. Unfortunately, this book ended with more of a whimper than a bang, especially for a character who has survived hundreds of deadly encounters over the years.

The story continues from shortly after the end of "Charon's Claw" and some of the plotlines carry over...but then just dry up. I would have preferred if R.A. Salvatore had not re-introduced them at all as...more
Cheryl Minekime
I don't know if I can properly review this book without spoiling it for some folks but perhaps it will suffice to say I hope "The Last Threshold" isn't the last threshold.

An interesting synopsis and a love of elves led me to read "The Dark Elf Trilogy" (Homeland, Exile, Sojourn) almost 10 years ago although I was totally unfamiliar with Dungeons & Dragons and the Forgotten Realms setting. I was hooked before the end of the first chapter. I then spent the next 18 months reading every Drizzt...more
David Williams
The Last Threshold is the newest novel in R. A. Salvatore’s Drizzt series. So much has happened in these novels since Salvatore first introduced Drizzt and his companions. In The Ghost King and Gauntlgrym Drizzt lost his companions of many years. Over the last two novels he has built up a new group of friends. At the end of Charon’s Claw Dahlia had her revenge against Herzgo Alegni. She was struck by an even more profound discovery. The misshapen tiefling wizard Effron is the son that she though...more
This is a very good conclusion to a great series. Once again i must rant about dhalia, because i just hated that character. However, this book and her re-connection with her son is very good and het change there is very good. The relationship between dhalia and drizzt is very boring. Drizzt has been dropping many notches in maturity for two-three series now, imho. But he is now evolving favorably. This book just ties the many loose ends that had been showing up around the series. Sadly one can s...more
Overall, this was a good book, but sadly it took me 100 pages to get into it. I don't know what has happened to R.A. Salvatore, but it seems his writing has gone a bit down hill. Since the beginning of the Neverwinter Saga, each time he began a book, he started off slow and sloppy. Thank goodness, though, that it got better after about 100 pages.
To rate this book based on nothing but Salvatore's writing style would be silly. I believe that when it comes to the Drizzt books (which I've grown u...more
I originally had low expectations for this book. I expected this book to be simply recalling the final showdown of Draygo Quick, Tiago Baenre and Drizzt Do'Urden. Nothing more. My early thoughts were that Quick and Tiago wanted power, and like the two previous books, Drizzt would storm into their castles and strongholds and kill them. However, that was not the case. Quick did not simply want power over Neverwinter, instead looking to the Gods of the word. Furthermore, the final expected confront...more
A 3.5
Spoiler’s throughout:

Bravo Salvatore for being brave enough to kill off Drizzt. Although the book hinted at it early and often, I feared in the last 20 pages that you would not have the guts. I am sure having a beloved character like Drizzt is a blessing and a curse. The last few books have been poor, and I am content to see him go. The world had passed him by, and now he gets to be with Catti-brie.

Although an improvement over the others in this quartet, this book still seemed lazy at times...more
Alasandra Alawine
I don't think Drizzt is dead, but I guess I'll have to wait and see. Salvatore certainly leads you to believe that Drizzt dies at the end of this book.

I was happy to discover that Jarlaxle hadn't willing betrayed Artemis Entreri. I am rather fond of both of them, and was pleased with the lengths Jarlaxle went to, to rescue Artemis from the Shadowfell.

Tiago Baenre is determined to track down Drizzt and kill him. Jarlaxle is determined to keep Drizzt safe especially when he discovers that Artemis...more
Frank Jarome
Enjoyable, but far from Salvatore's strongest outing. As nice as it was to see so many old friends again (the ones still living, at least), there were may too many plots going at once, and none of them were given enough room to breathe. The signs and portents that obviously refer to the upcoming Sundering were heavy- handed, and too many subplots are hastily resolved (together, no less!) in the final quarter of the book.
All said, I am intrigued to see "The Companions" and where things go from he...more
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John Walkenford
Definitely enjoyed this book better than the first three. The old non-emo Drizzt is back and this book has more of a "companions" type feel to it. There is a lot of closure in this book which makes me wonder what, if anything, is in store in the future for Drizzt, outside of being the main character in part one of The Sundering in August. I guess the Spellplague wasn't a good enough world changer for The Forgotten Realms.
Eli Kalish
I figure since I am doing this review after finishing the series that I will only do one review and make it a review of the series rather than the individual book. This series was a truly worthy continuation of the saga of my favorite fictional character. As always with books on Drizzt, I find myself strangely portrayed by Drizzt. In this series, Drizzt is thrown in with new friends and he now views his world in a different light. His world is changed. Where once everything seemed so black and w...more
Brandon Wade
this book brought me a pain of loss. i didnt expect it to unfold the way it did, and i honestly have more questions than before. drizzt is an hero of legends. but i feel cheated i feel upset and i feel like the wrong person had to die. and it was a disrespectful ending to a heroic icon. this book brings a pain to my hart. farewell to one of my favorite people.
Holy crap. This book was so good. It totally reaffirms my feelings that Salvatore is by far the best fantasy author ever. No one writes like he does and I hope to see more tales of Drizzt forthcoming in the future but I'm not sure if we will or not. A lot of loose ends still hanging in this tale so we shall see for sure. Salvatore is a boss \m/ \m/
Cristina C.
Definitely the long-awaited ending to the Neverwinter Saga. Many loose ends expertly woven into a dramatic conclusion, but with room left over for the adventure to continue down new and exciting paths. Well worth the wait, an enticing read, and glad it finally came out!
Another great Drizzt novel. The interaction between Drizzt and his new friends is very emotionally driven. The last few chapters felt a bit rushed, but the ending was.... WOW
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“Drizzt had always suspected it, but now it was confirmed, that "welcome" was his favortie word in the Common Tongue, and a word, he understood with no equivalent in the language of the drow.” 9 likes
“A man who denies his heart, either through fear of personal consequence—whether regarding physical jeopardy, or self-doubt, or simply of being ostracized—is not free. To go against your values and tenets, against that which you know is right and true, creates a prison stronger than adamantine bars and thick stone walls. Every instance of putting expediency above the cries of conscience throws another heavy chain out behind, an anchor to drag forevermore.” 6 likes
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