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The Spine of the World (Paths of Darkness #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  13,240 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
In the sequel to The Silent Blade, Wulfgar the barbarian embarks on a perilous path to redemption as he journeys from the dark streets of Luskan to the windswept peaks of the Spine of the World. Reprint.
Paperback, 381 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1999)
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Jeremy Stephens
Jul 18, 2012 Jeremy Stephens rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2012
This was without a doubt one of the best Forgotten Realms novels I have ever read. Too often, I read these as a way to kill time or because there is nothing else to read and although there are variations and plot specifics, the stories usually have the same general idea- some hero (or group of heroes) goes off in search of some magical item or to stop some supernatural bad guy or occasionally to rescue a friend. The Spine of the World brakes away from the basic cookie cutter motifs and presents ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Nico rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed by this one. No Drizzt. The focus lies on Wulfgar and his character development. The other plot line is a very predictable love/"poor girl turns princes" story I really disliked, but I think it serves as a basis for many future plot strands. Although the story about Wulfgar was well done it just couldn't carry the novel.
Off to next book!
Sep 28, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Two storylines that come together in the end to tell a pretty good tale.
One storyline follows Wulfgar as he continues to try to come to terms with his years of torture by a demon - he tries living in the bottle, he tries breaking friendships, he tries being on the wrong side of the law and not much works but we are given a bunch of fights, battles and some colorful characters along the way.
The other storyline follows the life of a peasant girl and what happens when the local lord falls in love w
Ricky Ganci
Dec 26, 2011 Ricky Ganci rated it really liked it
This one was a surprisingly fast read (just more than two days), considering that Drizzt had no part in the story whatsoever, save the thinly placed reference to him; it was a story in which his legacy did the driving and other characters affected and were affected by the plot. Wulfgar’s climb back to humanity couldn’t have been done any better than it was: Salvatore did a sparkling job, allowing Wulfgar’s horrible (and to me, utterly disturbing) experiences to shape the man he is going to be he ...more
Jupe Matilainen
Jun 24, 2015 Jupe Matilainen rated it it was amazing
When I first read, the Spine of the World, I hated it. Changing the main character from Drizzt to Wulfgar, drunken ass of a Wulfgar for that matter, felt really stupid. But after reading the book couple of times, I really started appreciating the story.
Unlike other books in the series, The Spine of the World isn't as high fantasy as all the others. It has less magic and monsters and more political scheming. You could compare it to a Song of Ice and Fire. It's a nice breath of fresh air during t
Dec 08, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
At first, I believed this book to be a little dull (especially because Drizzt wasn't in it!), but I was very intrigued nonetheless, as R.A. Salvatore incorporated a dramatic love story into the book--a story that seemed totally separate from Wulfgar's struggle with his past. It seemed as if Salvatore was telling two completely different stories within the same book. Although I do not always care for romance books, I was still interested to see where Salvatore was going with the self-loathing alc ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Caio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Odd thing to say about the lowest rated book from the entire Drizzt series, but: this is my favorite since Homeland. Here's what it's about:

A Hero is no hero because he slays monsters. Nor just because he saves Peasant John. A Hero can only be a hero because Peasant John's life has a meaning of its own, the whole of its woes and joys known only by Peasant John himself. He is a Hero because, despite knowing little about Peasant John, he is willing to sacrifice himself for him anyway.

This is a gre
Nov 09, 2012 Ugur rated it liked it
The Spine of the World 1999 yılında R.A. Salvatore tarafından yazılmış Forgotten Realms dünyasında geçen bir fantastik kurgu kitabıdır.

Kitabın serilerdeki yeri; Path of Darkness serisinin ikinci kitabı ve büyük The Legend of Drizzt (Drizzt Efsanesi) serisinin ise 12. kitabıdır.

Diğer kitaplardan farklı olarak bu sefer ana kahraman Drizzt ortalarda yoktur, Errtu’dan çektiği işkencelerden kurtulan ve tekrar arkadaşlarının arasına dönen Wulfgar çektiği işkenceler sebebiyle kendini kaybettiğini düşü
Mar 16, 2015 AgusMetal rated it it was ok
Es un mamón este Salvatore... cuando el libro era de los más aburridos del año, le da una vuelta de tuerca, lo pone interesantísimo y te deja con la boca abierta y el mono de seguir leyendo la saga. Se ha ganado una estrellita en las últimas 40 páginas. Pero no por ello olvidaré el sufrimiento de las otras 320.

Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This was one of the books that keep me away from Forgotten Realms. I enjoyed Drizzt but this tale where the main character is Wulfgar was quite ordinary. A okay story that added nothing and could have been a novella lenght.

Wulfgar now a bouncer is robbed of his Aegis-fang and it's time to get it back. Can he bounce back from the beer and his eternal daemons?
Michael Bennett
Jun 19, 2017 Michael Bennett rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed the maturation of these characters and being with them when they realize, perhaps there is another path. Wulfgar is a great and noble person. I enjoyed reading about his trials and can he possibly find his way out of the darkness, but most of all I liked the physics of interactions; each action beget another and often times more interesting action. Well played Salvatore, well played.
Alex Bergonzini
May 11, 2017 Alex Bergonzini rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
El peor de todos los libros, solo se salva por el final un poco de cuento de hadas. No voy a extenderme más en hacer un resum, no vale la pena.
May 09, 2017 Oceaneyes12 rated it liked it
I liked that this book was a spin-off of the main series. The break was nice, and the plot was good. 3.5 stars.
Rohan Zhou-lee
May 30, 2017 Rohan Zhou-lee rated it did not like it
My least favourite of all the Legend of the Drow.
Feb 02, 2017 David rated it really liked it
Salvatore gets back on track with a side adventure.
Tim Hicks
Sep 26, 2012 Tim Hicks rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Almost four stars. With a bit of a rewrite it probably would get four, with a chance at five.

The blurb right here in the Goodreads article says, "Join the world's most famous drow elf in the penultimate chapter of the Legend of Drizzt series!" Not really. He ain't in it, except as a commentator who seems to have gone to Oxford while we've been away and become a professor of classics and philosophy. To be fair, the book itself doesn't claim to feature Drizzt apart from being The Legend of Drizzt
Dec 30, 2014 Tony rated it did not like it
1.5 stars, Wulfgar the Barbarian....err, should I say, Wulfgar the Drunkard, the Bully, and the Highwayman?

Wulfgar finds himself in a downward spiral in the city of Luskan, suffering from his past torment in the Abyss, and buries it all in the bottom of a bottle. Meanwhile, a young and in love woman in a small town not too distant form Luskan, struggles with her love between a peasant boy and a young lordling - just what Salvatore readers are hoping for - Not!

I struggled to find the gem in Spine
Jan 12, 2013 Tedric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Review

Attention all Drizzt freaks: our favorite dark-elf hero is not, repeat not, in Spine of the World. Neither is Bruenor nor Cattie-brie nor Regis et al. But don't think that means the latest installment in R.A. Salvatore's sweeping Drizzt-and-pals series isn't worth picking up: Spine sets things straight for the Forgotten Realms' newest, meanest drunk, the burly barbarian who single-handedly made warhammers cool again despite their measly 1d4+1 damage. Yep, Wulfgar is back, afte

Feb 27, 2015 Richard rated it it was ok
I've only read a few chapters. But holy shit, Salvatore.
(EDIT: Did read parts to the end. Still a 2-star).
Last book you were able to write characters. Now you're back to writing drivel/filth?

I trust that by the end the action will warm up to make this book decent. But the writing early on is so fucking bad, with little given to redeem it, that it's hard to carry on. Ugh.
Maybe eventually Salvatore will realise characters can have more depth to them than "cardboard flat". 'till then, I wish he'd s
Feb 21, 2017 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spent most of this book not like the person that Wulfgar had become. But the end was fitting, a start to a new adventure!
J. Griff
Feb 16, 2017 J. Griff rated it really liked it
This was a better story than I remembered when I read it originally in 2000.
Vicenç Sanz
Los más avispados habréis podido caer ya en que ésta novela no me ha gustado especialmente, dejando de lado lo que me gusta de los libros de éste autor para centrarse en dos personajes con problemas del mundo real (bueno, que te torture un demonio durante años no es muy real) como son la depresión por no saber cómo enfrentarse a un hecho doloroso y las cosas que hay que hacer a veces por la familia.

Estos dos temas podrían haber supuesto un soplo de aire fresco para el Elfo Oscuro, pero lo que so
Adrian Shuffler
Oct 23, 2013 Adrian Shuffler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Igazán meglepett, hogy ez egy külön - teljesen külön - szál, mint a többi. Egyrészt igazán érdekes volt, tetszett a végére a dolog, ahogyan a kis mellékszálak egymásba kapaszkodnak, gabalyodnak, kioldódnak, majd újra összeakadnak, így izgalommal fűszerezve a történetet. Viszont a másik oldalból pedig sajnálatos. Valamiért mindig távolibbnak érzem az előző darabokat, ha megszakítást keltek a főszálban bármilyen más könyvvel.

~tökéletesen összehangolt merénylet
~brutális kínzóeszközök
Sep 27, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this installment of the Drizzt series by RA Salvatore book #12 in the Drizzt book series (based off the Dungeons and Dragons game). I almost didn't want to continue with this series after that last book The Silent Blade. But then I thought I wanted to enter the world again and was please. I think that maybe last time I just wasn't in the mood for the series.

I like that Spine of the World isn't just about adventure. There was a wonderful p
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it liked it
This is the tale of Wulfgar coming to terms with his inner demons after his six-year stint under the tortuous Erttu. Drizzt and Co. are not in this book even briefly. The main storyline of the Crystal Shard and Jarlaxle is set aside for this story, so you don't get much as far as overall progression here. Maybe Salvatore felt guilty about leaving Wulfgar out of so much of the Legacy series that he figured he needed a whole book of his own. Some parts of the book are great, but this one just does ...more
David Williams
Mar 11, 2013 David Williams rated it really liked it
Spine of the World picks up the story of Wulfgar from The Silent Blade. Broken in spirit by his many years as a prisoner of the demon Errtu, Wulfgar has left his friends and become a bouncer at a bar known as the Cutlass in the city of Luskan. He has found that the only way to drown the pain is to drink. At night he drinks and fights and drinks some more. His new companion is an unsavory character known as Morik the Rogue. Before the book ends Wulfgar will have plunged to the very depth of his s ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Dan rated it liked it
This was a strange book. "Fantasy soap-opera" might be the best way to describe it. I didn't dislike the book, but I didn't exactly like it either. It's interesting to see that R. A. Salvatore was trying to close out the series and provide some closure for Wulfgar, but it wasn't to be -- fan demand forced Salvatore to continue the series and it's my understanding that he puts the characters through hell later on because of it. This particular book had entirely too much melodrama for me to really ...more
Kat Joyce
Oct 19, 2016 Kat Joyce rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who wish to read the whole Drizzt series
Shelves: fantasy

The Spine of the World follows Wulgar as he breaks from the Companions of the Hall after being rescued from the demon Errtu and finds himself in the bowels of Luskan, and later the small kingdom of Auckney. Trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes, mostly because of bad decision making.

If you are a fan of Wulfgar, you might really enjoy this book. I, however, am not a fan of Wulfgar. He is always a character moving backward rather than for
Roderick Baxter
Apr 13, 2014 Roderick Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather than being called "The Legend of Drizzt" this could be the start of a sub series entitled "The Legend of Wulfgar." As this story is mainly about Wulfgar and his battle with demons both of the abyss and the bottle. It is his fight against both and his fight to get back on track to his former life. To the way he was before his torment in the abyss.
In taking on a job as a bouncer he soon attracts attention of every street thug wanting to take his title and gain a reputation for himself. Soo
Matthew Miller
This book was good, as was expected from R. A. Salvatore, but it had some of the same problems the last one in the series had. Again it wasn't as clean as Salvatore usually is and it had more of the fallen Wulfgar (See my review of book #11 in the Legend of Drizzt series). This one also was more violent than some of the others.

But there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Wulfgar finds redemption and forgiveness for his actions and is able to figuratively and quasi literally escape the demons
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