Night of the Hunter (Companions Codex, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #25)
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Night of the Hunter (Companions Codex #1)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  604 ratings  ·  80 reviews
R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga continues as dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire. But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross throu...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Wizards of the Coast
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Wendell Adams
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

R.A. Salvatore has exceeded reasonable expectations with this episode in the continuing saga of Drizzt Do’Urden – gifting fantasy fans with a page-turning sword and sorcery adventure that is full of swashbuckling action, shadowy intrigue, and amazing character development. Honestly, this new and improved version of the Companions of the Hall is a compelling read and might be the beginning of a renaissance for The Legend of Drizzt Do’Urden, breathing fre...more
Michael Adams
ARC provided by NetGalley and Wizards of the coast for an honest review:
Anyone who has read my reviews should know that I have been reading fantasy novels for 23 years and started to read Dungeons and Dragons/Forgotten realms books in 1992 when TSR still was in existence. I have read the majority of the Realms novels along with Dragonlance, Ravenloft, Dark sun and some other offshoot novel worlds WOTC/TSR owned, so I would say I am well versed in the setting, world, and the current events going...more
David Williams
In The Companions R. A. Salvatore brought Drizzt’s old friends The Companions of the Hall back to life. He did this in an amazing original way. Our heroes were not simply resurrected, instead they were given the chance to come back as newborn children. When they were born they had all of their memories of their past life and were fully conscious of this from the moment of birth. The book followed the first twenty-one years of the new lives of Cattie-Brie, Bruennor, and Regis as they grow and dev...more
Jun 13, 2014 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, especially fans of Drizzt
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
The Companions, the previous book featuring Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall -- although it almost exclusively followed Bruenor, Catti-Brie and Regis, and not Drizzt or Wulfgar -- set-up this book up nicely, reuniting Drizzt and his closest friends, now resurrected into new, nearly identical bodies.

This book starts off with the protagonists in Icewind Dale, with the group's immediate goal of travelling to the abandoned dwarf stronghold of Gauntlgrym to bring peace to the now-vampiric Thibbl...more
Timothy Pecoraro
Night of the Hunter is the beginning of a new series called the Companion Codex and just like all the other series that Wizards has done with R.A.Salvatore this one is seriously good. There is plenty here, back to my favorite Underdark climes and the companionship of old friends. This has got to be one of the best books of R.A.Salvatore’s I’ve read. The return to all things Drizzt Do’Urden has been a wonderful journey. The book is incredible and anyone who has ever read a book about the elusive...more
Devan Harvey
ARC Net Galley copy. Best Salvatore book in years! I have felt a little blah over the past few dark elves books but this one really blew my mind. I can hardly believe everything Salvatore has crammed into this one book. I have read every book published in the Forgotten Realms and I can say this brings me back to the golden age of Realms books. No spoilers but all of our favorite characters return and it feels a lot more thought out than the Companions did. Much more developed plot as a stand alo...more
Nicolas Carrillo
By way of introduction, I must say that Wizards of the Coast kindly sent me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and that I am a native Spanish speaker, reason why I ask the reader to excuse any mistakes that may be found in this review.
In a few words, I can say that the book is fun to read, and I do think that entertainment is an important part of literature. On the other hand, it is quite well written, and the depiction of different characters is brilliant: Drizzt i...more
Adam Fisher
An ARC from NetGalley. R.A. Salvatore spins Lolth's webs himself in this new and 25th Drizzt novel. The Companions of the Hall are back together, yet with all the added complexity of their "new identities" from "The Companions". Salvatore never ceased to keep my attention throughout the whole novel and I would rank it as one of his best to date. Certainly, the future of Drizzt and friends is now set on a path that is so multi-faceted, the events of this book should keep them going for quite a wh...more
I received my copy from NetGalley and Wizards of the Coast in exchange for an honest review.

Night of the Hunter immediately follows the plots of both The Last Threshold and The Companions. The Companions of the Hall have now been restored to life by nature goddess Mielikki in order to help Drizzt protect himself from the wrath of demon goddess Lolth. However, despite this being a "Drizzt book" the vast majority of the plot centers around the schemes of the devious drow. As drow fan I was pleased...more
This is Book 1 in the Companions Codex from R.A. Salvatore, one of the best Forgotten Realms authors.

The story continues off where The Companions (The Sundering Book 1) ends. The Drow of Menzoberranzan have taken full control of the ancient Dwarven homeland of Gauntlgrym and are making into their own city and another center of power for them. There are plot galore within the Drow houses as they vie for more power withing their hierarchy.

Artemis Entreri is back and still traveling with the comp...more
Opening paragraph: SO MUCH BLOOD.
Everywhere, blood.
It followed Doum’wielle wherever she traveled. She saw it on her silvery skin, skin that spoke of her mixed elf and drow heritage. It followed her in her dreams, each night, every night. She saw it on the footprints she left in the snow. She saw it on her keen-edged sword—yes, on the sword most of all.

Yes, that's a pretty awesome opening sequence that quickly fell into stale recollections of resurrected characters that turned the first half of t...more
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Da Capo Al Fine (And again from the beginning)
May contain spoilers from the previous Drizzt novels with referring back to them!

I gave it *** because at least it had some more Drizzt in it than The Companions (which actually got a ** from me).

Salvatore has had his and Drizzt's ups and downs in the long history of this novel. This is definately a down in my opinion. 'Best book of Salvatore ever' - I read all over the net, but I have to disagree. For the gods' sake, nobody read Homeland or The Leg...more
Tom LaPorta
I loved the added complexity given to the old characters in this novel. I'd love to go in depth but don't want to throw any spoilers out there. This is by far one of Salvatore's best books in years and I look forward to his sequal to this book. If the authors of the rest of the Sundering novels provide even half as good a story as Salvatore's start has it will be one of the best, if not THE best, multi-author story arcs ever.
Night of the Hunter finds The Companions, new and improved, on a new quest to save Pwent who is now a vampire and restore him to his old self. There are a lot of threads going: the Gauntlygrym is now house to the Drow, the drow and their politics, the orcs and the dwarves, and all the obstacles the Companions have to go through to get to Gauntlygrym.

The world-building is easy to imagine and described in vivid detail. The politics, well, they take a little more thought and I kind of lost interest...more
Man, I don't even know anymore. Twenty-some-odd books into a series, after a world reboot then a, no lie, character reboot....

Some points from my perspective: Salvatore's core characters were completely ignorant to the plot and sort of stumbled into it at the end. The involved machinations going on with the drow were cool and all, but you just can't throw a buttload of names at me and expect me to keep them straight, especially when one character might go by her first name, her last name, or the...more
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I started reading R.A. Salvador over a decade ago, and it was by reading his collective works that I discovered both my love of fantasy and tabletop roleplay. But the advent of 4th edition and the hand it dealt to writers in this setting drastically changed my opinion of the Forgotten realms in general...That said...

Well many people are calling R.A. Salvator's latest works one of his best to date, I couldn't disagree more. Well it has all of his usual style and qual...more
Shannon Flowers
Night of the Hunter is set right after the Companions of the Hall come back together. The group is complete except for Thibbledorf Pwent who is stuck in Gauntlgrym as a dwarf vampire. Drizzt finds out his most recent group of adventuring companions (from 10 years ago) have been taken by the Drow into Gauntlgrym. SO not only do they want to find Pwent and turn him back from a vampire, they also need to rescue some friends. Gauntlgrym, once a dwarven hall is now filled with evil Drow using the hal...more
Alasandra Alawine
Love it!!!!! Reminiscent of the early Drizzt books.

Drizzt has been reunited with the Companions of the Hall and they set out for Gauntlgrym in order to capture Pwent. They hope to take him to a wizard so he can be resurrected and freed of vampirism although considering his age and wounds they expect him to die soon after being resurrected.

Unbeknownst to Drizzt and the Companions Tiago Baenre is still obsessed with killing Drizzt. He attacks Effron, Ambergris, Afafrenfere, Artemis and Dahlia beli...more
**Originally written for Book Bliss book blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review:3 stars
General: Please note that while this is a book one it is not the first overall. I love R.A. Salvatore from when I was younger but slacked and saw this thinking it was a brand new series. To an extent it is but there was a lot of character development missing because in realitylity it was a continuation of the series. Please be mindful of that. Also, being unf...more
I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

I have been eagerly devouring (meaning reading) the books within The Sundering series by Wizards of the Coast. As I was looking at the cover of the latest installment at NetGalley, I found this little gem by R.A. Salvatore who also wrote the first book within the series The Companions

Night of the Hunter is the first book in the Companions Codex and is a very exciting read. The story centers on Drizzt and p...more
I was so unimpressed with Gauntlgrym I haven't read a Drizzt book since. But I knew the companions were back for this one so I read a Netgalley advance reader copy.

Night of the Hunter is better than Gauntlgrym, by about half a star. There were places that seemed very disjointed; maybe that was a problem with the ARC, but if so it wasn't obvious. I found the presence of vampires extremely odd. I was never a fan of Catti-Bri and Drizzt as a couple and am uninterested in hearing about their state o...more
James Black
ARC copy provided by Netgalley for an honest review: It has been a very long time since something like this happened to me. I felt like I was a kid again under the covers reading when I was supposed to be in bed because I could not stop reading. Each page compelled me to keep going. Just one more chapter I would think to myself only to get through another 3 or 4 before falling asleep on my computer. The whole story felt like a fresh start with familiar faces. I haven't been this excited to get t...more
R.A. Salvatore did a really good job with this book. After the previous book where he reunited the Companions of the Hall I was excited to see the group together for another adventure. It was like good ole times with everyone together back in the trilogy that started it all, but with that familiarity came some predictability. From the beginning of the book, you could kind of see where everything was headed which made it not as exciting, but not any less enjoyable. There was a twist at the end wi...more
Matthew Ciarvella
Trying to figure out what order these books are meant to be read in without referring to Goodreads is nearly impossible. As far as I can tell, this is book 1 of the Companion Codex (which doesn't tell me how it relates to the previous book, the Companions) but the Companions was book 1 of the The Sundering . . . so is this book 2 of the Sundering? No idea.

Whatever, it's the Legend of Drizzt #25.

This book is classic Salvatore and I mean that in the purest and most literal interpretation possible....more
I usually devour each novel by Salvatore. I forced myself to savor each page with this one. Things are rapidly moving towards a final resolution for events that started in Homeland. Will Drizzt finally accept that his drow heritage will always color his thoughts and actions? Will he finally realize he won the biggest battle of his life the day he turned away from the path of his brethren? He is quite possibly one of the most sincere and complex characters ever created in fantasy. I have followed...more
Flat out, there was a lot going on in this book. Many threads, if you will, that tangle our hero's journey with several other story arcs. (Makes mental note to keep the spider/web word play to a minimum.) (Already aware I'll fail miserably.)

To start with, Drizzt and his companions have found their old groove. I assume. I sort of started this series with The Companions. Don't judge. I'm learning my Forgotten Realms lore on the fly. Yep, I'm like a fly caught in a web at this point, all tied up ov...more
The story of the Companions of Hall, returned and reunited, continues in Night of the Hunter. But why exactly did Mielikki send them back into new lives? Now that they've returned to Drizzt's side, is their mission complete? Is there something greater that they need to accomplish?

Moving out of The Sundering, Salvatore masterfully builds the new world of Drizzt Do'Urden. While setting out to tie up loose ends from The Companions - finding rest for Pwent, helping the dwarves figure out what to do...more
The Speculative Post
I wasn’t sure what to expect coming into this book. I’ve read novels set in the Forgotten Realms since I was a child, and especially enjoyed the early Drizzt books growing up. I’ve been away for a while, when it comes to Salvatore. Looking at Wikipedia, I’d read the first seventeen books in this storyline, but appear to have missed the most recent ten. I’m pretty sure that twenty-seven books makes this the longest single-character single-plot series of which I know. I also appear to have not nee...more
Night Of The Hunter is the first book of the ‘Companions Codex’ and book twenty-five in the legend of one of the most enduring heroes of the Forgotten Realms, Drizzt Do’Urden. In cracking open the cover, there is the weight of more than twenty-four previous books looking over the reader’s shoulder. The legend of Drizzt also touches two side series, ‘The Sell Swords’ and ‘The Cleric Quintet’, and directly impacts the multi-author series, ‘War of The Spider Queen’. I mention the last as the centra...more
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