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Night of the Hunter (Companions Codex #1)

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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 11th 2014 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2014)
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Angela Molina Definitely read them in order, the timeline of all stories spans nearly 2 centuries. You will miss out on a lot, and reading this far ahead will ruin…moreDefinitely read them in order, the timeline of all stories spans nearly 2 centuries. You will miss out on a lot, and reading this far ahead will ruin the rest of the stories for you. All sets are as follows (# of books in each set in parentheses):

Dark Elf Trilory (3)
Icewind Dale trilogy (3)
Legacy of the Drow (4)
Paths of Darkness (4)
Hunter's Blades (3)
Transitions (3)
Neverwinter Saga (4)
The Companions (1)
Companions Codex (3)

I would also recommend reading the books and forming your own opinion of them (instead of taking the other comments to heart) because I for one thought all the books on Drizzt were awesome.(less)
Travis Duke I believe they are allies but things change rapidly with the drow houses. One detail to note is In 1484 DR, House Faen Tlabbar became the third house…moreI believe they are allies but things change rapidly with the drow houses. One detail to note is In 1484 DR, House Faen Tlabbar became the third house after House Xorlarrin left the city for Q'Xorlarrin. This could of caused a rift with them. However, my memory is hazy and i could be wrong.(less)
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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
Michael Adams
Jan 29, 2014 Michael Adams rated it it was amazing
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
David Williams
Feb 09, 2014 David Williams rated it really liked it
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 liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, especially fans of Drizzt
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
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Timothy Pecoraro
Mar 08, 2014 Timothy Pecoraro rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 02, 2014 Devan Harvey rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2014 Nicolas Carrillo rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2014 Jacob rated it did not like it
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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
Feb 11, 2014 Lilias rated it really liked it
Shelves: forgotten-realms
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
Adam Fisher
Feb 10, 2014 Adam Fisher rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 18, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Matthew Ciarvella
Jun 17, 2014 Matthew Ciarvella rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
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.
Apr 26, 2015 Island rated it liked it
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
Mar 16, 2014 Leeanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, for-review, e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


NIGHT OF THE HUNTER sends Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall back to Gauntlgrym to rescue Bruenor’s old companion, Pwent, from the curse of vampirism. Thanks to the Sundering, as well as the intervention of Drizzt’s goddess Mielikki, Bruenor, Catti-brie, Regis, and Wulfgar are back in Drizzt’s life.

It’s not necessary to have read THE COMPANIONS to understand NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. THE COMPANIONS, book one of the Sundering series, tell
Tom LaPorta
Feb 06, 2014 Tom LaPorta rated it it was amazing
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.
Ms. Nikki
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
Jun 19, 2015 Afsheen rated it it was ok
Might be that I'm unfair reading a middel book in a fanatsy series, but I had trouble keeping up with events and characters
Darryl Dobbs
Apr 21, 2016 Darryl Dobbs rated it it was amazing
When last I read Drizzt, he may or may not have died. I got the feeling that he wasn’t killed off, but rather set aside and maybe R. A. Salvatore was taking a break from him. I thought maybe he’d focus on Drizzt’s companions – Dahlia, Entreri, Ambergris, Effron and Afafrenfere. And that was fine with me, as they were cool characters and a strong band even without Drizzt.

I quickly discovered that he wasn’t taking a break at all, but rather had a unique idea in mind.

The Companion’s Codex: The Nigh
Gareth Otton
Oct 06, 2015 Gareth Otton rated it really liked it
'Night of the Hunter' was a bit disappointing considering its predecessor. Though not part of the same series, 'The Companions' nicely set up this book and probably the rest of this series as well. With a lot of personal stories and quests for our returned heroes, I expected a bit more from this book.

They do embark on one such quest, the one to save Pwent from his curse, but I still felt the story was a bit lacking. This was not the grand reunion of old friends I had expected for this book. The
Ryan Gonyar
Aug 20, 2015 Ryan Gonyar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forgotten-realms
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Merric Blackman
Goodreads lists Night of the Hunter as the 25th book of the Legend of Drizzt, and it draws heavily on events of past books. This makes it a challenging book to read if you’re not familiar with the series. A reader entering the series with the 24th book, The Companions, had a good introduction to the characters, with a very accessible book, as I mentioned in my review of it. Proceeding onto Night of the Hunter is a shock.

Although I read the first seven or eight Drizzt books a long time ago, I ret
Oct 15, 2014 Matt rated it it was ok
Indeed, my review, for indeed, this is my review. Eesh.

Going to go against the grain on this one. I'd actually give it 2.5 but, since I can't, I'm definitely not rounding up.

I loved this series when I was 14 or 15, when I found The Crystal Shard. However, as time passed and my preferences changed, I found that I liked the series less and less.

The last time I read an R.A. Salvatore book was The Cleric Quintet and I can't say that I enjoyed it all that much. However, I heard that this reboot was
Senor Esteban
Aug 18, 2014 Senor Esteban rated it did not like it
Oh, boy. So after a few years of no Drizzt, I heard there was a reboot that brought back the old characters who ahd been killed off in unsatisfying, anticlimactic ways in the Ghost King. Well, it's a litte stupd to resurrect the dead, but whatever, I used to love Drizzt so much I'll give it a try.

The second chapter is a treatise on how all orcs, goblin, etc. are jsut evil because God said so and it's ok to kill them without any remorse or regret. How convenient for our heroes! No more moral conu
Jul 01, 2014 Chy rated it really liked it
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
Shannon Flowers
Apr 07, 2014 Shannon Flowers rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2014 Alasandra Alawine rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 28, 2014 Lexi rated it liked it
**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
Mar 23, 2014 Bames rated it really liked it
Shelves: librarything
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
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