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Sea of Swords (Paths of Darkness #4)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  9,856 ratings  ·  71 reviews
It is good to be home.

It is good to hear the wind of Icewind Dale, to feel its invigorating bite, like some reminder that I am alive.

Drizzt Do'Urden and his companions take to the road and sea in a search for their missing friend Wulfgar. Their only clue in this life-and-death hunt is the mark of the barbarian's lost warhammer Aegis-fang, found branded on the back of a vic
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Mass Market Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 2002 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2001)
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Matthew
The plot is well thought out and the author seems to know where he is headed right from the start, it was realistic (to fantasy standards) and very detailed. Unfortunately,I could predict what was going to happen for the duration of the book in the first fifty pages, this of course, makes even a fast paced book seam to plod along. The main character Drizzt Do-Urden is very unique and well-rounded, his back story is well thought out which allows him to grow and change in a believable fashion. The ...more
Nico
A conciliatory ending to this trilogy(or tetralogie if you count Servand of the Shard, which I didn't read). The first two books were very Wulfgar and new worldbuilding centered, but this time we finally get to follow all our characters on their way to a reunion. I liked it the most in Paths of Darkness and the conclusion is satisfying and builds a good basis for the next books. If I am not mistaken every open plot strand left from the original trilogy got tied up here .... 13 books, amazing. In ...more
Lauren
I completely devoured this book, just as quickly as every other R.A. Salvatore I have ever read. I was so excited to find that Wulfgar was alive in Passage to Dawn. I was even happier when Salvatore dealt with the situation the way he did. I've become so completely sick with the way people will just bring dead character's back to life. It's like there's no lasting consequences, and nothing really matters. Salvatore never seemed hesitant to make things matter in his books. And if Wulfgar had just ...more
Kati
The best Drizzt Do'Urden story yet, in my opinion. Salvatore's writing evolved so much since his first "Forgotten Realms" book, it's like night and day. This book was actually really well written and I liked all the storylines that he had woven together here. I especially enjoyed the scenes Robillard and Wulfgar had together - they weren't really friends and yet they were. Another thing I enjoyed was how brave Regis turned out to be. A really good book.
Dani (The Pluviophile Reader)
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Krystal Hickam
As the finishing book in this series it gives you everything you want in an end. The characters you have followed through the journey are finally reunited and you can do nothing but root for all them as they finish their quest. I really enjoyed the romantic notions that are displayed by Wulfgar. Seeing them develop just brings you into the story even more. The world itself is so intriguing that you want to be transported there even with all the danger. Giving that most of us live a life that is ...more
Matty
I read at least a dozen of Salvatore's books in my teens, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. They read like a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, chock full of adventure, intrigue, magic, sorcery, and more than a bit of mayhem. I am the kind of nerd who loves a bit of tabletop roleplaying games, so Salvatore's books seemed to scratch that itch for me. That being said, there must be a reason I stopped reading Salvatore more than ten years ago.
One day, whilst feeling a bit nostalgic, I picked up Sea of
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Greg Strandberg
This is a much better cover than book. You get some good fights and such, but the Wulfgar/alcohol story is growing thin. There are a few subplots with pirates and the assassins that saves this book, but I'm sorry, I don't like a lot of little kid-things and woman-of-the-hour's messing with my story. That's just me.
Germancho
Disjointed and overly long, here we see how the Companions of the Hall are re-united with the help of old acquaintances.
Jarell Morris

this book is cool
especially drizzit
im just mad that he had to die in the long drow
but the series is good
Fred
So-so book. Pretty slow at times. A few good action scenes here and there but nothing spectacular.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
After reading The DarkElf Trilogy, The Icewind Dale Trilogy and the Legacy of the Drow quadrology I read the the Path of Darkness books where the Sea of Swords is the last one. I remember reading The Silent Blade and Servant of the Shard but I remember as well giving up on Spine of the World twice. Since it was a book about Wulfgar I gave up and after a couple of years I started again and quit yet again. I then began to read this one and it was quite good. As I remember Drizzt books being. In th ...more
Ricky Ganci
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Dru
Meh.

Having finally reached the last book in the primary Drizzt series all I can say is...I wish had stopped a long time ago. I've asked myself what it is about these last few books that sucked so bad and I think I have it -- they stopped being D&D books and became some really poorly written human drama. If I wanted human drama without the adventure of a good D&D dungeon crawl I would read go to the "Literature" section of the book store and read something that is at least WELL written.

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David Williams
With Sea of Swords Salvatore returns to the story of Drizzt and his companions. Drizzt, Catti-Brie, Regis, and Bruenor have returned to Icewind Dale. They still miss Wulfgar, but have found other things to occupy them. While Bruenor has reopened his old mines Regis has once again made his way to the Council. Drizzt and Catti-Brie have taken up hunting the bandits that are plaguing the caravans from Icewind Dale to Luskan. After defeating one of the bandit groups they capture a bandit who has a b ...more
Justin
Jun 16, 2013 Justin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnd
I really enjoyed the Sea of Swords as the conclusion to the Paths of Darkness collection. This fourth book in that series is an action packed adventure that sees most of the key story lines that began in the first three come to a satisfying conclusion. We see Wulfgar, who decides to come to terms with his demons, and ultimately chooses to go on a quest to reunite with the Companions of the Hall. Furthermore, we see those same companions set off on a quest to recover Wulfgar's enchanted craghamme ...more
Michael Boyce
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Amber
It was great except...


[spoilers and rant ahead]
I WAITED 13 BOOKS FOR THAT ELF GIRL TO COME BACK! I SHIPPED THEM FROM DAY ONE AND YOU HAVE THE GALL TO HAVE HER SHOW UP OUT OF NO WHERE AND HAVE MY OTP KILL EACH OTHER! THIS IS NOT OKAY AND MY HEART IS BROKEN!!! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT! I WAITED ALL THIS TIME FOR THEM TO MEET AGAIN AND THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENS! ARRRRGHHHHHH! *dies*
[ok I'm done now]
Todd
The Drizzt tales are starting to feel a bit like retreads by now in some ways, although there are enough interesting side characters to keep me interested. This book does a great job of tying up a number of loose ends from the first thirteen... wow, have I read thirteen of these already?... first thirteen books. Which is good, because there are some serious left turns in the books to come.
Etienne02breton
Un autre Drizzt remplit d'action! Pas le meilleur de la série, je trouve que les derniers tomes sont moins sombre et j'avoue que cela me manque un peu. Sinon, la formule demeure la même: de l'action, une intrigue légère mais bien ficellée, des pesonages qui poursuivent leur évolution tout en étant fidèle à eux-mêmes. Les fans y trouveront surement leur compte.
Roderick Baxter
This is a very good conclusion to this series. I am more than happy to see the friends reunited. Although at some points in the story I began to wonder if Salvatore was going to stretch it out to the next series.
I also like the idea that the relationship between Drizzt and Cattie-Brie seems to be resolving. I am wondering what plot development there is with Regis and his new found daring. All in all both the plot and the characters are being fleshed out a lot more. It was good to see other side
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David
Jan 24, 2015 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
Having been on a R.A. Salvatore kick as of late, I've been reading/listening to the books not in order of release, but in order of storyline. Having done so, it's been a pleasure watching his writing style change and become what is today.

This book, in my opinion, is one of the better ones having brought me back to the adventures the group had in earlier years. Overall, the writing of Wulgar's character in this series was such that I actually started to dislike him. Specially after the help peop
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Ugur
Sea of Swords 2001 yılında R.A. Salvatore tarafından yazılmış Forgotten Realms dünyasında geçen bir fantastik kurgu kitabıdır.

Kitabın serilerdeki yeri; Path of Darkness serisinin dördüncü ve son kitabı ve büyük The Legend of Drizzt (Drizzt Efsanesi) serisinin ise 13. kitabıdır.

Path of Darkness serisinin sonunda ana karakterlerimiz tekrar bir araya gelmektedir, hemen başında karşılaşmıyorlar ancak. İlk kitaplarda ortaya çıkan sorunlar teker teker çözülmektedir bu kitapta. Toparlayıcı bir kitap ol
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Gustavo Pavez gikis
Another R.A Salvatore Book, Simple fantasy, but effective.Good entertaining value which is what matters at the end of the day, closes the cycle of the last 3 books. Liked the fact that ties the story of a major "villain" of the book, with things that happened like 10 books ago, still it could have been further developed.
Dan Rheingans
Book 13 of the Legend of Drizzt brings the series to a close in an excellent fashion. It was great seeing the Companions of the Hall come back together again, and I felt the writing of Salvatore here was better than in the previous two books. Sea of Swords is a fast read and a nice completion to the base Drizzt series. While the entire series is "light" compared to the more "epic" fantasy out there, I really enjoyed reading it and would suggest it to others who enjoy the fantasy genre. Overall, ...more
Elaine
Probably my second favorite Paths of Darkness after Spine of the World. I found myself wanting so badly to see Sheila Kree get hers that I couldn't put the book down in order to find out her fate.
Allie
I still struggle greatly with the turn of events in the overall story, but I felt with the conclusion of this book that I could find some peace with it.

The adventure was great, even if particularly drawn out battle scenes were abundant. The sub-plots all melded together wonderfully and the different turns the story took kept me turning pages.

I'm definitely ready to jump into the next trilogy.
Joe K
Aug 05, 2014 Joe K added it
Wulfgar's journey through his own darkness has been well presented. His rejoining his friends shows there is still healing to be had. Enjoyed.
Terry Costantini
This latest trilogy was pretty good. Not the best - but good. I fear that this series is getting more and more predictable as time goes on. At the beginning, I loved the main character Drizzt alone in the darkness searching for himself. Salvatore tried to do the same thing with the barbarian, Wulfgar in this trilogy, but only achieved average results at best. Good read, but I fear my familiarity with the characters saved this book for me. This, the thirteenth book, may be where I say goodbye to ...more
Eli Kalish
Well, in finishing this book I closed a great chapter of my life. Sea of Swords is book 13 in a giant fantasy saga of epic proportions. This book series changed my life. The main character and his friends and their philosophies and troubles were truly inspiring. The narration, plot progression, and descriptions were some of the greatest I have ever read. In addition to that, the combat scenes and how the author relays what happens is incredibly informative and gives me a very clear image of what ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Paths of Darkness (4 books)
  • The Silent Blade (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #11)
  • The Spine of the World (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #12)
  • Servant of the Shard (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #3; The Sellswords, #1)
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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“Hindsight, I think, is a useless tool. We, each of us, are at a place in our lives because of innumerable circumstances, and we, each of us, have a responsibility (if we do not like where we are) to move along life's road, to find a better path if this one does not suit, or to walk happily along this one if it is indeed our life's way. Changing even the bad things that have gone before would fundamentally change who we are, and whether or not that would be a good thing, I believe, it is impossible to predict.
So I take my past experiences... and try to regret nothing.
-Drizzt Do'urden”
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“Hindsight, I think, is a useless tool. We, each of us, are at a place in our lives because of innumerable circumstances, and we, each of us, have a responsibility, if we do not like where we are, to move along life’s road, to find a better path if this one does not suit, or to walk happily along this one if it is indeed our life’s way. Changing even the bad things that have gone before would fundamentally change who we now are, and whether or not that would be a good thing, I believe, is impossible to predict.” 0 likes
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