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Passage to Dawn (Legacy of the Drow #4)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,403 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
A new "Forgotten Realms" novel from one of TSR's top-selling authors. The call of the past grows even stronger as Drizzt and his companions are lured from their ship off the Sword Coast back to the Icewind Dale, where a friend from the Abyss has set a deadly trap for the dark elf. Once again, Drizzt and his allies must combine forces to combat an evil that seeks to destroy ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Wizards of the Coast (first published November 30th 1993)
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Sep 09, 2013 Matt rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This review contains spoilers.

You're probably familiar with the phrase "jumping the shark." It refers to an episode of Happy Days when the Fonz does a water ski jump over a shark. The phrase is meant to pinpoint the exact moment when a TV series starts to go downhill.

Passage To Dawn inspired me to come up with a similar phrase:"Training the seal." It's meant to pinpoint the exact moment when a fantasy book series starts to go downhill.

"Training the seal" refers to an incident in this book when
Jan 10, 2011 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
My new years resolution this year is to finish the Drizzt series (up to 13 since that's all I own and I will not buy more) and the Fire of Heaven Series by Russell Kirkpatrick (forgive me if I spell the name wrong). Boring books that I have given up on, but I decided that this year I will finish.

I'm only 50 pages into Passage to Dawn and I can tell I'm in for a struggle. I hate Drizzt. Hate. Hate. Hate. A doppleganger takes over Captain Deudermont's body and before the doppleganger is with Drizz
Greg Strandberg
Apr 26, 2015 Greg Strandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another great volume in the ongoing Drizzt series. I read this for the first time back in 1998 or so, when I was in high school. I've since read it about 3 times, and it's worth it.

This is the book where they're on the ship, going around the ocean for the first time. It's a fun book, quite a departure from what's come before. We do find ourselves back in the cold north later on, however. If you've come this far...keep going!
Jul 05, 2011 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is my least favorite Drizzt book so far. I don't really know why this series needed a 4th book. Some it was fun but some of it carried on for me. I am on my way though to catching up with the series!!
Jan 28, 2016 Chappy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
i will always be appreciative to R.A Salvatore for being the first author to bring me into the realm of fantasy and introducing me to one of my greatest literary heroes in Drizzt, the latest adventure keeps up the pace of adventure, friendship and magic and is a blast.

i particularly enjoy the soliloquy portions from Drizzt at particular intervals of the book, it really gives you a keen insight into the mind of a character without them just stand around during a random chapter thinking these tho
In an odd departure, this book picks up 6 years after the end of the last one - Siege of Darkness. Drizzt Do'Urden, the dark elven ranger, and Catti-brie, the human adopted daughter of the dwarven king Bruenor Battlehammer, have spent the years chasing pirates aboard the ship Sea Sprite with their friend Captain Deudermont. After Duedermont is attacked by a doppleganger, they embark on a quest to locate a mythical island. Once there, Drizzt and Catti-brie are given a poem by an old witch, which ...more
This Drizzt book felt out of place somehow. It didn't really fit in the series, I quite liked the ending of the last book and it could have been a nice ending to a trilogy, but Salvatore went on to tell what happened after the battle. The first part was entertaining, but the identity of the prisoner was too obvious, I even feared who it was in the epilog of book three. Dead characters should stay dead. I believe to have heard that later on in the series R.A. Salvatore goes on to thin the ranks o ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Yet another amazing installment of the Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore! In this one, Dirzzt and his friends are once again caught up in the evil machinations of the demon Errtu, and have to band together to defeat him. I loved this story, as I have loved all of the Drizzt books so far. I love the fight scenes that Salvatore crafts, he really knows how to make you feel as if you are there in the action with the characters. And I love love LOVE the close relationship between Drizzt and his friends ...more
May 30, 2009 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First I want to say I'm a long time R.A Salvatore fan and also a Drizzt fan (no not a fanboy fan, fanboys are weirdos).
Ok let's go....
I thought the best i can say for this book is it has a couple of moments that did entertain. but all in all I found it very cartoon like and a bit soap opera like. I mean Wulfgar! on Ice? seriously? is it like a drink? hey next time order a Wulfgar on ice. mmm good! not.
so read this one for the sake of the good times of old and let's hope the next is a bit more...
Andrew Lampert
Yes, spoilers.

I've decided to quit the series now after finishing this one. Others have pointed out its numerous weaknesses and overly predictable plot, but one thing that I'd just like to point out is that the story had next to no suspense; you knew Drizzt would get his figurine back. You didn't fear for any of the characters because they have survived worse a number of times. But two things put me off beyond repair in this story: #1, what took the friends 2 books (The Crystal Shard books) too
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the four books in The Legacy of the Drow series, this one is by far the best. From beginning to end, I could hardly put the book down. This is easy to explain, none of the story involved the evil drow and Menzoberranzan.

From the beginning where the Sea Sprite is hunting pirates, the story is mesmerizing. R.A. Salvatore weaves a tale of magnificent storytelling that few other fantasy authors ever achieve. Of the hundreds of fantasy stories I have read, Passage to Dawn ranks in the top ten. Th
Adam Wik
Oct 15, 2015 Adam Wik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Short Review
Goes way off the deep end. Not only does Salvatore wimp out by bringing back a dead character, the whole seal training bit is likely to compel you to severe self-harm. If you're going to read it I suggest you do so while substantially inebriated since that appears to be the state it was written in.

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Dec 22, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drizzt pursues a trail that he hopes will lead him to a long lost companion. From battles at sea to the harsh tundra of Icewind Dale, Drizzt learns that he has still not left his legacy of enemies behind.

As a stand alone novel, Passage to Dawn may warrant 3 stars; however, I bumped it to 4 stars because as a Salvatore reader, I enjoyed the incorporation of Cadderly's people and Drizzt's people meeting for the first time.

Passage to Dawn is a new beginning for the Drizzt series. It takes place 6
Siniša Hajnal
Looks like it would better fit as first book of Crystal shard trilogy (except it wouldn't be trilogy then obviously) - it shows no connection to The Legacy except by "the gift of Lloth".

The book is split, first the travels and build up to show that years passed and how they did it, empty pages of building up with some fights thrown in to show how fabulous the companions the second part, well throught out hints, but I cannot picture tanarr'i being patient and indirect and, most of all, t
Jan 19, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the last and 4th book of this particular series. For reasons that lack understanding I read the first 3 books in the series about 10 years ago and just never made it to this book.

It was really good. I forgot what a great writer R.A. Salvatore was.
This book is showdown between Errtu, a demon imprisoned in the Abyss, and Drizzt, the dark elf who put him there. Errtu wants to be released and is torturing someone very close to Drizzt to ensure Drizzt will release him. I'm skipping over all o
Garrett Marland
May 31, 2014 Garrett Marland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
La nueva vida de Drizzt y Cattie-Brie a bordo del Duende del Mar, cazando piratas y disfrutando del aire salado en sus caras, es interrumpida cuando el poema enigmático de una vidente y un hechizo mal realizado por un mago provocan que nuestros amigos regresen a las tierras donde apareció por primera vez la Piedra de Cristal.
El cebo para atraerlos es el espíritu de un ser amado y torturado por el balor Errtu, algo así como un demonio, que vive en las profundidades del Abismo y que juró vengarse
Ellen Zacarias
Apr 02, 2015 Ellen Zacarias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
***This review is regarding the audiobook version***

Passage to Dawn by R.A. Salvatore was the first audiobook that I've ever finished out of my own accord. The listening experience was amazing, as it starts out with Drizzt and Cattibrie on a ship six years after the previous novel, and Victor Bevine conveys soulfully Drizzt's sense of wonder at the vastness of the world as he looks out into the sea.

Victor Bevine's Narration of Passage to Dawn by R.A. Salvatore

Bevine's voices for the characters
Jan 21, 2009 Tawnya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite. What is it with some authors and the need to bring back the dead? There is nothing wrong with continuing a story without some character. Just move on already!
Fantasy Literature
Aug 16, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tim
Passage to Dawn, fourth and final book in author R.A. Salvatore’s LEGACY OF THE DROW quartet (and the tenth in his broader LEGEND OF DRIZZT series), is pretty good, by Drizzt standards. Hurrah! Cue the Triumph through Rome! Bring on the cheering throngs and falling rose petals! All right, so it may sound like I’m damning with faint praise here, but given the overall shakiness of the quartet it seems expected to tie together, Passage to Dawn’s being pretty good actually does seem like something w ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read all of these Drizzt books back to back to back etc, so they all seem to run together as one long story. Add to that fact that I read the "collector's edition" of these, so it was often three to four books shoved into one. It is all entertaining, and even though I usually wanted to read "just one more page", it was somewhat tedious and I more than 100 times wondered why this story was being stretched out as far as it was. I wish I had just read The Icewind Dale Trilogy and The Dark Elf Tri ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Walter Jones
This has been my favorite of the Drizzt saga.. so far!! Can't wait till I can buy book XI!!
Kyle Lockhart
*Spoiler Alert* This book is good. Do not get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of the series and appreciate every page. That being said, I felt like the ending was too forced. Why bring back a character that died and is representative of not only a great warrior and friend, but also a representative to the reader that the group is NOT unstoppable? Why kill off a key group member books ago, only to have him walk out of the abyss later? Kill him, let his memory live on in song and tale, and move on. I cou ...more
-2 because too much Bruenor / too much hatin'-on-the barbarians. Really, Salvatore?

I think Salvatore really needs to let go of his characters.
He clearly loves them a lot, but they're awful and awfully written.
A typical trope is to have a bad-ass character who's 'secretly' really good. Salvatore's characters are the opposite; total jerks, but presented as if they're saints. I wouldn't mind so much if the narrator didn't go on so much about how righteous and holier-than-everyone-else his character
Adrian Shuffler
Aug 10, 2014 Adrian Shuffler rated it it was amazing
Remek könyv, az biztos. Nem is értem, miért panaszkodnak sokan, hogy felesleges volt egy 4. rész is. Túl sok elgondolkodtató, többszöri újraolvasást igénylő oldal volt benne, de ennek ellenére jó tempóban haladtam. Mintha két részre lett volna osztva az egész, ezért találtam olyan hosszúnak, hisz maga az út sem volt rövid. Nagyon jó volt követni végig.

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Nov 29, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
THIS is what I'm talkin' 'bout. This is the Salvatore that got me hooked on Drizzt. The whole story was fun and new, despite the fact that it slightly mirrored some of the earlier Drizzt adventures.

Again, Salvatore's humor, wit, twists and tales of adventure, loyalty, friendship and good triumphing over evil truly drew me in. I love that Harkell had an even larger and much more important role in this story, and I enjoyed the introductions of both Cadderly and Danica, and Ivan and Pikel.

But the t
Ricky Ganci
Jan 03, 2012 Ricky Ganci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R.A. Salvatore has redeemed himself, and the Legacy of the Drow, with this installment of the dark elf's exploits. He saved the series from being a convoluted, overly busy and overcast mess with a simple story that touches on all the roots of the magnificence of the previous series and simultaneously giving us a new story with just the right amount of new characters and action sequences. This book is really very different from the other three, and for all the right reasons. It focuses way more o ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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R.A. Harrington
Apr 03, 2009 R.A. Harrington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pulled out my old hardcover of Passage to Dawn and read it again recently. I was pleasantly pleased at how much I enjoyed it (and how quickly time seemed to melt away as I read it). Being back on the Sea Sprite was like being slipping into my favorite pair of running shoes and setting out one the trail. Salvatore is a master at pulling the reader into the adventure. I felt the excitement of Drizzt and Catti-brie fighting side-by-side without some of the emotional and physical baggage of more r ...more
True Reader
Reviewed by Alex Clark-McGlenn

Way back in high school, when I first discovered the modern high fantasy genre, I was recommended The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. Some guys just saw me in a boarders in the fantasy section and pointed it out tome. To my 14 year old mind the characters, adventures and settings were fantastic. If you know about R.A. Salvatore, then you know he is prolific when it comes to his character Drizzt. A dark elf. When in high school I read the first 9 books of the ser
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