Siege of Darkness (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #9)
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Siege of Darkness (Legacy of the Drow #3)

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Gods Walk the Realms!

Rising up from the black depths of the Underdark, the drow once more meet the dwarves of Mithral Hall. Bruenor Battlehammer, with Drizzt at his side, won't go down without a fight--but they'll have to fight without Wulfgar or Catti-brie at their sides.


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ebook, 384 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published December 30th 1993)
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Nico
Maybe the best Drizzt book in the whole series until now. Everything that build up over the last few books comes to its epic conclusion, with a more than 100+ page battle around Mithril Hall.
And I must say the best parts in these books are the short interludes by Drizzt. Truly fantastically written!
Dani
I need to take a break from this series for awhile. It's just wearing me thin with the pointlessness of it all.

This book seemed more like two books crammed into one. I really enjoyed the part where magic failed but there was no explanation why. The author also skimmed over things that sort of made me raise an eyebrow like "well that was an easy way out." but I had no answers. Like Catti-brie and her sword. It was just too easy with no explanation behind it.

The second half of the book was a war a...more
Lisa Seaman
This is where in Salvatore's books that he starts to move to many, MANY, MANY scenes of fighting. The focus seems to be on fighting technique... okay... but YAWN. I agree has its place, but although I am rereading his books... Too many fight scenes BORE me. I prefer properly placed fight scenes and more focus on the characters and story. He has some very good points that are now Drittz commentary between chapters and not as interwoven with the characters and story as before. The substance (for m...more
Fiver
I've already commented on this series as a whole, but this book marks a turning point.

By the time the reader has reached this book, the formula is set in stone. Drizzt fights and wins, then fights and wins again. The villain never dies, the supporting characters make brief quips, and nobody but nobody gets one single hint of development as a human character (except for Drizzt, who stopped developing several books ago).

Appropriate for young children, and possibly as a guilty pleasure. Don't get m...more
Kati
I would say that this was the best book in the Drizzt Do'Urden series so far. I liked all the intrigue and house-wars in Menzoberranzan, especially since Jarlaxle is my favorite character in Salvatore's books. Though in some places, it did feel like the author needed to amass pages, so there were scenes where the characters' thoughts basically ran in circles to add a paragraph here and there. On the other hand, some of the scenes and characters were hilarious, especially the Harpells! Harkle's e...more
P. Aaron Potter
It is perhaps kindest to label this a 'workmanlike' entry in Salvatore's Drizzt saga. On the one hand, Salvatore tends to work in trilogies with a very consistent pacing: the first volume establishes the particular challenge facing Our Heroes, with promises that this is really The Biggest Threat Ever. The central volume, sadly, Nothing Much Happens. In the concluding volume, Our Heroes kick much booty, often to a ridiculously Mary-Sueish degree, although a few minor characters on the fringes die...more
Tawnya
One of the things I enjoy the most is Drizzt's comments at the beginning of each new part. They are most thought provoking and often insightful. Here are some of my favorites from this book:
Faith is not granted by tangible proof.
If a person needs proof of god's existence, then the very notion of spiritually is diminished into sensuality and we have reduced what is holy into what is logical.
Truth is singular and cannot, by definition, support so many varied, even opposing manifestations.

Who wo...more
Ashley M.
Not my favorite of the Drizzt Do'Urden books so far. Some of the scenes/passages didn't make sense. For exampe:

1. Errtu only shows up at the beginning and end of the novel. What is he doing in the meantime?
2. What the heck was the "Time of Troubles"? It suddenly appeared, then left without any explanation.
3. Who killed Matron Baenre?
4. Why the longevity of the battle scenes with no explanation of why they're there?
5. Where did this whole fight with Catti-brie's sword come from?

I definately would...more
Alexander Seifert
I read this book after taking a break from the series for several months due in part to things like school, holidays, and reading some other books (like my Lovecraft hyper anthology).

I would have given this book a three, but I just really enjoy how Salvatore does large-scale fight scenes. The last third of this book was the eponymous 'siege of darkness,' and he portrays it in a way that manages to give you the whole scale, scope, and pacing through several characters without pulling your attenti...more
Adam
These novels follow the adventures of Drizzt Do’Urden, a dark elf. The main gist of the stories is that Drizzt is awesome and kicks a lot of ass. Open one of these books to a random page, and chances are you’ll read about Drizzt being awesome and kicking ass. Not only does he wield two scimitars in battle, but he has some kind of magic panther as a pet. Awesome.
Angie
Well... I am giving this book 2 stars only because it was all about battle. I didn't like the battles in Lord of the Rings either. Plus we don't get to spend too much time with the main characters... there were just different battles going on with the minor characters. And I am tired of the Underdark! Let's get into other plots!
Crystal
The ending was rather satisfying, but this one wasn't as thrilling to me as the rest of the Drizzt saga. I started reading a few chapters and then lost interest and put it down for several months before finishing it. The story seems to have a slow start, but would be a good read for those who enjoy massive fantasy battles.
Xoxe Garcia
De nuevo, Salvatore vuelve a sorprender con una fantástica obra donde la acción es la principal protagonista. Si te gustó El Retorno del Rey y especialmente la batalla de Minas Tirith, Salvatore no solo ha mejorado sino añadido factores en los que la batalla por Mithril Hall se convierte en una constante acción que no te dará ni un segundo de respiración.

Te das cuenta de esa trepidante historia y aventura cuando ves que tienes ganas de salir del trabajo o tienes ganas de tener unos minutos libre...more
Andy
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
Fantasy Literature
The major problem with Siege of Darkness is not, hopefully, R.A. Salvatore’s fault. The issue is that this is the point in THE LEGEND OF DRIZZT saga when a particularly noxious example of the “Shared Universe Event” decided to rear its ugly head, getting in everyone’s way and disrupting the meta-narrative. Its long-dreaded appearance does absolutely nothing aside from ticking a box on a checklist, so much so that I’m giving Salvatore the benefit of the doubt here and imagining that the material...more
Germancho
I found it a little uneven and disjointed, but the Time of Troubles part is pretty cool.
Adrian Shuffler
"Minden jóravaló népért."


Egy újabb érdekes fordulóponthoz érkeztünk. Először szerepel a sorozatban személyesen a Pókkirálynő. Igazán érdekes, ahogyan leírja: az egész világ csekély kis pontocska az istenek mellett. Valahogy elgondolkodtatott, ahogyan egy másik létsíkon probléma tör ki közöttük, s ez vajon milyen hatással lehet erre a világra. Nagyon érdekes volt, elgondolkodtató. S épp ezeknek a vitáknak lesz köszönhető, hogy ilyen véget ér a könyv.

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Jessica
I purposely took a very long hiatus from Drizzt and his exploits. It had gotten to where I was annoyed by the major players, and not at all intrigued by the plots. The months that I had between picking up Drizzt books were like a much-needed healing salve, and that salve worked wonders.

Once again, I was reminded why I like Salvatore's writing so much. He includes so much detail, but not so much that your eyes glaze over. He imparts wisdom and frailty into his characters, but not so much wisdom t...more
Ricky Ganci
Here’s the deal: when Salvatore is on his horse about Drizzt and Drizzt’s life from Drizzt’s perspective, the books are top-notch; there’s nothing better than whirring scimitars and the like. But when R.A. begins to dabble in filling us in on what every character is thinking, the books are a drag. Drizzt is only in about half of the book, and that half is just as good as the rest. But learning about all these new characters and commanders of different army groups and the seemingly forced-at-time...more
David Williams
Drizzt has escaped from capture in the drow city of Menzzoberanzan. Along with his friends he caused a great deal of chaos in the wake of their escape. The leaders of the drow have decided that it is time to wipe out the renegade once and for all. Matron Mother Banrae has consolidated her power and formed an army to attack the dwarven city of Mithril Hall. Standing against the forces of the Underdark are the armies of Mithril Hall, the knights of Silverymoon, the barbarian kindred of Wulfgar, an...more
Lauren
As Drizzt and Co. escape Menzoberanzan in dramatic fashion, and the drow prepare for an invasion of the surface world, the Time of Troubles (when the avatars of the gods come to the material plane and magic falters) hits and the drow establishment is thrown into uncertainty. Baenre ends up reestablishing dominance with the return of magic (and the favor of Lloth) and continues the plans for invasion. Catie-Brie and Drizzt have some kind of strange love relationship going on and Catie-Brie battle...more
Jessica
A Review of Siege of Darkness by R.A. Salvatore

Rating: One Star

Edition: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Siege of Darkness is a D & D fantasy novel by R.A. Salvatore. It is the third book in the Legacy of the Drow trilogy, a series that follows the adventures of Drizzt Do'Urden. It is also set in the Forgotten Realms world of D & D.

Like many books based in a D & D world, the reader gets a lot of action, but there are unfortunately parts of the book that just dragged on. I read the whole Leg...more
Franklin
The Drow are boring as hell and I wish their role in these books would end. The thing that makes Drizzt interesting is he is not anything like them. Drizzt himself cannot carry a story though and the books have become less interesting since the death of Wulfgar, and the fact that Bruenor and Regis roles have lessened. Catti-brie was a marginally ok minor character, but she has only progressed into a majorly annoying character. I do like Pwent but I don't see his role expanding much.
Jared
I just do not know what to say about this book. The first half of the story seemed like it was just trying to fill up space, and the second half was just one big war. Salvatore's description of action is once again impeccable, but the story has started to become predictable and repetative. What was the whole magic disapearing thing about? It was gone for like a day, then it came back. There was no explanation as to what happened or why, and it came back again for what seemed like a year absence...more
Dru
Was good to get back to the Underdark! I felt the whole romantic tension between Drizzt and Cattie-Brie felt awkwardly written as if the author didn't know how to handle it. Also he blew past the ego struggle with her sword! That had the potential to be really interesting but almost no details were provided.

Nice also to see Errtu return. That seemed foregone given Drizzt's lifespan and the only 100 year banishment of Errtu. Also, duh, it's clear that Wulfgar is in the Abyss and not dead...wish...more
Jon
It was what I expected

and more. The battle descriptions were very detailed, like I was there. On to the next trilogy of The Legend of Drizzt.
Peggy
Since I have come to this saga in the middle-it was helpful to have things explained. Listening to it on audio was challenging what with all the names-that I can't even begin to spell. The writing is fairly fast paced and far as a fantasy world goes-it sounded believable. I think if I start the series at the beginning, I might care more about these characters, but the book can stand alone as a complete tale. I hope in future to explore more of this series. R. A Salvatore is a prolific writing wi...more
Horizon
Though at times I find myself mired in the seemingly never ending series, somehow Mr. Salvatore has created a world and a handful of characters that I actually care about. This installment took a little while to get rolling but then crashed head long into an all out war that saw new characters becoming heroes and familiar characters dying as heroes. The action was intense and the ending very satisfying. I guess this is why I continue on through the massive series.
Bob
Though at times I find myself mired in the seemingly never ending series, somehow Mr. Salvatore has created a world and a handful of characters that I actually care about. This installment took a little while to get rolling but then crashed head long into an all out war that saw new characters becoming heroes and familiar characters dying as heroes. The action was intense and the ending very satisfying. I guess this is why I continue on through the massive series.
Aisha Mahmoud
The battle got a little long after a while but it was still really good. Though I wonder a lot about this Time of Troubles and are there any books that really speak to what happened during that time. That frustrated me - it just happened midway. You got no explanation why - it just started and ended. I am figuring it is something that happened in the Forgotten Realms and another author wrote about it. Just need to find out in what series.
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Synopsis 1 4 Aug 20, 2012 04:40PM  
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