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Starless Night (Legacy of the Drow #2)

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Return to the City of Spiders!

Still reeling from the death of Wulfgar, Drizzt is allowed little time to grieve, for dark elves are massing in the caverns deep under Mithral Hall. To protect his adopted home, he'll have to return to the city of his birth, the evil City of Spiders. Menzoberranzan is one of the most dangerous places in the already perilous Underdark on a good
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published July 30th 1992)
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Anyone who's been reading Drizzt stories until now probably don't need any reviews to determine whether he keeps reading or not. While I like the many contemplation moments in this book and feel despair and loss as a result of the first book, there's one thing that feels unrealistic - and that's how powerful they are or how lucky they are. Despite the fact that the heroes are heading into enemy territory, things seem to always go their way. I just feel that a couple of the encounters could have ...more
Leliel Mitsukai
Jan 10, 2011 Leliel Mitsukai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, highfantasy
I read the first 13 Drizzt books back-to-back, so I sometimes forget what happened in which specific book but I certainly enjoyed the ride. The rating above reflects only the content.

This book stood out for a different reason...The cover is so absolutely atrocious it irked me every time I looked at it. The whole "Legacy" series in this printing is bad, but this one takes the cake. If you aren't familiar with the story, Drizzt is a young drow warrior. In this depiction he looks like an ancient, c
There are no shadows in the Underdark. There is no room for imagination in the Underdark. It is a place for alertness, but not aliveness, a place with no room for hopes and dreams.
- Drizzt Do’Urden

My favourite Forgotten Realms novels are the ones that take place in the Underdark. The savage and wild Drow fascinate me more than any other race I know. They’re devious, conniving and cutthroat. And I freaking love them. So, Drizzt deciding to leave the surface and return to his former home of Men
Nov 26, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Reeling from the loss of one of his dearest friends, the warrior dark elf Drizzt journeys back into the Underdark - but can he survive the harsh environment after years of growing accustomed to life on the surface?

In pursuit of Drizzt are his loyal friends: Cattie-brie, the dwarven-raised deceptively tough-as-nails human female, and Guenhwyvar the panther, 600 pounds of fur, teeth, and claws! Meanwhile, the ever-eccentric drow mercenary leader, Jarlaxle, and the human assassin now stuck in the
Fantasy Literature
While reading THE LEGEND OF DRIZZT series, I’ve developed the grim suspicion that every time R.A. Salvatore looks at his characters and thinks “time for some development, lads and lasses,” he immediately starts trying to shoehorn in an adventure to go along with it. Apparently one simply cannot have development through conversation or work or leisure or for that matter anything else that does not involve leaping off the hunched shoulders of your barbarian friend to stab an ogre in the face. Gran ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While a bit silly at times (a talking sword?), Starless Night gets into the action quickly.

(The only hitch is that the assassin Entiri gives the magic ruby-pendant back to Drizzt in the last half of the book. Whut. Why?).

The plot is fantastic! The characters are marvelously written into the plot.
The dwarves take a back seat, and the halfing Regis comes into his own leading them. It's powerful and fantastic.
The Joker mercenary, master of manipulation & chaos in the evil dark-elf city drives t
Cari Mcconnell
Jul 15, 2012 Cari Mcconnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drizzt, you are a kick-butt super awsome drow boss, why are you whining like a punk? This will become a reaccuring complaint by the way. This was the one where he gets all emotionally bent out of shape that pain had been caused on his behalf. Then Cattie-brie has to go and drag him out of the caverns. I was at a toss-up over whether Cattie-Brie came across as an awsome empowered female who isn't afraid to risk her life for a friend, or if she more came off as the woman who drives out in the midd ...more
Oliver Kis
Jan 23, 2016 Oliver Kis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another amazing piece of writing. Again Drizzt's adventure is something I can't forget in 'Starless Night'. Everything I will ever enjoy was in this book. Lots of fighting and finally there's more lore to learn from. Plus, there's more romance between two of the main protagonists. So that's something to look forward to. So, it starts off rather suspicious with Drizzt leaving. After this point, things get rather straight forward as it's all explained through the characters dialogue and though ...more
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
"No hay sombras en la antípoda oscura. Sólo después de pasar años en la superficie he llegado a comprender la importancia de ese hecho aparentemente insignificante. La importancia del contraste entre la luz y la oscuridad. La antípoda oscura. Un mundo de tinieblas donde reina una noche eterna. Una noche sin estrellas"
...Y al que Drizzt DoUrden debe regresar aun en contra de su voluntad. El elfo oscuro tiene que descubrir si persiste la amenaza de que las madres matronas de Menzoberranzan, la ciu
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R.A. Salvatore has done it again! Starless Night continues a storyline first started in The Legacy. Drizzt Do'Urden is an extremely cool character that I love reading about. Is he the perfect warrior that never makes a mistake? No . . . but that is what I like about him. He is fallible. He is the type of character that all fantasy lovers will feel a bond to right away.

The action sequences in this book are exquisite. Nobody, and I mean nobody, write better battle scenes than R.A. Salvatore. His
Adam Wik
Oct 15, 2015 Adam Wik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short Review
If you already really like Drizzt and the Forgotten Real series, or you are currently / have a lot in common with your average 14 year old boy you'll probably enjoy this. Light on substance, heavy on paper thin characters, magic, swords, and general fantasy trappings.

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Alex Bergonzini
Feb 11, 2016 Alex Bergonzini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es una aventura continua, no dejan de sucederse los momentos de acción, donde no sales de una emboscada que ya te están metiendo en otra batalla,eso sí, todo es muy lineal, no existen saltos que desencajen en el momento y se agradece.

La historia vuelve como en el principio de la saga, donde las familias Drow no dejan de confabular y planear su futuro poder en la jerarquía de la raza, regresan las traiciones, los subterfugios, los planes que se frustran y giros inesperados propios de
Kyle Leeper
Once again we find Drizzt back in the underdark in Menzoberranzan (spelling may be off there, can you blame me?) and he is quickly reminded of how harsh and brutal his kin is. Jarlaxxle is becoming a favorite character for me after his role in this story. I liked it
Feb 24, 2014 Andy rated it liked it  ·  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
Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore is the second book in The Legacy of the Drow series and this book brought our main character back to his roots. Upset with the Drow attacking Mithril Hall and the results, Drizzt decides to sacrifice himself, to save his friends, by returning to Menzoberrazan. This is basically a suicide mission that Drizzt does not intend to come back from. Catti-Brie does not want to lose her close friend though, and decides to follow Drizzt.

I liked this sequel to The Legacy be
Adrian Shuffler
Jul 29, 2014 Adrian Shuffler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Élete sziklaszilárdnak hitt alapjai homokként folytak el az üvöltő szélben."

Ha van több szálon futó könyv, melyben a szereplők tervei egymásét segítik, vagy épphogy hátráltatják, akkor ez az. Igazán sokat kellett gondolkodnom legalább minden második oldal után, hogy a könyv által okozott fejfájás elmúljon. Túlságosan összetett az egész, már-már tökéletesen.

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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Another thrilling book in the Drizzt series! In this installment, we learn that the evil drow are planning to lay seige to Mithril Hall and take it for their own. When Drizzt discovers this, he leaves his friends to travel to the drow Underdark city of his childhood to turn himself in and try to stop the seige. Catti-brie finds out and follows after him, determined to bring him back to safety.

I really enjoyed this book and found myself on the edge of my seat for nearly the duration of the book,
Sep 28, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mentioned to my wife that The Legacy was like Salvatore's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in that it really broke out of the formulaicism of its predecessors, and hinted at much greater depth in the overall story and main characters*.

If that's the case, then Starless Night is like Order of the Phoneix-- well-written, but with main chararcters that make decisions so stupid, you wish you could reach into the book and smack them.

Seriously... Drizzt? Cattie-Bree? What's your plan? Are you ser
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Apr 03, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: R.A. Salvatore fans
Shelves: 2007, 2013
A Review of Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore

Rating: Two Stars

Edition: Mass Market Paperback

Genre: Fantasy/Dungeons & Dragons

This is one of R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden/Forgotten Realms books and is the second book in the Legacy of the Drow series. I've never been very crazy about ANY book that is based off of a Dungeons and Dragons world. My husband really loves all of the Forgotten Realms books, so we have a lot of them sitting around the house. And, of course, if there is a book sittin
Ricky Ganci
Again, sort of a disappointing volume of the Drizzt books. Lots of action, tons of violence, but not a whole lot of plot. There's some interesting ideas about a person reverting back to their darker nature in the aftermath of tragedy, but not a whole lot of well-developed ideas like the Dark Elf Trilogy presented. The sequence of events was extremely simple, though convoluted by subplots that didn't really make a whole lot of sense some time. I found myself dozing off and skimming during the lon ...more
Ежко Таралежко
Ами стандартно приятно продължение на сагата за тъмния елф. Ако са ви харесали и предишните 7 части, то няма да останете неприятно изненадани от тази.
Само дето самия тъмен елф ми е малко скучен на фона на анти-героя Артемис Ентриери (който подозирам рано или късно ще мине към добрите) и хюмънската мацка Кати-Бри, която става все по-badass анихилатор на де що има твари с Evil наклонности. Хайде да видим какво се случва в том 9-ти ;)
I still can't get over that horrific cover art.

If it weren't for the truly awful continuity issues (and repetitive language - man, how many times can you fit 'evil drow' and 'sublimate' into a fricking novel) , even just from one chapter to the next, I actually probably would have given this book 4 stars.
There's a good bit of character development, strong female characters, and the author even addresses some good issues - such as casual sexism in society.
Fco. Salvador
Novela típica de Salvatore y su gran personaje.
En esta ocasión se inicia despacio, con bastante cháchara pseudosentimental entre los personajes heroicos, y una gran abundancia de escenas donde se nos muestran los planes de los malos.
En esta ocasión ese puesto está ocupado por la ciudad drow de Menzoberranzan. Un pequeño problema que encuentro es que se nos habla constantemente de lo peligrosa que es la Infraoscuridad y de la fiereza de la raza de elfos oscuros, pero cuando, en el tramo final del
David Williams
In the last novel a raid was launched to capture Drizzt and return him to the city of Menzzoberanzen. Drizzt was able to escape with the help of his friends, but not without a price. The noble barbarian Wulfgar fell in battle with an creature from another dimension. His friends grieve over his loss. Bruenor can barely function as king in Mithril Hall. Drizzt knows that his enemies will keep coming for him no matter what. So he decides to end it. What is plans are never become quite apparent. He ...more
Zachary Taylor
Jun 09, 2016 Zachary Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm extremely skeptical where I stand with this book. I love the underdark and drow society in general BUT I'm sick of it. The Halfling's Gem is still my favorite setting wise and I'm looking forward to completely this story arc and getting back to the surface world. That said there's quite a few developments that make this installment enjoyable. Most notable is the character development of both Drizzt and (view spoiler).
Jun 03, 2010 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not one of the stronger Drizzt volumes. I am now conflicted regarding Cati-Brie's strengths as a character as I rather disliked and found it to be lazy writing regarding the impetuous nature of her going on her adventure.

And there's that weird old slightly elfish grandpa on the cover again.
Seriously, were they afraid to put a Drow on the cover? Who approved this?
Jul 31, 2015 Victor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R.A. Salvatore right now is my favorite fantasy writer. This is a great book, with plenty of politics (though less than George R. R. Martin’s books) and magic. Honestly, the fighting seemed to get in the way, and I probably would give this book 4.5 stars, but I do not see how to do that. Anyway, if you like Dark Elves, you will truly enjoy this book.
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Legacy of the Drow (4 books)
  • The Legacy (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #7)
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“But in his years among the drow, Drizzt Do'Urden had learned to look beyond physical beauty and physical attraction. Drizzt did not separate the physical from the emotional. He was a superb fighter because he fought with his heart and would no sooner battle merely for the sake of battle than he would mate for the sake of the physical act.” 2 likes
“What is it about your race that none of you can seem to properly weigh your own value? Every human seems to think more of herself than she should, or less of herself than is sensible!” 2 likes
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