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Gauntlgrym (Neverwinter #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  5,028 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell ...more
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Published October 5th 2010 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2010)
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Travis
Gauntlgrym by R. A. Salvatore- This is the first book in the Neverwinter trilogy as well as the twentieth novel in The Legend of Drizzt series. The next two books in the trilogy are yet to be named at the time of this review. The Legend of Drizzt series contains a number of trilogies and series and it all takes place in the Forgotten Realm universe of Dungeons and Dragons. The Dark Elf Trilogy (Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn), The Icewind Dale Trilogy (The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The ...more
Nathan
I am almost offended that this book has 4 stars. I have read and enjoyed all the Drizzt characters, but in this book Salvatore introduces a character who breaks his own world, is crazy annoying, and is quite obviously, the DM's girlfriend.

Drizzt has fought some badass stuff over the years, he's fought against Drow, Assassins, Dwarves, Demons, Liches, Undead of Every flavor. Hell, open a Monster's Manual and flip through it, Drizzt has probably killed whatever you turn to in there. (view spoiler)
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Steaiii
good god. this series needs to end.
Shannon
After many years of following Drizzt Do'Urden, the most recent book by RA Salvatore finds Bruenor and Drizzt on their own searching for Gauntlgrym. New characters are introduced as well as some older friends coming back for me (Jarlaxle specifically). Not sure exactly why, but I almost feel as if I'm losing interest the series. The writing is still spectacular, and I know that things could never remain the same as they were with the older books, but with so manyu changes happening and suddenly y ...more
Luke Van Wegen
Not only did I grow up with the Drizzt novels but I can say that they got me through some hard times spent in hospital as a teenager going through back surgery. So I feel a strong kinship with the twin scimitar wielding drow ranger. The tales have got a little repetitive since the Silent Blade with all the characters seeming nothing more than high level player characters from a game of D&D. But that is what it is and long live Drizzt Do'Urden! Gauntlgrym continues taking Drizzt into a darker ...more
Ron
Jul 09, 2011 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drizzt fans
The mass market paperback has just come out and I thought I’d celebrate it by writing a review of this era-starting novel. And the first thing I should probably say is that this is the first volume of the Neverwinter trilogy... but that it won’t make a lot of sense if you are not a previous Drizzt fan.

Be aware that old characters and past events are glossed over at best to the point that I had some trouble catching up – and I have only skipped the Ghost King novel while waiting for my local lib
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Heather Scott
This is my first 1 star review. It is also the first book ever that I felt utterly compelled to skim pages and skip sections to finish. Once upon a time I really liked Salvatore's writing and was completely in love with the Drizzt story. But something has happened after the first few trilogies with Salvatore's style that has caused me to lose interest. And it isn't the character, as I still love Drizzt to pieces.

At any rate the single star is for Jarlaxle's presence. Without him, I probably cou
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Kevin
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Jeff
Oct 11, 2010 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jeff by: Andy Kahan
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
A book written with joy and love for the characters protrayed: old friends, indeed, spanning 20-plus years of the author's life; a philosophical musing on Life, Purpose, and Fulfillment clothed in rich and fine garments of Good vs Evil, High Adventure, Heritage and Tradition, Friendship and Love. RA Salvatore's Gauntlgrym will move you, I unabahedly assert, and will bring tears to your eye - tears of joy, of just reward - by the time you finish the epilogue.

I will only add, then say no more - fo
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Stewart
Dec 21, 2012 Stewart rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
My first Salvatore and legend of drizzt book. I gave up about half way through. Mostly boring. Dull characters, boring battle writing, minimal plot. I'm usually pretty stubborn about finishing books I start reading, but this was such as waste of time and easy to put down, that I saw no reason to continue.
Kevin Xu
The only reason I gave the book four stars instead of three is because the book ties up the past nicely enough for Drizzt to move on.
Tjbray
As I read this book, the twentieth title in the Legend of Drzzt series, I felt almost drawn in with Drizzt as he battles with what we all must some day come face to face with: the loss of our loved ones. Time in this book seems like it has sped by much faster than it had in any other of the series. I'm still not sure if this is in fact the case, or if it was only emphasized more by the author to bring it to the forefront.

Many of us who have read the entire series to date can visualize the enemie
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Sensitivemuse
Drizzt fighting? check. World run amok? check. Another story plot where lots of changes are going to happen? check. Yet another book that will please the majority of Drizzt fans all over the world. The last trilogy (Transitions) was one that took me a while to get used to. It could have been because of the drastic changes happening to Drizzt, or it could have been the writing style (I found some parts to be extremely slow) but Gauntlgrym calmed my fears and woes. I could not put down this book w ...more
CluckingBell
Although it’s book #1 of the Neverwinter series, I’m pretty sure there are 20 or so other books I ought to have read before this one. Or I’m 20 years too old for reading anything Dungeons & Dragons (which I didn’t even realize I was doing at first). I may have just started too late in the game on both counts. Regardless, for a couple hundred pages it felt a little too fanciful (a unicorn, a character named Nanfoodle, and two scimitars named Twinkle and Icingdeath, for example) and derivative ...more
Forgotten Realms Queen
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Stanley
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Keith Wick
I loved this one. The interplay of the various characters thrust together in a race against time was not only convincing, but fascinating to watch. I'm a big fan of Drizzt too, but it's clear he's struggling emotionally with several things now--Salvatore really delves deep into the psyche of an aging elf who's lost many of the people he truly cares for to the ravages of time and conflict.

My only complaint is the story takes a big leap of time forward, but it didn't bother me enough to really rui
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Moominboy
One thing that saves this book is its epic adventure. I'm a DnD fan, particularly of Forgotten Realms setting, so I should have liked it. But Salvatore's style is just too... simple. Characters are shallow, the pace is jumpy and uneven (it's okay to skip 10 years between chapters but a description of a tavern fight takes five pages). If you aren't a DnD fan you will not understand a thing. In fact, same goes even if you are a DnD fan but have not read other Drizzt books. I'll have to try a DnD n ...more
Tom Mulkern
After having been removed from the world of Drizzt for many years, it was a pleasure to once again be thrown into a dazzling display of action spelled out masterfully, with words bringing vivid movements are actions to life. If Salvatore can write anything spectacularly well, its certainly his action sequences.
His keen understanding of combat manifests itself on paper with what appears to be little effort.

The story is another matter. While not as smooth and captivating as the combat, it cert
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Twig
Genialer Auftakt der neuen Reihe! Mir hat das Buch sehr gut gefallen. Alle meine Lieblingscharaktere waren dabei sogar Gromph bekam endmlich mal wieder einen kurzen Auftritt. Es wurden auch interessante neue Charaktere eingeführt und einige werden uns wohl ersteinmal verlassen aber die Story war von der ersten Seite an einfach nur spannedn. Ich werde auch direkt weiter lesen den dieses Abenteuer kann ich mir nicht entgehen lassen.
Joe Vincent Iscala
I feel that the author is building up something big for our drow hero, but from time to time I do feel pissed seeing Drizzt spiral down to reckless abandon. It makes me doubt whether he'll actually survive the loneliness that he is wallowing into right now. Mielikki better have a damn good reason for the whole catching all the companions of the hall after they die bit.

One of the most unforgettable scene was when Jarlaxe was the one to notice and point out the changes in Drizzt. And of course I'm
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Craig Andrews
After a gap of many years I decided to try and catch up on Forgotten Realms before the end of the current Sundering storyline (which I believe will reboot the world in-line with D&D Next). With far too many titles to read them all I've used hindsight to see which authors are writing the Sundering and gone back through their works to see which ones tie in the most. Obviously Salvatore's Drizzt is one of the key players and I had always enjoyed his stories before. This book, like the last few ...more
Martijn Onderwater
This is the first book I read from the Forgotten Realms, and prior to starting I was excited with anticipation. Its relation with the name and fame of Dungeons & Dragons sounded promising. Unfortunately, Gauntlgrym never came close to any form of quality.

The book started with a lot of short references to events in previous books, but these references were so minute that they added no value to me as a first time reader. Also, some characters are introduced that play almost no role, and could
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Ayame Sohma
Dull, Shattered-Glass Fantasy Fare

The prologue is promising. Salvatore summarises the more impressive and epic exploits of Drizzt and King Bruenor. Sadly, everything else is slapdash and haphazard.

Not only are all characters beyond Dahlia given a cursory introduction and background at best, but the padding is blatantly obvious and excessive. Nothing is interesting, and the combat is needlessly long-winded, wordy and dull. It's as if Salvatore needed to reach a pre-specified word count rather tha
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Adam Ross
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The creators of the Dungeons and Dragons universe have mandated change, and so has R. A. Salvatore. In Gauntlgrym both missions are accomplished with flair and drama. Over two decades have passed since the close of The Ghost King and the remaining Companions of the Hall have grown old with the weight of age. Even Bruenor’s mighty beard has turned more gray than red and he wearies of ruling Mithril Hall. His aging eyes more and more burn to quest fo
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Chy
This is book twenty, I believe.

And the Misleading While Still Being Awesome Cover Art Award goes to...

Aw, good one, though. Oh, my gripes of the series are still there, but a lot happens to make me able to get over them. I do believe Salvatore is coming to the end of the series, though. There's more power here.

This is the second time I've seen "the coming end" mean character death for people who should have died a few times throughout the series. Eh, well, I still enjoy it. I assume this'll be a
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Steven Cole
Gauntlgrym is the next installment (and the first of the new “Neverwinter” trilogy) in the ongoing saga of Drizzt Do’Urden, set in the Forgotten Realms, on of the many worlds of Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve read quite a few of these novels prior to this one, and we’ve finally gotten to the point where the different natural life spans of people (elves live ten times longer than humans) have had an impact.

In other words, Drizzt has lost nearly all of his companions. And this is a good thing! The n
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Rosanna
Nov 02, 2011 Rosanna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drizzt fans
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Daniel
Gauntlgrym is the first in the Neverwinter books and continues some of the story threads from the Transitions series. Several decades have passed since the events in those books and the cities of Neverwinter and Luskan have both seen better days. Drizzt and Bruenor are trying to find the ancient Dwarf hall of Gauntlgrym while still trying to locate the mystic forest their now deceased friends are rumored to inhabit. To aid them in their quest, Jarlaxle and Athrogate are helping, but what they un ...more
Aaron Schuitema
I thought this book for fantastic; which comes as no surprise because I've enjoyed all R.A. Salvatore's books, regarding the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden. Starring alongside Drizzt in this adventure is Bruenor Battlehammer, Drizzt's longtime dwarven companion; Dahlia, the deadly elf who takes the lives of all her lovers; Jarlaxle Baenre, the dark elf entrepreneur; and Athrogate, Jarlaxle's dwarven bodyguard. The book takes place around the discovery of the ancient dwarven city of Gauntlygrym, and th ...more
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“Damn you to Lolth's web!" he said. "Don't you dare pretend if doesn't matter to you!" "Why do you care?" Drizzt growled back at him. "No one who has ever made a diffence?" "Do you believe that?" "What do you want from me, son of Baenre?" "Just the truth-your truth. Yoy believe that you have never mae a difference?" "Perhaps there is no difference to be made," Drizzt replied. "Do not ever say that," Jarlaxle said to him. "Why do you care?" Drizzzt asked. "Because you were the one who escaped," Jarlaxle replied. "Don't you understand? Jarlaxle went on. "I watched you-we all watched you. Whenever a matron mother, or almost any female of Menzoberranzan was about, we spoke your name with vitriol, promising to avenge Lolth and kill you." "But whenever they were not around, the name of Drizzt Do'Urden was spoken with jealousy, often reverence. You do not understand, do you? You don't even recognize the difference you've made to so many of us in Menzoberranzan." "How? Why?" "Because you were the one who escaped!" "You are here with me!" Drizzt argued. "Are you bound to the City of Spiders by anything more than your own designs? By Bregan D'Aerthe?" "I'm not talking about the city, you obstinate fool," Jarlaxle replied, his vocie lowering. Again Drizzt looked at him, at a loss. "The hertiage," Jarlaxle explained. "The fate.” 16 likes
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