I'd been looking at reading this series for a while, and I was finally able to pick up the first book a few weeks ago. I've mostly had to read it in t...moreI'd been looking at reading this series for a while, and I was finally able to pick up the first book a few weeks ago. I've mostly had to read it in the evenings before bed because that's the only time I actually /had/ to read--but I was constantly having to force myself to put it down so I could sleep.
Salvatore took me in by the collar and refused to let go; so much so, that tomorrow I'm GOING to go to the bookstore before classes and get the second book, "Exile." I can already tell that Drizzt is going to become on of my favorite fantasy--/fictional/ characters.
This book, to put it simply, is absolutely fantastic.
I finished the book about a week or so ago, and ever since I’ve been trying to think of the righ...moreThis book, to put it simply, is absolutely fantastic.
I finished the book about a week or so ago, and ever since I’ve been trying to think of the right words to write an actual review. Still, no matter how many times I rewrite this, I don’t believe that I’ll ever be able to fully justify the magic of this story with a simple review.
I had actually stumbled up on this book by pure chance—the cover was what had originally caught my attention, I hadn’t seen anything like it before—so of course, I was instantly curious.
And then I read the first page.
I was hooked from the opening sentence, and I was immediately taken to a world where Temple birds--a young Dove, Lark, and Thrush--sang to the divines with the most heavenly of voices (oh yeah, and a broad-shouldered, sexy sell-sword, who has more to him than meets the eye). The imagery, the description, the music…all waiting for me once I decided to open Valnon's door. So, I bought it on my kindle first because I didn’t want to have to wait for the paperback to delve even further into Mrs. Baird’s world. I couldn’t put it down! I’d stay up late into the night, having to force myself to put it down and sleep sometime around 2:00 a.m. every morning for three days. When I reached the last chapter, I was at a loss. I so didn’t want it to be over! But, at the same time, I needed to finish, and when I did, it was difficult for me to form a complete, coherent thought.
I’m currently waiting (impatiently, mind you) for the physical copy to come in the mail; and when it arrives, the first thing I’m going to do is read it again!
I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time…but not only was it a beautiful story that had me clapping, squealing with joy, and so engrossed that it is STILL all I can think about, but the story itself was a motivation for me, personally. I'm so thankful to L.S. Baird for sharing her world with us, and I can hardly wait for future installments!
I’ll finish off by saying that if you’re even considering reading this book—do so. You won’t regret it.
May the Music of Valnon always be with you! (less)