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Neverwinter by R.A. Salvatore
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Read from December 13 to 22, 2011

Like the first book in this trilogy, "Neverwinter" suffers under its reliance on combat. Salvatore lingers too long in fight scenes instead of investing more serious effort in making the reader care about what's at stake.

Some really interesting things happen to Drizzt, as far as developing his character, thanks to his interactions with the starkly opposite Dahlia. At first I was hoping Drizzt wouldn't fall for her charms, but I enjoyed the contrast between them - and the irony that the dark elf is the "good" one, the normal elf the "bad" one. This was some development that he needed badly for his new life post-Mithral Hall, but sadly, this entire plot thread practically vanished in Part II.

The entire excursion to Luskan felt a little useless - perhaps this will change in the light of the third book. Like the first book, though, the setting continued to stray far from Neverwinter itself, a strange move in a trilogy (and a book!) named for the city. Herzgo Alegni's scenes are almost exclusively set there, but they are few. This isn't necessarily a flaw, but it's a poor decision to name a trilogy after a setting where at least 2/3 of the story doesn't take place. It smacks of a poor attempt to market the new D&D 4E campaign setting.

Drizzt fans will be satisfied, but probably won't adore this entry in the series. There's some tantalizing developments, but they fall by the wayside in favour of chapter-spanning battles. Here's hoping the third book redeems the trilogy!
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Victor I still wonder why Salvatore didn't name the book "Neverwinter Wood", it would have been more fitting, at least.


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