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Promise of the Witch King (The Sellswords #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,555 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Follows the power-hungry dark elf Jarlaxle and his assassin compatriot, Artemis Entreri, as they battle evil forces.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2005)
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Greg Strandberg
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Big let down from the previous book, Servant of the Shard, which was written several years before this.

Hey, the idea is great - you've got Jarlaxle and Artemis going out on their own to some village. What I liked were some of the battle and the feel of a good D&D adventure.

What I didn't like was the overall story for these two books. I felt Salvatore could have done better, and honestly I got the impression he just kind of wanted to get these done to fulfill some contractual obligations or s
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
According to Goodreads, this is the 34th book I've read from R.A. Salvatore and I'm sorry to say that this is the first time I've ever given him a rating below 3 stars.

My hopes were high....

Heroes of the book were Jarlaxle and Artemis Entreri so how could we go wrong?

So the setup is that we have our two bad guys/good guys and they're going adventuring and they hook up with some mercenaries and some military and they have to defeat a magical device left behind by a defeated lich. Sounds exciting
Dec 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who got really sick of Drizzt, but still crave adventure in the Forgotten Realms
R.A. Salvatore finally returns to form after about forty books of repetitive nonsense. Adventure, romance, and fight scenes that literally have you hanging on to every word. This book is fanservice to the highest degree, and one should love it. The removal of the ever fickle Drizzt as protagonist in favor of the heartless Artemis makes for one hell of a read.
P. Aaron Potter
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As time has worn on, it's become more and more ovious that R. A. Salvatore is dead tired of his cash cow, Drizzt Do'Urden. That's partially the inevitable result of twenty or thirty years stuck writing the same damned guy, but it's also got to be that, as a much more mature writer than when he started, Salvatore is painfully aware of the limitations and problems with his Drow savant: the dude is a Mary-Sue of the first water, a ridiculous over-achiever who still whines constantly about not being ...more
Dale Pearl
Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally! Finally R.A. Salvatore delivers. Many of his recent works have been junkers but this one is right up there as one of the better Forgotten Realms novels. This leaves me wondering why Salvatore can no longer deliver on his Drizzt novels when this story holds everything that I hope to find when I read the books on the kind hearted Drow.

The Promise of the Witch King has action and adventure on every single page. Not only that but Salvatore manages in this novel to keep mystery and unravels
This book felt like a video game: get in, battle zombies and gargoyles and traps, kill the monster, get the price. It felt really... small. I didn't see much of a difference between Jarlaxle and Entreri fighting the lich at the beginning and them and company fighting the dracolich in the castle. It was more of the same, just... more. Also, I really didn't like Entreri's sudden interest in anything with breasts. It felt really OOC for him.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Artemis and Jarlaxle are back in Promise of the Witch King. This book begins with a lot of promise. This pairing draws a strong parallel with other fantasy staples such as Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. Unfortunately Promise of the Witch King fails to deliver the goods.

The book's protagonists find themselves adventuring for fortune and glory in the FR lands of Vaasa and Damara (aka "The Bloodstone Lands"). The pair come across the mysterious Dragon Sisters who engage Artemis and Jarlaxle into sear
Eric Smith
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Drizzt series only.
There isn't really much that can be said about this book. The plot is well done and the writing is tight and fast as with most of Salvatore's work my biggest complaint is with the characters. These two protagonists, whose names I will avoid typing for fear of mangleing them, worked much better as antoginists in the Drizzt books. I throughly enjoyed the moral ambiguity and sometimes downright evil of their characters before but as they take over the reins in their own series and stumble into a gr ...more
Joe Moley
Dec 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I think I'm officially done with Salvatore. I've sort of been stuck on "the old girlfriend" scenario with him for years. You know, where enough time goes by since you've last checked in and you start thinking "hey, things weren't really that bad, we had some good times, maybe we should hang out again". It doesn't take long to remind you why you moved on originally...
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy-mid-evil
Any RPG lover will enjoy the writings of R.A. Salvatore.
This book take you through an adventure with a dark elf and an assassin. Along the way they meet and join with others for one common goal, and a few goals of each owns!!
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled
It's nice to see a Dungeons and Dragons book that actually features dungeons and dragons. And Jarlaxle and Entreri. Also, it was nice to not have to skip over Drizzt's usual editorials.
Michael Ware
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jaraxle and Artemis rock
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MARVELLOUS READ. The expansion of the realms with strong characters who's wit & characters are an endless source of entertainment, new characters to mull over & suspect, intrigue in layers and magnificent twists throughout the entire tale.
Camilo Navarrete
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un relato fresco, muy recursivo, donde desarrolla dos personajes secundarios en la historia del elfo oscuro, y sabe mantener la atención del lector.
Bit tedious in the middle, but still an etertaining read.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the two main characters in this part of the series. Almost, as much as Drizzt... almost.
Promise of the Witch King is a book in a long line of novels that began with The Crystal Shard. That was the novel that first introduced us to the dark exile Drizzt Do'Urden and his companions. A hallmark of those novels was the introspective musings of Drizzt as he explored his place in the world and his relationships with his friends.

It was the third novel of the series, The Halfling's Gem, that introduced us to Drizzt's archenemy, Artemis Entreri. Entreri arrived on the scene as a cold-bloode
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: game-fiction, fantasy
The Sellswords Series has my attention; Largely because while it's not Drizzt, Bruenor, Regis, Cattie-Brie and Wulfgar...but it's set parallel to those stories.

Artemis Entreri is an interesting character because of the internal struggle that is growing within him. Yes, he's a badass. He's also getting older (about 40 at this point). He's also now learning to grow beyond that hard shell he built around himself...seeing his own life as shallow and meaningless. Part of this is due to a magical fl
Joel Flank
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promise of the Witch King by R.A. Salvatore is the 2nd book in his Sellswords trilogy. This book focuses on two of the antagonists from the earlier Drizzt books, the assassin Artemis Entreri and the drow mercenary Jarlaxle. In the first book of this series, The Crystal Shard, these two were paired up and adventured together. When that book was published, it wasn't clear it was going to start a series, but was merely a diversion from the adventures of Drizzt. This book stands alone just fine, sin ...more
Adrian Shuffler
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amilyen nehezen indult, annyira nem akartam abbahagyni. Olyan szép kis történet kerekedett ki belőle a nem is olyan messzi keleti síkságokon. Hasznomra válik a térkép, nagyon szeretek rajta nézelődni és mindig várom, hogy valami új, érdekes helyet ismerhessek meg a sorozat alapján. :)

Általában azért nehéz belelendülni egy javarészt új történetbe, vagy történetrészbe, mert telepakolják új szereplőkkel, mint ahogyan itt is.
Az író az első részben megismertetett minket valóban sok érdekes karakterr
Vijay Anand
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a ride! This is my first book set in the Faerun that didn't feature the magnificent Dark Elf Drizzt Do'Urden as its protagonist. Instead, we have here another Dark Elf, Jarxaxle, and the assassin Artemis Entreri, a cold, ruthless killer of a man. Or is he?

While the larger story in the book is about how a few surviving artifacts from the terrible reign of a powerful lich called Zhengyl the witch-king resurface, and cause havoc and destruction upon the land, the heart of it is how the two unl
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book took me 2 days to read, it was that gripping. Beginning mid-adventure, there was little down-time, very few references to the main characters' pasts, and the entire second half of the book was non-stop action.

The banter between the cold-hearted assassin and the drow who trusts him like a brother (if you know anything about drow...) leaves me laughing and sharing anecdotes with anybody who will listen. Artemis still wants to kill everybody, Jarlaxle has more tricks up his sleeve, i
Definitely a step up after the old Servant of the Shard that got repackaged as book 1. I rather enjoyed the book, especially the good ol' dungeon romp towards the end.

The story sees Jarlaxle and Artemis investigating some relics of the Witch King. The plot follows their exploits in Vaasa at a fast pace. The action keeps coming scene after scene as it builds towards the finale. Really enjoyed the last few chapters, although the boss battle, while rather epic, was a little disappointing in how the
Salvatore immediately places the reader in the action of an unfolding event that causes confusion and leaves you wondering what, where and why. The confusion does not relent as he introduces new characters and events before returning to the two unlikely travel companions. But if you're hoping to make sense of it all, things will not begin to connect until the story wraps. Going from a slow start to a creeping climax, the plot is not so enticing and the reader is like to be challenged to continue ...more
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
En esta ocasión, los dos compañeros se encuentran en las tierras infestadas de monstruos del norte helado a petición de su patrón. No tardan mucho en verse envueltos en una lucha entre fuerzas poderosas a las que nada les gustaría más que verlos muertos... o algo peor.
Pero Entreri y Jarlaxle son algo más que simples mercenarios errantes, y las antiguas fuerzas maléficas de las salvajes Tierras de la Piedra de Sangre posiblemente hayan encontrado unos rivales dignos de su fiereza.
Excelente relato
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seeking to forge a respectable reputation, the dark elf mercenary, Jarlaxle, and the human assassin, Artemis Entreri journey to the Bloodstone lands. They become entailed in a mission with a vast array of one-sided characters, including a ridiculous, rhyming dwarf assassin.

Most of Promise of the Witch King reads like a dungeon crawl. The anti-heroes fight battle after battle of gargoyles, golems, goblins, and undead. Jarlaxle's unending repertoire of get-out-of-a-tight-spot magic becomes redund
Forgotten Realms Queen
So! The second installment of that curious adventuring duo Jarlaxle Baenre and Artemis Entreri.

I rather enjoyed this book, but I can see where fans of the assassin would hold this book in contempt.

This story is all about defeating the relics of a lich that was destroyed roughly a decade before the events of this book take place. Jarlaxle is his surprising self, knowing everything and having a trick up his sleeve for everyone. Artemis however, we see a change coming over him. He's not as quick to
Hacedores Desierto
Bueno, primero tengo que decir que es la típica novela de R.A. Salvatore. ¿Con esto qué quiero decir? Pues que tiene un ritmo muy particular, con muchos combates muy bien escenificados. ¿Cuál es la parte mala de ello? Lo de siempre, que si no te gustan los combates, lo llevas muy crudo. Asimismo, tiene un problema añadido, y es que, o yo recuerdo muy mal, o después del final del Siervo de la Piedra han sucedido muchas cosas. Lo cual tiene por contra que, al principio, no reconoces a Entreri com ...more
Bence Kakucsi
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh I love these two, indeed the best protagonists are former antagonists. Strangely however, I cannot decide if Salvatore is a very good or a below average author. I have read around half of the Drizzt series, and I just finished with this one, I think that he is good at weaving tales and fates, but on a longer range. Only now I start to see the motivations of some characters in his realm, and because of this some might have seemed very one dimensional, almost boring after a few books. Whilst in ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is without a doubt the weakest of the Salvatore novels I have read so far. Some lists have this book as one of the Drizzt books. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ THESE BOOKS TO FOLLOW THE DRIZZT SAGA. The Sellswords series is a spin-off of Drizzt featuring two of his villains having evolved into anti-heroes of a kind. Drizzt and friends do not appear. Unless you are a completest, I would skip these if you haven't already bought them. They did things in kind of a sneaky way to ensnare readers by maki ...more
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