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The Companions

(The Sundering #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  7,448 ratings  ·  505 reviews
This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life--the friends now known as the Companions of t ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2013)
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Pedro Cipriano As one that read almost all Drizzt books i'll try to give you the best advice i can. The absolute minimum i would recommend reading to understand what…moreAs one that read almost all Drizzt books i'll try to give you the best advice i can. The absolute minimum i would recommend reading to understand what this Drizzt character is all about. (no spoilers)

Skip the prequels: "Homeland, Exile, Sojourn"
Start with "The Icewind Dale Trilogy", also you can skip the first book "the Crystal Shard" while decent, its a stand alone that tries to quickly build tension and rushes in and about building characters and settings. Completelly understandable since the THIS was the VERY 1st book. A new author, new characters, building a setting: all in one novel that no one knows if it will be successfull....

Finally the good stuff: I consider an absolutelly must read the 2nd and 3rd book of Icewind dale: "Streams of Silver" and "The Halfling's Gem"
Trully amazing books, good plot and pacing, excellent battles, these will make you a Drizzt fan, one that will be glad to know where it all begun.

Then and only then, i would read the most recent stuff about the Sundering... Its a diferent setting, you will skip a ton of good books but you can always come back to them later if you want to.

Hope it helps.(less)
Vanessa The next book is Night of the Hunter, Companions Codex I. It starts out the next day after The Companions.

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Dan Schwent
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Natalie Monroe
EDIT 16/9/2015: I'm sick and tired of trolls stamping their feet and whining about how I should have read the first twenty-four books, so let me reiterate:

The Companions was marketed as the first in a series.

Second time in case you didn't hear:

The Companions was marketed as the first in a series.

Once more for luck:

The Companions was marketed as the first in a series.

When I clicked on the title on Netgalley, it was marked as The Sundering #1. I had not been in contact with the author's other
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Beth
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, own, fantasy, scifi
This is my first R. A. Salvatore read and to say I was completely taken by his world building would be an understatement.

In The Companions the first installment in The Sundering Series, Drizzt is reflecting on his lost companions. Little did he know that the goddess Mielikki has intervened, giving his friends the option to be reborn to this new world some 100 years later to help Drizzt in the journey to come.

Catti-brie, Bruenor, Regis and Wulfgar are all given the opportunity to return to the wo
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Ursula
My Rating
4 stars.

Book Series
Book 27 of the Legend of Drizzt series (30+ books).

My Thoughts
Most of the other Legend of Drizzt books you can pick up and start reading and enjoy regardless of where it is in the series. I think this book might be the exception. You need to read most or all of the previous books in the series to enjoy this one (I skipped the Transition trilogy and the Hunter's Blades trilogy).

This book has three of the previous characters who died off earlier in the ser
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Eric
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms work
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
While you do not need to have read R.A. Salvatore's earlier Forgotten Realms books to enjoy this book, my familiarity with the characters certainly didn't hurt. Having recently read the Icewind Dale Trilogy, the first books that feature the Companions of the Hall, made me that much more invested in the long and difficult journeys Catti-brie, Bruenor, and Regis faced to return to Bruenor's Climb and help their friend Drizzt.

While all three plot-lines were interesting enough in their own ways, the
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Kelly
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Companions, by R.A. Salvatore, is the first book in a new series from Forgotten Realms called The Sundering. Each book is penned by a different author and will explore the events of the Sundering from various points of view. Salvatore’s entry continues the story of Drizzt Do’Urden and the title is a call to hearts, or to be slightly more (or less) dramatic, an answer to prayers.

The book opens with a glimpse of Drizzt, whose fate at the end of The Last Threshold (Book XXIII, Neverwinter Saga,
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Bob/Sally
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's been a very long time since I last read a Drizzt Do'Urden novel, much less anything set in the Forgotten Realms, so I was excited about the opportunity to reacquaint myself with R.A. Salvatore's heroic dark elf and find out how his companions fared. Sadly, I should have either saved myself the trouble, or taken the time to investigate what The Sundering is all about.

Basically, The Sundering is the story of giant reboot, designed to shoehorn existing characters and settings into a 'simplifie
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Patrice Hoffman
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
In my younger days, which feels like ages ago, I wanted to believe I was just as smart as my older brother. Once he left home, he left behind a massive collection of books. I figured if I could read (and understand) these I must be just as smart as him. Amongst those books were Dragonlance and the Forgotten Realms series. Sadly, before that phase of my life wore off, I never got around to reading the Forgotten Realms books. I only have the Dragonlance books under my belt. With that being said, I ...more
Kevin Xu
I had a bit of problem with this book. First off for one thing, this book had almost no Drizzt. Second, when I thought characters that were dead were suppose to be dead, but I guess he is not George R.R. Martin since he is writing in the Forgotten Realms. Plus I guess Drizzt just basicaly cannot go on without his friends. So this is a book where for Drizzt to end his search, and return to the world that he once knew. That is not the kind of book for me, a book that just brings up to speed of the ...more
Larry
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forgotten-realms
From 42Webs.com

I HATED The Last Threshold.

I love Drizzt books but I HATED The Last Threshold.

It wasn’t that it was a bad book, far from it, but it was a book that nothing happened. Drizzt tried to take his new friends and make them into his old, he tried teaching Entreri to be good, he tried teaching Dahlia to love him like Cattie-Brie did and he tried to help the world in the meantime. Then he fell asleep for twenty years, had the two major threats, Tiago and Errtu – threats RA had been buildin
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Dianne
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m another newbie to the fantasy world and creative talent of R. A. Salvatore, so the bits and pieces of background story neatly placed were a great help to fleshing out what is taking place now. The Companions is the first book in the new Sundering Series, each to be additional book to be written by a different author. Imagine being a witness to the rebirth of heroes lost in the past in a world full of strange creatures in a magical realm where danger can be lurking around every corner. There ...more
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Companions from NetGalley, along with the follow up book The Sundering, this is no way effects my opinion of the books.

You're probably wondering why I've rated something and put it as did not finish. Its a little odd to do, but I should probably explain why I'm placing it as dnf first.
This is the first book I've picked up of The Drizzts series, but of co
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Ugur
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
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Mike Bertrand
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Companions of the Hall are back baby!

It seems that some of the best books in the Legend of Drizzt series are the ones where Drizzt is not present. Funny how that works.
Abhinav
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-read
You can read the full review over on my blog:

https://shadowhawksshade.wordpress.co...

Shadowhawk takes a look at the first novel in the new Forgotten Realms crossover event The Sundering.

“A thoroughly unexciting novel that is all about the setup and little else. An unexpected disappointment.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

I haven’t read all that many Forgotten Realms novels. My reading so far has been limited to the War of the Spider Queen novels, Paul S. Kemp’s Erevis Cale novels (I’m in the m
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Mike
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The Companions mark’s the first R. A. Salvatore penned Forgotten Realms novel that I’ve read in quite some time. With the Wizards of the Coast wrapping up the playtests for the latest edition of Dungeons and Dragons the Realms has been targeted for a bit of a facelift via a major cross-media event called The Sundering. While I was at one times a voracious consumer of the Forgotten Realms novels, particularly in my teens, I have since moved on and while I’ve checked back in here and there I’ve no ...more
Daniel
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Companions is the first book in The Sundering line and immediately follows the events of the Transitions series of novels which were focused on Drizzt after the Companions of the Hall ended. Despite the cover and the initial portions of the book, there is almost no Drizzt until the very end. Instead, the story focuses on the remaining Companions of the Hall with the exception of Wulfgar. Originally all of the former companions met their end in various ways, but they are now born again.

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Written by: R. A. Salvatore
Series: The Sundering
Sequence in Series: 1
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Pages: 384
ISBN-10: 0786963719
ISBN-13: 978-0786963713
Rating: 4
Genre: Fantasy

I received this copy ARC copy of The Companions from Netgalley.

The Companions is the first book in what will probably be a three part series entitled The Sundering.

The Companions starts off with Drizzt remembering the glory years with his companions Catti-brie, Regis, Bruenor, and Wulfgar.
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Ionia
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I hear the words Salvatore and new series used in the same sentence I get pretty excited, don't you? If not, then you clearly have not read this book yet. You should.

First of all, great cover done by Tyler Jacobson.

Secondly, This book restores my faith that a fantasy author can write a new series and still "have it." I have read so many others that tried to veer away from their familiar series to begin another and were epic failures. This one? Excellent.

If you are familiar with R.A. Salv
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Susan
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
I have to be honest and say that I had never read Salvatore before, but that was my reason for being thrilled at having the chance to read and review The Companions. Since I was not familiar with these characters and this world, I got to read this book as a standalone. While I didn't know these characters' history, I was still able to understand and see how much this group mattered to one another. Salvatore did a great job at developing these three characters as they were reborn with the memorie ...more
Cindy
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Carrie
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: calibre-library
The Companions is the first book in a new series of novels by R.A. Salvatore, and anyone who is a fan of his work will immediately know what this book is about just by reading the title. I began reading Drizzt Do'Urden books back in the 90's and then took a break from them about 10 years ago. After I picked up The Companions, I realized that there was some history that I missed in the past decade that I would like to catch up on. That aside, I had no issues enjoying this book at all, because thi ...more
Mid
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-and-d
As a long time fan of the Forgotten Realms, I went into this book with high expectations. I hadn't read a Drizzt book before. Sadly I was disappointed.

The main characters have the depth of a paddling pool, particularly Catti Brie. The only marginal interest came from the Netherese who weren't one dimensional evil. As a non-reader of the previous books, the idea of bringing back some characters from death came across as awkward and clumsy, a bit like a child playing paintball but refusing to sit
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Shane
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Salvatore books I've read. Absolutely recommend! ...more
bookthump
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twice in my life, I have had the honor of performing the role of Dungeon Master for my circle of gaming friends and both times I have used the Forgotten Realms campaign setting designed by Ed Greenwood. It is a rich, fully realized world that allows me to concentrate on the collaborative interactive story my friends and I are creating and not worry so much about building the world itself. I have infinite respect for those who can create their own world, e.g. Matthew Mercer of the Geek & Sundry s ...more
Josh
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A frustrating book. It's clearly a move to reboot Salvatore's most popular character (Drizzt) with his best loved allies/friends to allow for more adventures as mostly equals since the others had aged out and eventually died.

but gah, what a mostly dreadful way to do it!

Salvatore takes the somewhat unusual step of allowing his reborn characters to hold all of their earlier memories and knowledge (hard to tell for sure exactly if they have all of their old abilities per se or just information) lit
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Scott
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Robin Raymond
I picked the book up because I it involved beloved characters from previous books, but wasn't really expecting to like it. You would think I would know better by now. Salvatore has long known the paths to my heart. I was on vacation, and for that purpose this book was brilliant. It was quickly engrossing, but light enough I could put it down when I needed to do something. I will definitely go buy the next one. ...more
Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
"How long lived our memory of you when you are gone? Because in the end, that is the only measure. In the end, when life’s last flickers fade, all that remains is memory. Richness, in the final measure, is not weighed in gold coins, but in the number of people you have touched, the tears of those who mourn your passing, and the fond remembrances of those who continue to celebrate your life."
4/5 stars.
ebook, 384 pages.
Read from July 6, 2019 to July 11, 2019.

Review at The Pluviophile Writer: https
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“What good is your gold if your friends will not lift you when you have fallen?

How long lived our memory of you when you are gone?

Because in the end, that is the only measure. In the end, when life’s last flickers fade, all that remains is memory. Richness, in the final measure, is not weighed in gold coins, but in the number of people you have touched, the tears of those who mourn your passing, and the fond remembrances of those who continue to celebrate your life.”
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“How long lived our memory of you when you are gone? Because in the end, that is the only measure. In the end, when life’s last flickers fade, all that remains is memory. Richness, in the final measure, is not weighed in gold coins, but in the number of people you have touched, the tears of those who mourn your passing, and the fond remembrances of those who continue to celebrate your life. —Drizzt Do’Urden” 2 likes
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