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Rise of the King

(Companions Codex #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,661 ratings  ·  133 reviews
In the second book of the Companions Codex, the latest series in the New York Times best-selling saga of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, R.A. Salvatore picks up with the fan-favorite storyline of dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer and his bloody feud with the orc kingdom of Many Arrows.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2014)
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What are the prime ingredients for a newer Salvatore Realms book?

1. Salvatore reminding the reader that Guenhwyvar weighs 600 pounds.

2. Salvatore providing the reader with detailed mechanical descriptions of Catti-Brie/Ruqiah, the cleric/wizard/archer/seer/fire elementalist/blessed by Mystra/high and mighty Chosen of Mielikki, casting “Flaming Hands” repeatedly.

3. Regis/Spider Parrafin-wax wondrously producing a
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another solid installment of the new old adventures of Drizzt and Companions.

The battles and skirmishes are always nice and choreographed, Salvatore has a real knack for describing swashbuckling adventures and I never get tired of his storytelling. However, the overall feeling is the same I once experienced after the nth played hour of a very complex RPG game, when my characters abilities had already reached the highest level and I simply wandered around and around completing the secondary
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Drizzt
I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2.5 stars.

I always look forward to the newest Drizzt novels. After all, I love the world and the characters, especially Jarlaxle. I've read them since I was a girl, and they've always been something I looked forward to every year. But the latest novels in the saga have really been a mixed bag for me. I get that there were changes in the Forgotten Realms setting that Salvatore had no control over, but I
Michael Adams
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by Netgalley and Wizards for an honest review:

Anyone who has read any of my previous reviews knows that I have been involved with D&D for 24 years and reading the novels for about the same amount of time. I love fantasy novels and I count R. A. Salvatore as one of my top three authors of all time. I grew up reading the Drizzt novels and I have read every book Bob has written (except Echoes which I am working on...) so I think that I have what might be considered an educated
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In this second book of the Companions Codex, we continue the story with the reincarnated Companions of the Hall, with a large war looming with Orcs (again) instigated by the Drow (again).

Honestly while reading the first part of the book, I was pretty sure I had read this book before, so similar is the plot theme to the Thousand Orcs (right down to the bickering of the goodly folk). While in Realm time a century has
"Too often do people too greatly measure their lives by their goals, and, subsequently, by that which they consider accomplishments" (128).

My Rating
5 stars.

Book Series
Book 29 in the Legend of Drizzt series (30+ books).

My Thoughts
I have to admit I was more interested in the events and dialogue exchanges that happened outside of battle than the ones that happened within. Having read over 20 Drizzt books, I've come to expect whatever side Drizzt is on to win, which unfortunately makes the
Matthew Ciarvella
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
The first Drizzt novel came out in 1988, so I'm only two years older than Drizzt. I read my first Drizzt novel much later than that, somewhere around middle school or maybe my freshman year of high school. At the time, it was the most high-octane, intensely satisfying series I'd ever read and I would literally read one late into the night until I couldn't keep my eyes open. More than once, I woke up with a book over my face and I'd pick up right where I left off. I read those early novels so ...more
Timothy Pecoraro
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rise of the King is the second in the Companion Codex. This book was obviously meant to be the dark middle chapter of the series so I’m assuming that this is a trilogy. The book continues the story began in book one which was begun in the much longer series that more or less ended with the first book of the Sundering. All this taken into account, I can certainly understand why this book didn’t quite meet the standard that the author, himself set. The book has some high points, but more or less ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Salvatore's best since "The Pirate King." If, by some chance, you've been bored enough to read all of my reviews of Salvatore novels, you know I've been bothered by (view spoiler). But, now that I've come to accept it, I am much better able to appreciate all of the storylines that had been started in other novels. Multiple characters who had been introduced before the Spellplague, even, have re-emerged ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The following review is based on the ARC received from NetGalley.

I am a big fan of Salvatore, unfortunately, this book brought a sense of deja vu to me that was hard to shake. The universe has changed, the characters are the same with some improvements due to this being their second "go round", but the story itself feels like it's been told before. Regis is more interesting, but almost in a cliched way. The way the drow have started and been successful is almost too simplistic and it seems like
Koji Watanabe
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
When bob is writing about Drow, I find him in top form. I am interested and absolutely hinging on outcomes. When writing about Drizzt and company, I am getting bored by this point. I liked Drizzt's change in personality in Gauntlgrym and his uneasy alliance with Entreri. That direction was believable. Now, it is back to the same old Drizzt who has not changed in hundreds of years.

That being said, I still want to see a Zaknafein/Jarlaxle prequel. All drow = Most interesting
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Shark. Consider it thoroughly jumped.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable, if lightweight, fantasy romp.

A little better than the previous volume in that it's got less drow politicking and more dungeons AND dragons. But it's also a little worse because Salvatore devotes a LOT of time and pages to exhaustive battle scenes. I mean, there were battle scenes that lasted for pages upon pages. At some point no writer is strong enough to effectively convey that much detailed movement such that the mind's eye can visualize it. Salvatore CAN write well structured
Ben Nicholson
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(review of the Netgalley digital edition, maybe some mild spoilers)

Rise of the King is the latest instalment of R.A. Salvatore's Companion's Codex; on the plus side, readers of the first part, Night of the Hunter (and indeed pretty much any other of his Forgotten Realms titles), will know what to expect. On the minus side, as a continuing story with many characters & multiple, complex plotlines, it would be bewildering for a reader new to Drizzt & co.

Among the things I liked best about
Joshua John
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Led by the ingenious malign strategies of the drow , a powerful force of orc/Frost Giant/Ogre/GoblinFodder/and Dragons [oh my!] begin their blitzkrieg, divide-and-conquer, multi-faceted, all-out domination of the area spun so vibrantly by the Sir Salvatore ! Just finished reading this advanced copy and i sincerely thank NetGalley and and WOTC for the opportunity. Salvatore once again cleverly weaves a tale that builds momentum for what is sure to be an exciting next iteration (May it come out ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnd
Having tied up some loose ends in Night of the Hunter, Drizzt and his companions begin their trek toward Mithral Hall. There, Bruenor hopes to reclaim his throne and rectify what he views as his error in permitting the orc king of Many Arrows to establish a peaceful kingdom that borders the Silver Marches. Little do they realize that the Drow are already moving, and war is coming to Luruar. Orcs, giants dwarves, elves, men, and even dragons clash in this book of conflict and titanic struggle.

I've very much been enjoying the story of the reincarnated Companions of the Hall, started in the first book of The Sundering and continued in The Companions Codex (of which this is book two). Drizzt and the Companions always makes for an epic story and what we have here seems largely no exception.

While I've been enjoying the story thus far (Night of the Hunter - Companions Codex, Book I was one of my favorite books so far this year), this one didn't really seem to pull its weight. Much of this
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Salvatore, it centers upon the Companions and their adventures to the north to get to Mithral Hall. They help new friends along the way and see for themselves truly how bad the war has gotten as the orcs, goblins, giants, drow, and dragons wage war and set siege upon the cities of the goodly peoples. It sets the stage for even more action and adventure to follow, can't wait to see what comes next!
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love it. Read and enjoy. Not much left to say, R A Salvatore is my favorite writer, don't ever stop creating wonderful adventures.
Adam Duclos
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
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May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of the Companions reborn continues as the century-old peace between the orcs and dwarves comes to a close, when the dark elves cast The Darkening that blots out the sun. Drizzt must reconcile with the fact that he initiated the peace with the orcs that was doomed to fail.

Regis the halfling almost takes center stage in this novel. In his new life he's acquired many a new magical item including a beret that magically changes his appearance, and a dagger that breeds snakes. Wulfgar
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #26. Orcs fighting elves fighting dwarves fighting goblins fighting humans fighting dark elves. I do like how the author showed the long-term view of a race of beings (dark elves) in hatching a plot that took 100 years to come to fruition. I am also enjoying the rather philosophical discussion taking place amongst the characters about the nature of evil. And: glorious fantasy war (which is the only kind of war I like).
On to #27, then 28, then 29, then 30! I can't believe I've read this
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing in this that is new but sometimes that's just what you want. Ill be the first to point out that Salvatores style is cliched at this point, but this was a nice return to the early days of his writing. It was almost like he needed this reset they did recently to get back into the swing of things. Again it's nothing new but if you aren't burned out then he did a really great job with an interesting ongoing war.
Theron Williams
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
“For there is no perfect strike, no perfect defense, no perfect form. The word itself defines a state that cannot be improved, but such is not the case, is never the case with muscle and mind and technique. So there is no state of perfection, but to seek it is not folly, nay, for it is that very seeking, the relentless journey, which defines the quality of the warrior.”
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I still really like this series. It seems that some of the story has become too complicated for my taste, but at least the characters are still interesting. At first, I thought the new-old characters would be a crutch. I actually like the development of some of them, but there's still more to see. Maybe I'll catch up in the next year or so...
Katherine Moss
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being the second in a rather interesting series, for the first time, it's hard to tell where the beginning of one part of the plot ends, and another begins or are they all woven into a singular plotline with multiple strands?
The Empire Strikes Back, Forgotten Realms style. This time, pretty much everything goes wrong and our heroes lose, lose, lose. Your typical middle act of a story. Regis was awesome, though. And I loved Jarlaxle. And also Afafrenfere!
Markus Zimmerman
Time to let these heroes rest

I’ve grown up with the Companions of the Hall. As I read this book I found myself thinking more and more how it’s time to let them go. Bring in new characters, and plots, and please don’t wear out these amazing characters.
Wayne Hosking
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back to form

Salvatore back to form with the continuation of the companions trilogy. Fantastic fight scenes as always but nice plot setting but the third book in the series.
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As one of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list ...more

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Companions Codex (3 books)
  • Night of the Hunter (Companions Codex, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #25)
  • Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #27)
“to tell me how to behave. I do not want a god to guide my movements and actions—nay. Nor do I want a god’s rules to determine that which I know to be right or to outlaw that which I know to be wrong. For I surely do not need to fear the retribution of a god to keep my path aligned with what is in my heart.” 2 likes
“I have ridden a dragon!” Tiago protested. “I have eaten a dragon,” Gromph replied. I have slept with a dragon—two! Jarlaxle thought, but did not say, though he couldn’t avoid a grin at the pleasant memory of the wonderful copper dragon sisters, Tazmikella and Ilnezhara.” 2 likes
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