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Starless Night (Legacy of the Drow #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  20,286 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
The sequel to the NYT The Legacy, as well as Book One in TSR's first hardcover trilogy by Salvatore, Starless Night features Drizzt Do'Urden, hero of the Icewind Dale and Dark Elf trilogies. Drizzt returns to his birthplace, the subterreanean city of Menzoberranzan, to free himself of those who seek his death.
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published August 24th 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (first published July 30th 1992)
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David
Anyone who's been reading Drizzt stories until now probably don't need any reviews to determine whether he keeps reading or not. While I like the many contemplation moments in this book and feel despair and loss as a result of the first book, there's one thing that feels unrealistic - and that's how powerful they are or how lucky they are. Despite the fact that the heroes are heading into enemy territory, things seem to always go their way. I just feel that a couple of the encounters could have ...more
Leliel Mitsukai
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, highfantasy
I read the first 13 Drizzt books back-to-back, so I sometimes forget what happened in which specific book but I certainly enjoyed the ride. The rating above reflects only the content.

This book stood out for a different reason...The cover is so absolutely atrocious it irked me every time I looked at it. The whole "Legacy" series in this printing is bad, but this one takes the cake. If you aren't familiar with the story, Drizzt is a young drow warrior. In this depiction he looks like an ancient, c
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Alex
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm writing this as a thirty-six-year-old male who only picked this book up because its horrible cover drew him in, and the two-dollar used book price tag was just right.

This is the first Drizzt book I've ever read. It's also chronologically the eighth book in the series. That said, I know I missed out on a lot of character work and plot background which is regularly mentioned throughout this story. There's stuff about past character deaths and quests, but I didn't feel that the lack of this bac
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Gwarlim
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book was AMAZING!!!!!!! The characters are a bit difficult to understand if you start the series on this book because they've grown more complex over the series, but Salvatore provides enough to have a simple understanding for the story and relations between characters. I must say that my favorite has to be Drizzt himself, but you'd have to read it for yourself to find out.
Tony
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Reeling from the loss of one of his dearest friends, the warrior dark elf Drizzt journeys back into the Underdark - but can he survive the harsh environment after years of growing accustomed to life on the surface?

In pursuit of Drizzt are his loyal friends: Cattie-brie, the dwarven-raised deceptively tough-as-nails human female, and Guenhwyvar the panther, 600 pounds of fur, teeth, and claws! Meanwhile, the ever-eccentric drow mercenary leader, Jarlaxle, and the human assassin now stuck in the
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Suz
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
I enjoyed this one. Seeing the way our band of characters grieves a loss, pulls together, kicks ass and takes names.

For me, these usually border a line between "too much action" and "wow, that was exciting." Too many of them in a row and it's too much, but spacing them out a bit improves the experience, I think.
Twila
There are no shadows in the Underdark. There is no room for imagination in the Underdark. It is a place for alertness, but not aliveness, a place with no room for hopes and dreams.
- Drizzt Do’Urden

My favourite Forgotten Realms novels are the ones that take place in the Underdark. The savage and wild Drow fascinate me more than any other race I know. They’re devious, conniving and cutthroat. And I freaking love them. So, Drizzt deciding to leave the surface and return to his former home of Men
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Fantasy Literature
While reading THE LEGEND OF DRIZZT series, I’ve developed the grim suspicion that every time R.A. Salvatore looks at his characters and thinks “time for some development, lads and lasses,” he immediately starts trying to shoehorn in an adventure to go along with it. Apparently one simply cannot have development through conversation or work or leisure or for that matter anything else that does not involve leaping off the hunched shoulders of your barbarian friend to stab an ogre in the face. Gran ...more
Richard
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While a bit silly at times (a talking sword?), Starless Night gets into the action quickly.

(The only hitch is that the assassin Entiri gives the magic ruby-pendant back to Drizzt in the last half of the book. Whut. Why?).

The plot is fantastic! The characters are marvelously written into the plot.
The dwarves take a back seat, and the halfing Regis comes into his own leading them. It's powerful and fantastic.
The Joker mercenary, master of manipulation & chaos in the evil dark-elf city drives t
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Cari Mcconnell
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drizzt, you are a kick-butt super awsome drow boss, why are you whining like a punk? This will become a reaccuring complaint by the way. This was the one where he gets all emotionally bent out of shape that pain had been caused on his behalf. Then Cattie-brie has to go and drag him out of the caverns. I was at a toss-up over whether Cattie-Brie came across as an awsome empowered female who isn't afraid to risk her life for a friend, or if she more came off as the woman who drives out in the midd ...more
Olaf Funke
Die ersten zwei Bände dieses Zyklus sind bisher die schwächsten der Drizzt-Reihe
Leider ist der Auto der Ansicht, es wäre eine Super-Idee, seine Helden mal so richtig leiden zu sehen, aber wenn ich das lesen will, dann greife ich zu Büchern von Martin.
Salvatore steht für mich für Bücher, in denen am Ende der Held der strahlende Gewinner ist und nciht gebrochen am Boden liegt. High Fantasy liegt ihm defintiv mehr als Dark Fantasy.
Drizzt wird hier mehr zu einem nervigen Jammerlappen, der von seinen
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Jsrott
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The aftermath of what happened in the previous book plays a big part in the motivation for Drizz't in this one. Somehow, it didn't feel authentic. However, it was still full of action and adventure, and the plot took advantage of the world built by the creators. I'm worried that the subsequent books will feel a bit formulaic, but it's a good story nonetheless, so I'll stick with it.
Nate
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall really fun. The author has a to balance between keeping the story moving and stopping to recognize the structure he has already built. It's getting a bit bulky and spread out but overall a really fun part of the series.
Sono
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leaves a lot of perfectly amazing questions.
Karlito
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A grand adventure through the Underdark with spectacular characters & twists!
Kaci
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, the other cover was so bad I deleted my FB review and reposted with a different cover. Because I am that way.
Aaron Osborn
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time through this series, and I have been intrigued and entertained by all of the books so far, but this book, this book has taken my love for fantasy novels higher. This book might be one of my favorite fantasy novels I have ever read.
If you haven't read the previous books, don't even bother. If you have been on the fence as to whether or not to read The Dark Elf Trilogy prequels, and have read all of the other books up to this point, before you read this book would be a great
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Paul
Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore is the second book in The Legacy of the Drow series and this book brought our main character back to his roots. Upset with the Drow attacking Mithril Hall and the results, Drizzt decides to sacrifice himself, to save his friends, by returning to Menzoberrazan. This is basically a suicide mission that Drizzt does not intend to come back from. Catti-Brie does not want to lose her close friend though, and decides to follow Drizzt.

I liked this sequel to The Legacy be
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Lauren
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Jessica
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Jessica
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: R.A. Salvatore fans
Shelves: 2007, 2013
A Review of Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore

Rating: Two Stars

Edition: Mass Market Paperback

Genre: Fantasy/Dungeons & Dragons

This is one of R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden/Forgotten Realms books and is the second book in the Legacy of the Drow series. I've never been very crazy about ANY book that is based off of a Dungeons and Dragons world. My husband really loves all of the Forgotten Realms books, so we have a lot of them sitting around the house. And, of course, if there is a book sittin
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Adam Wik
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short Review
If you already really like Drizzt and the Forgotten Real series, or you are currently / have a lot in common with your average 14 year old boy you'll probably enjoy this. Light on substance, heavy on paper thin characters, magic, swords, and general fantasy trappings.

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Adrian Shuffler
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Élete sziklaszilárdnak hitt alapjai homokként folytak el az üvöltő szélben."

Ha van több szálon futó könyv, melyben a szereplők tervei egymásét segítik, vagy épphogy hátráltatják, akkor ez az. Igazán sokat kellett gondolkodnom legalább minden második oldal után, hogy a könyv által okozott fejfájás elmúljon. Túlságosan összetett az egész, már-már tökéletesen.

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Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
"No hay sombras en la antípoda oscura. Sólo después de pasar años en la superficie he llegado a comprender la importancia de ese hecho aparentemente insignificante. La importancia del contraste entre la luz y la oscuridad. La antípoda oscura. Un mundo de tinieblas donde reina una noche eterna. Una noche sin estrellas"
...Y al que Drizzt DoUrden debe regresar aun en contra de su voluntad. El elfo oscuro tiene que descubrir si persiste la amenaza de que las madres matronas de Menzoberranzan, la ciu
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Oliver Kis
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another amazing piece of writing. Again Drizzt's adventure is something I can't forget in 'Starless Night'. Everything I will ever enjoy was in this book. Lots of fighting and finally there's more lore to learn from. Plus, there's more romance between two of the main protagonists. So that's something to look forward to. So, it starts off rather suspicious with Drizzt leaving. After this point, things get rather straight forward as it's all explained through the characters dialogue and though ...more
Pamela
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drizzt returned to the Underdark, thinking it would save Mithral Hall and his surface friends. He gets his eyes opened once again when he finally arrives, learning another lesson of life and friendship.
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R.A. Salvatore has done it again! Starless Night continues a storyline first started in The Legacy. Drizzt Do'Urden is an extremely cool character that I love reading about. Is he the perfect warrior that never makes a mistake? No . . . but that is what I like about him. He is fallible. He is the type of character that all fantasy lovers will feel a bond to right away.

The action sequences in this book are exquisite. Nobody, and I mean nobody, write better battle scenes than R.A. Salvatore. His
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Another thrilling book in the Drizzt series! In this installment, we learn that the evil drow are planning to lay seige to Mithril Hall and take it for their own. When Drizzt discovers this, he leaves his friends to travel to the drow Underdark city of his childhood to turn himself in and try to stop the seige. Catti-brie finds out and follows after him, determined to bring him back to safety.

I really enjoyed this book and found myself on the edge of my seat for nearly the duration of the book,
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Alex
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mentioned to my wife that The Legacy was like Salvatore's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in that it really broke out of the formulaicism of its predecessors, and hinted at much greater depth in the overall story and main characters*.

If that's the case, then Starless Night is like Order of the Phoneix-- well-written, but with main chararcters that make decisions so stupid, you wish you could reach into the book and smack them.

Seriously... Drizzt? Cattie-Bree? What's your plan? Are you ser
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Fco. Salvador
Novela típica de Salvatore y su gran personaje.
En esta ocasión se inicia despacio, con bastante cháchara pseudosentimental entre los personajes heroicos, y una gran abundancia de escenas donde se nos muestran los planes de los malos.
En esta ocasión ese puesto está ocupado por la ciudad drow de Menzoberranzan. Un pequeño problema que encuentro es que se nos habla constantemente de lo peligrosa que es la Infraoscuridad y de la fiereza de la raza de elfos oscuros, pero cuando, en el tramo final del
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Other Books in the Series

Legacy of the Drow (4 books)
  • The Legacy (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #7)
  • Siege of Darkness (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #9)
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“What is it about your race that none of you can seem to properly weigh your own value? Every human seems to think more of herself than she should, or less of herself than is sensible!” 3 likes
“But in his years among the drow, Drizzt Do'Urden had learned to look beyond physical beauty and physical attraction. Drizzt did not separate the physical from the emotional. He was a superb fighter because he fought with his heart and would no sooner battle merely for the sake of battle than he would mate for the sake of the physical act.” 2 likes
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