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Starless Night

(Legacy of the Drow #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  23,567 ratings  ·  227 reviews
I can find no answers in Mithril Hall....The apparent serenity of Drizzt Do'Urden, the brooding quiet, will show me nothing of the future designs of the drow. yet, for the sake of my friends, I must know those dark intentions. And so I fear that there remains only one place for me to look...

The Underdark. A place of brooding darkness, where no shadows exist, and where
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1994 by Random House TSR (first published July 30th 1992)
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Paul Bagosy I asked Salvatore about that back in 2010, and he said that he was as baffled as I was and had no control over the cover art. I know it's *supposed*…moreI asked Salvatore about that back in 2010, and he said that he was as baffled as I was and had no control over the cover art. I know it's *supposed* to be Drizzt, but to preserve my sanity I just assume it's Matron Baenre.(less)

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Markus
A low point in the Drizzt legend, almost down to Icewind Dale trilogy levels, primarily because it reads like a repeat of the previous book. In The Legacy, Drizzt gets captured and taken into the Underdark and needs to be rescued. In Starless Night, Drizzt willingly walks off into the Underdark and needs to be rescued.

Regardless, it is definitely an acceptable middle book in an overall very much decent quartet of Forgotten Realms book. I may have been biased against it from having read it all in
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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
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,
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Ursula
"It is a defeat of the spirit to learn that one's arrogance causes such loss and pain. Pride invites you to soar to heights of personal triumph, but the wind is stronger at those heights and the footing, tentative. Farther, then, is the fall" (235).

My Rating
4 stars

Book Series
Book 8 of The Legend of Drizzt series (30+ books).

My Thoughts?
First half was a little slow. The reasons for why Drizzt was heading back to Menzoberranzan were explained and reexplained. I get why the author wanted to
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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
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Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
I enjoyed this a degree more than R.A. Salvatore's prior few Drizzt books, for this reason: it was a significantly more condensed adventure. In previous outings, Drizzt spent one book escaping, Menzobarranzan (I'm not looking up the correct spelling), another hanging out in the Underdark, a third establishing himself on the surface world, and the last dealing with a Drow assault on Mithril Hall. In Starless Night, all four adventures are essentially revisited, in reverse, in compact fashion. It ...more
Zaeris
A journey into the underdark and a revisit to the dark elf city of menzoberranzan.
Incredible, awesome adventure packed with movie-like scenes of combat.
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Very, very good, but this book would not stand on its own well at all. It's a chapter of a larger series.
Tony
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
Once again, I found myself utterly let down by this book. So Drizzt decides he needs to return to the Underdark and strikes alone without even Guen to help. His side of the story was really interesting. I liked the return to the Underdark, I liked seeing Drizzt wrestle with his past and future coming together, and I liked all the conflict there.

And then Cattie-Brie strikes off on her own to go after Drizzt and one thing became very apparent to me: Cattie-Brie is a gigantic pain in the ass and a
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Alex
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Harry Flaskos
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even after eight books, Salvatore consistently delivers exciting action and masterful writing. Awesome book, couldn’t put it down!
Gwarlim
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Adam Wik
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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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Suz
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy
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.
Fantasy Literature
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Richard
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Cari Mcconnell
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Gregory
The start of another trilogy. Drizzt makes a foolish decision to tackle a problem solo and he has to learn the hard way that friends are important and necessary no matter how skilled in combat you are. This opening book creates nice tension and sets the stage for more confrontation and revenge to follow.
Lora Shouse
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am continually amazed that R.A. Salvatore can keep coming up with interesting new plot lines for the Legend of Drizzt series. I think this is the eighth one I have listened to, and they are all great. And yes, those that happen in the Drow city of Menzoberranzan do seem to be in many ways the best. Something about that place, lighted by fairy light and home to so much backstabbing and intrigue among the various noble houses, is just deliciously spooky.

In this story, Drizzt, feeling that he was
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Sean McBride
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The writing in this series keeps getting better and better. The characters are more fleshed out, giving a little more fullness, and the plotting is streamlined, less D&D like the previous books were (I.E. random encounters when traveling). This is not the strongest of the series, if only because it's a pointless addition to the series. This was an interval, character building book, but the whole plot was only centered, so that the characters could come to understanding of their emotions. ...more
Michael Sanders
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It has been a number of years since I read an RA Salvatore book, so I couldn't exactly remember his style. I read the Drizzt books in order, so this is the 8th book of his that I read. He tells a good story, no doubt, but I feel like this book sort of got bogged down in the fight scenes. He can write a fight scene like nobody else with great description, so he gets credit for that, but I feel that the storyline suffered a bit because after every scene of storytelling, was a grand fight scene. I ...more
Jason Adams
Pointless

It’s funny how it requires going to the Underdark to really figure out that you didn’t need to go to the Underdark. Or so R.A. Salvatore would have us believe in “Starless Night.” It is never really clear why Drizzt sets out on this adventure. Clearing his head after the loss of the previous novel? Maybe. Attempting to bargain with his brethren? Really? Suicide? Unclear.

Salvatore punctuates certain parts of the novel with a first person reminiscence of an older Drizzt, yet these
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MorteTorment(Unofficial World's Fastest Reader)
Dear god was this book amazing!

The Good:
Drizzt is awesome, as always. But he's extra awesome here, showing that he's willing to sacrifice everything to save those dear to him. There's also a surprise appearance by someone that Drizzt saved in the original trilogy.
This finally made me go for Belwar. Such an awesome villain.
It was consistently engaging the entire time.
Cattie-brie finally got to be a badass with her bow, and went in to save Drizzt.

The Great: Most of the last third reminded me of
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Nicolae-Gheorghe Cojocaru
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This reads different than the other adventures so far, seems more..condensed in a way. The current explored world is bigger (Menzoberranzan) - but we only see specific parts of it.

As a critique and appreciation - I realized - when I almost skipped passages of text trying to keep the reading flow I was accustomed to from the other books so far - that I had to slow down to really appreciate the meticulousness Salvatore put into his fighting choreography throughout all the book - and this would be
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Charles
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a review that also includes comments of the Audible version:

The book starts out slowly and gradually builds up the action and excitement, as Drizzt and his friends deal with tragedy and old enemies. We go into the Underdark and see more of the Dark Elves and other creatures that live down there, which is very interesting and keeps the suspense going.

The book is enjoyable, but Victor Bevine still has an odd way of narrating for me. He almost whispers, but on the other hand his voices for
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Sean
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This riveting tale has Drizzt traveling back to his homeland on a foolhardy quest to stop the drow from pursuing him and bringing harm to his friends. He is followed by Cattie-Brie, who becomes even more of an archer badass throughout this story. While the drow enemies are pretty plain, the supporting characters of the assassin Entreri and the scheming mercenary Jarlaxle are quite interesting and develop in unexpected turns. Meanwhile, the action is practically non-stop, making the book really ...more
Travis O.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this one, though I don't think it was the strongest book in the series thus far. It's ultimately a book about grieving and coming to terms with life after grief, and in that it succeeds admirably. Unfortunately, there is some arm twisting to get the characters to the final conclusion. That was spectacular, but the lead up was fairly plodding. However, the climax is worth that plodding. Three stars, just about average, feels right for this one.

I've decided to move straight to book 10
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Helena
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Going to reread "Starless night" soon for the second time. I remember really liking the plot in this one, especially Cattie Brie's POV. I also enjoyed the overal dynamics of this novel. Jarlaxle meeting Catti Brie for the first time was also memorable and fun to read. Easily my favourite of the Forgotten realms series - it's action packed adorned with Salvatore's flowing narration and lots of interesting tibits of its own. Can't wait to start reading it again!
Jsrott
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Daniel Woo
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not going to lie, but I felt like I forced myself to read this because of how great the earlier books were. Personally lost all respect for Catti-Brie, let's just say Wulfgar deserved better. A lot of time spent detailing Menzoberranzan but couldn't care less about it. Plus side, they finally met their match.
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Legacy of the Drow (4 books)
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  • Siege of Darkness (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #9)
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“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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