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Siege of Darkness

(Legacy of the Drow #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  23,956 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Baenre, die Oberpriesterin der Spinnenkönigin Loth, rüstet zum Krieg gegen Mithril-Halle. Dort hat der abtrünnige Dunkelelf Drizzt Do´Urden Zuflucht bei dem Zwergenkönig Bruenor und seiner Adoptivtochter Cattie-brie gefunden. Doch Cattie-brie hat furchtbare Träume, die Magie versagt, Drizzts magischer Panther Guenhwyvar ist dem Tode geweiht. Und die Horden aus der Dunkelel ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published August 1995 by Wizards of the Coast TSR (first published December 30th 1993)
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Aaand with an immense step up from the previous volume, Siege of Darkness is the best Drizzt book I have read so far. Conspiracies thrive in the dark depths of the Realms and the dark elf focus is strong.

The reader experiences the following amazing sights:

- exquisitely tasteful dark elf intrigue, including being dragged along the wily schemes of the delightful House Baenre (I'm a fan!), learning the story behind its abnormally powerful Matron Mother Yvonnel Baenre (I'm definitely a fan!), and wa
Call it 2.5 stars.

I notice that I neglected to review the last volume of Drizzt, but really I think I could write the same review for every single book. The names are either tongue twisters or pretty silly. I mean really, how does one even pronounce Drizzt? The other dark elf names tend to have apostrophes in them and impossible consonant combinations. Doing these as audio books must be difficult. And consider names such as King Schnicktick. How can one take him seriously with a name like this?

Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Maybe the best Drizzt book in the whole series until now. Everything that build up over the last few books comes to its epic conclusion, with a more than 100+ page battle around Mithril Hall.
And I must say the best parts in these books are the short interludes by Drizzt. Truly fantastically written!
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
In relation to the rest of the Drizzt series to date (9 books including this one, out of a total of 31 so far... oh Salvatore, what have you done and what have I done by starting to read these...), it was pretty good. It generally ties up the storylines of the Icewind Dale, Dark Elf and Legacy of the Drow trilogies, perhaps a little too well in places by re-introducing characters and factions that I have long forgotten about. These books' fine details don't quite stick in the mind. For example, ...more
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
I've already commented on this series as a whole, but this book marks a turning point.

By the time the reader has reached this book, the formula is set in stone. Drizzt fights and wins, then fights and wins again. The villain never dies, the supporting characters make brief quips, and nobody but nobody gets one single hint of development as a human character (except for Drizzt, who stopped developing several books ago).

Appropriate for young children, and possibly as a guilty pleasure. Don't get m
Oct 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I need to take a break from this series for awhile. It's just wearing me thin with the pointlessness of it all.

This book seemed more like two books crammed into one. I really enjoyed the part where magic failed but there was no explanation why. The author also skimmed over things that sort of made me raise an eyebrow like "well that was an easy way out." but I had no answers. Like Catti-brie and her sword. It was just too easy with no explanation behind it.

The second half of the book was a war a
Jason Carpenter
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can never find anything negative to say about Drizzt novels. When the story seems simple and predictable, it's almost like that was exactly the fun-to-read break I was needing. When it's complex and difficult to follow, I appreciate the challenge. I think I'm just predisposed to love them, so take my review with a grain of salt. ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
4.25/5 — Listened on audiobook. Reliably good as ever. Salvatore is a good writer and a good storyteller. Another installment in the Drizzt legend.
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
This book was MUCH BETTER than the last one. I was psyched for the war between the Drow and the surface world.

However, there's a few things that have become apparent to me:

1. Salvatore seems to have a lot of trouble with solving problems. He creates these massive problems like The Times of Trouble where gods were warring with each other and magic wasn't working properly. Spells would backfire or just fizzle, magical artifacts were inconsistent at best, and devastating at worst. And then the pr
Lisa Dice
This is where in Salvatore's books that he starts to move to many, MANY, MANY scenes of fighting. The focus seems to be on fighting technique... okay... but YAWN. I agree has its place, but although I am rereading his books... Too many fight scenes BORE me. I prefer properly placed fight scenes and more focus on the characters and story. He has some very good points that are now Drittz commentary between chapters and not as interwoven with the characters and story as before. The substance (for m ...more
I would say that this was the best book in the Drizzt Do'Urden series so far. I liked all the intrigue and house-wars in Menzoberranzan, especially since Jarlaxle is my favorite character in Salvatore's books. Though in some places, it did feel like the author needed to amass pages, so there were scenes where the characters' thoughts basically ran in circles to add a paragraph here and there. On the other hand, some of the scenes and characters were hilarious, especially the Harpells! Harkle's e ...more
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well... I am giving this book 2 stars only because it was all about battle. I didn't like the battles in Lord of the Rings either. Plus we don't get to spend too much time with the main characters... there were just different battles going on with the minor characters. And I am tired of the Underdark! Let's get into other plots! ...more
Drizzt books are practically guaranteed to be a great read for me, but these novels don't stand-alone. As such, the plot is relatively slow moving at times. A lot of action takes up the book.

Being the conclusion of the Legacy of the Drow, the war is finally resolved on the Mithril Hall. I rather liked the ending, suggesting a new adventure ahead.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindled
I found it a little uneven and disjointed, but the Time of Troubles part is pretty cool.
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ok, so, some background information on D&D that gives this book some extra context. There have been a few different editions of D&D. When the game updates to a new edition, there’s some big calamity in-universe to explain the game’s new rules and mechanical changes. Siege of Darkness came out around the time the game switched from Advanced D&D, the original, to D&D 2e. The calamity here was called The Time of Troubles. In
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
There's nothing here to make this one stand out from the others, but it fits the bill if you're looking to spend time in the world and with the characters. ...more
The big war with all the races was entertaining.
Nicolae-Gheorghe Cojocaru
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another change of pace to more skirmishes, old feuds and intrigues from Menzoberranzan, to a full on surface raid turned into a waging war.
Love it. It kept me on the edge of madness every time I had to put the book down.
My least favorite Drizzt book so far. 200 pages of filler followed by 100 pages of tensionless action that barely focuses on the main characters.
Jeremy Blum
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siege of Darkness wraps up the Mithral Hall plot of the Legacy of the Drow series admirably, though some might be peeved that two thirds of this book is build-up to the 100 page fight scene at the end. (Me, I found it refreshing, since Legacy followed the opposite sort of formula, where two thirds of the page count was devoted to fighting with only a small bit of character development.) Some might also notice that Drizzt isn't as active in this book as he is in the others - for instance, he and ...more
"Normally it pleased Jarlaxle to be in the middle of such a conflict, to be the object of wooing tactics by both sides in dispute. This time, though, Jarlaxle was uneasy with the position" (151).

4 stars... Without Cattie-Brie it might have been a 5.

Book Series
Book 9 of The Legend of Drizzt series (30+ books).

My Thoughts
I would like to nominate Jarlaxle to MVP (Most Valuable Player) and Cattie-Brie to LVP (Least Valuable Player).

We got to see Jarlaxle manuever betwee
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purposely took a very long hiatus from Drizzt and his exploits. It had gotten to where I was annoyed by the major players, and not at all intrigued by the plots. The months that I had between picking up Drizzt books were like a much-needed healing salve, and that salve worked wonders.

Once again, I was reminded why I like Salvatore's writing so much. He includes so much detail, but not so much that your eyes glaze over. He imparts wisdom and frailty into his characters, but not so much wisdom t
Lora Shouse
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a bit of a different twist to this ninth book in the Legend of Drizzt series. In the first half of the story, it seems there is some kind of conflict going on among the various deities of Drizzt’s universe. We wouldn’t know about this conflict, later to be known as the Troubles or the Time of Trouble, except for two things. One is that we finally actually see Loth, the Spider Goddess when she goes to the lower plane to seek the help of Ertu, the demon who craves the Crystal Shard, while ...more
P. Aaron Potter
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is perhaps kindest to label this a 'workmanlike' entry in Salvatore's Drizzt saga. On the one hand, Salvatore tends to work in trilogies with a very consistent pacing: the first volume establishes the particular challenge facing Our Heroes, with promises that this is really The Biggest Threat Ever. The central volume, sadly, Nothing Much Happens. In the concluding volume, Our Heroes kick much booty, often to a ridiculously Mary-Sueish degree, although a few minor characters on the fringes die ...more
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of the things I enjoy the most is Drizzt's comments at the beginning of each new part. They are most thought provoking and often insightful. Here are some of my favorites from this book:
Faith is not granted by tangible proof.
If a person needs proof of god's existence, then the very notion of spiritually is diminished into sensuality and we have reduced what is holy into what is logical.
Truth is singular and cannot, by definition, support so many varied, even opposing manifestations.

Who wo
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite of the Drizzt Do'Urden books so far. Some of the scenes/passages didn't make sense. For exampe:

1. Errtu only shows up at the beginning and end of the novel. What is he doing in the meantime?
2. What the heck was the "Time of Troubles"? It suddenly appeared, then left without any explanation.
3. Who killed Matron Baenre?
4. Why the longevity of the battle scenes with no explanation of why they're there?
5. Where did this whole fight with Catti-brie's sword come from?

I definately would
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
The ending was rather satisfying, but this one wasn't as thrilling to me as the rest of the Drizzt saga. I started reading a few chapters and then lost interest and put it down for several months before finishing it. The story seems to have a slow start, but would be a good read for those who enjoy massive fantasy battles. ...more
After eight books, you pretty much know what to expect. Yes, there's some minor twists in book nine regarding the enemies but the hero characters all do what is expected. Is this a bad thing? No, if you love the main characters and the odd, functional family they've become then you'll cheer them on and look forward to their heroic moments. ...more
Started strong and really felt like it dragged on a little during the last 1/3 of the book. As is usual with RAS's style, very strong fight sequences and detail. Also appreciated the nod to the Monster Manual with the cast of foes he draws on. ...more
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Legacy of the Drow (4 books)
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  • Starless Night (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #8)
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