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Sea of Swords

(Paths of Darkness #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  14,245 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
It is good to be home.

It is good to hear the wind of Icewind Dale, to feel its invigorating bite, like some reminder that I am alive.

Drizzt Do'Urden and his companions take to the road and sea in a search for their missing friend Wulfgar. Their only clue in this life-and-death hunt is the mark of the barbarian's lost warhammer Aegis-fang, found branded on the back of a vic
Mass Market Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 2002 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2001)
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Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
The plot is well thought out and the author seems to know where he is headed right from the start, it was realistic (to fantasy standards) and very detailed. Unfortunately,I could predict what was going to happen for the duration of the book in the first fifty pages, this of course, makes even a fast paced book seam to plod along. The main character Drizzt Do-Urden is very unique and well-rounded, his back story is well thought out which allows him to grow and change in a believable fashion. The ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A conciliatory ending to this trilogy(or tetralogie if you count Servand of the Shard, which I didn't read). The first two books were very Wulfgar and new worldbuilding centered, but this time we finally get to follow all our characters on their way to a reunion. I liked it the most in Paths of Darkness and the conclusion is satisfying and builds a good basis for the next books. If I am not mistaken every open plot strand left from the original trilogy got tied up here .... 13 books, amazing. In ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I completely devoured this book, just as quickly as every other R.A. Salvatore I have ever read. I was so excited to find that Wulfgar was alive in Passage to Dawn. I was even happier when Salvatore dealt with the situation the way he did. I've become so completely sick with the way people will just bring dead character's back to life. It's like there's no lasting consequences, and nothing really matters. Salvatore never seemed hesitant to make things matter in his books. And if Wulfgar had just ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Companions of the Hall finally are reunited (towards the end of the book) to get back Wulfgar's hammer (yup - that's the premise of the book).

It was great getting everyone back together again and I thought the climax of the book would be this epic battle against the pirates who had Wulfgar's hammer - this is Salvatore after all and if he does one thing better than anyone else it's the battle scene. But it let me down and felt rushed.

Good read but not great.
Greg Strandberg
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a much better cover than book. You get some good fights and such, but the Wulfgar/alcohol story is growing thin. There are a few subplots with pirates and the assassins that saves this book, but I'm sorry, I don't like a lot of little kid-things and woman-of-the-hour's messing with my story. That's just me.
Adam Balshan
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars [Fantasy]
Beware the political correctness, from mild misandry to pontificant philosophy (anatopisms from our world, thinly disguised as "problems in Faerun") to implementing irrational devices of 3rd Edition D&D rules. Salvatore continues to repeat dialog and plot currents for the slow-witted, probably frustrating the majority of fantasy-genre readers.
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Apr 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read at least a dozen of Salvatore's books in my teens, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. They read like a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, chock full of adventure, intrigue, magic, sorcery, and more than a bit of mayhem. I am the kind of nerd who loves a bit of tabletop roleplaying games, so Salvatore's books seemed to scratch that itch for me. That being said, there must be a reason I stopped reading Salvatore more than ten years ago.
One day, whilst feeling a bit nostalgic, I picked up Sea of
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Sea of Swords is a fun read that picks up the story of the Companions of the Hall where The Spine of the World and The Silent Blade left off. Expect lots of grumpy dwarf axe-chopping, smirky drow elf scimitar-slicing, and *ahem* introspective barbarian soul-searching?

That's right, while this tale's premise revolves around Wulfgar, the barbarian's search to reclaim the legendary dwarven-forged battlehammer Aegis-Fang, the deeper story is the internal battle within Wulfgar to reclaim the part of
Ανδρέας Μιχαηλίδης
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rpg, fantasy
To me, this is and will likely always be the final Drizz't story. It resolves pretty much everything, at the peak of the characters' careers and then some.

I find that everything that followed, defying all established logic in order to accommodate for changes and rules of D&D's subsequent editions is a massive mess.

As the Forgotten Realms Wiki mentioned before the 5E Sundering series started being published (and after which I assume the wiki was edited):

"The changes to the Forgotten Realms w
Vicenç Sanz
El Mar de las Espadas es la conclusión lógica de lo que ha sido Senda de Tinieblas, es decir, una novela de lectura rápida que intenta recuperar todo lo bueno de la saga de Drizzt juntando de nuevo a los Compañeros y haciéndoles vivir una aventura (por separado) hasta juntarlos para recuperar el martillo de Wulfgar, y con él a su amigo.

Y poco más, acción, enemigos con algo de carisma, unos cuantos combates e incluso humor. La conclusión? Que estamos ante una novela ligera que únicamente sirve pa
Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
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The best Drizzt Do'Urden story yet, in my opinion. Salvatore's writing evolved so much since his first "Forgotten Realms" book, it's like night and day. This book was actually really well written and I liked all the storylines that he had woven together here. I especially enjoyed the scenes Robillard and Wulfgar had together - they weren't really friends and yet they were. Another thing I enjoyed was how brave Regis turned out to be. A really good book.
Jarell Morris
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing

this book is cool
especially drizzit
im just mad that he had to die in the long drow
but the series is good
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindled
Disjointed and overly long, here we see how the Companions of the Hall are re-united with the help of old acquaintances.
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
So-so book. Pretty slow at times. A few good action scenes here and there but nothing spectacular.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This series is typically a solid three-star rating from me. They aren't mind-blowing in their originality or incredibly in-depth as far as plot goes. For a while, they started veering pretty dangerously close to getting two-star ratings. For some reason they started feeling redundant and recycled (could Entreri just be dead already!).

I'm happy to say, this book felt like a spark of originality was back. At least the antagonists were new, which was great. I was happy with this installment. A few
Peter Curd
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick re-read prior to continuing with the rest of the Legend of Drizzt stories. Salvatore strings together two different plot lines and winds them around each other in his usual style with a few old friends reappearing from earlier stories. Some plot lines going back over a dozen books are finished and a new chapter in the story of Drizzt seems to be starting.

It's a strong entry in the series, delivering a good story without any excess fluff. The side characters are compelling and overall it'
Alex Bergonzini
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta si que es una buena aventura. Después del libro anterior, donde la lucha moral del personajes es el tema principal, el autor nos deleita con aventuras y batallas, una misión épica con un objetivo claro. Unos enemigos que al final nos sorprenden con sus artificios, esta si que es la fantasía que nos tiene acostumbrados el autor.

Aventuras a raudales, donde nos encontramos con antiguos personajes el anterior libro, que aunque no vienen muy a cuento, dan vida al anterior libro. Una aventura con
Katherine Moss
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is at this point in the series where the author seems to indicate that one battle is over, and another one is begun. Wulfgar returns to his normal self, though not quite; seemingly, he still has a bit of an emotional hurdle to climb over.
For Drizzt, the scene is nearly no different. He, on the other hand, has to deal with the death of a victim who never should have been a victim. Bruenor is right. Ellifain killed herself. Only two places where the friends can seemingly end up. Who's going to
Connor French
The return of Wulfgar

The Sea of swords was a vast improvement on the last book. Drizzt has returned and proven yet again that he is master of the scimitar. The story with the pirates and the elf was very entertaining I enjoyed the twist of having someone hate Drizzt but not being evil just misguided. Most of all tho we finally have out barbarian back to his former self! Short of being engaged to Cat.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
More of the same really. And again repetitive. Salvatore keeps repeating stuff from a few pages back, but then randomly expects us to remember who exactly Nojheim was. seriously!

Cannot give fewer than 3 stars though as there are good bits too, it is very descriptive with some epic-feel moments, i do like escaping into this world and will start the servant of the Shard this very evening (after i have googled Nojheim that is).
Kagan Oztarakci
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
"We need to be reminded sometimes that a sunrise lasts but a few minutes. But its beauty can burn in our hearts eternally."

"I have always found those who take the easier road when they know they should be walking the more difficult one, to be cowards."

"Long life and good beer to King Bruenor"
Jon Diller
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Enjoyable Continuation

Like most of the books in this series, a fun read. The philosophical rambling is less annoying than usual and the character development is satisfying.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
An awesome continuation of tales and interweaving of great characters, old faces & new, and a fabulous culmination of a good arc.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is full of action with enough different pieces to keep one wanting more.
J. Griff
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Drizzt book I read when it came out in 2001, but reread it to refresh my memory. Is still a great book & I enjoyed it very much.
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Es bueno regresar al hogar.Es bueno escuchar el viento del valle del Viento Helado,sentir su vigorizante punzada que me recuerda que estoy vivo.
El elfo oscuro.
Cuando se descubre la marca del gran martillo de guerra Aegis-fang grabada en la espalda de un peligroso forajido, Drizzt ya no puede contentarse con suponer que Wulfgar está a salvo.El elfo oscuro y sus compañeros parten para encontrar al bárbaro de una vez por todas.A medida que van descubriendo fragmentos del rompecabezas en que se ha c
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
After reading The DarkElf Trilogy, The Icewind Dale Trilogy and the Legacy of the Drow quadrology I read the the Path of Darkness books where the Sea of Swords is the last one. I remember reading The Silent Blade and Servant of the Shard but I remember as well giving up on Spine of the World twice. Since it was a book about Wulfgar I gave up and after a couple of years I started again and quit yet again. I then began to read this one and it was quite good. As I remember Drizzt books being. In th ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dnd
I really enjoyed the Sea of Swords as the conclusion to the Paths of Darkness collection. This fourth book in that series is an action packed adventure that sees most of the key story lines that began in the first three come to a satisfying conclusion. We see Wulfgar, who decides to come to terms with his demons, and ultimately chooses to go on a quest to reunite with the Companions of the Hall. Furthermore, we see those same companions set off on a quest to recover Wulfgar's enchanted craghamme ...more
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Other books in the series

Paths of Darkness (4 books)
  • The Silent Blade (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #11)
  • The Spine of the World (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #12)
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“Hindsight, I think, is a useless tool. We, each of us, are at a place in our lives because of innumerable circumstances, and we, each of us, have a responsibility (if we do not like where we are) to move along life's road, to find a better path if this one does not suit, or to walk happily along this one if it is indeed our life's way. Changing even the bad things that have gone before would fundamentally change who we are, and whether or not that would be a good thing, I believe, it is impossible to predict.
So I take my past experiences... and try to regret nothing.
-Drizzt Do'urden”
“We are all dying, every moment that passes of every day. That is the inescapable truth of this existence. It is a truth that can paralyze us with fear, or one that can energize us with impatience, with the desire to explore and experience, with the hope—nay, the iron will!—to find a memory in every action. To be alive, under sunshine or under starlight, in weather fair or stormy. To dance every step, be they through gardens of bright flowers or through deep snows.” 4 likes
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