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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,041 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Something terrible, unspeakable, immense, has come to Menzoberranzan and is leaving death and destruction in its wake. The primordial of Gauntlgrym stirs, sending Cattie-brie and Gromph to Luskan, and the ruins of the only power that can keep the beast in check. The damage of the Darkening, of war, and of a demon-ravaged Underdark has sent cracks out across the North. Some ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Wizards of the Coast
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Sean Gibson
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Standard R.A. Salvatore Biased Review Caveat: Bob Salvatore is one of my favorite authors and has been for 20+ years; he’s also, amongst the writers I’ve had the good fortune to meet and/or interview, one of the nicest and most generous with his time. So, any book that has his name on the cover gets an extra bump up the review scale compared to if the same book had been written by someone not named Bob Salvatore.

Also—MAJOR SPOILERS TO FOLLOW! (You’ve been warned via typographical shouting.)

Travis Duke
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a loyal Salvatore fan and I enjoyed this book, however I am also pissed off at this point (more on that later). I will admit the writing is slightly more focused, we get less descriptions on sword play and a tad more insights into magical details and trinkets which i thought was lacking in the previous books. The plot is not what I expected with a title like Maestro, referring to Jarlaxle. I still liked the main story and the side story with the host tower but as a loyal fan, i cant help bu ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good book. I am biased as I am a huge Drizzt Do'Urden fan. This book tied up a lot of loose ends and some end games coming to fruition from previous book and series. So it was a very enjoyable read for me. However there were problems in the book and writing style. The first a lot of stroy arcs were repetitive from former stories. The second thing is at the critical moment of a fight were someone is about to win or lose he cuts to another characters story, making me wanting to rush throu ...more
Adam Fisher
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
Possible Spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Maestro, Book 2 of the Homecoming Trilogy and overall Book 29 of the Legend of Drizzt Saga, continues the current D&D arc "Rage of Demons" and throws some major dilemmas our hero's way. Much like the previous title "Archmage" and its causing us to ask whether the title referred to Gromph or Catti-Brie, "Maestro" also presents us with a few options for its namesake. Is the "Maestro" Jarlaxle, who graces the cover and
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The second book in the Homecoming trilogy proves a much better continuation than Archmage was in the continuing war of the drow, as Salvatore shows that he still can bring some entertaining stories in this long series.

Of course, Maestro has also its flaws, most importantly with Gromph’s parts which I didn’t like as he doesn’t feel anymore like the character that I, so long ago, loved; but, nevertheless, Salvatore has managed to make a good enough story to keep those flaws aside as Drizzt a
Kendra Lawrence
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This newest Drizzt book held my attention, but for the latter half of the book, I found myself thinking, “what the…?” I like deep, philosophical discussions, but this was just strange. Throughout the last few books, we have been led to believe that Drizzt is, if not a Chosen of, then at least favored by Mielikki, and perhaps even Lolth, though he would clearly never acknowledge the latter. But now I am truly curious where this is going, and in some aspects, find myself disappointed. Because of t ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't know what to say really... Let me start with the good points, that's a shorter list.
1. We still have Drizzt.
2. We still have Drizzt after all.
3. No orcs.
4. Gromph.
5. No 10 page-long combat scenes.

But that's the end of it. We have Jarlaxle, but he is far from his best shape these days.
And what else do we have? The same ol' story over and over again.
How long has it been? For... like 10-12 volumes? Drizzt thinks Catti-brie is dead, but she is still alive, then he thinks she is dead,
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars. Drizzt. Ah Drizzt. I love this series. He doesn't appear before the 25% mark but I hardly noticed because the titular character truly shines through most of the tale. What else? Lots of drow politics, a wicked Mistress, a wonderful Catti-Brie and brilliant battles (also Entreri. Can I ever get enough of this one? Hardly! Go, go Artemis!).
I like this very questioning Drizzt.

Oh and I get it. Magical pouches are handy and Cattie-Brie reverts to a lovely dwarven brogue when she is off-bal
Matt Gabert
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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Mark Medina
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As always these books are easy to read. There is not a great depth to the plot, but they are faced paced and fun. This book is more of the same, and follows Drizzt as he returns to Menzoberranzan, as the series title "Homecoming" suggests. All the old familiar characters are there, with a couple of new ones. Downsides are it all feels a bit samey, and the ending seemed rushed to me. Good fun to read if you don't want to think too hard.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A much tighter followup to "Archmage" that sees, for the first time in almost 30 books, some real self-doubt creep into the mind of dark elf Drizzt. Salvatore is strongest when he pairs Drizzt with charismatic mercenary Jarlaxle and assassisn Artemis Entreri and has them play off each other. The bulk of this novel features that trio traveling into the underground dark elf city of Menzoberranzan to rescue Drizzt's former lover (and Entreri's current lover), Dalia.

The attempts by the dark elves in
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lather, rinse, repeat. Drizzt goes back to Menzoberranzan. Again. He turns all doomy and gloomy. Again. Rape, torture and incest among the drows. Again. A plot to break Drizzt. Again. Basically, status quo established. Again. No moving on for our characters. Also, Jarlaxle, the quick-witted mastermind, reduced to a pawn. And Catti-brie, made even more all-powerful, all-knowing... almighty. Of course. Yeesh.

Jeff Price
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Drizzt has too much drama. The rest of the book was great.
Angelo Pantano
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it

This is one of the worst books Salvatore ever wrote, possibly THE worst.
Why? Because Drizzt goes back to Menzoberranzan, AGAIN, like in Starless Night (another epic failure book), this time with Jarlaxe and Entreri.

- Drizzt starts bickering with Entreri, with the lousy excuse that it's the Demogorgon bad influence, but those 2 are the only ones affected. The rest of the Underdark seems not really affected. So it feels more like a pathetic tentative of rekindling the animosity between th
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read as well. RA Salvatore keeps me following multiple lines of plot like a master puppeteer. I've moved on to the next book 'Hero' as soon as I could. The only detraction I have is that the ending battle feels like the ending of Eye of the World; like it was cut short for publishing deadlines before it was ready to be released. I'd love to see a more expansive discussion of the last battle.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drizzt
This is the best drizzt book I've read in awhile. I was annoyed at Archmage's laborious setup and find the dwarf centric stories more boring. But Maestro has a lot more focus. The antagonist, Yvonnel, feels more weighty than anything in recent memory. The Cattie-Brie subplot is the weakest part for me, but still enjoyable. Five stars as far as the legend of drizzt goes.
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
I've been a fan of R.A. Salvatore's books and to say I really enjoyed Maestro. It was hard to put down once I started. There were a few sections that were quite terrifying and some that made me chuckle. Overall a good read. I can't wait for the next book!
Searska GreyRaven
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Didn't even get 50 pages in and wow, more rape. Nope. I'm done with this series and this author. I've loved the Drizzt series for years, but no more. I came to these books to escape that Game of Thrones crap. -_-

Bla bla bla. What happened Sal? You to tired from playing games? I love Driest. This was mediocre at best. Wasted money.
Adam Duclos
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maestro proves that Salvatore still has a worthwhile tale left to tell in the Drizzt saga.

This is the sequel to The Dark Elf Trilogy Collector's Edition that should have been written a long time ago. Salvatore takes us back to Menzoberranzan with Drizzt, Jarlaxle, and Artemis Entreri fighting alongside each other. As they travel through the Underdark, they slowly start to lose their sanity and question reality; this is a unique twist and new concept in Salvatore's writings - at times, he forces
Brad DeMaagd
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine 2nd Act

I met Drizzt Do'Urden with the book, Homeland, at my local library. I completed thE trilogy, then doub led back to read The Icewind Dale Trilogy and have followed along for roughly 20 years. Ups & downs, the growth & changes in the writer & his cast can be scene. This take brings Stuart back to Menzobberanzan a 2nd time & approximately 100 years later and carrying all the emotional, psychological, and spiritual weight with him. These burdens chip away at him during the journey and
Keith Edward
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roller coaster as usual

This one is jammed packed and character building for sure. Mainly between Catie-Brie and Gromph Baenre. Yvonnel continues her ascent and the city of Menzoberranzan has to eventually face the Demogorgon. Really enjoyed this book. Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was that it was hard to follow along with some of the events happening with the thinning of the layer to the Abyss and all the things it was causing the underdark to experience but overall, great Drizzt story!
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was good. A good book it was. Good, was the book. Bookedy book book. Books here books there, books everywhere. Blah, blah. Yakity, shmakity. Tweedle dee, tweedle dum. Kick me in my bum.

The book was good. A good book it was. Good, was the book. Bookedy book book. Books here books there, books everywhere. Blah, blah. Yakity, shmakity. Tweedle dee, tweedle dum. Kick me in my bum. Don't force me to write a review...
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like all the previous books in this series, I rather enjoyed this one. I did find it a bit odd how certain Drizzt was about having an experience rather like Wulfgar did when he was tortured by a demon, since Drizzt is rarely so certain about much of anything, but I chalked it up to the influence of a demon. It had all the twists and turns you would expect, as well some rather epic fight scenes, as well, and it was nice to see Artemis Entreri again and continue his story. I am curious to see what ...more
Aileen Dodge
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a tangled web we weave,

When we practice to deceive! I would say this saying covers this book in The Legend of Drizzt series perfectly. And without giving away any of the storyline. This book in my opinion will definitely cause you to look forward to reading the next book in this series. For me I am so happy this series has been completed and released. I really have no patience waiting for the next book in a series when they have cliffhangers like this series has had.
Robert Smiley
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would buy this book again, and again ......

One of the best books in the entire series of Drizzt books, Ever! Thats no small feat as Salvatore rises to a new level of story telling, all the characters are filled out and we see all the greats in one book. I strongly recommend that you pick up this trilogy of stories if you have fallen out of the books for awhile
Gamaliel Mendoza Ruiz
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing fights! I really enjoy the battles scenes but at the end i was disapointed with the great battle against the Demogorgon, i was expecting a full epic battle right here, anyhow it was a good crossroad in the end, I´m feeling in a sad and anxious mood since there is just one last book of Drizzt by the moment.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More fun in the Underdark. This particular entry featured our protagonist questioning the very nature of reality. Plus: Demogorgon! Straight from "Stranger Things." While there was a bewildering array of Drow elf houses and names, I enjoyed this story very much. One more to go and I am all caught up!
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