Dungeons & Dragons Review: The Companions (The Sundering #1) by R.A. Salvatore
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The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
Series: The Sundering #1
Published by: Wizards of the Coast on August 6, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Dungeons & Dragons, Fantasy, Game Tie-In
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life--the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.
The Companions tells the story of Catti-brie, Bruenor, and Regis, and their effort to reunite with their companion Drizzt Do’Urden. The first three who we get to know through their own experiences as they are reborn to rejoin their companion and the last through excerpts of his thoughts on his life so far.
While all three decided to be reborn out of loyalty to their friend, not all of them reacted to being reborn the same way. Catti-brie knew to some extent what was to come. That she would be reborn a child and was okay with that. Regis also understood this to some degree. However Bruenor, while he knew it, found it hard to accept his new place. He also was emotionally torn between his loyalty to his friends and his loyalty to his god. Also he has to deal with the consequences of actions that he made in his previous life.
I think my favorite of the three though was Regis. He came into his new life determined to make himself into the warrior that he wasn’t in his previous life. But in doing so he found a life that he didn’t want to leave. Plus for some reason I’ve just always liked Halflings.
Based in the world of Forgotten Realms (Baulder’s Gate/Wizards of the Coast) the story is well detailed. The world is huge, and with each companion being born in a different area the reader is exposed to the many different lands and cultures.
As for the story itself, it bounced back and forth telling the stories of how the three grew up in their new lives. I thought at first that it would be confusing. For some reason we are introduced to Catti in her second life, before going back to find out how she got there. But once the story got going it was better. Yes there are titles telling whose life you are in and what the time frame is, but they still all seem to flow back and forth with ease.
Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters. Both were interesting and held my attention throughout the book. I definitely give it 5 out of 5 controllers.
5 Out of 5 Controllers