Ok, before I start this review I have a confession to make: This was the first R.A. Salvatore book I have ever read. However, I’ve played D&D and I’m a huge fan of fantasy novels, so I dove into this book with much enthusiasm. The saga takes place in the D&D Forgotten Realms campaign setting, so I first spent an ENTIRE evening wiki’ing the world, characters, races, and plot lines of the three previous books in the Neverwinter Saga. Lucky for me, this website exists, the Forgotten Realms Wiki.
For those of you who also are not hip to the Neverwinter Saga, it is about a drow (dark elf) named Drizzt Do’Urden. The Last Threshold follows Drizzt and his unlikely band of companions as they help rebuild a town, go on a quest to save Drizzt’s dear friend, Guenhwyvar, and fight Medusa, and have many other misadventures.
Like all good fantasy novels, the story is very complex. I did a lot of wiki’ing. The world and characters are SO well developed that I immediately fell right into the story. And so much happens in this book! It’s not nearly as long as some fantasy novels (I’m looking at you, Paolini), but it is packed with story. There is never a dull moment or a single sentence that feels like filler. I loved the story so much that I’m going to start Drizzt’s story from the beginning with The Icewind Dale Trilogy. And while I was at my local comic book shop picking up my weekly books I saw and immediately purchased this: D&D The Legend of Drizzt board game.I honestly could not recommend this book enough. However, if you’re going to read it, I suggest you start with the first book in the Neverwinter Saga: Gauntlgrym. I personally cannot wait to read the previous books then reread this one so I can pick up on all the little details and subtle references that I couldn’t get from reading Wikis. If you are caught up on the Neverwinter Saga and are ready for The Last Threshold then go here and buy it! Now! What are waiting for?!
Rating: I give this book 5 out of 5 nostalgic Drow rangers
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