Book Review: The Companions by R. A. Salvatore (3 stars)
The Companions by R. A. Salvatore
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Published: August 6th, 2013
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.
Due to the multiple nicknames for each of the POVs, THE COMPANIONS was a difficult book to read despite being well-written.
As a new reader to Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms series, I didn’t grasp the importance of the mission that Catti-brie, Bruenor, and Regis were on. THE COMPANIONS also required a large amount of suspended belief to tolerate how invisible the three companions were. I’m sure their abilities are explained further previous books, but sensing how confident the characters were made it harder to connect to them. They felt like gods instead of human beings.
I wish that the book was written in one POV, as having three main characters made the story’s formula more pronounced. Each character was introduced, birthed, acquainted with ‘family’ members, tested abilities, got in trouble, etc. Having a similar situation happen three times in a row threw me out of the story.
As much as I’m glad to have read this book, I can’t help but reminisce on how easy it was to put this book down. Good writing, good story, yet without the personal connection I felt the need to care about what happens next.
Fans of the Forgotten Realms, this is a must read book. For new readers of R. A. Salvatore, check out one of his earlier books before you read THE COMPANIONS.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)