Gauntlgrym by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book 1 in the Neverwinter Series
Kinda sad as many of my favorite characters are now dead.King Bruenor Battlehammer of Mithral Hall fakes his own death in order to leave his throne and go look for Gauntlgrym, Drizzt of course goes with him as does Thibbledorf Pwent.
When they reach Icewind Dale Pwent realizes he is to old to continue on the adventure and chooses to stay behind, while Bruenor continues the search for Gauntlgrym.
Meanwhile Dahlia tricks Athrogate and Jarlaxle into accompanying her to Gauntlgrym and releasing the beast. At the last moment Dahlia regrets the lives that will be lost if the beast is released and tries to stop the plot but Sylora Salm overpowers Dahlia & Jarlaxle and gains control of Athrogate's mind tricking him into pulling the lever and releasing the beast. Jarlaxle promises Athrogate that they will somehow set things right.
Jarlaxle learns how to trap the beast and enlist Drizzt and Bruenor's help. Dahlia, Jarlaxle, Athrogate, Bruenor and Drizzt go to Gauntlgrym and overcome all the forces set against them, in order to cage the beast. But one of them will sacrifice his life to see the mission accomplished.
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