The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It was a little slow at times.
This book takes place at the same time as The Last Threshold. Bruenor, Catti-Brie, Regis and Wulfgar are offered a chance to be reborn by Miielikki and reunited with Drizzt at Kelvin's Cairn after 21 years.
Catti-Brie (Ruqiah) is born into a Desai family who go to great lengths to protect her from the Shadovar. She is eventually captured and tutored by Lady Avelyere. When Lady Avelyere uses magic to discover Catti-Brie's secret Catti-Brie flees. She winds up with the Harpells for a time living as Delly Curtie. She eventually makes her way to Icewind Dale and is reunited with Regis.
Regis' (aka Spider) "Mother" dies in childbirth and his "Father" is a drunkard, who uses Regis' ability to dive to amass money selling oysters. Regis' abilities garner Grandfather Pericolo Topolino's (Grandfather of Assassins), attention. Grandfather trains Regis as a chemist, thief and diplomat and Regis has a romantic relationship with Donnola Pericolo. Grandfather Topolino's obsession with lich Ebonsoul's shipwreck leads to his death and forces Regis to flee the lich who is pursing him. He meets up with Catti-Brie in Icewind Dale.
Bruenor is born as Reginald Roundshield in Citadel Felbarr. Feeling that he has betrayed his beliefs he spends his childhood sullen and angry at Moradin and the other Gods. His fighting abilities are well above those of the other children his age and he is eventually sent to train with older children who he easily defeats. His disrespect toward his "Mother" and blasphemy of Moradin has King Emerus Warcrown placing him with the city guards. When they are on a scouting mission they are attacked by Orcs and Bruenor's bravery saves everyone. Presented with a medal and a wish Bruenor ask to go to Mithral Hall where Bruenor comes to believe that he made the wrong choice signing the Treaty of Garumn's Gorge with King Obould Many-arrows. Bruenor gets it into his head that he has been brought back to right this wrong by Moradin and that he should break his oath to Miielikki, he heads to Gauntlgrym to get his armor and plans to return as KING. At Gauntlgrym he is attacked by vampire drow and would have been killed except vampire Thibbledorf Pwent saves him. Pwent reminds him of loyalty, friendship, and honor and Bruenor realizes he needs to honor his oath to Miielikki, he is then allowed to sit on the throne. He gets to Icewind Dale in time to see and overhear Effron, Afafrenfere, and Ambergris who are looking for Drizzt. Bruenor decides not to approach them when he sees Guenhwyvar and Drizzt's tracks. He follows them and arrives just in time to see Drizzt collapsing into Catti-Brie's arms. Miielikki heals Drizzt and the friends reunite and to their surprise Wulfgar who Regis, Catti-Brie and Bruenor believed refused Miielikki's gift joins them.
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