Night of the Hunter by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love it!!!!! Reminiscent of the early Drizzt books.
Drizzt has been reunited with the Companions of the Hall and they set out for Gauntlgrym in order to capture Pwent. They hope to take him to a wizard so he can be resurrected and freed of vampirism although considering his age and wounds they expect him to die soon after being resurrected.
Unbeknownst to Drizzt and the Companions Tiago Baenre is still obsessed with killing Drizzt. He attacks Effron, Ambergris, Afafrenfere, Artemis and Dahlia believing that Drizzt is with them. Ambergris, Afafrenfere, Artemis and Dahlia are captured. Afafrenfere appears dead in his cage and Artemis is forced to watch while Dahlia is tortured with Effron's "death". Gromph Baenre instructs the drow to keep Dahlia alive and uses the illithid Methil El-Viddenvelp to erase her memories as Dahlia and turn her into Matron Do'Urden.
Tiago and a large force of drow attack Clan Battlehammer in the mines of Icewind Dale. Clan Battlehammer takes heavy losses and has to abandon the mine, but they also inflict heavy losses on the drow including killing Jearth Xorlarrin.
When Drizzt and the Companions confront Pwent he tells them that Ambergris and Artemis are prisoners of the drow. Drizzt, Bruenor, Catie-Brie and Regis go deeper into Gauntlgrym to rescue them.
When it looks as if Drizzt will be over powered by drow Artemis enters the fray and the companions win the day. But they believe Dahlia was killed by a cave in. Artemis stays behind and kills Berellip Xorlarrin in retaliation.
Ambergris and Afafrenfere leave Drizzt's party and head to the Monastery of the Yellow Rose.
Everyone still believes Effron is dead.
Drizzt, Bruenor, Catie-Brie and Regis are headed to Longsaddle with the captured vampire Pwent.
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