Mar 15, 2015

Rise of the King (Companions Codex, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #26)

Rise of the King (Companions Codex, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #26)Rise of the King by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Drizzt, Bruenor, Catti-Brie, Regis and Wulfgar take Pwent to the Harpells so they can cure him of his vampirism, once they do the aged battleranger dies but his spirit lives on in Bruenor's horn, available for him to call in times of need.

While they are in Port Llast they encounter Effron. Drizzt is overjoyed to discover that he is alive. As much as Effron admires Drizzt he feels he can not stay with the companions so he sets out to catch up with Ambergris and Afafrenfere, who are on their way to the Monastery of the Yellow Rose. Effron is joined by Beniago on Jarlaxle's orders.

Jarlaxle catches up to Ambergris and Afafrenfere and escorts them to the Monastery where he leaves them while he recruits the Dragon sisters (Tazmikella and Ilnezhara) to his plot to help Drizzt. On the orders of Grandmaster Kane when Jarlaxle returns Afafrenfere agrees to go along with him, Ambergris and the dragons.

Drizzt and his companions save a Rider of Nesme, Giselle, and escort her back to Nesme where they meet up with Athrogate (who is in Nesme on Jarlaxle's orders). Nesme is under siege from the Orcs (who deposed King Obould and replaced him with Warlord Hartusk) in a plot masterminded by the drow. The companions fight for Nesme and manage to hold the Orc hordes back, but as the siege continues a desperate plan is hatched for Drizzt and his companions to break out and attempt to reach Mithral Hall through underground tunnels and bring back help.

First Sundabar falls to the Orcs then Nesme. Giselle is taken prisoner.

Drizzt and his companions are trapped in the tunnels. Regis and Wulfgar are separated from the group and Wulfgar is captured. Regis uses his ability to appear as anyone he wishes to free Wulfgar and the two desperately flee from the Orcs.

The others reach Mithral Hall and Bruenor reveals himself as King Bruenor to the dwarves.

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