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Maestro is Books Standard R A Salvatore Biased Review Caveat Bob Salvatore is one of my favorite authors and has been for years he s also amongst the writers I ve had the good fortune to m

Maestro is Books Standard R.A. Salvatore Biased Review Caveat: Bob Salvatore is one of my favorite authors and has been for 20+ years; he’s also, amongst the writers I’ve had the good fortune to meet and/or interview, one of the nicest and most generous with his time. So, any book that has his name on the cover gets an extra bump up the review scale compared to if the same book had been written by someone not named Bob Salvatore.Also—MAJOR SPOILERS TO FOLLOW! (You’ve been warned via typographical shouting.)Over the years, Drizzt Do’Urden has been through more trauma than even Vigo the Carpathian (who, as we all know, was shot, hung, stabbed, disemboweled, drawn and quartered…). He’s lost friends and lovers, been tortured and mortally wounded, and even been killed. And, yet, none of that—even dying—was as unsettling as what he experiences in Maestro. When I contemplate what’s to come in book three of this series, I feel a little bit like I’m watching a slow-motion video of a bowling ball speeding straight at some poor, unsuspecting sucker’s giggleberries at 500 mph. I am, by turns, horrified, aghast, anxious, and nauseous—and, yet, I’ll start reading the next book the minute it’s released. Bob, and Drizzt, have earned that loyalty over the years and the course of approximately 30 books, and all I can do now is trust that whatever happens, it won’t be as horrifying as it appears (and that no one’s nuggets are going to be pulverized to smithereens, because ouch).Though it’s never a good idea to extrapolate too much about an author’s personality from his work…I almost wrote “read too much into” an author’s personality, and then I realized that even I couldn’t abide that horrible play on words, so I stopped myself…but, then I just wrote it anyway, so let’s just run with it. We’re all having pun now.Though it’s never a good idea to read too much into an author’s personality from his work, one senses that the evolving complexity of Drizzt’s worldview has been a reflection of Mr. Salvatore’s own. Drizzt has always been a complex character who wrestles with thorny moral and ethical issues, but the past decade or so (in Earth time) has seen him navigating a gray world of moral relativism that he would not have been capable of operating in upon emerging from Menzoberranzan so many years ago. Evolving views on right and wrong make for strange bedfellows, which is why, in Maestro, Drizzt finds himself on the path to his dark and terrible homeland alongside the ever-opportunistic Jarlaxle and former nemesis/assassin/noted halfling torturer Artemis Entreri to rescue Drizzt’s crazy and violent former lover Dahlia (side note: if I were a single man about town dating a lovely woman who was kindly enough to engage with me in acts of a carnal nature, I think I would take to introducing her as my “bedfellow,” because it’s just a really great word, and I know how much a lady of class would like to be introduced as such). Streams-of-Silver-era Drizzt would not have embarked on this mission; fighting alongside killers and thieves, not to mention banging psychopaths, would have violated his moral code. Sure, he occasionally found himself teaming up with Entreri in those early days, but, generally speaking, it was an alliance of momentary convenience for the purpose of combating—and surviving—a greater evil, not a shared sense of mission characterized by, if not friendship, at least a mutual respect for each other. Maestro-era Drizzt, however, readily embarks on this mission, his only hesitation related to leaving Cattie-Brie’s side as she works to rebuild the Hostower of the Arcane in Luskan to reinvigorate the fading magic that holds the dangerous fire elemental captive within the bowels of Gauntlgrym. It’s precisely this willingness to walk into dark places alongside companions of questionable character that paves the way for the horrific toll Drizzt must pay to emerge alive—along with his companions—not only from Menzoberranzan, but from an epic (albeit disappointingly brief) duel with Demogorgon. And that’s the part I want to focus on here—not the perplexing prevalence of drow lady-on-drow lady action (a new development in the Salvatorian oeuvre), not Gromph Baenre’s lasciviousness (gross) and psionic rapery, not the plots within machinations within intrigue in the ruling houses of Menzoberranzan (whose leaders make Machiavelli look like Mister Rogers, only maybe with better threads, because, you know, he was Italian), and not the mysteriously rapid development of the infant Yvonne the Eternal (recalling to mind those creepy talking baby E*Trade commercials). No, the focal point of this story, for me, was the insanely unsettling end, in which a mind-addled Drizzt, affected by some combination of the breakdown of the barrier between Faerun and the realm of the demon lords (which I suspect is a highly unpleasant place—Demogorgon just doesn’t strike me as the picket fence, two-car-garage-in-suburbia type, though I could see the Prince of Demons drawing whistles from bored housewives whilst mowing the lawn sans shirt, ‘cause hermaphroditic tanar’ri got it going on both top AND bottom) and the magic of the aforementioned Yvonne, leaves Menzoberranzan convinced that everything that has transpired of late in his life—including the return of his beloved Companions of the Hall from the dead—is nothing more than an illusion, a manipulation of the evil goddess Lolth. Drizzt believes, hopefully incorrectly, that none of it is real, that he’s imprisoned within his own mind, and when he emerges at story’s end, it is with the chilling certainty on Yvonne’s part that Drizzt is so sure of his belief that all around him is false that he will return to his friends not to rejoin them in continuing to build toward the future, but to slay them as the illusory abominations they are. Reality is a perplexing thing; we each cleave to that in our lives which our brains can make sense of, a narrative in which we are the hero and those around us supporting, but very real characters, and even the slightest shift in perspective – a false note rung out by someone we trust, a startling realization of our own insignificance in the grand scheme of life, the insight that if we are hit by a bus tomorrow, the world will go on just as it did before – can send us reeling, if not right back into the fetal position. Imagine, then, being overcome not just with the fear, but the certainty, that everything you know, everything you believe, all your hopes and dreams, are falsehoods created by some unseen force for the sole and cruel purpose of controlling and, ultimately, destroying you. Shoot me, stab me, hang me, disembowel me, draw and quarter me, give me the Vigo treatment—but don’t tell me that my loved ones aren’t real. That the people I rely upon most in life, with whom I’ve shared both darkness and light, are constructs of an unseen manipulator. Because the former tortures will merely agonize me and kill me; the latter would unhinge my mind and destroy all that I am as a person. In choosing between those two fates, I’ll take the physical pain every time (though maybe with a good tincture of laudanum). So it is with a heavy heart and nerves on edge that I wait to learn Drizzt’s fate. I believe, though, that Drizzt will triumph. I believe in him, and believe that as has always been the case, he will walk the darkest road and still find the strength to persevere, to believe. Or, maybe I’m just a figment of Bob Salvatore’s imagination, and he’s been setting me up for the past 20+ years to crush me with the next installment. And now I might need a hug. Or, at least, some chocolate. Chocolate would definitely help. . Something terrible, unspeakable, immense, has come to Menzoberranzan and is leaving death and destruction in its wake The primordial of Gauntlgrym stirs, sending Cattie brie and Gromph to Luskan, and the ruins of the only power that can keep the beast in check The damage of the Darkening, of war, and of a demon ravaged Underdark has sent cracks out across the North SomeSomething terrible, unspeakable, immense, has come to Menzoberranzan and is leaving death and destruction in its wake The primordial of Gauntlgrym stirs, sending Cattie brie and Gromph to Luskan, and the ruins of the only power that can keep the beast in check The damage of the Darkening, of war, and of a demon ravaged Underdark has sent cracks out across the North Some of this damage may never be repaired.And Drizzt is going home But not to Mithral Hall Not to Icewind Dale He s going to Menzoberranzan Bruenor is ready to march with him bringing along an army of dwarves to end the scourge of Menzoberranzan, but Drizzt needs to see what s happening there The dwarf army may not be necessary The City of Spiders might already have fallen to the demons and their wicked prince But even if that s true, what s to say the demons will stop there Maestro picks up where Archmage left off, plunging Drizzt into his most dangerous adventure yet, and with all the action, adventure, beloved characters, dark elves, monsters, and demon princes Drizzt fans adore.. A viral Book Maestro I am a loyal Salvatore fan and I enjoyed this book, however I am also pissed off at this point (more on that later). I will admit the writing is slightly more focused, we get less descriptions on sword play and a tad more insights into magical details and trinkets which i thought was lacking in the previous books. The plot is not what I expected with a title like Maestro, referring to Jarlaxle. I still liked the main story and the side story with the host tower but as a loyal fan, i cant help but feel duped. spoilers beyondThis is the point that makes me royally pissed off. With a title like Maestro you would hope for some history about the mysterious mercenary we have all come to love, or maybe some link to Zaknafein, At least some back story to Bregan D'aerthe. But no, a resounding big fat middle finger from Salvatore. Was he forced on the title, I find that hard to believe. I get it he organizes a few groups to achieve two goals.... but thats what he always does! Remember when he found Cadderly, or all the other times he has intervened to help drizzt? I find no differences here. This book should or could of been called anything other than Maestro and it would of made more sense. Whenever I see this cover it's going to piss me off.recap ( more spoliers)Drizzt and the companions have successfully taken Gauntlgrym from the Xorlarrin drow but there is a problem that Cattie-brie has uncovered. The primordial is not stable and the host tower in Luskan needs to be rebuilt. So Jarlaxle pools everyone together and gets the dwarves, dragons, humans, and drow to help with the host tower. Then he asks Drizzt to help him get Dhalia back from the drows with the help of Artemis, his old buddy. Cattie-brie goes toe to toe with Gromph about who should lead the rebuilding on the tower and in the end wins. She learns that the primordial must be set free to contruct it, gromph agrees after seeing her visions. Meanwhile 'daughter has magically grown up and is super powerful. She find Kimmurials mom and together they do some crazy psionic magic. We finally get the showdown between Tiago and drizzt and drizzt tricks him with his own bow and blows him up, was pretty sweet to get closure on Tiago. Drizzt gets caught but the new Yvonnel likes drizzt and allows him to champion Loth and take on the demogorgon then she will release his friends. Drizzt is used as conduit and takes in a ton of magic and releases it in one blow to the demogorgon monkey dude, who wasn't very nasty if you ask me. Anyways Drizzt awakes and is being tortured and is given a choice to kill 1 friend and release the other two, he refuses. Yvonnel discovers drizzt believes he is doomed and that all his friends are dead including Cattie-brie. I guess when the faezness got ripped it infected drizzt or some shit. Now yvonnel believes drizzt will kill cattie-brie because he believes it is all lie.... or something. the end was kind of unsatisfying to me.

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  1. As one of the fantasy genre s most successful authors, R.A Salvatore enjoys an ever expanding and tremendously loyal following His books regularly appear on The New York Times best seller lists and have sold than 10,000,000 copies Salvatore s original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter s Blade Trilogy October 2004 debuted at 1 on The Wall Street Journal best seller list and at 4 on The New York Times best seller list His books have been translated into numerous foreign languages including German, Italian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, and French.Salvatore s first published novel, The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do Urden Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi volume series including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter s Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sopho year of college when he was given a copy of J.R.R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift He promptly changed his major from computerscience to journalism He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Fitchburg State College in 1981, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English He began writing seriously in 1982, penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic Salvatore held many jobs during those first years as a writer, finally settling in much to our delight to write full time in 1990.The R.A Salvatore Collection has been established at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, containing the writer s letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers He is in good company, as The Salvatore Collection is situated alongside The Robert Cormier Library, which celebrates the writing career of the co alum and esteemed author of young adult books.Salvatore is an active member of his community and is on the board of trustees at the local library in Leominster, Massachusetts He has participated in several American Library Association regional conferences, giving talks on themes including Adventure fantasy and Why young adults read fantasy Salvatore himself enjoys a broad range of literary writers including James Joyce, Mark Twain, Geoffrey Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, and Sartre He counts among his favorite genre literary influences Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fritz Leiber, and of course, J.R.R Tolkien.Born in 1959, Salvatore is a native of Massachusetts and resides there with his wife Diane, and their three children, Bryan, Geno, and Caitlin The family pets include three Japanese Chins, Oliver, Artemis and Ivan, and four cats including Guenhwyvar.When he isn t writing, Salvatore chases after his three Japanese Chins, takes long walks, hits the gym, and coaches plays on a fun league softball team that includes most of his family His gaming group still meets on Sundays to playcmillan author rasalv

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  1. Standard R.A Salvatore Biased Review Caveat Bob Salvatore is one of my favorite authors and has been for 20 years he s also, amongst the writers I ve had the good fortune to meet and or interview, one of the nicest and most generous with his time So, any book that has his name on the cover gets an extra bump up the review scale compared to if the same book had been written by someone not named Bob Salvatore.Also MAJOR SPOILERS TO FOLLOW You ve been warned via typographical shouting Over the year [...]


  2. I am a loyal Salvatore fan and I enjoyed this book, however I am also pissed off at this point on that later I will admit the writing is slightly focused, we get less descriptions on sword play and a tad insights into magical details and trinkets which i thought was lacking in the previous books The plot is not what I expected with a title like Maestro, referring to Jarlaxle I still liked the main story and the side story with the host tower but as a loyal fan, i cant help but feel duped spoi [...]


  3. A really good book I am biased as I am a huge Drizzt Do Urden fan This book tied up a lot of loose ends and some end games coming to fruition from previous book and series So it was a very enjoyable read for me However there were problems in the book and writing style The first a lot of stroy arcs were repetitive from former stories The second thing is at the critical moment of a fight were someone is about to win or lose he cuts to another characters story, making me wanting to rush through thi [...]


  4. ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.Possible Spoilers Read at your own risk.Maestro, Book 2 of the Homecoming Trilogy and overall Book 29 of the Legend of Drizzt Saga, continues the current DD arc Rage of Demons and throws some major dilemmas our hero s way Much like the previous title Archmage and its causing us to ask whether the title referred to Gromph or Catti Brie, Maestro also presents us with a few options for its namesake Is the Maestro Jarlaxle, who graces the cover and whose machi [...]


  5. 7.5 10The second book in the Homecoming trilogy proves a much better continuation than Archmage was in the continuing war of the drow, as Salvatore shows that he still can bring some entertaining stories in this long series.Of course, Maestro has also its flaws, most importantly with Gromph s parts which I didn t like as he doesn t feel any like the character that I, so long ago, loved but, nevertheless, Salvatore has managed to make a good enough story to keep those flaws aside as Drizzt and Ja [...]


  6. There will be lots of SPOILERS below You ve been warned This book was really dark Drizzt books are usually full of hope and companionship and Drizzt being the champion of Light, fighting darkness Not this one Sure, since the death of the Companions back in The Ghost King and Gauntlgrym, the Drizzt books got a little darker, but this got darker still Drizzt journeys to Menzobarrenzan, his birth place, the dark and twisted City of Spiders, the place he swore he would never return to, to rescue his [...]


  7. This newest Drizzt book held my attention, but for the latter half of the book, I found myself thinking, what the I like deep, philosophical discussions, but this was just strange Throughout the last few books, we have been led to believe that Drizzt is, if not a Chosen of, then at least favored by Mielikki, and perhaps even Lolth, though he would clearly never acknowledge the latter But now I am truly curious where this is going, and in some aspects, find myself disappointed Because of this cur [...]


  8. I don t know what to say really Let me start with the good points, that s a shorter list 1 We still have Drizzt 2 We still have Drizzt after all 3 No orcs 4 Gromph 5 No 10 page long combat scenes.But that s the end of it We have Jarlaxle, but he is far from his best shape these days And what else do we have The same ol story over and over again How long has it been For like 10 12 volumes Drizzt thinks Catti brie is dead, but she is still alive, then he thinks she is dead, but she is alive, then [...]


  9. 3.5 stars Drizzt Ah Drizzt I love this series He doesn t appear before the 25% mark but I hardly noticed because the titular character truly shines through most of the tale What else Lots of drow politics, a wicked Mistress, a wonderful Catti Brie and brilliant battles also Entreri Can I ever get enough of this one Hardly Go, go Artemis.I like this very questioning Drizzt.Oh and I get it Magical pouches are handy and Cattie Brie reverts to a lovely dwarven brogue when she is off balance.Fast pac [...]


  10. As always these books are easy to read There is not a great depth to the plot, but they are faced paced and fun This book is of the same, and follows Drizzt as he returns to Menzoberranzan, as the series title Homecoming suggests All the old familiar characters are there, with a couple of new ones Downsides are it all feels a bit samey, and the ending seemed rushed to me Good fun to read if you don t want to think too hard.


  11. I enjoyed this read as well RA Salvatore keeps me following multiple lines of plot like a master puppeteer I ve moved on to the next book Hero as soon as I could The only detraction I have is that the ending battle feels like the ending of Eye of the World like it was cut short for publishing deadlines before it was ready to be released I d love to see a expansive discussion of the last battle.


  12. Salvatore definitely does not skimp on the action in Maestro, Book 32 of The Legend of Drizzt Book 2 of Homecoming But then, he never does.Overall, he provides a great continuation for the story he has wrought since The Companions, bringing together almost all of the characters from the The Companions, the Companions Codex trilogy and, of course, Archmage, to face problems that could have worldwide ramifications He does this very well, but a few things he chose to do weakened the story for me Sp [...]


  13. Didn t even get 50 pages in and wow, rape Nope I m done with this series and this author I ve loved the Drizzt series for years, but no I came to these books to escape that Game of Thrones crap _


  14. I ve been a fan of R.A Salvatore s books and to say I really enjoyed Maestro It was hard to put down once I started There were a few sections that were quite terrifying and some that made me chuckle Overall a good read I can t wait for the next book


  15. As an avid fan of the Forgotten Realms and a diligent reader of all of the works set within it, Maestro was a must buy for me I was anticipating this particular book for other reasons as well, which I ll go into later in this review Having read all of Salvatore s FR books, I went in with both a basic idea of what to expect and an idea of what would most likely be missing I ll admit that I m than a little jaded when it comes to Bob s work, so I was than a little pleasantly surprised by what I p [...]


  16. SPOILERSThis is one of the worst books Salvatore ever wrote, possibly THE worst.Why Because Drizzt goes back to Menzoberranzan, AGAIN, like in Starless Night another epic failure book , this time with Jarlaxe and Entreri Drizzt starts bickering with Entreri, with the lousy excuse that it s the Demogorgon bad influence, but those 2 are the only ones affected The rest of the Underdark seems not really affected So it feels like a pathetic tentative of rekindling the animosity between the 2 key cha [...]


  17. This book was an easy read, but the story went nowhere and the ending was anticlimactic.The title was Maestro , which referred to Jarlaxle s masterful manipulation of events and major players in Faerun, but by about a third of the way into the story, he s already lost control He ends up at the mercy of his enemies, stripped of his power, and has to be saved Drizz t has an insanity problem and no one notices, even though he starts attacking teammates Well, Jarlaxle kind of acknowledges it, but sh [...]


  18. Maestro proves that Salvatore still has a worthwhile tale left to tell in the Drizzt saga This is the sequel to The Dark Elf Trilogy Collector s Edition that should have been written a long time ago Salvatore takes us back to Menzoberranzan with Drizzt, Jarlaxle, and Artemis Entreri fighting alongside each other As they travel through the Underdark, they slowly start to lose their sanity and question reality this is a unique twist and new concept in Salvatore s writings at times, he forces the r [...]


  19. The book was good A good book it was Good, was the book Bookedy book book Books here books there, books everywhere Blah, blah Yakity, shmakity Tweedle dee, tweedle dum Kick me in my bum.The book was good A good book it was Good, was the book Bookedy book book Books here books there, books everywhere Blah, blah Yakity, shmakity Tweedle dee, tweedle dum Kick me in my bum Don t force me to write a review


  20. Like all the previous books in this series, I rather enjoyed this one I did find it a bit odd how certain Drizzt was about having an experience rather like Wulfgar did when he was tortured by a demon, since Drizzt is rarely so certain about much of anything, but I chalked it up to the influence of a demon It had all the twists and turns you would expect, as well some rather epic fight scenes, as well, and it was nice to see Artemis Entreri again and continue his story I am curious to see what wi [...]


  21. Amazing fights I really enjoy the battles scenes but at the end i was disapointed with the great battle against the Demogorgon, i was expecting a full epic battle right here, anyhow it was a good crossroad in the end, I m feeling in a sad and anxious mood since there is just one last book of Drizzt by the moment.


  22. I would buy this book again, and again One of the best books in the entire series of Drizzt books, Ever Thats no small feat as Salvatore rises to a new level of story telling, all the characters are filled out and we see all the greats in one book I strongly recommend that you pick up this trilogy of stories if you have fallen out of the books for awhile


  23. This is the best drizzt book I ve read in awhile I was annoyed at Archmage s laborious setup and find the dwarf centric stories boring But Maestro has a lot focus The antagonist, Yvonnel, feels weighty than anything in recent memory The Carrie Brie subplot is the weakest part for me, but still enjoyable Five stars as far as the legend of drizzt goes.


  24. Good read but very rushedThis is an interesting continuation but the end felt a little too rushed to try to end the book Perhaps another 100 pages is required to clearly describe the final battle.


  25. Just like view spoiler Drizzt hide spoiler this book is making me lose the will to live I have 2 chapters to finish and I care so little about what happens that I just can t be bothered Don t read this if you ve ever been a fan of any of the characters.






  26. Jarlaxle at his best worse always ending with the biggest prise even if it wasn t really planed like that to begin with One of the best of all the serie.


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