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Some Very Novel Drow

It's a fine year to be a dark elf novels fan. Not only will we see the launch of a brand-new six-book series inspired by R. A. Salvatore, we also are treated to the return of that author's quintessential drow ranger in an all-new adventure. Life is good.

The Hunter's Blades Trilogy

It's time for R.A. Salvatore to treat us all to a new novel series. And this trilogy is all-Drizzt, all the time.

That's Drizzt, the scimitar-wielding, purple-eyed ranger with the magical panther companion.

And no one else.

At least, these new books have no Bruenor, Regis, Wulfgar, Cattie-brie, Jarlaxle, or Artemis Entreri. This will be an intense, exciting trilogy focused solely on the dark elf hero.

Sure, there'll be other characters. Possibly of note would be the characters described by the title of book one: The Thousand Orcs. Now, I'm not 100 percent certain what part those orcs are going to play in the story, but I'm thinking most of 'em aren't going to have a recurring role, if you know what I mean.

A thousand orcs. You know, if anyone could take 'em on, it'd be Drizzt.

The Thousand Orcs

What more can you say? Here's what you'll find on the back cover of the dust jacket of this beautiful hardback:

One dark elf. Two enchanted blades.

One unknown enemy. And a horde of invaders.

It's been a long time since Drizzt Do'Urden has had to fight alone. When a ravaging mob of vicious orcs overruns the North and his friends are washed away in its evil tide, he must take matters into his own hands,

An all-new trilogy takes Drizzt to the edge... and beyond.

Look for it in October.

R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen Series

This new set of novels -- R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen -- is a six-book series written by six of our hottest, up-and-coming authors. Mr. Salvatore (Bob) is overseeing the project and consulting on each title. He's just laid the elaborate groundwork for some really talented folks to come in and build an awesome new sextet of spidery goodness.

Here's a quote about the series:

"...an epic six-part series from the fertile imaginations of both R.A. Salvatore and a select group of the newest, most exciting authors in the genre. Join them as they peel back the surface of the richest fantasy world ever created to show the dark heart beneath."

Like I said, If you read Bob's dark elf books (like The Dark Elf Trilogy), you'll feel right at home. You'll recognize some of the characters, just as you'll recognize various locations, patterns of behavior, and many other aspects of drow society. It's really a brilliant idea. You already know House Baenre. You've visited Arach-Tinilith. You've watched Narbondel's glow creeping upward as the day progresses. You know how things work in Menzoberranzan. You know how drow interact with each other, whose place is where, and all that.


In Dissolution, the first book in the series, Richard Lee Byers has done a phenomenal job of taking you right back to the Menzoberranzan you already know, and then he starts revealing all kinds of new stuff. It meshes quite well with everything you've come to know and expect. He introduces you to new characters and new developments that will draw you in to the point where you won't be able to put the book down until you're finished.

Menzoberranzan the Mighty

City of grandeur and cruelty, home of deadly swordsmen and diabolical necromancers, the brightest jewel of the vast subterranean world called the Underdark, and proudest achievement of the sinister race known as the drow, Menzoberranzan is a place with a mystery at its heart, a secret flaw that threatens to destroy it.

When the power that sustains the city is cut off at its source, enemies flood in from the darkness all around. And what greater enemy could a drow imagine than another drow?

Think about this: Menzoberranzan is a place where waking up breathing is a pleasant surprise and your friends and family can easily become your worst enemies (which they often do). When you open the cover of Dissolution and start reading, you're going to discover that Life as a Dark Elf Just Got Dangerous. Look for it in stores in July.


This is the second book in the series, written by Thomas M. Reid. Again, I can't tell you too much about this one, 'cause it'd spoil some of the fun you'll have reading Dissolution, but be assured that it's another great drow book with everything you'd expect, and a lot that you won't. It's available in December. The next four books won't come fast enough.

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