The Pirate King by R.A. Salvatore Reviewed

Here we are again following a charismatic, noble and most dangerous hero: Drizzt Do’Urden in the second book of R.A. Salvatore’s latest trilogy, Transitions. Pirate King does not dissappoint as Salvatore once again leaves readers wanting. Drizzt, a character that has been around now for 20 years and I have been reading the series for 7-9 years, but I never get tired on which direction Drizzt and his friends go next. Pirate King proves no different as another great book in this legendary series.
We join our heroes four years into the future from the previous book where Obould, the Orc King and Bruenor, the Mithral Hall King have held a shaky but non-fighting truce. Cattie-Brie and Drizzt are now married and Cattie-Brie has continued with her wizard training from the Lady Alustriel. Wulgar has returned long ago to his home in Icewind Dale, but no one has heard anything from him and because of that, Drizzt and Regis set off to see the status of their barbarian  friend.

Most of the action and storyline from the book is about Luskan and Drizzt’s old sailing friend, Captain Deudermont . Luskan, a well known corrupt waterport, ruled by Arkeem Greeth and his 5 high captain subordinates are challenged by Deudermont for control over Luskan. Deudermont enlists the help of many resourceful allies as well as Drizzt and Regis to battle a undead, very dangerous lich in Arkeem Greeth. Drizzt and Regis must question their hearts and purpose several times in this book on whether to intervine, not intervine or how much to intervene in terms of helping old friends from Longsaddle, Luskan and yes, their good friend Wulgar.

What can I say, I loved this book. As with almost every Salvatore story I read, I find myself not putting it down until it is finished and this book was no exception. Salvatore once again captures the hearts and minds of Drizzt’s fans everywhere in telling of this latest installment. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, but enjoy fantasy, I suggest starting in beginning of a trilogy if not at the very beginning of the Drizzt’s timeline with books Crystal Shard or Homeland. This series is very rewarding and enjoyable to read as the character of Drizzt remains fascinating after all these years of reading about his moral struggles, obligations and very genuine, human like emotion that I think we all can relate to. I feel this books carry a great message along with their ability to please the reader in entertainment. Overall rating 4.5/5

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