Mini Book Review: The Companions

The Companions CoverBook: The Companions by R,A, Salvatore

Expected Publication is August 6, 2013 by Wizards Of The Coast|Expected Number Of Pages: 384

Series: The Sundering #1

Genre: Adult Fantasy

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The Companions is a free e-ARC from netgalley.com

Goodreads Summary: This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore’s beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore’s signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt’s fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life–the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.

The Companions isn’t the book for me.  I think I went into this book not completely sure of what would happen, and as much as I wanted to like it, I couldn’t.

For me, The Companions felt more like a random collection of moments in the lives of the characters than anything else.  I do think I was expecting something a little more epic and focusing on a quest, and was surprised that it was more introducing us to the characters.  I was actually surprised to find that this book is Dungeons And Dragons inspired.  I’ve never been into role-playing games or anything, so it’s entirely possible that I’m not part of the target audience for it.

One of the interesting things about The Companions is that you don’t have to read any of the other books set in this world, and it’s not too hard to follow.  But I think one reason why I didn’t like it is because I didn’t have that back story, so it was hard to stay interested in what was going on.  I did get an okay sense of who they were, but unfortunately, nothing about them stood out to me.

I’m not really sure what else to say about The Companions.  I definitely think this world has the makings to be a really interesting one, and I wish I got to see more of that.  The idea that Drizzt and his friends were reincarnated and meet up by the end of the book…for reasons I could not tell you about…it’s sort of interesting, but I can’t remember why this happened.  I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series (or reading the previous ones) but hopefully it’s something that’s explained more in the other books.

Final Thoughts:

There were a few things in The Companions that were sort of interesting, but unfortunately, it’s not the book for me.  The Companions gets 1 star.

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