If you haven't read Salvatore's earlier Forgotten Realms novels that involve the companions, then I highly recommend you read those first. Much of the wonder and richness of this novel will be lost on you if you aren't already in love with these long, lost characters. That said, it is still an excellent novel that can stand on its own. One word of warning to prior fans, Drizzt is not the main character, despite the fact this he graces the cover. But don't let that deter you. He makes appearances in clever ways and is the entire thing the novel centers upon.
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