Book Review: The Companions by R. A. Salvatore

Lovers of epic fantasy the world over know R.A. Salavatore and many cherish his books as classics and staples of the genre. I of course am one of the many. If you love epic fantasy and have never read Salvatore, get ye to the bookstore my friend.

The Companions is a rebirth, in more ways than one, of my favorite characters from Salvatore's Forgotten Realms novels involving the Companions of the Hall. This novel was a rich tapestry of all the things I love about Salvatore's writing, details that breathe life into the world, a grand cause, and grander schemes. You will come to love the Companions of the Hall all over again in completely new ways. It is told from mutliple points of view and covers many years. I particularly enjoyed Bruenor's journey, but then I've always been a swooner for the warrior types (yes, even if they're dwarves).

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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An advanced digital copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. No monetary notes of any kind were exchanged.


  1. Thanks for the recommendation. I've heard of him but never read anything by him. I'll have to check him out if I every get back into reading adult books.

    1. He is a master of his time in the old traditional fantasy style. I'd highly recommend his books for fans of adult fantasy!


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