A Review of The Companions: The Sundering, Book I by R.A. Salvatore

The Companions- The Sundering, Book I The Companions: The Sundering, Book I
by R.A. Salvatore

This book begins as four former companions, Bruenor Battlehammer, Regis, Wulfgar, and Catti-brie, who have been raised from the dead, meet in Iruladoon and are told that they have a mission to perform. They are reborn, as a gift from the Godess Mielikki, not a gift for them, but as a gift for Drizzt Do’Urden. They have a choice, they can accept life, starting over, as a newborn infant, or they can go back to their graves, and take their place in the afterlife with their ancestors nearby. If they choose life, they must accept one condition, to act on the side of Mielikki in the darkest hour, to come to the aid of Drizzt at the time of The Sundering. They will meet in Icewind Dale in 21 years, at the spring equinox, The Night of Mielikki.

Cattie-brie, the Magic User and Regi, the Halfling commit to being reborn and Bruenor, the Dwarf, reluctantly agrees, but Wulfgar says that he can’t go through that again. He must go to Warriors Rest, where his wife and children await. They separate. Three companions to become newborn infants, to go through the childhoods that await them, to meet in Icewind Dale on the eve of the spring equinox of 1484 DR, The Year of the Awaked Sleepers.

This book, Book 1 of The Sundering, covers their lives from young children, through early adulthood, the adventures they have, the perils they must survive, and the enemies they defeat, on the way to Icewind Dale. Book 2, The Godborn by Paul S. Kemp, will be published in October, 2013, followed by another book, by a different author, in the series every 2 months until the final book is published in June 2014. There will be a total of 6 books by 6 different authors in The Sundering series.

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DH, with reference to the thread below and some of your previous out of the blue lectures on screenwriting, I have one simple request from you. Stop informing the people on this board how to write a screenplay. More than half of what you spew is 100% wrong -- you will discover this when you get in the trenches. Your film school education has taught you only about one-tenth of what you need to know.
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