Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore is the second book in The Legacy of the Drow series and this book brought our main character back to his roots. Upset with the Drow attacking Mithril Hall and the results, Drizzt decides to sacrifice himself, to save his friends, by returning to Menzoberrazan. This is basically a suicide mission that Drizzt does not intend to come back from. Catti-Brie does not want to lose her close friend though, and decides to follow Drizzt.
I liked this sequel to The Legacy because where The Legacy had a very weak plot, Starless Night had a story with many more characters and settings. I just like the Drow race and Menzoberrazan. I think the ruthlessness and the, “do anything to get a higher standing,” Drow is just a lot of fun to read about. There isn’t another race in fantasy that is as conniving and vile as the Drow. What’s fun to read about is all the houses of Menzoberrazan trying to gain power over each other and this book offers a ton of that. Not only does it have inter-house intrigue but this book has inner-house intrigue within the Baenre House; brothers and sisters trying to figure out ways to kill each other so that they become the most powerful sibling. I don’t know why but this just appeals to me and I love reading about it.
The Dark Elf trilogy was my favorite series by Salvatore and I was really happy to be back in the world of the Drow instead of on the surface world. What is great, is that both Drizzt and Catti-Brie travel over land to the entrance where Drizzt initially came out. We get updates of plot threads from way back when Drizzt first entered the surface world with characters we haven’t seen in such a long time. I thought this was a good addition to the story.
Even though this story is better than The Legacy it is still rather simple and the characters are not complex. That is one thing I don’t really expect from a Wizards of the Coast book but once in awhile Salvatore adds some complexity to his plots/characters. In this one there are a few interesting turn of events in the story but nothing too exciting and most of the story has the characters dealing with the end of The Legacy, so the character development doesn’t happen much. Once again though, the action is fantastic, and still some of the best combat writing in fantasy.
I had fun reading this second book of the Legacy of the Drow series but I’ll probably take a small break from the series until I am in the mood for more fantasy like this. I have a feeling that the break won’t be very long though because I’m enjoying returning to the story of Drizzt Do’urden.
3/5 14/25 Possible Score
Plot – 3(Good)
Characters – 2(O.K.)
Setting/World Building – 4(Strong)
Writing Style – 3(Good)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 2(O.K)