The Legacy by R.A. Salvatore is the 7th book in his Drizzt series and the first R.A. Salvatore book I’ve read in probably 15 years. I read The Icewind Dale and Dark Elf Trilogy when I was a teenager and absolutely loved them. Drizzt is still one of my favorite characters in fantasy. I wanted to read some of the later books, because Salvatore’s work is comfort fantasy for me, and that is what I was in the mood for.
The Legacy features the Drow coming after Drizzt. The entire story takes place under Mithral Hall, in the winding corridors of the Underdark. Drizzt’s sister Vierna, and his most hated foe Artemis Entreri, have joined with mercenary Jarlaxle, to take Drizzt back to Menzoberrazan, to sacrifice Drizzt to Lolth, the Spider Queen, the goddess of the Dark Elves.
These books are from the Forgotten Realms books that are published by Wizards of the Coast, who owns Dungeons and Dragons. Because of that, these books are highly based upon the classes and world building that DnD operates under. This is the type of fantasy that has things like clerics, rogues, halflings, dwarves, elves, and magic items, and mostly focuses on the adventures of a party of characters that are friends. There are a lot of fantasy readers that consider this type of fantasy to be very trope heavy and a less quality of fantasy than other writers but I have always loved it.
The main reason I love this type of fantasy is because you know what you are going to get. You are going to get an adventuring party that is a mix of different races and classes that have become close friends. Because these individuals come from varying backgrounds, their friendships mean even more, because they look past the racial, and social barriers to who the real person is. That is why I enjoy Drizzt because he is a Dark Elf, a race that is considered to be evil, but he has turned his back on his own race, and decided to be good. There are so many instances of not judging others based off of their background/race in these books and I just appreciate that aspect so much.
The next reason I enjoy these books and this book in particular is because R.A. Salvatore writes some of the best combat scenes in fantasy. The scenes are described simply but the maneuvers that the characters take are complex. This creates fighting scenes where characters are jumping around, flipping swords, doing backflips, that all remind me of martial arts movies I grew up watching as a kid. The majority of The Legacy is fight scenes. In fact, more than any other Drizzt book I’ve read, this book might actually have too many fight scenes. Fights between Drizzt and Entreri will never get old though.
These books are written to be entertaining and fun. They aren’t going to change your life and they aren’t the best fantasy books ever written but I still enjoy them, even as an adult. The Legacy is one of the weaker Drizzt books, but it feels a lot like a book that is required to get Drizzt back into the Drow world, because the next books has Drizzt returning home, and I am especially excited for that.
If you want to try a R.A. Salvatore book, start with The Dark Elf trilogy and see what you think. You can’t go wrong with an easy to read book, with a lot of fighting, and lovable characters.
2/5 10/25 Possible Score
Plot – 1(Weak)
Characters – 2(Good)
Setting/World Building – 2(O.K.)
Writing Style – 3(Good)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 2(O.K.)