I grew up reading about the adventures of Drizzt and all of his friends. They were probably some of my first fantasy genre books, and then over time I fell out of love with the writing style of R.A. Salvatore, and I stopped reading his work. I think The Companions was the perfect book to read to get re-acquainted with all of the characters, their histories, and the world in general.
If you’ve never read any of the Drizzt books before you may think that this book isn’t for you – but not so. I think the explanations are pretty clear even for a new reader and you don’t feel as though you’re dropped into a world without knowing what is going on. It may even entice a few people to read some of the older books so that you can see how the characters used to be portrayed.
Things start out easily enough, Catti-brie, Regis, and Wulfgar are sent back once more to help out Drizzt in a time of need. The story follows them as they are reincarnated as younger versions of themselves (way younger, they actually start out as infants) and then grow up in their “new” lives until they are of the appropriate age to help. You follow each character through their new trials, tribulations and amazing adventures, while they are conscience of the fact that they’ve been reincarnated – I found this a particularly neat aspect of the book. Lots of people get reincarnated but how many times are they aware of it without some branch knocking them on the head and restoring their memories and the like.
Because of this unique perspective there was tons of humor interspersed throughout and it reminded me so much of R.A. Salvatore’s earlier writing style that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the book. I’m not going to give too much more away, but I highly recommend people check it out when the book releases August 6th 2013.