Book-The Legend of Drizzit: The Collected Stories
Author– R. A. Salvatore
TL; DR-Context hurts an otherwise excellent short story anthology. 85%
Basics-Wizards of the Coast gave everybody a GenCon present with this collection of short stories written by R. A. Salvatore. Each story is from a different part of Drizzit’s life and the Forgotten Realms in general. Each story narrated by different famous people ranging from Sean Aston to Weird All Yankovic.
Characters-I’ve never been a huge Drizzit fan, but this collection of short stories featured characters ranging from a young King Battlehammer to dragons is a fun listen. Each character was well developed in the short period you got to spend with them. My main complaint is each character was adrift in the sea of the history of the realms. Everybody was a full character, but there was little context to each character besides what I knew about Drizzit from reading the books previously. That kind of randomness hurt the overall story of Drizzit and his legacy as the stories range from long before Drizzit to the current day. 4/5
Setting– R. A Salvatore does a great job bringing the Forgotten Realms to life. I enjoyed the different stories and parts of the world that I got to experience. The each story’s world is well constructed and felt like a real place. However, like with the characters, you won’t be able to place the setting in time and space with the other stories. Unless you know where each location and story takes place, you will be somewhat lost as each story will feature a completely random place. 4.5/5
Story-The different stories are all well done. Each story is a self contained bite-sized story explaining a bit of the history of each character in Drizzit’s legacy. It was fun to learn so much back story in a quick way. However, these stories really don’t have a context if you don’t know the world or how they’ve interacted with Drizzit. Some stories feature connected characters and settings, but unless you’ve been reading Drizzit books for the longest time, you won’t have a clue who is being discussed and why. 4/5
Audiobook Extra but not Extra- This book is free through audible.com, so you get an audio anthology. Each story gets a separate narrator. Some are there because they are famous. Ice-T was fun to listen to for about five minutes as he struggled to deal with the “nerd shit” (his words, not mine!), but others were excellent readers. You know who I really want to hear do more audiobooks? Wield Al Yankovic! He has a little bit of the nerd slur to his speech, but honestly he did an excellent job as a narrator being serious when he needed to and an even better job bringing the characters in his story to life! That was an amazing surprise. 4.5/5
Summary-This was a fun listen. I think I’m more of a Drizzit fan now that when I went in. The stories really helped me better understand the people I’ve been listening to for such a long time as well as build up the understanding of the Forgotten Realms. This book isn’t bad, but what hurt this book a lot was the lack of continuity. Everything was free in space, and that lack of connections or explanation would leave new realms reader lost in a sea of words. If Wizards and Audible get a chance, I’d love it if Mr. Salvatore would give a minute or two introduction to each story and explain who the major player is in this story and who they are to Drizzit’s story. Do that and I’ll revise this to a 100 % easily. But as it stands it a 85%.