Rise of the King is the second book in the Companions Codex series by R. A. Salvatore, a renowned fantasy author best known for his Forgotten Realms novels featuring the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden. The book was published in 2014 by Wizards of the Coast and is set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.
The book follows the adventures of Drizzt and his companions, who have been reincarnated by the goddess Mielikki to help him face a new threat: the Kingdom of Many-Arrows, an orc empire that is expanding its borders and waging war against the dwarves and other races of the Silver Marches. Drizzt and his friends must also deal with the effects of the Sundering, a cosmic event that is reshaping the world and causing strange phenomena such as a darkened sky and a mysterious floating castle.
Rise of the King is a thrilling and action-packed fantasy novel that explores themes such as friendship, loyalty, courage, and destiny. Fans of Salvatore's previous works will enjoy revisiting familiar characters and settings, while new readers will be drawn into the rich and immersive world of the Forgotten Realms. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats[^1^] [^2^].The Companions of the Hall manage to free Pwent from his curse with the help of the Harpells, a family of eccentric wizards who live in Longsaddle. They also learn that their old friend Cadderly Bonaduce, the Chosen of Deneir, has been working on a way to stop the Darkening and restore the balance of magic in the world. They decide to join him in his quest, but first they have to deal with Tiago Baenre and his dragon, who have followed them to Longsaddle and are determined to kill Drizzt.
Meanwhile, Dahlia is tormented by Lolth and Quenthel, who force her to act as a matron mother despite her hatred for drow society. She is also haunted by visions of Drizzt and Artemis Entreri, her former lover and enemy. She tries to escape from her prison, but is thwarted by Quenthel's magic and Lolth's wrath. She eventually learns that Drizzt is still alive and that Lolth has a special plan for him.
The war between the orcs and the dwarves escalates as more allies join each side. The orcs are aided by frost giants, white dragons, ogres, goblins, and drow, while the dwarves are supported by humans, elves, halflings, gnomes, and centaurs. The battles are fierce and bloody, with many casualties on both sides. The dwarves manage to hold their ground against the invaders, but they are outnumbered and outmatched by their enemies' magic and firepower.The Companions of the Hall engage in a fierce battle with Tiago and his dragon, but are aided by the Harpells and their magical inventions. They manage to wound the dragon and drive Tiago away, but not before he kills one of the Harpells. They then head to Spirit Soaring, Cadderly's temple, where they hope to find a way to stop the Darkening and restore the Weave of magic.
Dahlia escapes from House Do'Urden with the help of Ambergris, a former member of Bregan D'aerthe who has been enslaved by Quenthel. They flee to Gauntlgrym, where they encounter Effron and Entreri. Effron reveals that he has been working for Jarlaxle, who has been secretly manipulating events behind the scenes. Jarlaxle offers Dahlia a chance to join him and his mercenaries, but she refuses. She decides to go after Drizzt, hoping to either kill him or die by his hand.
The war reaches its climax as the orc army lays siege to Mithral Hall, the last stronghold of the dwarves. The defenders are outnumbered and outmatched, but they fight bravely and fiercely. Drizzt and his companions arrive in time to join the battle, along with Cadderly and his clerics. Cadderly reveals that he has found a way to end the Darkening, but it will cost him his life. He sacrifices himself to unleash a powerful spell that clears the sky and restores the balance of magic. The spell also weakens the orcs and their allies, giving the dwarves a chance to turn the tide of the war. aa16f39245