Title: Dragonslayer’s Return
Author: R. A. Salvatore
Page Count/Review Word Count: 328
This book is interesting because of its personal significance to me – it’s the third book in a trilogy, and it took me years to track it down. In fact, I pinched the first two books from my dad’s collection was a kid, and had to wait until I had an Amazon account of my own to be able to get hold of it.
It follows the events that surround Gary Leger’s final return to the world of Faerie, and a lot of stuff is going down. The interesting thing about these books, and I guess in this book in particular, is the way that things can advance so much between books in the world of Faerie, and yet how little can change for Gary. See, Gary is just a regular guy, and he has what we would recognise as a regular life, until he gets summoned back to the magical realm.
Once there, he’s the Spearwielder, a man of legend with a job to do. We can expect some honest to goodness sword and sorcery here, with the usual cast of characters thrown in. Salvatore is something of a master in the genre, and a reasonably prolific author from what I’ve been able to gather. He also wrote a series of books based in the Forgotten Realms setting of the popular Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale games, for example, which in turn are based on Dungeons & Dragons. Salvatore certainly has an exceptional pedigree.
This book won’t change the way that you look at the world, but if you need a fictional universe to disappear into for a while then you could certainly do much worse. But I must admit, despite re-reading the first two books in the trilogy a bunch of times, I never came back to this one. Make of that as you will, and read away.