The Pirate King
The Pirate King by R.A Salvatore is another book from the endless list of legendary Drizzt Du’Urden novels. I have been trying to catch up with all of these books but as soon I finish a book of his he comes out with another one. The Pirate King is the second in the Transitions series.
It starts off a few months or so after the end of The Orc King. Drizzt and Regis plan a trip to go visit Wulfgar back in Icewind Dale. On the way the run into the Harpells family who are turning fugitives of the town near their mansion into animals. This leads to a conflict and discussion between Drizzt and Regis on how much one should be involved with cities policies even if they do not think it is right.
As they arrive into the port town of Luskan they find things in disarray. Two big groups rule the town of Luskan. One group is the Mage Towers, which is a group of Wizards and Sorcerers who do their own thing while being a high authority figure. The next group is the High Captains who run the docks and the ships and are pretty much pirate mafia. Deudermont who is a famous captain of a ship that chases and captures pirates and their ships, along with Drizzt and friends in the past, has found out that the leader of the mage towers is a lich and is running the town into nothing.
Deudermont along with a nobleman from southern port town of Waterdeep start a revolt against the lich Arklem Greeth and the mages of the town. Forcing people to choose sides many join Deudermont. By this time Drizzt has found all this out and has offered to help. Eventually Arklem Greeth was forced to his own tower with the town at his heels, he ends up blowing up the whole castle devastating the town.
After this Deudermont became the new Governor of Luskan and Drizzt and Regis leave town continuing their trip to Icewind Dale with hopes of finding their old friend Wulfgar. Deudermont being Governor was not what a few of the high captains wanted and so they made the winter a living hell for Luskan and tried to get the towns people to hate Deudermont and force him out of leadership. As spring arrives the High Capitans create more chaos as soon arrives just as Drizzt and Regis get back to Lusken.
Throughout the book there is a lot of intrigue and involves a certain mysterious voices from a cloud of darkness. Along with a familiar dual wielding Morningstar dwarf as bodyguard. If you have read the Sellswords trilogy you might know who he is and if you have not read those books you should.
Anyway the ending is shocking and different. It goes with the theme of the Transitions trilogy, which tends to be the adaptation of change.