Drizzt Do'Urden fans, take a breath. You've been waiting for the beloved dark elf from Dungeons & Dragons' Forgotten Realms to return, and we're excited to exclusively announce R.A. Salvatore is continuing his story with Timeless (see the cover below). Salvatore told Nerdist, "I wasn't really ready to say goodbye to Drizzt and the gang. Even after all these years, there seemed to be dozens and dozens of stories left to tell. These characters have become like my family."
Salvatore created Drizzt 30 years ago, so it's not surprising he feels so close to the character. "I’m super excited to be able to work with Wizards of the Coast, David Pomerico and the folks at Harper Voyager to continue to publish Drizzt stories set in the Forgotten Realms," he said. “I still enjoy writing these characters and I’m interested to see where they take me next."
Harper Voyager executive editor David Pomerico shares Salvatore's enthusiasm. "Growing up, a few characters sucked me into the world of science fiction and fantasy. Ender. Garion. Tasselhoff Burrfoot. And, of course, Drizzt. So when the opportunity came around to work with Bob on a character that not only meant so much to me, but is truly one of the iconic fantasy characters, I jumped at it," he shared.
As with other Drizzt tales, you can expect swordplay and danger. As Timeless is focused on a weapon master, a very special weapon master, that swordplay will be emphasized.
“Centuries ago, in the city of Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders, the City of Drow, nestled deep in the unmerciful Underdark of Toril, a young weapon master earned a reputation far above his station or that of his poor house.
The greater nobles watched him, and one matron, in particular, decided to take him as her own. She connived with rival great houses to secure her prize, but that prize was caught for her by another, who came to quite enjoy the weapon master.
This was the beginning of the friendship between Zaknafein and Jarlaxle, and the coupling of Matron Malice and the weapon master who would sire Drizzt Do’Urden.
R. A. Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of Zaknafein and Jarlaxle—an introduction to the darkness that offers a fresh view of the opportunities to be found in the shadows and an intriguing prelude to the intriguing escapes that lie ahead in the modern-day Forgotten Realms. Here, a father and his son are reunited and embark on adventures that parallel the trials of centuries long past as the friends of old are joined by Drizzt, Hero of the North, trained by Grandmaster Kane in the ways of the monk.
But the scourge of the dangerous Lolth’s ambitions remain, and demons have been foisted on the unwitting of the surface. The resulting chaos and war will prove to be the greatest challenge for all three.”
Timeless is now available for pre-order. If you pre-order through this link, you'll receive the book and a signed Timeless cover poster.
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Images: Harper Voyager