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No notes for slide. We learn a little about Jarlaxle's past, but this book focuses mainly on Artemis. Jarlaxle is merely along for the ride. There are some things in this book that are not usually found in Forgotten Realms books, some of the content The plot of this book can really be divided into two parts. The first part focuses on Jarlaxle and Artemis' time dealing with Grandmaster Kane and the Citadel of Assassins in the Bloodstone Lands, while the second half focuses quite a bit on Artemis' individual journey that leads to some shocking moments.

Mostly because Salvatore knew what he wanted to happen and needed to fit it all in. The plot is well laid out and everything that happens makes perfect sense. Salvatore obviously invested a great deal of time making sure the story stayed true to the characters and their situation.


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This allows the reader to care that much more about what is going on in the story. Salvatore has a knack of weaving a believable story with characters that seem so real. We all know Artemis is a very skilled assassin, yet, while reading this book you can't help but care deeply for his story and his past and how that played a part in who he is. If you are looking for large scale battles, this book may be disappointment for you. However, if you are looking for an excellently crafted character driven story, I am pretty certain you will enjoy this.

This is classic Salvatore and fans will surely find something in this book to enjoy. Fans of the Forgotten Realms and Salvatore will find this book and enjoy it. New fans would be encouraged to go back and read the rest of Salvatore's Forgotten Realms books before reading this one, that way, all of the events and discussions will make more sense. However, picking up the Sellsword series would be OK as well. I will continue to recommend Salvatore as an author I enjoy a great deal. This was a ride well worth taking. Read from May 15, to May 21, Jaraxle's plan starts to become clear as the two of them make some very ambitious decisions and dare to challenge a king as well as two ancient dragons.


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  5. Jarlaxle's ambitions and outrageous schemes are alwa " Those who rely on certainties are certain to be disappointed. Jarlaxle's ambitions and outrageous schemes are always almost enough to get them killed, almost. I wish I were into the premise of this story more but it just didn't do it for me, as was most of this trilogy, unfortunately.

    The series lacked the character work that I loved so much with the Drizzt series.

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    Both Jarlaxle and Artemis are at constant battle with themselves in terms of their partnership, or rather, friendship. Their experience tells them that they shouldn't be friends yet this also seems to be a challenge for them despite the two of them being generally cold-hearted. Artemis becomes especially vulnerable in this book as well which is puzzling for the reader as his tough exterior seems to break.

    He starts to question the meaning and purpose of his life as well as his relationships with other people. What will this new cracked exterior mean for the assassin? Of course, all is revealed in the end Spoilers ahead. Jarlaxle's motives don't seem as clearly defined in this book, or at least they're not as robust as Artemis' and for that, Artemis has the more interesting narrative of the two.

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    I do appreciate that at least Jarlaxle is still mostly true to his conniving and manipulative ways, even to those closest to him but then I found myself disappointed in Artemis for not being able to catch on to what Jarlaxle was doing. I appreciate that Artemis' newfound vulnerability in this book was not necessarily of his own doing and I know that will eventually make him a very dynamic character but he just didn't seem as badass in this book. Salvatore could have had a whole offshoot of stories with Jarlaxle and Artemis but it felt as if he wasn't as heavily involved or invested in the stories as much as he has been with Drizzt and his companions.

    Considering their shallow development within this trilogy, perhaps it's best that they remain secondary characters for the time being. I know that they appear later within Drizzt's storyline Neverwinter Series and it does help to know their stories from this trilogy going into those books, so I hope that they continue to present themselves within the Drizzt storyline.

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    Salvatore is the final book in the Sellswords Trilogy. It continues where Promise of the Witch King ended, detailing the further adventures of the assassin Artemis Entreri and the drow Jarlaxle. Many of the characters who survived the last book also make appearances, as well as the movers and shakers of the country of Damara in the Forgotten Realms. The later group was the most fun to read about for me, since they are the pre-generated characters from the Bloodstone Road of the Patriarch by R.

    It was nice to read about them in their post adventure days ruling a kingdom, and they also made good foils for Artemis and Jarlaxle, since as a group they were clearly more powerful. The loose plot focuses on the duo's entanglement with the Citadel of Assassins and how they untangle themselves. However, the more important theme of the book is the character growth of Artemis, who finishes his transition from a cold hearted, ruthless, evil man to a not quite as cold hearted, still ruthless, not-evil man.

    It was clear that Salvatore was trying to stretch his writing beyond mere swashbuckling adventure, and getting much more involved with character development. Unfortunately, watching the journey of a pretty unsympathetic character go from as evil as possible to somewhat less evil and maybe not evil at all, but certainly not good wasn't that exciting of a read.

    In addition, the plot of the story that was the backdrop on his character development wasn't very interesting. Jarlaxle still pulled strings from the shadows, setting up situations to his benefit, but in the end, the reader was left wondering what was going to happen next, and not in a good way.

    The supporting character of Athrogate the dwarf was still amusing, and Salvatore once again did an excellent job of weaving in Dungeons and Dragons lore and artifacts better than almost any other game fiction writer. Unfortunately, this is likely the last Salvatore book I'll read.

    I've enjoyed that vast majority of his Dungeons and Dragons books, but the newer ones are firmly shifting to support the new 4th edition game, and even more importantly, the 4th edition version of the Forgotten Realms, which is even worse. I know lots of people like the new version of the game and in theory, there are some who even like the new version of the campaign setting , but I'm not one of them. Combine that with not having enjoyed Salvatore's more recent works, and I've decided that this will be the last of them I read. I'll still keep an eye on what he writes, especially non-game related, but at this point, he'll need to come up with something that really catches my interest, since there's so much on my list of books that I want to read that I'm more interested in now.

    After avoiding this series like the plague for so many years, I finally picked it up a few months ago to start reading and have recently finished it in its entirety. I admit it was better than I expected. I had avoided it for so long because I had no interest in Artemis Entreri, although I did have a fondess for Jarlaxle. I only picked it up because I needed the background info to read Ghost King.


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    I loved the interaction between the characters throughout the series. We learn more of the backstory After avoiding this series like the plague for so many years, I finally picked it up a few months ago to start reading and have recently finished it in its entirety. We learn more of the backstory of both characters which was the highlight of the series for me as you figure out what really made them tick. Although I admit I am skeptical about the development of Entreri. Artemis Entreri is supposed to be this heartless, cold, calculating, ruthless assasin, yet throughout the trilogy we see this softening and Artemis developing a heart and a concious.

    Granted this is mostly due to the malnipulations of Jarlaxle and a magic flute, and not something he willingly undertook.

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    While I was glad he was becoming more humane, his inhumanity is what turned me off him to begin with I wonder if doing something close to a character alteration was best. I admit the ending was a little flat for me. I mean, Jarlaxle and Artemis have all these adventure, form this dysfunctional yet working friendship, and after everything they go through, Artemis walks away.

    And instead of following him, Jarlaxle shrugs his shoulders and takes on a new companion to toy with, a dwarf named Athrogate.

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    While not one of my favorite series, I was still pleasently surprised by it. Great characters, thrilling adventures, and laugh out loud moments, I am ultimately very happy I finally picked up the Sellswords and completed my Salvatore collection. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed.

    About R. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,, copies. His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sophomore year of college when he was given a copy of J. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift.

    He promptly changed his major from computerscience to journalism. He began writing seriously in , penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic.

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