18128208Never underestimate the patience and cunning of the drow.  Cutter is the first of what I believe to be a series of graphic novels focusing on the back story of on of the more famous evil sentient weapons in the Realms universe: the long sword Khazid’hea, wielded by Cattie-brie in the Drizz’t saga before she was too wounded to carry a sword anymore.

This particular installment doesn’t so much focus on Khazid’hea’s past as the beginning of what happened between Cattie-brie wielding the blade and it coming to rest at last with the elves of the Moonwood via Drizz’t.

Tos’Un Armgo, a drow of Menzoberranzan, has been living on the surface world for several years now since the ill fated siege on Mithril hall.  Long enough to wed Sinnafain the moon elf and sire two children with her.  So one would think that possibly he has had a change of hear much lie Drizz’t, but no.  Tos’Un is the wielder of the blade at the beginning of the story, but as he was crippled in a previous battle and now must choose an heir for the blade from among his children.  And not only must he ensure that their physical training is up to par, but as their mental capabilities as well, for Khazid’hea has a mind of its own and doesn’t like anyone else in control.

So just how wrong can we imagine this going?  How about one child dead, the other fleeing in fear for their life, Tos’Un and Sinnafain going after their lost child, and Tos’Un crippling Sinnafain and leaving her to be torn apart by orcs?  I mean, how cold is that.

Now I don’t now if Tos’Un planned everything from the start, but the fact that he was able to so casually sacrifice the female he had wed and the mother of his children, as well as look so casually upon the fates of those children is nothing short of amazing.  And quite frankly, chilling.

But despite all that I am hopeful towards a second installment, that eventually we will see just how Kazid’hea came to be.  I would LOVE to see that…

Well, almost at my goal folks.  One more and I’ve hit ten.  So let’s take this opportunity to wrap up a trilogy I started a while back, and with a bit of luck I’ll be able to slip one or two more books in before the month’s end deadline.  Death of the Dragon, final book in the Forgotten Realms Cormyr saga by Troy Denning and Ed Greenwood is the landmark tenth book for Ja No Read Mo 2014.

49370Azoun IV, in the twilight of his years, is still a shining hero to most of his subjects, and to all but the eldest, the only king they’ve ever known. He’s led them capably out of dark doom before.

Yet Cormyr has never faced so many mighty and mysterious foes at once. Demonic ghazneths, ancient curses, weird trees of foul magic, goblins and their kin on the rise in the northern wilderlands, a blight upon the land, rebellious mutterings, dying war wizards…and a dragon the likes of which no living eyes on Faerun have ever seen.

The Purple Throne doesn’t seem so unassailable now. It could well shatter under the weight of a gigantic dragon–or the secrets and follies of the last of the Obarskyrs.