13227445This one really seems to take the focus off Drizz’t and turns it onto Artemis (aka Barrabus the Grey) and Dhalia.

With the Netherese tiefling Hugo Alenzi believed dead, their journey not takes them back to the city of Gauntlgrym which has been found by a party of Menzoberanzan drow who are trying to use it to create a new city.  The reason for their destination lies in the sword they took from the tiefling at the end of Neverwinter, the demonic/vampiric sword known as Charon’s Claw.

Artemis wants to be free of the sword, and seemingly of life, for he has lived longer than most and wants nothing now but rest.  Or failing that oblivion.  And the only thing standing in his way is Charon’s Claw, a sentience that has the ability to bring Artemis back from the dead, and the only thing the companions can think of that would truly destroy the blade and grant Atremis what he wants is the wrath of the imprisoned fire elemental deep in the depths of Gauntlgrym.

After dodging drow, ducking Netherese, avoiding fire elementals and facing off one last time with Hugo, the sword is finally destroyed…but Artemis yet lives…

 And apparently so does Dahlia’s half elf, half tiefling child that Dahlia threw off a cliff and left for dead shortly after he was born.  The child Hugo fathered him her when he raped her and of which Drizz’t knew nothing about.

 So we have a lot going on here. The final death of Dahlia’s rapist and the cause of her unrelenting anger towards the Netherese, the reappearance of her son, the continued life of Artemis Entreri, and in the forgotten corners of Gauntlgrym the continued un-life of Tibbledwarf Pwent…


But until then we must make do with others with a brief foray into Egypt and her ancient world. Desert God by Wilbur Smith is next.

20721959On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita—slave and advisor to the Pharaoh—finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas. With the future of Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil enemies await in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness.