Rise of the King is the second in the Companions Codex trilogy and third since the resurrection of the Companions of the Hall.

The Darkening has been cast.  The drow have called upon white dragons and frost giants to aid them in their cause.  The former are lured with promises of riches for their trapped queen, the latter are merely tricked with a few simple spells and the intervention of an insane mind flayer.

Jarlaxle is trapped in Menzoberranzan at the bidding of his sister, the newest Matron Mother Baenre.  House Do’Urden is fully resurrected with Matron Mother Dahlia Darthiir at this head, a patron, a weapons master and a house wizard.  But all are at the call of the Baenres.

Drizz’t and company are trapped as well in Nesme as the combined might of orcs, goblins, and giants assail it’s walls.  Sundabar is putting up a mighty defense, but few know how long it will last with the dwarves trapped behind their doors.

Even the underground tunnels the dwarves built to link the fortresses are overrun with orcs and their kin, so they cannot even come to each other’s aid.

The Darkening is not just a spell, it is the slow ebbing of hope from the people of the Silver Marches as the orc armies continue their advance and none are seen to come to their aid.  How deep it goes depends on the actions of a few, and the events of the finale Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf

In the meantime, we are going back to Farideh the warlock and the Brimestone Angels series with Fire in the Blood.  I love this series so I am very excited to get back to it.

In a direct follow-up to the third book in the Sundering series, The Adversary, young warlock Farideh falls into the midst of a battle for the throne of Cormyr. As the war brought on by the Sundering rages across Faerûn, princes and princesses, wizards and rogues scheme to capture the seat of power of the Land of the Purple Dragon—with Farideh and her allies caught squarely in the middle.