Archmage is the first in the Homecoming Saga by R.A. Salvatore, the beginning of the end of Drizz’t story and that of the Companions of the Hall.

After the events of Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf, the dwarves of the Silver Marches have…well…marched on over to Neverwinter and down into Gauntylgrym to reclaim their ancestral homeland. Just over four thousand strong, with three dwarf kings to lead them, the dwarves of the Marches roll into the ancient complex, clearing out drow, orcs, goblins and other who have taken up residence within their homeland and work to fortify every inch of ground that they reclaim.

That is the focus of this installment. The reclamation and fortification of the Delzoun home. The drow of course, are not happy with this and work their plans to reclaim what was lost.

But they are not the only ones hiding in the shadows and whispering of plots and counter plots.

For their patron goddess, Lady Loth, Queen of Spiders is far from done with meddling in the realm of mortals. With the rebirth of one of her favored children, Matron Mother Yvonnel the Eternal, Loth works to break down the barrier of magic in the Underdark. The veil that separates the Prim plane from the chaos of the Abyss, allowing demons and their Lords alike to run free.

We see the results of her plans by the end of Archmage, though of course we are still unsure as to her ultimate goal. Only the remaining books Maestro and Hero will reveal the truth to us.

I think what I liked most about this one is that I see ties to the D&D campaign Rage of Demons, just as with the Companions Codex I saw ties to the Tyranny of Dragons. I like that they are seeming to make an effort to tie the books into the campaigns.

Anywhoodle, we’re going to move on to the next Brimestone Angels book, Ashes of the Tyrant. Reeeeeally looking forward to this one.

In the wake of the war brought on by the Second Sundering, Farideh’s adopted father Mehen has been called back by the clan that cast him out, and Farideh and Havilar mean to go with him. Just as Mehen confronts the head of his former clan, a clutch of young dragonborn is found in the catacombs, brutally murdered, an infernal summoning circle that looks all-too-familiar to Farideh, nearby.