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Literature / The Neverwinter Saga

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Dahlia and Drizzt in Gauntlgrym
The Neverwinter Saga is a sequence of four books written by R.A Salvatore and is the seventh entry in his long-running The Legend of Drizzt series. It is chronologically preceded by Transitions and followed by Companions Codex.

The books in the series are:

  • Gauntlgrym (2010)
  • Neverwinter (2011)
  • Charon's Claw (2012)
  • The Last Threshold (2013)

Gauntlgrym begins with King Bruenor Battlehammer abandoning his office in Mithrall Hall and go journeying in search of the eponymous ancient dwarven city. He is, however, not the only one coveting the stronghold: the young elf Dahlia Sin'felle seeks a way into the city to cross the plans of Thayan ruler Sazz Tam in his endeavor to create a Dread Ring, an area that will produce undead for him. She hires the mercenaries Jarlaxle and Arthogate to help her find Gauntlgrym.

In Neverwinter Drizzt and Dahlia are on their way to Neverwinter Wood, where the sorceress Sylora Salm is trying to further the Thayan cause, which Dahlia tries to prevent. Nearby, in the city of Neverwinter, Herzgo Alegni is searching for a lost flying fortress and spends his freetime terrorizing his magically bound slave Barrabus the Gray.


Charon's Claw sees Drizzt, Dahlia and Barrabus travel once again to ancient Gauntlgrym so that they may destroy the sword Claw in the forges' fires. Barrabus hopes this will end his enslavement by the sword and looks forward to end his torment - and his life. Meanwhile in Menzoberranzan House Xorlarrin sets out to build a new drow settlement with the blessing of Lolth. The members of House Baenre have their long fingers in this plan aswell: their youngest and most promising male, Tiago, has contracted a legendary drow smith with magical weapon designs to accompany him to the forge of Gauntlygrym.

The final novel The Last Threshold concerns Drizzt's search for his lost companion Guenwhyvar, who is held captive by the Netherese Warlock Draygo Quick. One of Quick's pupils, the half-Tiefling Effron is also interested in Drizzt's new companions, because he seeks vengeance against Dahlia Sin'felle.


This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A Friend in Need: Towards the end of Gauntlgrym Jarlaxle of all people jumps into the maw of an erupting volcano to rescue Arthogate. This would have been an Heroic Sacrifice if not for him being crafty enough to save both of their skins in the last moment.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Gauntlgrym ends with the fire primordial that is powering the forge of the titular city savely sealed once more and another catastrophic volcanic eruption averted, but the city of Neverwinter is completely destroyed, large parts of the Sword Coast devastated and Bruenor Battlehammer dead - leaving Drizzt utterly alone and without a direction to go in.
  • Climactic Volcano Backdrop: The fire primordial-powered forge of Gauntlgrym serves as the fiery backdrop of several of the books, most notably Gauntlgrym where freeing the primordial causes the volcano to errupt and nearly sweep Neverwinter off the map.
  • Cuckold: Dahlia seduces Entreri while technically being attached to Drizzt at the time. Her reason being, that Entreri is far more similar to her from his life experiences than the highly idealistic Drizzt is. While it irks him, Drizzt is not extremly upset about it, since his he still sees Catti-brie as his soulmate.
  • Death Seeker: Barrabus the Gray would very much like to die, but Charon's Claw keeps him alive. He is one of very few humans that survived a century long timeskip because of his predicament and he jumps at the opportunity to destroy Claw and end his life.
  • The Gadfly: Effron has a habit of quickly bending his torso back and forth, so that his limp arm slaps against his frame and makes a clapping noise. Everyone who witnesses this is annoyed or disgusted by it - which is exactly why he does it.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Drizzt is no newcomer to this condition, as he developed his primal Hunter personality while being alone in the Underdark, but here he gets a different taste of it during his imprisonment in Draygo Quick's dungeon. Quick tactically uses isolation and slowly improving conditions to endear Drizzt to him. And it works, too: Drizzt remarks, that he can't hate Quick anymore, because he is the only one talking to and feeding him.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Bruenor dies peacefully and happily in the final battle of Gauntlgrym after having lived a long, fullfilled life, having rediscovered two mythic ancestral homelands and saving the continent from further destruction by a fire primordial.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Drizzt tries this with Entreri during the Fight against Herzgo Alegni in Charon's Claw during wich Entreri is under the control of the titular sword. He succeeds, but only after almost being killed, because he had to stop fighting break the enchantment.
  • Manly Tears:
    • Bruenor Battlehammer is irritated at first when he joins Cattie-Brie, Wulfgar and Regis in Iruladoon after his death, because he didn't turn up in the dwarven afterlife like he expected. When he sees his adoptive daughter dancing joyfully, however, he breaks down crying.
    • Jarlaxle has tears in his eyes when telling Arthogate of Bruenor's demise.
  • Not-So-Final Confession: Entreri, tells Drizzt that he always envied him for his life and his friends right before Drizzt throws Claw into the forge of Gauntlgrym. Everybody thought destroying the sword would kill him, but it turns out it doesn't. After an awkward pause, everyone just goes on as if nothing out of the ordinary happened.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Drizzt thought Jarlaxle dead since the end of Gauntlgrym, but he is rescued by the drow mercenary in The Last Threshold. Drizzt even runs up to hug him, while he banters about his supposed death.
  • Time Skip: Gauntlgrym covers nearly a century during Drizzt and Bruenor's search for the dwarven homeland. We see glimpses of their journey between large timeskips.
  • Taken for Granite: When Drizzt, Dahlia and Barrabus assault the home of Draygo Quick, they encounter a Medusa that successfully petrifies Dahlia and Barrabus. They spend the next year as statues somewhere in the cellar of the house, until Jarlaxle bails them out when he is rescuing Drizzt.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Most interactions between Herzgo Alegni and Barrabus the Gray smack of this. Whenever Alegni percieves he has been slighted by Barrabus, he rings a magical tuning fork on Claw's blade that causes him agony - all the while lamenting how Barrabus' behaviour forces him to do this.


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