He is a great friend, one of my best in the field. He is also one of the best damn writers working today. The man is responsible for one of the most beloved characters in all of fantasy, Drizzt Do’Urden, and he’s put his dark elf through more fights, battles, and mischief than most characters ever get a chance to—that readers ever get a chance to read!
This week, The Companions published. It is the new Drizzt novel, but one very different from those that have come before it—a perfect place for new readers to try this fantastic character for the first time!
Here is a bit more about it first:
“THE COMPANIONS is the best novel [R.A.] Salvatore has ever written. It’s insanely courageous, profoundly powerful, masterfully constructed, and easily Salvatore’s most ambitious work to date.” — Paul Goat Allen, BarnesandNoble.com
“After a quarter of a century, R.A. Salvatore just keeps getting better and better, and THE COMPANIONS is another masterful leap forward for one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time.” — Philip Athans, best-selling author of Annihilation and The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff
This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore’s beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore’s signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt’s fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life–the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.
I decided to interview R.A. Salvatore about this new book. The Q&A is below!
NEW RELEASE INTERVIEW: THE COMPANIONS BY R.A. SALVATORE
Shawn Speakman: THE COMPANIONS is your new Drizzt novel. Tell us a bit about it and how it fits within the current Forgotten Realms?
Shawn Speakman: Drizzt has been with you for a very long time, a companion in his own right. How do you feel about your long-time friend now after these many years?
One other note, many of the early reviews of “The Companions” are rolling in from people who haven’t ever read a Drizzt book before. That’s a good thing, because it fits right in with what we’re trying to do with the Realms and the Sundering. It will also give me a good gauge on how accessbile this series remains. I’ve always tried to write the Drizzt books more like Sherlock Holmes or James Bond than Wheel of Time or some of the other more “epic” fantasy series. You should be able to pick up any Drizzt book and enjoy the adventure.
Shawn Speakman: How do you know where to take Drizzt next when you finish writing a book?
Shawn Speakman: You are doing a Kickstarter right now that is pretty bad ass. Tell Suvudu readers about it!
The kickstarter (find it HERE) is funding pretty strongly right now – I expect we’ll make the goal and then some. If that’s the case, DemonWars comes roaring back as a living, breathing world, and I anticipate many more game products – modules, new classes to represent the heroic archetypes in DemonWars – and novels set in that world. It’s a challenge, though, because many of my Drizzt readers have never looked at DemoNWars before, but the ones who have are very excited by this and are pulling the others over.
Shawn Speakman: What are you currently working on and when can we expect it?
I’m also writing, of course. My next Forgotten Realms book, my sequel to “The Companions,” comes out in March, 2014. It’s called “The Night of the Hunter” and it’s almost through the editing process. So I’m blasting through next summer’s Forgotten Realms sequel – I’ve got a war to fight!
The Companions by R.A. Salvatore is in fine bookstores now!
Let the Sundering begin!
Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”