"Spellbinding work of high fantasy"
Adventurers Jarlaxle the drow dark elf and his human
companion Artemis Entreri journey to the untamed land of
Vassa on behest of the dragon sisters to find any books of
the dead witch-king Zhengyi that surface. Although the
lich (a sentimental zombie like creature) is dead,
defeated by King Gareth, artifacts of his surface from tim
to time and trouble always follows.
A half-orc gives his niece Arrayna a book from Zhengyi's
library and it works its magic on her, forcing her to
travel many miles and utter a spell so that the book can
create a fortified castle to house it. The castle and the
book is evil and King Gareth's people are sent to destroy
it, while the two adventures who are part of the fighting
force hope to keep it for themselves. The keep is
protected by gargoyles, golems, daemons, mummies and hosts
of other evil supernatural entities and when they are not
battling they argue with one another. Many have agendas of
their own but even if Jarlaxle and Entreri emerge
victorious they must fight an enemy wearing the mask of a
friend and the true king of the castle.
PROMISE OF THE WITCH KING is a spellbinding work of high
fantasy where magic and supernatural entities are a part
of the culture of the realm. The two protagonists make
unlikely heroes though they perform acts of bravery. R.A.
Salvatore is a fantastic world builder who creates
characters that readers come to care about and puts them
in storylines filled with action and intrigue. Just when
readers think the book is coming to an end, an unexpected
twist adds more intrigue, action and fun to the tale.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 11, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007