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The Spine of the World: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 2

Written by: R. A. Salvatore
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Join the world's most famous drow elf in the penultimate chapter of the Legend of Drizzt series! Spending time in the unimaginable torture chambers of the Abyss for even a day would be enough to break even the heartiest soul, and the barbarian Wulfgar was there for years. When he returns, his friends find him a changed man, and not changed for the better. But Wulfgar's road to redemption is one he must travel on his own, even if it leads to the bottle.

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Worst by far of all the Drizzt books

Terrible side story which weakened the overall allure of these books. Salvatore is aloud a miss...

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Legend of Wulfgar

The story itself wasn't that bad but it didn't involve Drizzt at all. I spent half the book wondering why they spent so much time on some random girl. I would have skipped this book had I looked into the story a bit more.

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Just awful skip it

The only good part of this book was the ending because it was over it almost nothing that happened to wulfgar was at all justified and Jose puddles had absolutely no consequences skip this book

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Great job from Victor Bevine, story wasn't good.

Solid and well done performance as usual from Victor Bevine. However this side story was not near as interesting as the other novels in the "Legend of Drizzt" series. So far the worst one I've listened to. Mostly due to the fact I found it boring in comparison to the other books preceding this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
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  • 2015-08-19

Not Salvatore's best work

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is for Wulfgar fans, that are interested in seeing the character spiral down into a drunken fool by making poor decision after poor decision. I'm about half way through the book and still no Drizzt, Bruenor, Regis, or Catti-brie.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Sea of Swords and I'll be praying that it's good enough for me to keep going in the Drizzt world.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I usually love the Drizzt books finishing them in a day or two tops. I've been trying to get through this for over a month and I'm still only half way through.

Any additional comments?

If I could do it again. I'd just find a plot summary of the book and skip this one. It was a waste of a credit.

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  • Jerome
  • 2017-12-01

Just wait for it.

Ok not your typical Drizzt novel but don’t sleep on this, I almost did. I kept saying to myself, what does this have to do with Wulfgar, I knew it had to but I wanted more fighting, more backstabbing, more thievery not a love story, but I held fast and was rewarded with one of the best novels in the series thus far, it even made my eyes sweat a little.

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  • David
  • 2017-02-13

Different, but deeply satisfying.

As a fan of the life and times of Drizzt, I formerly opted to pass on the tale of Wulfgar and some mystery chick with a separate story line. Now, after completing the full Drizzt series I decided to go back and give the Paths of Darkness trilogy a shot. In short, I never should have skipped this tale of a fallen hero and his lost road to redemption. Despite the obvious departure from the typical fantasy tropes, this is definitely one of the better books in the entire series. I hate what happens to Wulfgar, (spoiler free), and yet, never could I turn away. If I had been reading a physical copy of this book, I would call it a serious page turner. Of course, expect the same outstanding narration you've come to expect from Victor Bovine, who always manages to make each character feel alive and distinct, and who captures the essence of Wulfgar above all others who have tried.

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  • Aram Brazilian
  • Santa Monica
  • 2016-10-14

One of my favorites

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I like this one every bit as much as any other so far... I really enjoyed the friendship between wulfgar and morik -- didn't even miss Drizzt not being around which surprised me.

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  • Vickie
  • 2018-09-16

Worst book in all Drizzt-related series

This is the first time in my years of listening to audio books that I skipped entire chapters. I'm not a fan of Wulfgar and don't feel he brings much to the storyline, so an entire book about him was too much for me. I also think the writing in this book was beneath what I've Co e to expect from other Salvatore books. I managed to struggle through to the end in the hope that the rest of the crew would have larger parts (I don't want to miss any key plot points for later books), but I feel as though I wasted my time.

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  • Rusty Shackelford
  • 2018-09-07

Probably should be renamed pain of wulfgar

I thought the book was okay, just completely about wulfgar almost no Drizzt. In fact, I dont think there's a chapter's worth of him in there

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-11

A welcome contrast.

This book is a very special title in Salvatore's series in Faerun. The more mundane setting never dumbed down the drama or peril all of his flawed characters face. Victor bevine's performance is as good as ever as well, always lending creedence to Salvatore's work. One of my favorite audiobooks for any DND fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-02-17

great story not trying to diminish

very disappointed in Wolfguard decision-making and the way he handled a lot of situations but understanding to enter battle which was very well written to where you feel why it is that way.

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  • kyle pointer
  • 2017-10-30

Worst book of the series. (read on)

I did not like the book because I find wolfgar boring, non of the others like drizzt are I'm it and they tell a story of 2 random peasants that has so much melodrama in it I had to stop listening here or there. But if you like wolfgar and drama then this is for you.

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  • Brice
  • 2017-07-18

Salvatore's Worst Book (Some Spoilers)

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am assuming that Salvatore had big plans for the Wulfgar, Delly, and baby story arc at some point, and that is why he spent so much time developing these characters. Unfortunately, this slog of a book is completely worthless, because he abandons every character he forced us to learn intricate details about within a few books. Delly dies, wulfgar gives the baby back to Miralda (at which point the fiefdom is never heard from again), and then Wulfgar disappears from the series until his resurrection in the Companions. I hated this book when I read it when it was released, and I still do not enjoy it now. This book makes no sense in the series, but is the exception to the rule. the rest of Salvatore's books are fantastic, and the series gets back on track again quickly with the Sword Coast.

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