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

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,530 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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eh

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The first half keeps switching between Wulfgar and then to people that just seems to be from a romance novel or soap opera. Eventually you do figure out why these people were in the story, however it could have simply done with a few paragraphs of backstory after their paths cross with Wulfgar and didnt need all the boring crap.

Has The Spine of the World: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Was The Spine of the World: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 2 worth the listening time?

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Enjoyed the story.

Struggled with momentum as I usually do with these Drizzt books. Speaking of which, where was the Drizzt? Wulfgar's troubles are interesting, but I'm ready for the gang to get back together and wreck some monsters.

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boring!

this book was mostly about Wolfgar and some random kids. I was not impressed. seems like the author had no ideas for a plot and wrote a bunch of crap to make money. Skip this book.

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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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One of my favorites

Any additional comments?

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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Great reading, most boring of the series

Boring. This book missed the mark on the usually thrilling storytelling. Repetitive scenes and super emo. Hope this is the first and last of this kind of Drizzt book.

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The legend continues!

Loved the character development and the continuation of the tale. Well met and the saga continues!

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  • Mule
  • 12-12-17

Victor Bevine is on point, the rest ... Meh

This book drags, a lot. This review has been written 10 times over, but with little happening other than misunderstanding and people being self involved, I found myself listening just to ensure I don't miss anything referred to in later books...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-24-18

Victor's voice is the only good thing

while it is good to have more story for wulfgar, I just wish that I wasn't reminded about the abyss Evey 10 minutes. just gets boring after a while.

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  • sam245
  • 08-21-16

so boring

i have enjoyed all of the books in the series up to this one - don't know if I will bother with any more of them after this

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  • Samantha
  • 04-08-22

A book about Wulfgar and an angsty teen romance

Skip this one like the other reviews tell you. Read a summary and jump to the next one.

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  • Morgan Paul Scott
  • 11-07-20

Not a Drizzt novel

If you really like Wulfgar, then maybe. Drizzt does not appear in the book other than the occasional musing at the start of the chapters.
The B story is a romance story that has little to do with anything until the last quarter of the book.

I did enjoy the last section more, especially the moments focusing on Morik, who I find more interesting than Wulfgar.

It does setup event for the next book, but save a credit and read a summary.

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  • Fiona
  • 09-22-21

Best story so far in the series

This is my second listen to this story & I enjoyed the new characters. Best story so far.

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  • Chris
  • 06-03-21

Victor, that's not how you pronounce 'lived'

I hate to say this, but this was a bit of a dud. The majority of this story was incredibly dull and should have been compressed down to just a few chapters. It really only starts to get interesting in the last couple hours. Honestly, you really should just read the summary on Wikipedia and spend your credit on something else.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-21

Feel free to skip to the next one

I have enjoyed the rest of the series but this was a drag. I ended up skipping every second chapter because the plot was so slow, obvious and out of place.

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  • Glenn
  • 11-21-17

Just amazing

Another fantastic story wonderfully written by R. A. Salvatore as always, and Victor Bevine is incredible

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  • Thomas Carola
  • 09-12-17

Incredibly moving and profound

As to be expected from RA Salvatore. This book is a testimony the authors talent in generating true emotion and life lessons.

Relating the story of Wolfgar during his time apart from Drizzt and the others, this book has surprised me as one of my absolute favorite in the series. Thanks a lot Mr. Salvatore!

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  • Trish
  • 01-25-15

One of my favourites

A bit darker than the other stories but that just served to haul me even deeper into the emotion. It was just fantastic to get to know wolfgar better. Definitely one of my favourites of the series so far.

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