This earned a fourth star through the gift of nostalgia. I haven't read Salvatore or any other fantasy novel in roughly twenty years and I got a kick out of revisiting these characters in the Forgotten Realms. I enjoyed Salvatore's first two trilogies starting with The Crystal Shard back in 1988 and I was a die hard fan but I soon moved on to other genres. I plan to finish this current trilogy and perhaps revisit The Crystal Shard. Salvatore is very good at what he does.