This is the first book in a series about a Drow (dark elf) named Drizzt. Drow society is ruled by evil dominatrices with snake-headed whips who worship a creepy-ass Spider Goddess. Drizzt is set apart from the rest of his society because he happens to possess a functional conscience. Throughout the novel, he struggles to find his place in the world and to avoid being murdered in the process. He also makes friends with an enslaved demon-kitty named Gwenhyvar.
I play World of Warcraft, and there is nothing more infuriating than being killed by night elves named some variation of “Drizzt.” I mostly read this book to determine whether Drizzt’s story was good, or whether it was merely a bad meme. My conclusion falls somewhere between the two.
To the folks from Wizards of the Coast: Fire your editors immediately, because they were not doing their jobs. Hire me instead. I know what punctuation is. I am capable of using it. I do not skip commas because I don’t know where to put them. I know that quotation marks go at the end of a quotation, not in the middle of the next paragraph. Publishing a book with this many errors is a serious insult to its readers.
This book made my head hurt from the sheer number of typos and punctuation mistakes. I found the story itself enjoyable, and the setting intriguing. I found myself wanting to see how Drizzt’s story progresses. At the same time, this is one of those cases where a good story is marred by bad writing and editing. A quick proofread would have made it into a far better book.