Wind up nowhere.
Because I had slightly more time to myself the previous week, I managed to curl up in bed then with a box of tissues by my side, and downing my favourite vitamin-C fizzy drink whenever I am not bringing the house down by attempting to clear my throat for the 6143rd time.
Oh, and I had a book with me, of course, but… sigh.
Yeah, I probably had my expectations set a bit too high, but hey, this is Drizzt we are talking about, you know. The Drizzt. Of House Do’Urden. The dark elf, you know.
Fine, the Paths of Darkness series was not disappointing, but it certainly would not make it into countless bestsellers list, either. Then again, fantasy novels very rarely do that; not unless their names contain the word “Potter” in it. But there was something sorely lacking about this series. Everything was too convenient; too straightforward; too simple. Even the writing style and language used could cater to a ten-year-old.
In fact, it was quite predictable and yet still very much unpredictable at the same time. I mean, I would never have guessed that even villains can turn over a new leaf. Ooh, everyone falls in love with one another. And wait – everyone can rise from the dead, too. Easily done with the snap of a finger.
Argh. Gripe, gripe, gripe.
But never mind. It was good to be able to escape into another realm after a long, long while, and with some of my favourite characters at that, too. Plus, they always make you feel like you can have them all to your own, giving you other… fantasies. Ahem.
It is not everyday that I launch into fangirl mode. So, in a somewhat particular order:
Drizzt Do’Urden (from RA Salvatore’s Dark Elf, Icewind Dale, Legacy of the Drow, Paths of Darkness, Hunter’s Blades series)
Naturally, this righteous dark elf became the most well-known heroic character of the Forgotten Realms. I can imagine him dancing with his scimitars sometimes, it makes me want to enrol in swordsmanship.
FitzChivalry Farseer (from Robin Hobb’s Farseer and Tawny Man series)
Oh, lord. This… er, man, bestowed with both the Skill and the Wit – he is so, so… sigh. I can really feel for him. Sniff. I am still in love with him.
Artemis Entreri (from RA Salvatore’s Icewind Dale, Legacy of the Drow, Paths of Darkness series)
Drizzt’s human equal, or so he thinks. Actually, I would have thought he was more of a cold Casanova but of the assassin kind – at least he gets the job done. All the time.
Strider/Aragorn (from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings)
This may sound strange, but he had an aura about him. Until I found out that his heart belonged to another. Pfft. Which reminds me, I have yet to even watch the movie to the third instalment…
Raistlin Majere (from Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance series)
Is he, or is he not? is the question. But I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because he is such a likable cynic, and because one of my favourite quotes is from him (“Hope is the denial of reality”).
Others also of note:
- Tanis Half-Elven (from Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance series – well, everyone likes the frontman, do they not?)
- Richard Rahl (from Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series – although he gets on my nerves most of the time).
I would have trouble naming those of the female kind, though. Kitiara Uth Matar, then?
I hope to dream of dragons tonight.