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Siege of Darkness is the third book in the Legacy of the Drow series by R.A. Salvatore. It was later reissued as book nine of the Legend of Drizzt series.

"Let the damned drow come!"

All about me I saw excitement, in the dwarves, in Catti-brie, even in Regis, the halfling known more for preparing lunch and nap than for war. I felt it, too. That tingling anticipation, that camaraderie that had me and all the others patting each other on the back, offering praises for the simplest of additions to the common defense, and raising our voices together in cheer whenever good news was announced. What was it? It was more than shared fear, more than giving thanks for what we had while realizing that it might soon be stolen away. I didn't understand it then, in that time of frenzy, in that euphoria of frantic preparations. Now, looking back, it is an easy thing to recognize.

It was hope.


In the first part of the book, the dwarves of Clan Battlehammer in Mithral Hall are preparing to face a drow attack from Menzoberranzan. Drizzt Do'Urden and Catti-brie are tasked with securing the alliance of the barbarians of Settlestone. Catti-brie has to beat their leader Berkthgar the Bold in a duel in order to convince him. In the meantime in Menzoberranzan the very air seems to whisper of something big to happen. House Baenre is afraid of a conspiracy against them by the other houses; they fear that they may have lost the favor of Lolth. The svirfneblin of Blingdenstone also feel something in the air. We learn that the Spider Queen fears she might be unable to keep an eye on Menzoberranzan for a time and she asks the demon Errtu to take her place.

In the second part of the book, the effects of the Time of Troubles present themselves, with magic going awry. Harkle Harpell fails to teleport himself in Mithral Hall; Guenhwyvar becomes stuck while traveling between the planes but is saved by Catti-brie, who destroys the panther's statuette. The human woman is later possessed by the sentient sword Khazid'hea and does not become herself again until Drizzt takes the sword from her. The magical prison holding Gandalug Battlehammer for thousands of years fails. In Menzoberranzan, drow society, based on magic, is in chaos. House Oblodra, a house of psionicists, is the only house able to retain their powers and so plans a coup. However, the avatar of Lolth appears and suggests an alliance of the greater houses against the Oblodrans, giving them the means to summon Errtu's demonic minions to their aid.

In the third part of the book, the Time of Troubles ends and magic is restored. The Harpells reach Mithral Hall, Catti-brie dominates the will of her sentient sword, and Guenhwyvar's statuette is repaired. Drizzt and Catti-brie speak about their feelings for each other and decide to be merely friends for the time being. In Menzoberranzan, House Baenre moves against House Oblodra, which is besieged by Errtu's demons. Matron Baenre, with the powers given to her by Lolth, gives a great display of strength and sends Matron K'yorl Odran to the Abyss. That settled, Baenre resumes her planning to attack Mithral Hall.

In the fourth part of the book, the drow army marches to Mithral Hall. The svirfneblin of Blingdenstone evacuate their city when the drow pass by and decide to secretly follow the drow in order to aid the dwarves. When the battle begins, the forces of Mithral Hall quickly dispose of the drow slaves (mostly kobolds and goblins), but then the true enemy, the drow, enter the fray. On the surface, Mithral Hall's allies from Settlestone, Silverymoon, Longsaddle, and Nesme are in danger of being outmaneuvered and outnumbered by the drow.

In the fifth part of the book, the most significant part of the battle for Mithral Hall is fought. The drow, in greater number, drive back the dwarves and their allies both from the lower tunnels and on the surface. The defences hold due to the intervention of Lady Alustriel and the svirfneblin from Blingdenstone, and soon the disloyal drow start deserting. The weapon master Uthegental Armgo is killed by Bidderdoo Harpell, and dawn catches the drow on the surface by surprise. Eventually Drizzt and his companions, hunting for the leaders of the drow, meet Matron Baenre and her party in the deep tunnels. In the ensuing fight, thanks to the indirect intervention of Errtu, Bruenor manages to kill the Matron Mother, avenging the death of Wulfgar.

The book ends with celebrations in Mithral Hall, with alliances made stronger. We also witness a happy Lolth handing in an unknown prisoner to Errtu for the demon's service: a prisoner who would be the key to Drizzt, the only one who can break Errtu's banishment.


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