The Last Threshold is book four in the Neverwinter Saga by R. A. Salvatore and chronicles the continuing adventures of Drizzt Do’Urden and his new group of rather unusual companions. Dhalia, the elven warrior with whom Drizzt has been running around with for the last couple of novels is back as well as Artemis Entreri who has consented to stay with Drizzt and Dahlia at least for the present. Afafrenfere the human monk and Ambergris the dwarven cleric are more recent additions but are in many ways the most interesting characters within the book. Both are former members of Cavus Dun, a Shadowfell based group of mercenaries, who are now trying to walk a more noble path. The book follows the group through a number of cities along the Sword Coast as well as other interesting locations and manages to have almost nothing to do with Neverwinter at all. This doesn’t necessarily detract from the story, but if you were reading the Neverwinter Saga in hopes of reading about things happening in Neverwinter then this particular book might be a disappointment.
Fans of Salvatore’s patented fight scenes will find quite a few although fewer perhaps than in any other Drizzt book I have read. Plenty of beloved characters from the Drizzt pantheon get involved in the story at some point as well as well as a little of the Drow intrigue one expects to find in these books. There is also some halfway decent character development for the previously mentioned Ambergris and Afafrenfere. When the book ends I found myself genuinely curious about what these two might get into next and what types of adventures are awaiting them.
The relationships. The interpersonal relationships within the book, including the strange love triangle between Drizzt, Dahlia and Entreri introduced in the last book continues to get more bizarre and unbelievable within the Last Threshold. Many of the scenes would have felt more at home in a teen vampire show than within a Drizzt novel. What makes it worse is that there is a point within the book where Dahlia starts to become three-dimensional and comes very close to being an interesting character, only to toss it all aside towards the end of the book and go right back to being the crazy black widow she is introduced as in the very first book of this series.
The Story itself. There really is nothing driving the story forward throughout the book and as a result it begins to read more like a travel log than a novel. Interesting things do happen but they seem disjointed with no real purpose, no true antagonist and no quest or adventure to speak of through the whole book. It almost seems as though the emotional and moral fog that Drizzt has experienced throughout the whole series culminates in this book and causes the story to slow and falter. The story moves along in fits and jerks until it finally fizzles out.
Obviously any die-hard Drizzt fan is going to read this book, but I feel that with very few exceptions they will be disappointed. This is the first time I’ve ever been glad to finish on of these books just to be done with it and not because I was interested to see what happened next and how the story ended. If you have been following the Neverwinter Saga from the beginning then you might as well pick this book up, although it might be worth it to wait and see if there will be any more books after this one. If not I would consider simply skipping this one and coming up with your own ending. If another book does come out though and you want to continue the adventure then you will have little choice but to power through this book first.