Gauntlgrym by R.A. Salvatore

A few months ago I posted a cover for Gauntlgrym by R.A. Salvatore, the 7,345th volume in the Drizzt Do’Urden Saga. Turns out that was just placeholder art (likely for a catalog) and Wizards of the Coast was still working on the real cover.

It’s not my favourite artwork from Todd Lockwood, but it’ll surely appeal to its audience. For some reason, I get no sense of inertia or energy from the painting, it all just seems so static and lifeless to me, like a piece of sports photography shot at too high a shutter speed.

On the plus side, that title still makes me laugh, and I liked Neverwinter Nights when I played it years ago, so the setting might be cool. Still, I left Drizzt and co. behind many, many volumes ago.

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  • Black Matt August 5, 2010 at 8:43 am

    What the hell kind of weapon is that bald chick using?

    It looks like an unwound paper clip.

  • aidan August 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Perhaps she’s meant to poke it in the little hole on Drizzt back. That resets him to his factory default.

  • smitty August 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    the author of the above art review who said he left the series missed out big time. The gohst king was one of the best stories yet.

  • Tyler August 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    @Black Matt, it’s a three sectioned staff

  • Black Matt August 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Still looks like a stretched-out paper clip. And equally deadly.

  • brian August 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

    looks like nunchucks

  • Don January 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Her weapon is called sān jié gùn in chinese… Jet Li uses it in Fearless. It is pretty bad@$$. All Salvatores novels are amazing. Can’t wait for The Reckoning PC game he’s doing with Todd McFarlane and the lead programmer of Oblivion!

  • Sylmarillion February 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    LOL. It still gets me every time how artists portray women in such a regressive light.

  • Tom May 7, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Oddly enough, the artist had nothing to do with the portrayal. It’s pretty much straight out of the book.