BEST SALVATORE BOOK YET.
Wow was this book good.
I'm trying to come up with a corollary for what Salvatore did with this book... I'm failing, but bear with me...
-What if they re-did He-Man, but neglected to put in any good guys... just Skeletor, Hordak, Beast-Man, Mer-Man, and all those guys fighting over stuff?
-Okay? not a he-man fan? how about G.I. Joe? The Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Storm Shadow, with nary a good guy in sight..
OK, so those are pretty weak examples, but I'm having a hard time finding a world (franchise?) in which the baddies are interesting and 3-dimensional enough to carry a story on their own without any protagonists. (ok, skeletor's not 3-dimensional, but... you get it) You could call them antiheroes, but they're clearly villains.
Maybe it's like a heist movie, with no actual heist?
I don't know, anyway, Salvatore skips the good guys in this book and goes straight for the bad guys, and it WORKS. It's great fun.
Alright, so the obvious question that one should be asking throughout the book is, "where are the good guys?"(show spoiler)
I love all the little interplay between all the characters. The schemes, the counter-plots, betrayals, friendships, all that. It was fun.
...and at the end,
Wikipedia says that this book was originally written to be in series:
Silent Blade>Spine of the World>SERVANT OF THE SHARD>Sea of Swords
...but later, he created a new 3-book series starting with servant of the shard,...
...so I hope, hope-hope-hope, there is more awesomeness where this comes from. I'm reading Sea of Swords next.