Salvatore's second in a fantasy series begun with 1995's The Sword of Bedwyr (not reviewed). Here, the land of Eriador, ruled by the evil wizard-King Greensparrow, is in revolt. The rebels, led by Luthien Bedwyr, the Crimson Shadow, and his assistants--halfling Oliver deBurrows; Luthien's childhood companion, the beautiful warrior Katerin O'Hale; the equally fierce and lovely half-elf Siobhan; dwarf leader Shuglin; and the old wizard Brind'Amour--have slain the cruel Duke Morkney, ruler of the northern fortress city of Montfort. But the rebels can't hold the city against seemingly inexhaustible reinforcements of Greensparrow's pliant troops, the one-eyed cyclopians. So, to liberate many dwarf prisoners, and also to allow neighboring cities to raise the rebellion by dividing the strength of the oppressors, Luthien and company will attack the Montfort mines. The action piles battle upon skirmish upon tussle, with pauses in between for some jolly banter and updates on the doings of the opposition. Wretchedly derivative twaddle, aimed at readers who want maximum agitation with minimum cogitation.