“This story follows Drizzt Do'Urden. A Drow elf who was born in the underdark and gifted in swordplay. Drizzt had a tragic birth and leads an even more tragic life.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The story: this is a decent story. I was interested in Drizzt, his relationship with Zaknafein, and his struggles with his people. But there was no reasoning that I saw behind his motiviations ad desires...just that he was differant. Yes, Zaknafein encouraged him in his quiet rebellion, but it...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This story follows Drizzt Do'Urden. A Drow elf who was born in the underdark and gifted in swordplay. Drizzt had a tragic birth and leads an even more tragic life.”Brandon Romena wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Fantastic! It caught me in it's incredible series!
Rally deep emotions inspired throughout the book.”
“This is what YA lit looked like before there was such a thing. The story of our hero Drizzt feeling like he doesn't fit in anywhere is compelling and rich with energy. The novel left an impression on me years ago and a re-reading didn't disappoint. ”Joshua M wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is perhaps my all time favorite book. And it contains the only elf I have ever liked in it. The Dark Elf Drittz is an interesting one. The dark elves are know to be brutal and cunning. They thrive off fear and power struggles that most of the evil leaders of our past would shudder at. Their hearts lack kindness. However Drittz see's something wrong with this. But there are to many reasons for him to not show his compassion. For instance, he lives in an underground city and has never even seen another city. All that surrounds him is the under dark (A dangerous area with things ready to eat and kill you around every corner, things that thrive in the pitch black dark location). He is put down by the matriarchal society. He is perhaps the best swordsman that has ever lived but he is still a male and therefore worth very little. The book itself is so powerful and moving. It's full of tough situations that make me question what I would do in that situation. I would highly suggest reading this book, and all that follow in the series. ”Gage Gwaltney wrote this review Monday, February 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In R. A. Salvatore’s “Homeland” there can be no survivors, because in the drow elf’s dark society the only way for a house to move up in the ranks is to completely annihilate another house. But no nobles can be left as a witness. Slaves, commoners, and soldiers can be left to be taken by the victorious house, but not even an infant with noble blood can be allowed to live. The drow live to please the Spider Queen, a demonic goddess, in a realm underneath the surface of the rest of the world called the Underdark. They live in the city of Menzoberaanzan and are not only feared and hated by the beasts and other races of the Underdark, but all of the races on the surface of the world as well, and for good reason.
The drow live by no moral standards and are a race ruled by women. All men are seen as expendable. They enjoy murder, torture, deceit, the pain of others and emotions of love or empathy are a sign of weakness. They raid peaceful races, murder their family members to move up in their house, and destroy other houses without sympathy for their own personal gain. But on the night that house Do’ Urden wipes out house DeVir, the matron Malice of Do’ Urden gives birth to a child, unlike any of his race, Drizzt.
Drizzt’s life begins like any male noble, being raised by an older sister in a chapel on his families estate for his first ten years then sent to live in the Do’ Urden complex until age 16 working as a page prince, which is basically a slave. After that, he begins the training that the drow society enjoys most, killing. Drizzt is skilled far beyond most drow, and is able to perfectly wield a weapon in each hand. He is stealthier than other drow, and is at home navigating through the dark tunnels of the Underdark. The only thing that separates him from the other drow is one thing. Drizzt has a conscience and unwavering principles.
Throughout the book Drizzt has many troubles and challenges that he must try and overcome. His family tries to turn him into a heartless killer, from putting him through training at a drow fighter’s academy, to making him raid the surface lands. He learns of another house’s plans, plotting against his own house and seeking to destroy it. It isn’t long until Drizzt discovers his family isn’t his only enemy in Menzoberaanzan. And he tries to discern who, if any, he can trust.
“Homeland” is an excellent book in my opinion, for many reasons. The story is put together well, with no slow or boring points it jumps right into the action from the first page. The dialogue flows well, and Salvatore does a great job of explaining the setting and environment. The main characters personalities are all well constructed and diverse, and the story has a satisfying conclusion.
Where this book shines the most for me though, is in its confrontations. All of the fights are very fast paced, but very well described. Salvatore, unlike many other authors, explains everything in a one on one battle, without making it slow or dull. They are very intense and, while reading them, I could perfectly picture them in my mind. The war scenes are also described in great depth, and with all of the fights, they flow naturally and realistically.
Salvatore’s “Homeland” kept me glued to pages for hours, and I would strongly recommend this to anyone is high school who likes fantasy books. If you do like this book, it is only the first in The Dark Elf Trilogy, which is a prequel to The Crystal Shard trilogy, and even after all of that, there are about another fifteen books about Drizzt’s adventures as well.
-- Logan B.”
“Having read The Crystal Shard back when it was first published I always remembered that I enjoyed the book but couldn't always remember too much about it. I finally picked up Homeland to begin reading about Drizzt since I've always heard what a great character and set of stories he was in. Now I'm kicking myself for neglecting this great piece of Fantasy. R.A. Salvatore really distinguished this character among the world of Forgotten Realms and I can't wait to continue reading more. It may be possible that my procrastination was for the best since now I will enjoy the series even more than I would have back then”Shawn Camp wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Best work of fantasy ever! If you are even remotely into fantasy read it. If you love literature read it. If you walk this planet read it.”Tom B. wrote this review Tuesday, October 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book. First in the series I have posted on my shelf. It is a story about a dark elf boy named Drizzt Do'Urden. Drizzt is born in a royal family in the cruel land of the Underdark. In Menzoberranzan, The City of Spiders as it is called, Drizzt will face the chalenges of growing up in the crulest place in the world. I recomend this to any one who likes fantasy. I have the series so if you want to read just ask.”Raise the Dead wrote this review Saturday, September 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No