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Homeland: The Dark Elf Trilogy, Part 1 (Forgotten Realms: The Legend of… (original 1990; edition 2005)

by R.A. Salvatore

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Title:Homeland: The Dark Elf Trilogy, Part 1 (Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I) (Bk. 1)
Authors:R.A. Salvatore
Info:Wizards of the Coast (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Homeland by R. A. Salvatore (1990)

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I'm still not sure how I feel about the fact that all the female characters are basically "evil" (at least from Drizzt's perspective, though they certainly don't seem very likable from my perspective either!)

On the one hand, I like the idea of "equal opportunity villains." Who says women can't be the bad guys? And how often do you see men as the subjugated group instead of women?

But on the other hand, the only two characters with any hint of virtue (at least by our standards) are both men, and it's not at all clear where they got this virtue, as it seems conspicuously absent from the women who dominate the dark elf society of the underworld. So I can't help but wonder: how did the men come by their "moral superiority," and will Drizzt ever encounter a woman with similar virtues? ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
The legend of Drizzt continues. I don't want to give anything away except go buy Homeland and then pick up Exile then hang on for a fun ride. ( )
  revslick | Aug 26, 2015 |
Homeland is the origin of Drizzt DoUrden and the primer for Drow culture. The Drow have a Spartan-like society that glorifies war but there is no honor among them. Day to day life is filled with deceit, treachery, and lies. I've often thought if Robert E Howard and L Sprague de Camp had a love child, it would be Salvatore. He is a master of adventure! Read further to see how Drizzt transcends the Drow culture. ( )
  revslick | Jul 4, 2014 |
I loved this book, it is an amazing example of a great fantasy novel. I had serious trouble putting it down. Drizzt is such an awesome character and his story is completely engaging. The depth and complexity of the character makes for a wonderful connection and a great read. I truely cannot wait to read the next book in the series.I would recommend this to anyone. ( )
  sffstorm | Jun 9, 2014 |
Homeland by R.A. Salvatore.
The Legend of Drizzt #1

I read these books back in highschool. Lots of years ago. More than I like to admit to myself. For about the next month I want to read something that I don’t have to think about. These, along with the Dragonlance books, were my first introduction to fantasy novels. There’s a lot of nostalgic baggage that goes along with these books.

I would never recommend these books to someone who has sort of “matured’ in their fantasy reading. But for someone who just wants a good sword and magic vacation book, these are perfect.

When I read this series the first time I started with the Icewind Dale trilogy. These three dark elf books are prequels. But in most reading lists you see see them listed first. And it’s true, chronologically they come earlier.

But I would strongly disagree.

Reading these books first, it gives the impression that Salvatore is trying to create a gritty, dark and edgy storyline. But that’s just not what these books are.

Drizzt is a short skinny nimble Connan the Barbarian. Since the announcement for the next Drizzt book in 2014 just came out, I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by telling you that he always figures out a way to win out over the forces of evil. You know he’s going to win. You know he’s going to do the right thing. And you know he’s going to kick some ass along the way. He’ll protect his friends, and fight fiercely to protect the innocent.

This isn’t A Game Of Thrones where you get all anxious about your favorite character getting suddenly and violently offed in the next chapter. You’re safe to kick back and enjoy and know that the good guys are going to win.

But there’s the problem with reading the “Underdark” books first. They are meant to fill out the back story. To give Drizzt a bit of a troubled past. But if you start here, it’s his present, not his past. Sure, you get the story told in chronological order, but I would argue that it’s not as good as the Drizzt story where his Underdark days are more of a flashback.

For your enjoyment, start with the Icewind Dale trilogy.

These are just fun books, so I don’t know if it’s worth the deeper discussion. But, I wonder if the order you read them in doesn’t just change your enjoyment, but if there’s a less harmless change to the over all theme too. I read a harsh, but good, review of these book. A reader who was disturbed with the relentless and unredemptive darkness and violence in this book. The reviewer wasn’t wrong. And without the context of the moral beacon and defender of justice that Drizzt become, I’d have to agree with that assessment.

Flip it.

Start with Drizzt as a character always struggling with the “right thing”, and then step back into the dark past, and it makes his moral compass more remarkable.

Aaaaanyway…. Fun books. But start with the Icewind Dale trilogy. Take them on vacation. Or read them when you have to work stupid hours at work for a couple months and just want something to read while you’re going to sleep, or don’t want to think too much. Good action sequences. Swords, wizards, monsters, action galaore. Nothing too deep. ( )
  JohnnyPanic13 | Jan 12, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786939532, Mass Market Paperback)

The paperback edition of the first book in Salvatore’s classic dark elf tales.

This is the paperback version of the stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel that begins the tale of his signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do-Urden™.

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Drizzt Do'Urden, the honorable prince of a royal house in Menzoberranzan, must choose whether or not he can continue to live in his immoral homeland.

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