El exilio (The Dark Elf Trilogy #2)
Drizzt has escaped from his family and has been hiding out in the underdark for the last ten years (too long in my opinion). With the panther Guenhwyvar as his only companion he has lost touch with who he was. Acting almost purely on instinct. Desperate to get back into their goddess' favor his family begins to hunt for their rogue noble...more
Yet another inadvertent social-science commentary, this time of a more psychological bent than sociological. Here we see Drizzt, the renegade drow-elf, struggle to regain his . . . well, his self. It's a lonely life out in the tunnels of the Underdark, worse, even, than the halls of your local middle- or high-school (if you can believe that). You see, the Underdark is full of bull...more
The first book took place almost exclusively in Menzoberranzan (the City of Spiders) which I thought was fascinating and very well described, especially the social and political aspects of Drow society. The parts in this book that took place in Menzoberranzan were als...more
What Salvatore does well in “Exile”, he does very well. I was afraid Drizzt wandering the Und...more
Reading a bit of pulp fantasy, trying to sate the hunger awakened by Song of Ice and Fire. Not meeting with success. Can't seem to suspend disbelief as easily as I could years ago when sword and sorcery was my st...more
Drizzit in Exile has rea...more
Aside from completely redefining the term "infrared", having random, previously unmentioned possessions materialize out of nowhere, and apparently allowing the main characters to "listen in" on the narration (several characte...more
Drizzt develops a primal, instinctive alter-ego for survival in the harsh realm of the Underdark - has he lost his own self completely to this new bestial ego? It feels like Bruce Banner and the Hulk, except without the physical change. The theme of losing oneself is prevalent throughout the novel, and manifests into different forms in Salvatore's storytelling, allowin...more
Even though the setting is still in Underdark, Exile...more
The idea of Drizzt is great. Out of a vicious, immoral society comes a hero who fights against his dark past and redeems his many dark powers by using them for good. Unfortunately, it's executed completely wrong and unbelievable on so many levels. It feels like a boring, cookie-cut...more
This book also had some of the coolest monsters to inhabit the underdark; I think the Mindflayers where some of the creepiest and most dangerous villains I've ever read about.
A step away from the first book's analyzation of the City of Spiders, Exile gives the reader more of the best part of its prequel: Drizzt's perspective and his inner conflict. This does lead to a book with less events and parts that drag on for a bit.
The (SPOILERS) final conflict of the book was underwhelming and Zaknafien's return made for a cliche fig...more
I liked the progression of the book, from Drizzt being essentially an Underdark wild-drow survivalist, to him finding peace and assurance through companions (view spoiler)[ and even some peace and understanding of his dead father (hide spoiler)]
Like the first book, I feel like the action is a big focus, but this book had a bit more in terms of...more
This fits the bill.
I don't know why I have to feel like I need to justify my feelings about these books. I'm not saying they are great books. I think they are pretty solid three star books.
I would say this again, start with the trilogy that was written first, but that...more
The second in a series of premiere hardcover editions of Salvatore's classic dark elf tales. This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel continues the tale of the origins of Salvatore’s signature dark elf character Drizzt Do’Urden and is the first-ever release of this Forgotten Realms novel title in hardcover. Each title in “The Legend of Drizzt” series showcases the classic dark elf novels in new, deluxe hardcover editions. Each title will feature annotations by the author, al...more
It is that darkness and loneliness that make him go to the svirfneblin city. A svirfneblin? It’s a gnome. A deep gnome. Or, rather, svirfneblins are to gnomes as drow are to elves. We don’t actually leave...more