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Homeland (The Legend of Drizzt #1)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  49,744 Ratings  ·  1,453 Reviews
In exotic Menzoberranzan, the vast city of the drow is home to Icewind Dale prince Drizzt Do'Urden, who grows to maturity in the vile world of his dark elf kin. Possessing honor beyond the scope of his unprincipled society, can he live in world that rejects integrity?
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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Avaminn F'nett Yes, start with this book, then read Exile and Sojourn.
After that comes:
Icewind Dale trilogy
Legacy of the Drow series
Paths of Darkness trilogy
Yes, start with this book, then read Exile and Sojourn.
After that comes:
Icewind Dale trilogy
Legacy of the Drow series
Paths of Darkness trilogy
Hunter's Blades trilogy
The Companions (The Sundering)
Companions Codex

I hope this helps!(less)
Jake It is set in the same universe, the Forgotten Realms.

There is a trilogy, but the same author, set in Icewind Dale and the surrounding areas, though…more
It is set in the same universe, the Forgotten Realms.

There is a trilogy, but the same author, set in Icewind Dale and the surrounding areas, though it doesn't necessarily follow the plot of the old PC rpg. Homeland is like part of a prequel to the Icewind Dale books giving insight to Drizzt one of the main characters.

If you enjoyed the Icewind Dale PC game give this or Icewind Dale a try, both are by R.A. Salvatore and pretty enjoyable.

The group these books follow have many later books, which some people love, and I liked, but after about the 12th book I sort of got irritated by Drizzt and crew. (less)

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Mar 27, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it
A buddy read with Kristen, Gavin, and Kaora. Please let me know if I missed somebody.

For those unfamiliar with Forgotten Realms and the whole Dungeons and Dragons thingy I have just one question: what rock have you been living under? Anyway welcome to Menzoberranzan (I will award my very special bonus points to anybody who was able to pronounce the city's name correctly on the first try). The underground city is the home of dark elves who call themselves drow. They are not nice by any stretch o
Jan 15, 2015 Forrest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Mr. Salvatore. Methinks thou hast bitten off more than thou canst chew.

Intentionally or not, R.A. Salvatore has created a potential monster here. Not in the Underdark denizens or in the drow society that provides the backdrop for the story. Not even in Lloth, queen of the demonweb pits and diety to the drow. I'm talking about the themes of race, gender, and, most of all, the nature versus nurture debate. If I were a smarter man with more time, I'd delve into each of these, but suffice it to
Feb 10, 2012 Traci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I read this years ago, maybe ten, and wondered how it would measure up to my memory. Not bad.

Salvatore is good at delivering what he promises. These are just fun action packed fantasy reads. With interesting places, memorable characters, exotic creatures and exciting battles. Although there are moments when he takes himself too seriously. When reading Forgotten Realms I'm not looking for philosophy you know?

This is my favorite trilogy of the Drizzt books (a quick aside I enjoy Salvatore's writin
Aug 20, 2007 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Homeland was the first fantasy book I ever read, and I only read it because it was a Christmas gift and I was bored. But that first copy of this book has now been read so many times, by me and everyone I ever thrust it on to read, that the spine is barely holding together and the cover is threatening to disintegrate. For a dork who really likes fantasy novels, this story was just too engrossing for me to ever stop reading. While I can't say it's a great cultural work or the kind of story everyon ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Kaora rated it liked it
I'll admit it.

I went into this expecting a book like Dragons of Autumn Twilight. An interesting world, flat characters and cheesy dialogue.

I was not expecting how dark it was.

The drow are the survivors, and this is the Under-dark, the valley of death - the land of nameless nightmares.

In Menzoberranzan anything goes as long as you aren't caught. Into this society, Drizzt Do'Urden is born, a drow with rare violet eyes and a conscience. He must struggle to come to terms with a society that will do
Jul 23, 2016 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué diferencia respecto de los libros del Valle del Viento Helado! Se nota que la trilogía de El Elfo Oscuro fue escrita después, a pesar de ser la precuela de la anterior, porque es mucho más oscura y más profunda.

La Morada es la primera entrega, que nos muestra la vida de Drizzt Do’Urden en Menzoberranzan, desde su nacimiento hasta que finalmente decide rebelarse a su familia y su destino. Podemos conocer y comprender todo su proceso de autoconocimiento en esta sociedad de antivalores regida
Rick (from Another Book Blog)
Jul 11, 2011 Rick (from Another Book Blog) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans looking for an action romp
Maybe it's the deliberate hack-and-slash approach. Maybe it's that this book is intended for teenagers. Or maybe it's that George R. R. Martin's A Dance With Dragonshits stores in two days and I can't think of anything else. But after ignoring the pleas of online fans and personal friends for years upon years, my eventual reading of Homeland was one of utter disappointment. This is as hollow a book as you're bound to find.

I feel for R.A. Salvatore. I really do. I truly believe that behind the ob
Mar 30, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-4-life
3.5/5ish stars

The Skinny:

Drizzt Do’Urden, is born into the vicious society of the drow elves. Raised primarily by his sister, Vierna, and later Zak, Drizzt learns the ways of the dark elves. Something is different about Drizzt though; in many ways he is unlike his evil drow kin. While those around him give themselves over to pleasing the Spider Queen, Drizzt finds it exceedingly more difficult to function in a world that goes against his inner morals.

The review:

There were several things about th
Mar 29, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book in the Forgotten Realms Saga chronicles the early years of the Drizzt Do'Urden, a Dark Elf. Raised in the underground city of Menzoberranzan a young Drizzt learns the skills of swordsmanship while trying not to fall to the dark beliefs of the cruel and evil Spider Goddess religion which dominates all aspects of the Drow society.

Drizzt was an easy character to like and root for which is good as apart from his mentor he was the only one in the story you could accuse of having any morals
4.5 stars. I have not read a lot of "Forgotten Realms" novels and did not go into this book with overly high expectations. Well, those expectations were greatly exceeded and I found myself loving it. The character of Drizzt is fascinating and the politcal/social/environmental structure of the drow, or dark elves, was very well thought out and incredibly interesting. I will certainly read the remaining books in this series. Highly recommended.
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
The first R. A. Salvatore book I read was “Sword of Bedwyr”, and I would liken it to an action-packed summer blockbuster movie. It was filled with exciting fight scenes, and the characters got off a lot of funny one-liners, but the plot itself was pretty basic and generic. I went into “Homeland” expecting something similar, but as it turns out, if “Sword of Bedwyr” was a breezy popcorn movie, then “Homeland” is an Academy-Award winning epic!

While “Homeland” does feature some of Salvatore’s sign
First read in 2008
Reread in January, 2016

One of my first fantasy books back in the days when I didn't know what to read after finishing the last Harry Potter. Tough times.

Welcome to the underground city of Menzoberranzan, where drows, a race of dark elves, carve their homes in the enormous stalactites, where spiders are worshiped as servants of the one Goddess- Lloth, and where there is nothing better to do than kill and torture anyone or anything that stands in your way.
Drizzt has been d
Dec 30, 2015 Connor rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
I didn't really know what to expect from this book going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really loved learning about the world and the culture of the drow elves. Drizzt is awesome, and I thought the characters were all pretty interesting. The writing style took me a while to get used to. I think sometimes it made me feel disconnected from the novel, but I'm thinking I'll just like the books more and more as I read them and I won't have those disconnection problems going forward.
The legend of Drizzt Do'Urden begins here as you learn of his upbringing and the sadistic immorality of the Drow culture. He somehow develops a conscience while surrounded by an ambitious, ruthless mother and equally evil sisters in this matriarchal society.
Ranting Dragon
Jul 08, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dan

While not the first book published in the Forgotten Realms by American author R.A. Salvatore, Homeland takes place first chronologically, and it reveals much of the history of one of the most famous characters of the Forgotten Realms, the Dark Elf Drizzt Do’Urden. As the first book of The Dark Elf Trilogy, it provides back story to Drizzt who appeared pretty much fully-formed and complete in the novel The Crystal Shard. Starting with Homeland and proceedin
I really enjoyed this. Set in a world where evil is expected, how does one with feelings cope? It's all backwards and upsidedown but the rules by which society runs are surprisingly easy to figure and follow.

I can understand why so many people love Drizzt so much, he is a character of much gravitas and despite his brilliance in combat, he has a good heart.

I feel certain that this first novel has set up this world nicely for some exciting future adventures. I'm looking forward to reading on in
Nov 25, 2012 Todd rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
So check it. I had never read Salvatore before and I've been reading the fantasy genre since I was 8. WTF? Right. So I picked this up at the local giant trade your used books in for more used books book store and finished it, all 3 books, all 1000 pages, in a week. That's fast for me. I don't know that I really enjoyed it that much though. Drizzt has really high morals and I like people who stray, real (elf)people who are conflicted and must make difficult decisions in situations of moral dillem ...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 20, 2014 Eon ♒Windrunner♒ rated it it was amazing
I should not be surprised that I really loved this book. I have heard the name of Drizzt mentioned many times in conversations regarding awesome characters, but somehow managed to avoid reading this book until now. I'm not sure if I should be sad that I have only discovered this series now, or happy that I have so many wonderful books to look forward to.

Upon starting this book I struggled a bit getting to know the world of the drow (why is everyone so evil? Ah, villain POV) and kept wondering w
Dec 17, 2014 Walter rated it did not like it
Being a fantasy series based on a role-playing game does not excuse the cliched, wooden dialog, spatially confusing and anatomically impossible action sequences, or utter lack of character development (or really even characters). This book is a boring story poorly told.
Jay Dee Archer
Jan 07, 2015 Jay Dee Archer rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Homeland. Quick book to read, and a great way to open 2015 with a winner. Here's my full review:
Oct 04, 2016 Ľuboš rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mám novú obľúbenú sériu ^^

Mike Mueller
Sep 09, 2015 Mike Mueller rated it it was ok
The only way I can explain the love for this book is that people read it when they were 13 and are remembering it fondly. The writing style holds the reader's hand a lot: we're told the motives behind every character's action, instead of having to derive intent from their actions, the narration stops to explain how things work rather than immersing us in the world and letting us figure it out. It's also a binary world: everyone is either evil or good, even entire races are described as "evil" by ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Al acabar la primera parte solo me venía una cosa a la cabeza: Su nota de goodreads. Y esto me hizo llegar a una conclusión: Ha llegado el momento, nuestro presente, estamos colapsado de variedad accesibles fácilmente, ya no disfrutamos igual los productos. Lo que ahora es algo normal, antes era buenísimo.
Una historia cuyo lugar de desarrollo es lo más novedoso, pero no deja de ser la historia de cómo un joven se convierte poco a poco en un guerrero por un magnifico maestro de armas, con el clá
Dec 10, 2008 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forgotten-realms
This is the first of all the 'Forgotten Realms' books that I'm gonna write about. For my own purposes, I plan on writing a brief summary of what I if you don't want to know what happens, you might not read this. Also, I'm a cheesy fantasy I might rate these books better than they actually deserve and disappoint anyone who takes me too seriously. So, here it goes...

This is the first book in a huge series about Drizzt Do'Urden. The story starts with his birth in the
Jan 30, 2009 Steph rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I read the second mini-series concerning the main character of this book first, unfortunately. I much prefer this book to those three that I read (The Crystal Shard, the Halfling's Gem and Streams of Silver). While I got some of the background behind why the main character is as he is, this book explains a great deal more and makes more sense of some of his thoughts and actions as were relayed in later books. The Legend of Drizzt tells of his earliest years when Drizzt was born through his train ...more
May 28, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

There's nothing to like about this world and these dark elves...except Drizzt and his panther friend Guenhwyvar. And they make the story enoyable and so full of depth. I applaud all of Drizzt's choices, all the way to the end with a life-altering decision that gave me great hope.

Another thing in this book's favor is how oppressed I felt, outwardly in the Underdark with all those tons of rock and dirt above my head; and inwardly, under the thumb of insane females and their lust for power and vio
Jay  The Crippled God
May 17, 2016 Jay The Crippled God rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it to the max. My fav parts are: The monotones, the encounters with Zak, and the world building!
Nov 04, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
4 fat stars

Premetto che di D&D non so nulla, ma non serve sapere il background di questo gioco per comprendere il libro.
Ciò che serve sapere è che Homeland è il primo libro di una trilogia (the dark elf trilogy) scritta dopo la Icewind Dale trilogy con la funzione di essere un prequel che spiegasse brevemente la vita di Drizzt e la sua fuga da Menzoberranzan (città degli elfi scuri). Non so cosa accada dopo, ma suppongo che chi abbia letto la trilogia seguente conoscesse Drizzt già da D&
Timothy Darling
Feb 17, 2014 Timothy Darling rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, D&D fans
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, games
Amor Conquista Todo

Some of my faithful Christian friends would find this fantasy book quite objectionable, emphasizing as it does a pagan evil, perhaps, some would say, demonic things. They would be mistaken.

Drizzt is a dark elf, a Drow. In the extreme minority of his people, he has a conscience, a deeply rooted sense of right and wrong, and a love for the right. His family, indeed, his whole underground society is caught up in the religion of Lolth, the Spider Queen. In this matriarchy of cruel
Jay Kennedy
Homeland was the first book I have ever read by R.A. Salvatore, and was the start for my love of his writing and characters. Ed Greenwood is the original creator and writer of the forgotten realms (The universe in which these books take place in) and Salvatore was the second to start writing of the realms. I'm not here to say who's better as of this moment I have not read any of Greenwood's work (sort of odd for me being a huge forgotten worlds fan and all) mainly because theres still so much mo ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Legend of Drizzt (1 - 10 of 31 books)
  • Exile (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #2)
  • Sojourn (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #3)
  • The Crystal Shard (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #4)
  • Streams of Silver (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #5)
  • The Halfling's Gem (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #6)
  • The Legacy (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #7)
  • Starless Night (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #8)
  • Siege of Darkness (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #9)
  • Passage to Dawn (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #4; Legend of Drizzt, #10)
  • The Silent Blade (Forgotten Realms: Paths of Darkness, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #11)

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“Station is the paradox of the world of my people, the limitation of our power within the hunger for power. It is gained through treachery and invites treachery against those who gain it. Those most powerful in Menzoberranzan spend their days watching over their shoulders, defending against the daggers that would find their backs. Their deaths usually come from the front." -Drizzt Do'Urden” 53 likes
“There is no pain greater than this; not the cut of a jagged-edged dagger nor the fire of a dragon's breath. Nothing burns in your heart like the emptiness of losing something, someone, before you truly have learned of its value.” 36 likes
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