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Homeland (The Legend of Drizzt #1)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  34,835 ratings  ·  1,040 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?
Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
Greg of A2
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.
Rick MacDonnell
Jul 11, 2011 Rick MacDonnell rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Eon (Windrunner)
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
Ranting Dragon

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
David "proud member of 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
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

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 Dee Archer
I really enjoyed Homeland. Quick book to read, and a great way to open 2015 with a winner. Here's my full review:
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&D,
Timothy Darling
Feb 17, 2014 Timothy Darling rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, D&D fans
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, 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
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
As many times as I read this series I am always struck by just how great an author R.A. Salvatore is. Such vivid settings! Such lush descriptive writing! Such character development! This first book in The Legend of Drizzt series chronicles the early life and upbringing of Drizzt Do'Urden as he tries to stay true to his heart despite the harsh cruelty of his family and society. He is a drow (dark elf) and that means he has to be cruel, conniving, and murderous, like his family members. But Drizzt ...more
Adam Schrader
The story of Drizzt Do'Urden has touched me as deeply as that of Raistlin Majere. Both characters are very similar in that their intentions are not understood by those around them. One could argue that they are completely different in that Raistlin pursued a path of evil amongst good men while Drizzt pursued a path of good amongst an evil race. However, if you look beyond the morality of their choices, you can see that they both fought, willing to sacrafice everything, for what they believed in. ...more
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
Adrian Juan
RA Salvatore wrote about Drizzt more than 2 decades ago yet the story never lost its place and still goes strong.

This book introduces us to the Drow elf Drizzt DoUrden and his black-hearted race. It allowed us to follow our peculiar drow elf as he grow up and becomes the ranger we know and love.

The story: 5/5
Awesome story, the world is populated and alive, Menzoberranzan is an accurate depiction of a drow society. Drow lifestyle, religion and politics was explained. Each drow had his own agenda,
Nick Nelson
I picked up this book because I was a big fan of Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance. I realized you could unlock a character named Drizzt Do'Urden. I thought he was a totally badass character, and then I found out there was a series of books that tells his story. So I went and picked up Box Set 1 (Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn). When I read Homeland, lets just say, It was VERY difficult for me to put it down. R.A. Salvatore is a phenomenal Author, and is very good at describing how the Dark Elf society ...more
Connor Mackay
This is an amazing book about adventure and all together another world. It starts off with the new born drow elf Drizzt. But, for some reason he is different from all of the other drows, instead of eyes of death (red) the were an astonishing color of lavender. This is very different from most drows and he was frowned upon for most of his life. Growing up Drizzt had found out that he was a master at weapons combat which he so knew becasue his father was the weapons master of Menzoberranzan (his h ...more
Joaquin Garza
¿Le estoy poniendo cuatro estrellas a un pastiche tolkieniano? Mucho me temo que sí, pese a que la opinión contemporánea ridiculiza la pegatina estilística. Conviene entonces comenzar por una descarga: las novelas de los ‘Reinos Olvidados’ están basadas en campañas de Calabozos y Dragones. Como debería ya ser bien sabido, este juego de rol toma partes iguales de estilística tolkieniana (con todo y birlar hobbits, renombrándolos ‘medianos’) y de batallas personales al estilo más pulpesco de Bobb ...more
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 w
Loved this Book! Salvatore did a masterfull job of creating a beleavable, original world of the Underdark. Great antagonists as well. I enjoyed following the character through his moral struggles and realizations.
The dialog is corny. There's a lot of exclamation points (even from the narrator), everyone "mutters" or "whispers" his or her thoughts out loud, even if the thoughts are incriminating, and the overall premise of the story is kind of unbelievable, but I just couldn't stop reading this crap! I was really tempted to immediately start in on the second book, too.

Drizzt is born into a pretty messed up society, one that lives underground, blames everyone else for its problems and openly advocates kill
Jake Menne
This was my first kind of Tolkienest Fantasy. And by that I mean many different races and an extremely high fantasy level. Right away the reader is bombarded with long extravagant names and things like globes of darkness and elves riding lizard steads up wall of tunnels. At first I was thinking it was all a little too much but the story pulled my in about a quarter of the way through.

The environment and moral code is so different in Homeland compared to almost all other fantasies. Any medieval
Mar 20, 2009 Jane is currently reading it
Shelves: next-reads
Recommended by Fantasy Fanatics Group
The start of the Drizzt Do'Urden saga. Although the character was actually created as an afterthought to be a side-kick for Lunk Squatthrust in the "Icewind Dale" trilogy. However; he proved so popular, and Salvatore enjoyed writing him so much, that here he's given an honest-to-God Secret Origins story.

It's exactly what you think it is. hack and slash with tortured soul overtures, the worst of which are perpetrated by Drizzt's dad Zaknafein (this is a book of Eighties Fantasy Names. Menzoberran
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Other Books in the Series

The Legend of Drizzt (1 - 10 of 27 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)
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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” 51 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.” 27 likes
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