The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Vol. 1 (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy, #1-3; Legend of Drizzt, #1-3)
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The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Vol. 1 (The Dark Elf Trilogy #1-3 omnibus)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  16,336 ratings  ·  339 reviews
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Drizzt Do'Urden made his first mistake the moment he was born: he was a boy. In the rigid matriarchy of the dark elf city of Menzoberranzan, that makes his life forfeit. But when his own mother tries but fails to kill him, Drizzt's path is set. He must find a way to escape the treacherous Underdark, even if that means setting out alone...more
Mass Market Paperback, 900 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2000)
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Mar 27, 2009 Felicia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning fantasy readers.
Shelves: fantasy
Love love love this character. This would be the best intro fantasy book I could give someone. Classic adventures, great storytelling, wonderful complex main character, interesting philosophy and moral core. I love it so much! I can't wait to get the next books as well. Drizzt is an epic character in an epic fantasy setting.
Marian Willeke
May 30, 2011 Marian Willeke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marian by: Eric Willeke
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
At first I berated myself for lumping the whole trilogy together before I would give my review; however, after finishing Sojourn, I am glad that I held my review until I got the perspective of all three books.

In a word: fantastic.

At first, I was unimpressed with Homeland, not liking the start. Once I got going with it, however, I realised that my problem was that I felt like the beginning (circumstances surrounding Drizzt's birth) was just plopped in the front. Once I started understanding the...more
I was really looking forward to reading these books because several people I know positively raved about R.A. Salvatore.

Remind me to hunt those people down later and beat them to death with a chunk of moldy cheese.

These were some of the worst books I've ever read. I'm not sure how it's possible to make fearsome battles and magic swords and dark elves so boring and annoying but Mr. Salvatore managed to do both. I haven't seen such a whiney protaganist since Luke Skywalker (and I love Star Wars, d...more
I have a love-hate relationship with this series: I love the character Drizzt, but I don't like Salvatore's writing style or quality in many areas. Overuse/misuse of some words/phrases (found myself mentally editing as I read), a little over-melodramatic in places, and with the RPG setting, sometimes you can almost hear the dice rolling. Book 3 is the best, but that's not saying a whole lot. But dammit, there's just something about Drizzt that keeps drawing me back.

Big problems:
1- *Why* does Dri...more
Zoran Krušvar
It's hard for me to find a book that's crappier that "Twilight", with even paler characters and more predictable outcomes.

Well, this is one of those.

This book should be a school example of how NOT to write.

Speaking of the main character, Drizzt, I see him as Twilight's Edward, only instead of 12 year old girls, he is here to sparkle the imagination of 12 year old boys.

(12 here stands for any age before discovery of sex life)

Both Edward and Drizzt are heroes without a flaw, strong, brave, smart,...more
I have to admit that I read this. I am, thusly, admitting that I have a problem. I've read books that were hard to put down, but this trilogy was basically impossible to put out of my head - to eat, to sleep, anything. It scared me how powerfully it had hold of my consciousness. I felt, and still rather feel, like the author was using some kind of painful trickery on me, and I don't really appreciate it. At the same time, I suppose it might be a good set of books, as I remember details from it p...more
The Dark Elf Trilogy is the first three books of Salvatore's Forgotten Realms series. It includes the books Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn. It is in the style of "Dungeons and Dragons," which makes it very familiar as far as the type of abilities, items, and races you might expect to see. Being a huge fan of Fantasy, I really enjoyed this novel. It included everything you would expect from a "Dungeons and Dragons" fantasy book…sword fights, dragons, good and evil, yet it starts in a rather unexpec...more
I believe that R.A. Salvatore is one of my favorite authors. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the fight scenes until I read other fantasy and felt like the battles were lacking in depth and detail. I've read almost everything Forgotten Realms except the very recent, and would recommend it to any fantasy lover. Also, if you are new to fantasy, this would be a great starting place! These books are very black/white, good/evil. It's a fun read and easy to fall in love with the characters.

In this...more
Travis (Home of Reading)
The first of the Drizzt Do’Urden trilogies is quite good. Parts of the plot are a bit slow but it is good overall. Drizzt’s and Zaknafein’s characters are very interesting in contrast to the rest of the drows, who find pleasure in killing, especially killing and not getting caught. Then when Drizzt moves to the surface and finds the prejudiced hatred of the surface people.

The plot has exciting chases and battles, which fill up most of the book, as well as interesting parts about drow society, wi...more
Kiel Van Horn
Similar to Goodkind, this writing was sort of naive. A series of three books combined, the first book traces the development of Salvatore's main character, Drizzt, who is famous in the Forgotten Realm series because he's a drow/dark elf who isn't just pure evil. Characterization is lacking. It's not explained why he has purple eyes and isn't evil like the rest of his kind; it's just sort of glossed over that he's "different." Pacing is odd in the first book, as the book tries to detail his educa...more
Viola Mccoffee
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I have to agree with the reviewers who give this a "mediocre" rating. The funny thing is, it's not really mediocre. It has some really good parts and some REALLY awful parts, which average out to mediocre. I wish I could give it a 2.5 star rating - halfway between "I liked it" and "it was okay."

Very briefly: This trilogy is the first three books about Drizzt, a drow or dark elf. The drow are inherently evil but Drizzt (inexplicably) has a moral code and escapes the underworld to live on the sur...more
Drizzt's origins ...

Book 1: Home
I never thought I'd see the day when I read a book based off of the D&D worlds (instead of books the D&D worlds are based off of) and enjoy it. That's what I did with RA Salvatore's Drizzt novel. Setting up lots of fun adventures with a Good Drow (lent to me because I'm playing a Drow Paladin in a campaign), it's a great adventure story that plays out like a younger, sillier Dune with the plans within plans. Still very D&D-esque (one can almost see...more
It's definitely one of "those" books, the sci-fi/fantasy series that get people to buy them because of some sort of brand name on the side. However, if you aren't totally into MMORPGs and have never played pen and paper D&D, reading them will do no damage to you, because you'll never have to run into 10,000 idiot noobs who want to be Dark elves dual-wielding scimitars. Also, it does say something about how "bad-arse" Drizzt is if he can inspire that kind of following. They were entertaining...more
Apr 02, 2012 Ren rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who really like Drizzt
I won't get into the usual Salvatore bashing that seems to go on - I have liked some of his works.

That said, this set of books was a pretty painful Drizzt love fest. Some whirring scimitars here, occasional lamenting woeful upbringing there, but I really just couldn't get over the presentation of the awesome awesomeness that was Drizzt do'Awesome.

If you're into the character, go nuts. I'd start with The Crystal Shard and if you're that into the super elf, you've got some more reading to do here.
Bryan Carson
Here we go with the fantasy novels... I am a huge fantasy novel fan, and R.A. Salvatore (along with seemingly everyone who does the whole two initial/last name thing) does not disappoint. This is going to be the only one of this series that I am reviewing purely because they are all so good I feel like I would be repeating myself many times. So here we go:

This trilogy is in fact not the first book published of the series. It was published as a prequel because of the love and demand for the back...more
Vijayan Haridas
Going back to Menzoberranzan, the city of the Dark Elves and their society where the birth of a unique dark elf with lavender eyes. Till date some belief that he is the hidden Chosen of Loth The Spider Queen. An awesome book which traces the early childhood and how male dark elves are treated in a society ruled by matriarch system. Introduction to his dad the great Zaknafein, his visually impaired mentor "Mooshie" whom honed Drizzt's ranger skills and sword play.A sword play with his mentor in w...more
Maybe I don't get to give this edition a mediocre rating because this is my first reading of the Drizzt Do'Urden origin books. (I didn't even start with the Hunter's Blade Trilogy, I started here.) But as much as I love Salvatore, the last book in this compendium - Sojourn - was absolutely. Fucking. Horrible.

It took me MONTHS to get through that last book. I'd finish half a chapter, get frustrated with how badly the plot was jumping around, and put it down for two more weeks. But I figured, eve...more
Kerry Kiehl
What I liked most about this series is it was like a TV show or series. What I mean by that is each book was a quick read and well written so that you can crush the book for pure pleasure and not hurt your brain to cram it all in. You can just pick it up get a quick fantasy fix and be out without the massive investment of re-reading, looking at the map every 10 seconds, trying to recall characters (because he re-describes them at good intervals),and looking up words. I can keep these books aroun...more
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Good stuff! Recommended read.
Mark Steinhauser
Very, very page-turning. As a former (and recurring) D&D fanatic, I can say these books are straight up my alley. My familiarity with the fantasy setting of the Forgotten Realms, and the world of the underdark, are the foremost reasons I can't put these books down. But I'll try to look past that and assess its more accessible qualities.

Salvatore's characters are very real. Reading the adventures of Drizzt and his companions, and the exploits of his evil family and other denizens of the under...more
Oct 30, 2008 Stacey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
Recommended to Stacey by: Archis
Shelves: favorites
My favorite series of R. A. Salvatore. It has all the great things a fantasy novel needs; (1) an environment so new and exciting and so expertly described you feel as if you could visit it. (2) a cast of characters so diverse with unique personalities that make you fall into love or hate of them, and understand them. You feel as if each character has it's own way of talking and acting that after meeting a character you could take away all the names in the book and know who he is talking about. (...more
I was suggested this book by multiple fans here on myspace(and even at work) so I picked it up.
Normally, I am not a fan of so called "bread and butter" least not for many years, and a book in the D&D setting didn't sound too appetizing. Well, my elitism was happily thwarted. This book indeed caught my attention. The sheer EPICNESS of the setting and character is what got me.
Menzobarrenzen(sp?) is one of the coolest fictional cities I have ever read about. Utterly evil and corr...more
Like many successful franchises, Salvatore’s books are also following the winning formula: Keep it naïve and fun. And it is true that his books will be mostly appreciated by those who have played D&D and are familiar with the quirky rules of the second edition, as well as the cheesiness of its campaigns. In this regard, the Dark Elf Trilogy is a fine D&D campaign adapted to paper. Chaotic, contradictory, and damn blurry in its reasoning to keep you guessing and making it feel unpredictab...more
Ashley Lauren
I know a multitude of people who absolutely adore RA Salvatore. I was more-or-less forced into reading this book (now that I did it reluctantly - I love these kinds of stories) but let's just say that there was a lot of hype involved before I actually get into the book. Perhaps that's why I found it mediocre.

Here are my thoughts when it comes to good books. I'm a character person - give me a so-so plot line but give me characters that sparkle, and I'm hooked. For me, this triloy was the opposite...more
It's the first book I read from the Forgotten Realms collection. Overall, I think it's a very nice read.

The descriptions are many times excessive, not in detail but in scope. The narrator tells us of the setting too much, especially in the the first book, Homeland. And many of the drow world disclosures are completely unnecessary. It's perfectly clear how evil the drow are, and how "happy" such a society is. There is no need to spell it out. Also in the first book, clearly for the reader's immed...more
This is another volume that I’ve owned for more than a decade, but never cracked open until now. I bought it back when I was hip-deep in the fantasy genre, after hearing more than once that Drizzt Do’Urden is super badass sweet and I needed to read about him right away. I probably would have been a convert if I read it back then, too, and joined the swollen ranks of greasy teenagers who played EverQuest with dual-wielding dark elves that were, like, really tormented, but still totally radical. R...more
Theresa Ramseyer
I seem to be moving more and more towards science fiction and fantasy these days, not sure why. Usually I overdose on mysteries, and some love stories, but lately? .

Drizzit is another of the fantasy stories that I dipped into once or twice and then decided he wasn't for me. But last year I rode with a bunch of family up to my cousin's daughter's graduation party, and one of my other cousins was deep in a Drizzit book. That cousin and I get along fairly well, and so I put Drizzit on my reading l...more
Sarah Crampton
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As one of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s most recent original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-...more
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