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Exile (The Dark Elf Trilogy #2)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  36,492 Ratings  ·  572 Reviews
As I became a creature of the empty tunnels, survival became easier and more difficult all at once. I gained in the physical skills and experience necessary to live on. I could defeat almost anything that wandered into my chosen domain. It did not take me long, however, to discover one nemesis that I could neither defeat nor flee. It followed me wherever I went–indeed, the ...more
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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Apr 06, 2015 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A buddy read with Kristen, Gavin, and Kaora.

This book picks up right where the first one ended. For this reason I cannot give any big details about plot as they will spoil the ending of the first book. Sufficient to say Drizzt is still alive which is not a big surprise as this is the second book of the series about him featuring 15 more.
He struggles trying to retain his humanity, or elfinity in his case (hey look, I made up a new word!). He also finally made some real friends. We also get to ha
Apr 03, 2009 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading R.A. Salvatore is a guilty pleasure. As someone who has a college education and has waded through Moby Dick, Ulysses, and The Canterbury Tales reading a book with characters who have names like Pikel Bouldershoulder can be a wee bit embarrassing. For an english major Salvatore’s books often seem like something that should be read under a flashlight in bed at night so no one sees us. Its like Tiger Woods playing a round of golf at a mini golf course. He knows all his skill and experience ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a decent read but it did not quite live up to the quality of Homeland.

The story picked up 10 years after the final events of Homeland and found Drizzt hiding out in the Underdark trying to avoid the murderous vengeance of his family. He had to fight against losing himself to the despair of loneliness.

It actually started a bit dull as Drizzt was very gloomy and his plodding from place to place in the Underdark meeting random monsters was not all that exciting. Things picked up when he
Feb 13, 2012 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one slipped a bit for me. I still liked it but to be honest I enjoyed the Menzoberranzan (yeah, totally looked that up) sections more than the Drizzt ones.

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
Apr 05, 2015 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sep 27, 2013 Forrest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. . . In which Forrest's children con him into reading yet another book that wasn't originally on his TBR pile . . .

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
Apr 16, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-4-life

“By the stones, Dark Elf, why have you come?”
Drizzt did not know how to answer that simple question. How could he even begin to explain his years of loneliness in the Underdark? Or the decision to forsake his evil people and live in accordance with his principles?

The Skinny:

Drizzt has alienated himself from his home and vicious family. Alone in the Underdark, Drizzt has carved out a semblance of a life for himself. But, as is the way in the life of Drizzt, all good things must come to an end
2.5 to 3.0 stars. After really liking the first book in the Dark Elf Trilogy, Homeland, I was looking forward to reading this...and I was disappointed. While okay to pretty good, I did not like this nearly as much as the first one.

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
Apr 03, 2016 Kyla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
My feelings are so hurt right now.
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
While I enjoyed “Exile”, I can’t say I liked it as much as Book 1 of the Dark Elf Trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to like about “Exile”…it’s filled with action (much more than “Homeland” had), and features a compelling story and interesting characters. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the second chapter of the Dark Elf Trilogy was too dark for its own good, but more on that in a moment…

What Salvatore does well in “Exile”, he does very well. I was afraid Drizzt wandering the Und
Apr 03, 2012 Micheal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've come to the conclusion that reviewing and critiquing is mostly irrelevant since the wide range of opinion over a book or movie or music make and individuals perspective moot. So i'll call what Im doing here merely reflection, adding yet one more opinion to the cacophony of rhetoric.

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
Oct 13, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Z předmluvy:

Když si čtete o Drizztovi, názor ostatních vás nezajímá. Jde jen o vás a o to, že se při dobrodružstvích, která s vážným drowím hraničářem sdílíte, bavíte.
Jay Kennedy
Exile starts right where Homeland left off. Drizzt has become a -you guessed it- exile and is forced to roam the perilous tunnels of the Underdark alone. Well not completely alone, of course he has the company of his black panther Guenhwyvar but the panther often has to rest in the astral plane before being summoned again. I won't go too much into the plot because I do not want to spoil what happened at the end of the last book.

Side note: I sorta kinda read this book awhile ago and forgot to t
David Sarkies
Mar 30, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roleplayer Geeks
Recommended to David by: My roleplayer friends
Shelves: fantasy
Drizzt's like in the Underdark
18 January 2013

This series is probably one of the better of the Dungeons and Dragons spin off novels in that it seems to deal with some really dark themes: loneliness, alienation, and being hunted by your own kind not so much because or differences of opinion, but because of a sense of betrayal. For those familiar with Drizzt, he is a dark elf (more commonly known as a Drow) who did not feel that he belonged in his society, so he fled. However, his society do not n
Mar 15, 2013 Annamentzer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When my friend Preston gave me this book along with Homeland and Sojourn, I was hesitant to even begin the series because it isn't really the sort of thing I'm 'into.' It has been a good lesson in learning to be openminded regarding literature. When I look for a fantasy book, I am much more likely to read Ursula K. LeGuin or Marion Zimmer Bradley or Calvin Miller, something that could almost pass for literature. The Drizzt series looked like cheap fantasy from the cover (I know, I know!).

I have
Bruno Vinhas
Jan 11, 2016 Bruno Vinhas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drizzt continua a sua demanda, numa aventura com muitas surpresas e muita ação. A coragem de Drizzt, os seus valores e lealdade para com os seus companheiros fazem com que os leitores empatizem e simpatizem muito com este drow da Forgotten Realms.
Salem Parker
Dec 22, 2013 Salem Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was a really good book because it has a lot of details. This is most likely the best book I have ever read. It's about this character named Drizzt who become a weapons master in the home world of UnderDark. The way he earned the name is because...(i'm not telling, you have to find out yourself). The name of the Drow hometown is Menzoberranzan. He meets his match but can not fight the power the creature has! He even had to fight a spirit-wraith(in which you will find out about if you ...more
Peter Levi
I re-read this (February, 2016) and it's the best book of the Dark Elf Trilogy. It's light on plot, simply following Drizzt's gradual escape from Underdark, but the story is entertaining and unlike its predecessor (Homeland) contains a touch of pathos. The same qualification from Homeland applies here: if you aren't familiar with Dungeons & Dragons there won't be enough connective tissue for the story to really function for you. Drizzt himself doesn't evolve, but character development isn't ...more
Andrew Bass
Jan 26, 2016 Andrew Bass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm impressed with R. A. Salvatore. I read the first entry in the Dark Elf trilogy and was shocked at the connection I felt with Drizzt & his struggle against a society that has no morality. I didn't expect to "feel it." After all, this is all just D&D stuff, right? Wizards of the Coast, Dragons, and Magic, right? Who said anything about great stories? Maybe it was just a flash in the pan. So I read the second book in the series. Flash, it was not. This go-round Drizzt has wander ...more
A simple story. Well told. Beautiful way to speak of friendship and how different are people and their goals in life.
I love the mighty and determined behaviour of the characters (good ones and bad ones).
May 12, 2015 Priit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teismelise ninjatumehaldja Drizzti seiklused jätkuvad. Noormehel on nõrk rahvuslik uhkus, aga osavad mõõgad, ning ta hakib end läbi järjekordse portsu D&D Monster Manuali lehekülgede, tundes iga kolli tapmise pärast suurt ängi. Lisaks leiab ta teekaaslasi, kes aitavad tal õnnetusehunnik olla. Jätkates esimese raamatu traditsioone on kõik tegelased naeruväärsed. See-eest Underdark on jätkuvalt äge koht ning ma olen selle kohta lugemise nimel valmis paljugi välja kannatama. Igav see raamat iga ...more
Jared Beiswenger
I was hoping the story would ramp up in book two, but Drizzt's adventures seem to be a random series of encounters with underground monsters, where Salvatore stretches to find some way to make each encounter different.

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
Shawn Fairweather
Nov 17, 2011 Shawn Fairweather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It gives me great pleasure to say that I had a great time reading Salvatore’s Exile, probably more so than I did Homeland; however that is probably because I didn’t like the opening of its storyline. I am quickly turning into a big fan of this series. Exile is definitely a popcorn novel, however its simplicity is what makes it so easy to get lost in. Again Drizzit and his co-characters are easy to identify with, with just enough added intrigue to keep the reader engaged.
Drizzit in Exile has rea
Dec 11, 2008 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forgotten-realms
In this book Drizzt is alone in the wild underdark. Through necessity, he takes on the alter ego of the "Hunter"; a primortal version of himself that functions on a higher level of physical prowess to cope with the constant dangers of the underdark. However, as he hones his swordsmanship and stelth, he starts to lose his humanity and is becoming more like the monsters he is forced to fight. Gwen, his magical panther compainion, can only stay on the prime material plane for a short while and then ...more
May 06, 2009 Joshua rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: reviews
I have come to the solid realization that I can not stand anything about the way this man writes. The story itself would be tolerable, even passably enjoyable at times, if it weren't for the fact that Salvatore is, in fact, one of the worst writers on the face of the planet.

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
Feb 22, 2012 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Após ter escapado de Menzoberrazan, Drizzt refugia-se nos túneis subterrâneos, onde vários serão os perigos, desde seres perigosos, à própria solidão em si e até, mais tarde, à perseguição que lhe é levada a cabo pelos seus familiares.

Havia gostado muito do primeiro volume desta trilogia, contudo não tinha muitas expectativas para este volume porque as opiniões não eram muito favoráveis. Sendo considerado por muitos que esta trilogia, que consagrou Drizzt Do’Urden o Elfo Negro mais famoso de se
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
In this second installment of the Drizzt series, we find the dark elf trying to carve a new life for himself within the dark corriders and caverns of the Underdark. He faces many dangers, but also learns what it is to make new friends as well. Unfortunately, his family hasn't forgotten about his betrayal. They reanimate his fathers corpse and send the zombie out after him to end his life.

Wow! This novel had a lot more action and a lot less political intrigue than the last one, which was realyl e
Damien Sulla-Menashe
This exciting sequel to Homeland is also told mostly from the pov of Drizzt, a dark elf or drow. It follows his adventures as he leaves his hometown and ventures into the wilds of the Underdark for many years. Unlike the first in the series that contains a lot of character building and focuses on the drow society, this story is full of action from start to finish and introduces and describes many of the other races that inhabit the underworld. Salvatore's writing is fast paced and provides a sim ...more
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Hostiles hasta tal punto que un habitante de la superficie jamás podría llegar a imaginar, los laberintos formados por los túneles de la antípoda oscura desafían a todos aquellos que se atreven a entrar. Entre ellos están Drizzt Do Urden y su pantera mágica, Guenhwyar. Exiliado en Menzoberranzan, la ciudad Drow, Drizzt tiene que luchar para encontrar un nuevo hogar en los interminables laberintos y, además, también ha de defenderse del implacable acoso de su familia, que no le perdona la blasfem ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following the book Homeland, I wasn't sure if R.A. Salvatore could top himself. But he did with the exciting novel, Exile, the continuing story of how Drizzt Do'Urden leaves behind Menzoberranzan and the drow and makes it to the surface world. This book is spectacular from start to finish.

R.A. Salvatore has once again proven why he is the ONE author to read for fantastic fantasy. The world he has created, Drizzt's world, is second to none. The characters he creates draws the reader in and never
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  • Insurrection (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #2)
  • Resurrection (Forgotten Realms:  War of the Spider Queen, #6)
  • Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad (Forgotten Realms: Avatar, #5)
  • Dissolution (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #1)
  • Extinction (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #4)
  • Song Of The Saurials (Forgotten Realms: Finder's Stone, #3)
  • Condemnation (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #3)
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Other Books in the Series

The Dark Elf Trilogy (3 books)
  • Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1)
  • Sojourn (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #3)

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“As I became a creature of the empty tunnels, survival became easier and more difficult all at once. I gained in the physical skills and experience necessary to live on. I could defeat almost anything that wandered into my chosen domain. It did not take me long, however, to discover one nemesis that I could neither defeat nor flee. It followed me wherever I went - indeed, the farther I ran, the more it closed in around me. My enemy was solitude, the interminable, incessant silence of hushed corridors.” 19 likes
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