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Exile (The Dark Elf Trilogy #2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  31,576 ratings  ·  488 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, th ...more
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Published March 7th 2006 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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Evgeny
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.
Drizzt
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
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Carmen
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
Gavin
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
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Forrest
. . . 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
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Traci
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
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Kristen
4/5

“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
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Stephen
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
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Katherine
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
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David Sarkies
Mar 30, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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David "proud member of 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
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Annamentzer
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
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Micheal
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
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Salem Parker
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
Priit
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
Shawn Fairweather
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
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Jesse
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
Joshua
May 06, 2009 Joshua rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
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
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Michael Ramm
Amazing look into the character of Drizzt Do'Urden. You see the struggles that he faces as he leaves his homeland to set himself apart from his ancestry and to show everyone else that he is NOT a typical drow. He finds the value of true friendship in the forms of Belwar Dissengulp and Clacker, as well as his trusty astral plane panther, Guenhwyvar. The end of the book see Drizzt makes a decision that will alter the rest of his life, as he decides to move to the surface to avoid the confilcts wit ...more
Mika Lietzén
D-R-I-Z-Z-T, it spells "guilty pleasure". The second book in the longrunning series sees the dark elf in exile in the Underdark, hunted by his kin and shunned by everyone else. With his magical panther Guenhwyvar as his only companion, he starts feeling melancholy, leading him to strike up a friendship with denizens of a gnome city. Later Drizzt teams up with Belwar, an amputee gnome (with magical prosthetics for hands) and Clacker, a hook horror that's really a pech. Together they will try to d ...more
Ben
As a sequel to the poorly-concluded Homeland, Exile breaks out of most things that made its predecessor a poor intro; namely, Drizzt finally grows up a little, just like trying to raise a pet goat and getting mad when it can't fetch a beer because you thought you bought a dog but were really hungover that day. But there's still enough wrong with Exile that made me about as annoyed as that time I thought I had finally caught herpes but it turned out all I did was bite my tongue really hard when a ...more
Max
Exile is the second book in The Legend of Drizzt series. It talks about how after Drizzt Do'Urden leaves his house because of his beliefs, what he must do to survive on his own for so long. Drizzt is a dark elf who was not as cruel as his kin. Drizzt was one of the greatest fighters in the Underdark and Menzoberranzan, so naturally his domain was kept safe. He could easily survive because of his survival skills he had learned while on patrols with other members of his family, so this was not an ...more
Julie Decker
Drizzt, with his panther Guenhwyvar, has fled from the only home he's ever known and is now braving the deep, dark tunnels of the Underdark, which are filled with many horrors--including himself. His mother, Matron Malice, and some other family and drow from other houses, are plotting to find him and kill him so their spider queen, Lolth, will favor them again. He fights them and nearly kills his sister, almost breaking his promise never to kill his own kind again, and Guenhwyvar temporarily aba ...more
Tony
Jun 08, 2014 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Exile chronicles Drizzt's (the dark elf hero) adventures in the Underdark as he leaves the unforgiving drow city, Menzoberranzan.

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
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Josh
The second book in this trilogy picks up virtually right where the first one left off. Although 10 years have elapsed in the interim, little has changed except that Drizzt has been surviving on his own and has grown even harder and tougher.

This book had a good mix of action and character development. While the plot didn't introduce much in the way of new or unexpected ideas, it still kept me listening without getting boring. Personally though, I didn't care too much to hear anymore about the Dro
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Nicole Nya
My obsession with Salvatore grows with each book I read. This book got me very emotionally attached. All the characters sadness really made me feel the “feels”. The combination of loneliness, post traumatic stress, being trapped with no where to go, and realizing you are losing yourself. Don't get me wrong this book is filled with incredible action along with the excitement of exploration and not knowing what is going to be around the corner.

Even though the setting is still in Underdark, Exile
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Axonn Echysttas
I wasn't so impressed with Salvatore's first trilogy featuring the Forgotten Realms. It got better towards the end but I still see it as a sort of introduction to the rest of his work, not only for us readers but also for himself (seemed more like a the work of a maturing writer). It was pleasant reading however, and I am very happy to have done that, simply because it led me to read this second trilogy, which is absolutely fantastic.

This second part of the trilogy is a masterpiece in what I gue
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Elfscribe
See my review of book 1 for the set-up.

Although I continued to appreciate the various races of the Underdark and to root for Drizzt to escape the machinations of his wicked-without-redeeming-features mother who has sent a particularly horrendous assassin after him, horrendous because he was Drizzt's only friend, after a while all the admittedly beautifully choreographed battles lose their drama. There is very little internal wrestling on Drizzt's part. The characters are either all good or all
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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.” 18 likes
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