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Forgotten Realms: Homeland (The Legend of Drizzt #1)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  38,444 ratings  ·  1,156 reviews
Drow ranger Drizzt Do'Urden, first introduced in The Icewind Dale Trilogy, quickly became one of the fantasy genre's standout characters. But "Homeland" first reveals the startling tale of how this one lone drow walked out of the shadowy depths of the Underdark, leaving behind a society of evil and a family who want him dead. It is here that the story of this amazing dark ...more
ebook, 283 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
Rick MacDonnell
Jul 11, 2011 Rick MacDonnell rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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
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:
mám novú obľúbenú sériu ^^

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
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&
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
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
Timothy Darling
Feb 17, 2014 Timothy Darling rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jeff Miller
Can SF or F Enhance People’s Religious Beliefs? I was the moderator, and a good thing, too. The answer is too obvious: No it doesn’t. Few people will come away from F/SF with their religious beliefs altered in any fashion. — SF Author Mike Flynn

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. — C.S. Lewis

I was thinking of this subject recently when I came across one of Mike Flynn’s latest posts. I would be part the category of few people who had their religi
David Sarkies
Jun 18, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Drizzt
Recommended to David by: My D&D friends
Shelves: fantasy
A case study on Drow society
18 January 2013

Well, with the popularity that Drizzt gained from the Icewind Dale trilogy it seems that we were always going to be given a look into his life before he became a hero in that sense, and this book takes us right back to the beginning of his life when he was growing up as a young male drow in the underground city of Menzoberranzan. Once again, while some might suggest that this book could be picked apart by some guy doing a master's thesis (and it probab
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
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,
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Legend of Drizzt (1 - 10 of 29 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)
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) The Halfling's Gem (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #6) Streams of Silver (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #5)

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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” 52 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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