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

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  29,347 ratings  ·  921 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
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Published June 23rd 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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Traci
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...more
Justin
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
Forrest
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...more
Stephen
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.
Todd
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.
Another Book Blog
Jul 11, 2011 Another Book Blog 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...more
Ranting Dragon
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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...more
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...more
Steph
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
Jackie

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...more
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...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
Jesse
Okay,
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 remember...so if you don't want to know what happens, you might not read this. Also, I'm a cheesy fantasy junkie...so 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...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,...more
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
Christopher
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...more
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...more
Stephen
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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...more
Matt
Although this was one of the very first fantasy books I ever read (other than Harry Potter), i've been putting off reviewing it for some time now. I'm just not sure if i can put into words how i feel about this novel. This was the book responsible for opening my eyes to the fantasy genre as a whole. I don't mean to say this is a representation of all fantasy novels, but it was a great novel to help me realize i should have been reading much earlier in my life.

Anyways, to the novel.

What i like m...more
David Sarkies
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 probably has already been down) I feel that the f...more
Danny
Dec 06, 2008 Danny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans who want to get to know an original protagonist
Drizzt is one of the most intriguing and enjoyable protagonists I have ever read. I can understand why many readers will happily read books ten, fifteen, and thirty about him.

Salvatore writes in the thoroughly established universe created by the conglomeration of authors, game makers etc, that is Wizards of the Coast. Despite the fact that the universe is not his own, he moves through it and crafts his story with mastery that would leave you easily beleiving it all was his creation.

This being my...more
Susan
In Homeland, R.A. Salvatore introduces us to Drizzt, drow and secondboy in the 9th house of the city of Menzoberranzan. It is the story of Drizzt's early life, his journey from birth to adulthood, as a member of an evil society of dark elves ruled by a dark Spider Queen deity.

I am not a role-playing game girl, and am unfamiliar with "Forgotten Realms" - the game on which the Drizzt books are based. In fact I never would have read this at all if not for my husband. I don't even read a lot of scie...more
Guy
I will admit that this is a book of fantesy with strange names and places that are made up and fantasic. There are beings called elfs and orcs that use magic and worship weird Gods. With that being said, there are themes in this book that is definately real. The main character in this book is growing up in a world that he does not belong. He has values and ethics that only contratdict his culture's beliefs but also cause a great sense of questioning of his own exsitance. He struggles to fit in a...more
Luis Fernandez
I read this book when I was about 16, and even then I did not think highly of this book, it struck me as full of poorly written characters, with an even worse written main character. Seven years later, given its popularity, I decided to re read it just in case I had misjudged it. But not only did I find myself to be right but I also realized that the world itself and the way the story is written are childish. It's not Dragonlance bad, but it's not much better either.

Of all the Drizzt books (read...more
Leone
In this book, Homeland, the author has created a world unlike any I have encountered before, a world of almost pure evil. It is a world where "If you don't get caught it is wrong" is changed to "If you don't get caught you are a hero." The main character of the story Drizzt Do'Urden finds himself in conflict between what is truth in his world and what his own beliefs.

"Station is the paradox of the world of my people, the limitation of our power within the hunger for more power. It is gained thro...more
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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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“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” 46 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.” 22 likes
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