After the death of his renegade daughter the king to the kingdoms calls for his half barbarian granddaughter to come home for a ritual that will decid...moreAfter the death of his renegade daughter the king to the kingdoms calls for his half barbarian granddaughter to come home for a ritual that will decide the next succession. It's a world of backstabbing and elitism. A world where gods are kept as slaves, playthings, and weapons.
I give four stars for unique and original story. I don't feel as though the ideas here were put to their full potential. But as a first book I remain impressed and the author is definitely one I'm keeping an eye on.
Recommended to readers who don't mind or who actually enjoy a little chick lit to their fantasy. Anyone who wants a light dose of political intrigue in their fantasy (don't expect GRRM caliber). Highly recommended to anyone who likes a little godhood in their books. And any romantics. Recommended to fans of Poison Study, Warbreaker, maybe The Immortal Prince, and I'll add Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series even though it's not in the strictest sense paranormal romance.
And for anyone wondering if they should continue with the series in my opinion The Broken Kingdoms is the best of the three.(less)
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 a...moreI 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 writing but some of his names are just terrible). I like how each book has a theme and represents the journey of his youth.
In Homeland we read about the drow and their homeworld. The family, religion, academic, and political aspects of their race. And although in this book they come across a little one dimensional (they get better) it's an interestingly different read.
One of my favorite things about the character of Drizzt (and why I'm disappointed in later books) is his inherent goodness. He's not a flawed anti hero. He doesn't struggle with doing the right thing. He doesn't do the right thing because it's "right" (and actually in his world it's the wrong thing) but because it's instinct. But he also isn't a saint, savior, or paragon.
My favorite sections in this one are those between Drizzt and his father Zaknafein (these names are like bad scramble hands-thanks mst3k) Zak like his son is cursed with morals in an immoral society. He is stuck in a life he hates. Lashing out the only way he can. In many ways reading this today ten years, or so, older I found his plight more interesting than young Drizzt's.
So yes, I still loved it. It won't stack up well against your Martin, Erikson, Abercrombie, Kay...but they aren't meant to.
I recommend to any open minded fan of fantasy who wants a fun quick book.(less)
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 Dr...moreThis 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 (better late than never I guess).
It's very predictable. Especially to any gamers out there. Wander. Fight. Collect companion. Battle boss character. Not necessarily a bad thing. The first time I read these I was heavily into role playing games (actually that's how I discovered them) and I just loved it.
During my reread of Homeland I was a little dismayed by the lack of diversity in the characterization. Very stereotypical. Drow. Evil. No degrees of evil. Of ambition. Most of the characters were much like another. Here there's improvement. It's not great but I did notice a difference.
And one of my favorite characters is introduced here. Jarlaxle. The opportunistic Drow mercenary leader. (although why did I hear Zevran from the videogame Dragon Age everytime he spoke)
I like these books so I recommend them. If you liked Homeland but not this one I'd still continue. It was kinda weak for me. (less)
An elf, a dwarf, and a halfling walk into a bar...wait you've heard this one before? Yeah, okay. There's nothing truly original here. Nothing we haven'...moreAn elf, a dwarf, and a halfling walk into a bar...wait you've heard this one before? Yeah, okay. There's nothing truly original here. Nothing we haven't encountered before. But I like it.
A little different than the usual "quest" style of fantasy this one concentrates on a group of settlers trying to save their home from an invading wizard who has been possessed by an ancient artifact.
If you've read Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn first you will notice a difference in style. The Crystal Shard was written first even though chronology it comes after. Homeland matches the later books more.
But if you have a problem with the characters, especially Drizzt, you might as well stop now. On a whole the writing does improve though.
It's hard consider this book in a bubble because I've read all the Drizzt books that are out. And I know that favorites are coming.
*Happy Dance* Artemis Entreri is coming *Happy Dance* (ahem, a favorite character, or can you tell)
I recommend these books to fans of Dungeons and Dragons gameplay and books. Fans of traditional fantasy. To those who are just getting into fantasy. And for anyone who might want a light read.(less)
Tanis, Flint, Tas, Caramon, Raistlin, Tika, Goldmoon, Riverwind, Sturm,....names that seem like old friends. Actually they are easier to remember than...moreTanis, Flint, Tas, Caramon, Raistlin, Tika, Goldmoon, Riverwind, Sturm,....names that seem like old friends. Actually they are easier to remember than some of the friends I had back when I read this for the first time. Both the Chronicles and Legends books are too much a part of who I am to rate them fairly. This is where my love of fantasy came from. And to this day when I think of fantasy this is still what I think of. Is it perfect? No. Is it great writing? Nope. Did your favorite movie sweep the Oscars? Probably not. I love these books like family. With all their faults and embarrassment. I don't even know how many times I read these in school. How many friends I tried to pimp them out to. Recently I got contacted by a good friend on facebook I hadn't seen in years who is trying to get her son to read and one of the first things she asked me was, What book is Raistlin from? lol. The day I no longer like these is the day to check for the empty pod in my basement.(less)
Okay. Yes, I still love these books. But at the same time I am not blind to their faults. It's like loving your husband of twenty years even though he...moreOkay. Yes, I still love these books. But at the same time I am not blind to their faults. It's like loving your husband of twenty years even though he now has a beer belly, has lost most of his hair, leaves the toilet seat up and chews with his mouth open.
Every stereotype of fantasy is here. Every gaming class. The battles are bloodless. The deaths heroic. And only bad girls have sex. (Although apparently it's fine for male heroes.)
It won't be the best series you've ever read if you're over twelve. (Maybe even younger the way our culture is going.) But in their own way they are one of the most iconic and important contributions to modern fantasy.(less)