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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 el ...more
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Published March 26th 2013 by Audible Frontiers (first published September 19th 1990)
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Avaminn F'nett Yes, start with this book, then read Exile and Sojourn.
After that comes:
Icewind Dale trilogy
Legacy of the Drow series
Paths of Darkness trilogy
Yes, start with this book, then read Exile and Sojourn.
After that comes:
Icewind Dale trilogy
Legacy of the Drow series
Paths of Darkness trilogy
Hunter's Blades trilogy
The Companions (The Sundering)
Companions Codex

I hope this helps!(less)
Fareeha I don't know about more Dungeons and Dragons books with an elf protagonist, but the Sword of Shannara series has an elf king named Eventine that becom…moreI don't know about more Dungeons and Dragons books with an elf protagonist, but the Sword of Shannara series has an elf king named Eventine that becomes somewhat of a main character.(less)
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Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
*** 4.44 ***

I enjoyed it better the second time around... Maybe it is emotional judgement, but today, this book is as close to 4.5 as I can get (✿ ♡‿♡)

*** 3.65 ***

A buddy read with the wonderful folks at FBR Group!

Now this is a series which I have been planning on reading for decades and even I have no idea why I kept putting it off until now... I own most of the books and kept buying them every time I ran across one or another in used book shops or Amazon sales, so I am very prepared to read al
Aug 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 started this series long ago, but put it down as I wanted to save it for the right occasion. A few weeks of occasionally playing D&D whilst vacationing at home this summer made me absolutely long for it. Spending the remainder of the summer in the middle of the Norwegian mountains with very little I needed to get done, it seemed like the ideal time to go on some adventures with Drizzt.

Homeland proved to be exactly what you'd expect from a tie-in novel written by a skilled author. It is well-wr
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 dark stars

I picked this one up out of sheer curiosity because everyone I know was gushing about it. And now I'll be the one doing the gushing because - and I just have to say it - this book is amazing!

Drizzt by Rheann on DeviantArt

Homeland is a dark cruel place where kindness and compassion are weak and disgracefull traits that need to be eradicated. Love and honour have no place on Homeland, where hate, cruelty and violence rule, burried deep within the bowels of the earth under the strict su
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😈 Wickedly Viciously Evil Elves Will Be Wickedly Viciously Evil And Stuff Buddy Read (WVEEWBWVEASBR™) with the MacHalos and stuff 😈

Be glad and rejoice, my Little Barnacles, for today the crap shall be cut! (Hopefully.)a message from Sarah from the Future: it wasn’t. Cut, I mean. The crap, I mean. Surprise, surprise.

Sooooo, this is a revoltingly disgusting coming of age story supposedly intended for male teenagers, aka the type of stuff that usually triggers this kind of reaction from me:

Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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 Dragons hits 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 o
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Are there multitudes of troubling racialized and gendered implications to the fact that the irredeemably savage, vicious, cruel race of elves is black-skinned and matriarchal? Yes.

Is it apparent thar R.A. Salvatore was trying to say something meaningful about the nature vs. nurture debate while misunderstanding the fundamentals of child abuse, cycles of violence, attachment and pro-social behavior? Yes.

Was most of this book comprised of uninteresting fight scenes and vague plotting conversations
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“Homeland’ is not just the first of an amazing trilogy, but is also the beginning of the brilliant “Legend of Drizzt” saga. A well-rounded prequel, it takes you deep into the kingdom of Menzoberranzan where dark elves rule with unabashed cruelty. Among them dwells Drizzt, an anomaly with honor and compassion who yearns for a different life. A tad slow to start, the story soon launches to become one of the most epic fantasy adventures in the ge
David - proud Gleeman in 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
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love this fantasy series of Drizzt! I'm slowly getting all of them and as I have been searching there are a lot of them. I'm glad one of my best friends who loves fantasy told me about this series.

I don't have the good mind or words to write a big review. You can read what it's about and if you love these kinds of books then this is one for you!

All I can say is Drizzt is a dark elf with a good heart!
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
I didn't really know what to expect from this book going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really loved learning about the world and the culture of the drow elves. Drizzt is awesome, and I thought the characters were all pretty interesting. The writing style took me a while to get used to. I think sometimes it made me feel disconnected from the novel, but I'm thinking I'll just like the books more and more as I read them and I won't have those disconnection problems going forward. ...more
Michael Sorbello
Brings me back to my childhood days of playing various jrpgs like Final Fantasy 7 and Tales of Symphonia (I still play them, but the childhood nostalgia was worth mentioning.) The plot and setting is as simplistic as fantasy can get, and that's not a bad thing by any means as it takes pride in its simplicity and utilizes it to the best of its ability. The plot is predictable but the action, character exchanges and little bits of philosophy and politics are entertaining enough to continue reading ...more
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
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Homeland is the first book in the Dark Elf Trilogy written by R. A. Salvatore in 1990. The Dark Elf Trilogy is a prequel trilogy before the Icewind Dale Trilogy which Salvatore actually wrote first. When Salvatore wrote the Icewind Dale Trilogy Drizzt Do’Urden was a side character, but fans wanted to know more about the dual sword fighting dark elf. So, Salvatore wrote the origins of Drizzt and boy what a tale!

Here’s the chronological order for the first few books (but not all):

The Dark Elf Tril
Mike Mueller
The only way I can explain the love for this book is that people read it when they were 13 and are remembering it fondly. The writing style holds the reader's hand a lot: we're told the motives behind every character's action, instead of having to derive intent from their actions, the narration stops to explain how things work rather than immersing us in the world and letting us figure it out. It's also a binary world: everyone is either evil or good, even entire races are described as "evil" by ...more
This novel relates the first installment of Drizzt Do’Urden’s back story, namely his birth into Drow Elf society. As I have come to expect from Salvatore, it is melodramatic in the extreme. Drow society is over-the-top evil, bad in every way. Despite the fact that Drow females don’t produce many offspring comparative to their extra-long lifespans, Drizzt was conceived as a sacrifice to the horrible spider goddess Lloth and he is spared this fate when one of his brothers murders the other. Lloth’ ...more
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. ...more
Luke Taylor
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterful storytelling and perfect world-building. Homeland by R.A. Salvatore is one of the best fantasies ever written and only grows finer with age.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Ranting Dragon
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dan

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
Haven't really finalized my opinion here. MAybe, because it came form the game D&D, it feels slightly derivative, having to use someone else's settings and creations? And, it turns out, it was written as a prequel, which complicates matters more, by having to fit the character into a path to his later self...
Nevertheless, a decent adventure, lone good guy against the world sort of thing.
First read in 2008
Reread in January, 2016

One of my first fantasy books back in the days when I didn't know what to read after finishing the last Harry Potter. Tough times.

Welcome to the underground city of Menzoberranzan, where drows, a race of dark elves, carve their homes in the enormous stalactites, where spiders are worshiped as servants of the one Goddess- Lloth, and where there is nothing better to do than kill and torture anyone or anything that stands in your way.
Drizzt has been d
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was a very interesting and different type of read for me. Fantasy is not typically a genre I pick up on my own, but my husband wants me to get into gaming (RPG) with him and his friend suggested I read The Legend of Drizzt series.

My husband also listened to this audiobook, and he really liked the story. I was a little slower actually getting interested in the story line. Once I did, however, I really enjoyed the book. The character development and world building was very vivid. I do have t
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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” 58 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.” 46 likes
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