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The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Vol. 1 (The Dark Elf Trilogy #1-3 omnibus)

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Drizzt Do'Urden made his first mistake the moment he was born: he was a boy. In the rigid matriarchy of the dark elf city of Menzoberranzan, that makes his life forfeit. But when his own mother tries but fails to kill him, Drizzt's path is set. He must find a way to escape the treacherous Underdark, even if that means setting out alone
Mass Market Paperback, 900 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Wizards of the Coast (first published June 1st 1998)
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Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning fantasy readers.
Shelves: fantasy
Love love love this character. This would be the best intro fantasy book I could give someone. Classic adventures, great storytelling, wonderful complex main character, interesting philosophy and moral core. I love it so much! I can't wait to get the next books as well. Drizzt is an epic character in an epic fantasy setting.
Marian Willeke
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marian by: Eric Willeke
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
At first I berated myself for lumping the whole trilogy together before I would give my review; however, after finishing Sojourn, I am glad that I held my review until I got the perspective of all three books.

In a word: fantastic.

At first, I was unimpressed with Homeland, not liking the start. Once I got going with it, however, I realised that my problem was that I felt like the beginning (circumstances surrounding Drizzt's birth) was just plopped in the front. Once I started understanding the
Heather Clawson
Aug 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading these books because several people I know positively raved about R.A. Salvatore.

Remind me to hunt those people down later and beat them to death with a chunk of moldy cheese.

These were some of the worst books I've ever read. I'm not sure how it's possible to make fearsome battles and magic swords and dark elves so boring and annoying but Mr. Salvatore managed to do both. I haven't seen such a whiney protaganist since Luke Skywalker (and I love Star Wars, d
Luke Taylor
Sublime world-building and a very very angry culture of backstabbing and self-aggrandizement make atypical dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden the D&D legend that he is under Salvatore's masterful touch. Fraught with visceral combat and plenty of politics, it is the kill or be killed cauldron of morality that makes Drizzt's exciting character study and adventures so good. Excellent trilogy for fans of dark fantasy.
Mar 12, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I managed to find a heaaaaap of hardcover novels from this series at a charity book sale - annoyingly enough, books 1-6 were not there, so I've ordered this bindup of the first trilogy to get myself started.

I adored the Neverwinter Nights games when I was younger, so I'm hoping I enjoy this series as well. :")
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a compilation book that includes Salvatore's entire Dark Elf Trilogy. Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn are chronologically the first adventures of the endearing forgotten realms hero Drizzt Do'Urden. The books deal with the themes of personal integrity in the face of adversity, friendship, and being true to one's self. Many readers who are not drawn to fantasy books will despise the first book; Homeland, but it is the most important one and I found it to be the most interesting.

In Homeland,
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a love-hate relationship with this series: I love the character Drizzt, but I don't like Salvatore's writing style or quality in many areas. Overuse/misuse of some words/phrases (found myself mentally editing as I read), a little over-melodramatic in places, and with the RPG setting, sometimes you can almost hear the dice rolling. Book 3 is the best, but that's not saying a whole lot. But dammit, there's just something about Drizzt that keeps drawing me back.

Big problems:
1- *Why* does Dri
Zoran Krušvar
Oct 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for me to find a book that's crappier that "Twilight", with even paler characters and more predictable outcomes.

Well, this is one of those.

This book should be a school example of how NOT to write.

Speaking of the main character, Drizzt, I see him as Twilight's Edward, only instead of 12 year old girls, he is here to sparkle the imagination of 12 year old boys.

(12 here stands for any age before discovery of sex life)

Both Edward and Drizzt are heroes without a flaw, strong, brave, smart,
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I read this. I am, thusly, admitting that I have a problem. I've read books that were hard to put down, but this trilogy was basically impossible to put out of my head - to eat, to sleep, anything. It scared me how powerfully it had hold of my consciousness. I felt, and still rather feel, like the author was using some kind of painful trickery on me, and I don't really appreciate it. At the same time, I suppose it might be a good set of books, as I remember details from it p ...more
Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I believe that R.A. Salvatore is one of my favorite authors. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the fight scenes until I read other fantasy and felt like the battles were lacking in depth and detail. I've read almost everything Forgotten Realms except the very recent, and would recommend it to any fantasy lover. Also, if you are new to fantasy, this would be a great starting place! These books are very black/white, good/evil. It's a fun read and easy to fall in love with the characters.

In this
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have to agree with the reviewers who give this a "mediocre" rating. The funny thing is, it's not really mediocre. It has some really good parts and some REALLY awful parts, which average out to mediocre. I wish I could give it a 2.5 star rating - halfway between "I liked it" and "it was okay."

Very briefly: This trilogy is the first three books about Drizzt, a drow or dark elf. The drow are inherently evil but Drizzt (inexplicably) has a moral code and escapes the underworld to live on the sur
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Elf Trilogy is the first three books of Salvatore's Forgotten Realms series. It includes the books Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn. It is in the style of "Dungeons and Dragons," which makes it very familiar as far as the type of abilities, items, and races you might expect to see. Being a huge fan of Fantasy, I really enjoyed this novel. It included everything you would expect from a "Dungeons and Dragons" fantasy book…sword fights, dragons, good and evil, yet it starts in a rather unexpec ...more
Cheryl Marren
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Sorry, it's just not for me...
This guy's sentences are so long that by the time I get to the end of one, I've forgotten what it was about... talk about drivel, Christ!
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drizzt's origins ...

Book 1: Home
I never thought I'd see the day when I read a book based off of the D&D worlds (instead of books the D&D worlds are based off of) and enjoy it. That's what I did with RA Salvatore's Drizzt novel. Setting up lots of fun adventures with a Good Drow (lent to me because I'm playing a Drow Paladin in a campaign), it's a great adventure story that plays out like a younger, sillier Dune with the plans within plans. Still very D&D-esque (one can almost see
Viola Mccoffee
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Travis Starnes
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of the Drizzt Do’Urden trilogies is quite good. Parts of the plot are a bit slow but it is good overall. Drizzt’s and Zaknafein’s characters are very interesting in contrast to the rest of the drows, who find pleasure in killing, especially killing and not getting caught. Then when Drizzt moves to the surface and finds the prejudiced hatred of the surface people.

The plot has exciting chases and battles, which fill up most of the book, as well as interesting parts about drow society, wi
Shelagh (The Word Fiend)
Drizzit's story is one that I've been meaning to read for a long time. As both a fantasy fan and a roleplayer the books have been on my radar. So what do I think now that I've read the first trilogy? I enjoyed my time with Drizzit and will read more of his story. Salvatore has created an interesting character in the dark elf ranger with a conscience. There is room for further exploration of the moral questions raised in the books and I'm looking forward to seeing how they develop.
Kiel Van Horn
Similar to Goodkind, this writing was sort of naive. A series of three books combined, the first book traces the development of Salvatore's main character, Drizzt, who is famous in the Forgotten Realm series because he's a drow/dark elf who isn't just pure evil. Characterization is lacking. It's not explained why he has purple eyes and isn't evil like the rest of his kind; it's just sort of glossed over that he's "different." Pacing is odd in the first book, as the book tries to detail his educa ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who really like Drizzt
I won't get into the usual Salvatore bashing that seems to go on - I have liked some of his works.

That said, this set of books was a pretty painful Drizzt love fest. Some whirring scimitars here, occasional lamenting woeful upbringing there, but I really just couldn't get over the presentation of the awesome awesomeness that was Drizzt do'Awesome.

If you're into the character, go nuts. I'd start with The Crystal Shard and if you're that into the super elf, you've got some more reading to do here.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knocked these out one at a time, but it's easier to review them as a trilogy.

They're better than "not bad" so I give it 3-stars, but they're not a Mistborn or Kingkiller chronicles which have almost universal appeal.

The first book was paced well, written well 'enough', and created the setting for an interesting universe of fantasy fiction. The second book was a little on the "quick action read" side and the third book just got lame after awhile--nothing egegriously wrong with it, but it is a l
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into the story of Drizzt, and actually all of D&D books. I felt that it was a good place to start, although quite dark in that we spend a lot of time with the dark world of the Drow, which I really didn't enjoy. But seeing the character of Drizzt, a pure-hearted and kind character, grow throughout this series has been very satisfying. It is good to know that he has come through so much and not lost himself. Overall this was a satisfying read and has piqued my interest ...more
Triston Sowles
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Getting the entire trilogy in one book is fantastic! Drizzt is one of the most popular characters in the D&D mythos, so give this book a shot if you want to see if you like him or not. The entire series carries the same style, tone and central character as these three books, so it's a fair way to judge.
James West
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This whole series is middle grade writing driven by obvious plotting. But I'm an old gamer so I loved reading them. The character is awesome and it is his journey up from darkness that draws you along.
Melissa Jacobson
This was a really solid beginning to an incredibly long series that I will attempt to read all of but it will probably take me nine centuries. But that aside I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff! Recommended read.

Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When R.A. Salvatore became a large name in the Forgotten Realms universe, after writing the Icewind Dale trilogy, he decided to make an origin trilogy about the character that made him famous and has earned him lots of money: Drizzt.

The first thing that should be noted about the "Legend of Drizzt" is that it is based in a shared fantasy world for the Dungeons and Dragons RPG game. Keeping this in mind the reader should not dwell too much on the details or the logic of why things are happening th
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up on TSR's first crop of Forgotten Realms novels as a kid; after Tolkien, who was a creature all his own, the pulpy, benign sword-and-sorcery fantasy set in Ed Greenwood's famous Dungeons & Dragons adventuring world was virtually all I read between 10 and 14, and a fine alternative to some of the bad YA writing that's actually aimed at that group.

At heart, TSR (now Wizards of the Coast) is a toy company, even if Dungeons & Dragons has become an "adult toy" of sorts; the prolific
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many successful franchises, Salvatore’s books are also following the winning formula: Keep it naïve and fun. And it is true that his books will be mostly appreciated by those who have played D&D and are familiar with the quirky rules of the second edition, as well as the cheesiness of its campaigns. In this regard, the Dark Elf Trilogy is a fine D&D campaign adapted to paper. Chaotic, contradictory, and damn blurry in its reasoning to keep you guessing and making it feel unpredictab ...more
This is another volume that I’ve owned for more than a decade, but never cracked open until now. I bought it back when I was hip-deep in the fantasy genre, after hearing more than once that Drizzt Do’Urden is super badass sweet and I needed to read about him right away. I probably would have been a convert if I read it back then, too, and joined the swollen ranks of greasy teenagers who played EverQuest with dual-wielding dark elves that were, like, really tormented, but still totally radical. R ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Dark Elf Trilogy (3 books)
  • Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1)
  • Exile (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #2)
  • Sojourn (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #3)