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Drizzt Do'Urden has been exiled from his country and forced to wander the tunnel-mazes of the Underdark, which are haunted by the evil dark elves.
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Wizards of the Coast (first published December 1st 1990)
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Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A buddy read with Kristen, Gavin, and Kaora.

This book picks up right where the first one ended. For this reason I cannot give any big details about plot as they will spoil the ending of the first book. Sufficient to say Drizzt is still alive which is not a big surprise as this is the second book of the series about him featuring 15 more.
He struggles trying to retain his humanity, or elfinity in his case (hey look, I made up a new word!). He also finally made some real friends. We also get to
Apr 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Reading R.A. Salvatore is a guilty pleasure. As someone who has a college education and has waded through Moby Dick, Ulysses, and The Canterbury Tales reading a book with characters who have names like Pikel Bouldershoulder can be a wee bit embarrassing. For an english major Salvatore’s books often seem like something that should be read under a flashlight in bed at night so no one sees us. Its like Tiger Woods playing a round of golf at a mini golf course. He knows all his skill and experience ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Exile picks up (almost) right where Homeland left off (that is to say three decades later, but nothing has happened in that time). Drizzt Do'Urden has spent a long time (we are told) becoming "The Hunter", an (apparently) epic persona, or alter ego, wandering the cavernous corridors of the Underdark with an insatiable bloodlust (except when he's nice, which is most of the time).

Despite my making fun of it, I really enjoyed the second book of the Dark Elf trilogy, even more so than the first.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a decent read but it did not quite live up to the quality of Homeland.

The story picked up 10 years after the final events of Homeland and found Drizzt hiding out in the Underdark trying to avoid the murderous vengeance of his family. He had to fight against losing himself to the despair of loneliness.

It actually started a bit dull as Drizzt was very gloomy and his plodding from place to place in the Underdark meeting random monsters was not all that exciting. Things picked up when he
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
*** 3.35 ***

A buddy read with the FBR group:)

Well, this was not bad, it was even entertaining, but it had waaaaay too much fighting sequences and waaaaaaaaayyyy too little plot. It takes place 10 years after book one and our hero has been living as an exile from Menzoberranzan fighting for survival in the wild. However, he realizes that he is turning into what he hated to begin with without the communication with other thinking beings, so he goes to the gnomes where he makes a friend with Belwar
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
. . . In which Forrest's children con him into reading yet another book that wasn't originally on his TBR pile . . .

Yet another inadvertent social-science commentary, this time of a more psychological bent than sociological. Here we see Drizzt, the renegade drow-elf, struggle to regain his . . . well, his self. It's a lonely life out in the tunnels of the Underdark, worse, even, than the halls of your local middle- or high-school (if you can believe that). You see, the Underdark is full of
This was light on plot (middle book syndrome?) - unless you consider Drizzt's wanderings through the Underdark a great plot - but it was a quick read.
Luke Taylor
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Frightening and fantastic sequel twisting and turning through the wilds of the Underdark, Exile is a tightly wrought tale of humanity, with Drizzt fighting for the values he holds harder than ever. As always, R.A. Salvatore's action is fierce and his world-building flawless, and Drizzt's philosophical reminiscence at the beginning of each new section the rueful highlight of the book.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Buddy read with Chris.
I didn't find this quite as good as the first book in the series but it was still a good read.
To many fight scenes that we could have done without if you ask me and less of depth.
I loved the ending though and will continue with the series.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
[3.5 Stars] I really enjoyed this fun romp, but it wasn't anything I was extremely invested in. There was an awesome side character that I enjoyed a lot. He added a lot to Drizzt's personal journey. I would have really liked to learn more about the different races of people that we got introduced to as well even though I expect many of them aren't important to the overall world. I also don't even try to memorize any proper names in this series since they're all so long. I'll definitely be ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 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
2.5 to 3.0 stars. After really liking the first book in the Dark Elf Trilogy, Homeland, I was looking forward to reading this...and I was disappointed. While okay to pretty good, I did not like this nearly as much as the first one.

The first book took place almost exclusively in Menzoberranzan (the City of Spiders) which I thought was fascinating and very well described, especially the social and political aspects of Drow society. The parts in this book that took place in Menzoberranzan were
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
This is the second book, and so far it’s one of my favorites. The characters are so endearing, even Drizzt’s crazy family has a place in my heart. Well… some of them anyways, because a lot of them, I was just kind of rooting for them to die. Still, it says something when the antagonists make you want to reach into the books and punch them.

There was never a dull moment in this book. Seeing Drizzt doing his utmost to escape his family, watching him find his first real friendships, and there’s
Kells Next Read
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Actual 4.75

This is such a good series and bloody addictive.

Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Just finished this on the train, so RTC!
Jared Beiswenger
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was hoping the story would ramp up in book two, but Drizzt's adventures seem to be a random series of encounters with underground monsters, where Salvatore stretches to find some way to make each encounter different.

The idea of Drizzt is great. Out of a vicious, immoral society comes a hero who fights against his dark past and redeems his many dark powers by using them for good. Unfortunately, it's executed completely wrong and unbelievable on so many levels. It feels like a boring,
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: defenders-vs-wca
The books follows on from Drizzt leaving his home and setting out on his own. Drizzt meets some unlikely friends just when he thinks he has nothing to live for. Its a great story of friendship and the power of companionship. But no Drizzt story would be complete without monsters, battles and the internal struggle of a conscious.
This is my third or fourth read though of this book and I still get the same enjoyment and level of suspense as the first time.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

“By the stones, Dark Elf, why have you come?”
Drizzt did not know how to answer that simple question. How could he even begin to explain his years of loneliness in the Underdark? Or the decision to forsake his evil people and live in accordance with his principles?

The Skinny:

Drizzt has alienated himself from his home and vicious family. Alone in the Underdark, Drizzt has carved out a semblance of a life for himself. But, as is the way in the life of Drizzt, all good things must come to an
Exile, the second book in the Dark Elf Trilogy, begins where the first left off. Drizzt is exiled from his homeland, Menzoberranzan, with Matron Malice hot on his heals. The drow takes to the Underdark and experiences new horrors and old faces as he evades Malice’s attempts to catch him.

I found this book to be more lax than the first. Where the first rocked in every way, Exile was more of “the escape” tale. It also delved more into Drizzt’s psyche in his attempt to push back the Hunter in
The books in this series have the virtue of being quick & easy to read, perfect for a Friday evening after a long work week. This is book two of Drizzt’s back story—wherein he lives by himself in the tunnels of the Underdark until he can’t take the solitude anymore and seeks companionship with mixed results.

As one of my cousins pointed out to me, Salvatore writes great fight scenes and they are very much on display in this installment. In fact, the book is basically a series of fights,
Holden Johnson
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Almost a 3 as there were large portions of the book that felt like filler. I had to go with a 4, however due to some great friendships and character growth. I'm also super excited to finally be out of the Underdark. Wasnt a fan of that place.
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
While I enjoyed “Exile”, I can’t say I liked it as much as Book 1 of the Dark Elf Trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to like about “Exile”…it’s filled with action (much more than “Homeland” had), and features a compelling story and interesting characters. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the second chapter of the Dark Elf Trilogy was too dark for its own good, but more on that in a moment…

What Salvatore does well in “Exile”, he does very well. I was afraid Drizzt wandering the
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've come to the conclusion that reviewing and critiquing is mostly irrelevant since the wide range of opinion over a book or movie or music make and individuals perspective moot. So i'll call what Im doing here merely reflection, adding yet one more opinion to the cacophony of rhetoric.

Reading a bit of pulp fantasy, trying to sate the hunger awakened by Song of Ice and Fire. Not meeting with success. Can't seem to suspend disbelief as easily as I could years ago when sword and sorcery was my
Diana Stormblessed
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: series, fantasy, 2018-read
Unpopular opinion: I could barely finish this book. If it wasn't for a buddy read challenge I never would have finished. Boring from start to finish. Bad writing style. 2 dimensional characters smeared with lots of angst so you won't notice their flatness. I think me and this series need to part ways.
Mark Halse
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I can barely stop yawning and/or barfing long enough to write a proper review. R.A. Salvatore books suck. Drizzt sucks. 'Nuff said.

3 stars.

Drizzt Do’Urden has been wandering the tunnels of the Underdark for ten years after fleeing his home city of Menzoberranzan, alone save for Guenhwyvar, the magical panther. Hunted by his family who wish to see him dead to restore their standing with the spider goddess Lloth and fearing that he is losing his self to the savage instincts of the hunter he needs to survive, Drizzt desperately needs a friend. Dark elves, of course, have no friends, but maybe the deep gnomes of Blingdenstone
Allison ☾
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the introduction of other races that weren't evil and I loved Drizzt's interactions with his new friends.

The meat of this story was amazing but there were a few too many fight scenes for my taste.

The battle scenes had me skimming pages which I really don't like to do, but I knew if I didn't skim I would never get through them.

That ending was great and I'm excited to see what happens next.
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Better nerf Drizzt.
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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 original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list ...more

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The Legend of Drizzt (1 - 10 of 33 books)
  • Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1)
  • 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)
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“As I became a creature of the empty tunnels, survival became easier and more difficult all at once. I gained in the physical skills and experience necessary to live on. I could defeat almost anything that wandered into my chosen domain. It did not take me long, however, to discover one nemesis that I could neither defeat nor flee. It followed me wherever I went - indeed, the farther I ran, the more it closed in around me. My enemy was solitude, the interminable, incessant silence of hushed corridors.” 20 likes
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