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(The Legend of Drizzt #3)

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Far above the merciless Underdark, Drizzt Do'Urden fights to survive the elements of Toril's harsh surface. The drow begins a sojourn through a world entirely unlike his own--even as he evades the dark elves of his past. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Wizards of the Coast (first published May 1991)
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Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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Drizzt the Dark Elf comes to the surface world and tries to find his place in there. Nobody wants a dark elf living among people (wood elves, dwarves, etc.) due to firm belief dark elves are up to no good. There, I just gave you away the plot of the whole book, all 300 pages of it. Does it sound boring? If it does it is because the book is boring; the most boring one of the trilogy.

When I started on this one I was excited. I hoped to see interesting interactions between Drizzt and the surface d
Drizzt Do'Urden attempts to find himself on the surface; arguably a more fascinating journey of self-exploration than all the young and rich Westerners who go to find themselves in Thailand or India (no offense to Thailand or India).

Anyway, Sojourn is another enjoyable instalment in the saga of Drizzt. This one wraps up the trilogy neatly, takes it into more interesting territories of storytelling, and sets everything up for where Salvatore's story all began: Icewind Dale.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This final book in the Dark Elf trilogy got off to a flying start for the first third of the book and then rather disappointingly stagnated.

I thought Drizzt hitting the surface world would be a ton of fun, and the early stages were promising with a few hilarious interactions and plenty of drama. The story arc involving the farm family Drizzt encounters was excellent. Unfortunately it was all downhill after that with Drizzt just aimlessly plodding around fighting random monsters. Which was actual
*** 4.55 ***

"...In a world so filled with danger, where orcs and trolls loom, seemingly, around every bend in the road, he who can fight is most often hailed as the hero and given generous applause. There is more to the mantle of “hero,” I say, than strength of arm or prowess in battle. Mooshie was a hero, truly, because he overcame adversity, because he never blinked at unfavorable odds, and mostly because he acted within a code of clearly defined principles. Can less be said of Belwar Dissengu
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this as much as the other two.

I believe the first in this trilogy was my favorite, and then it slowly started going down hill from there.

Drizzt Do'Urden has travelled out of the caves into the surface world. He struggles to find his place in a world where dark elves are feared, and where very few can get past the color of his skin.

This book was very slow moving to me. As Drizzt works hard in order to overcome prejudices, there was a lot of down time. He spent the majority of this b
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
So I definitely don't recommend reading the epilogue because now I feel like I've been spoiled for the next trilogy in the world. I decided to read these in chronological order, so don't read that epilogue if you're doing the same as I am. Other than that last little bit, I really enjoyed Sojourn. These books are nothing crazy deep, but they're really fun, enjoyable reads packed with a lot of fighting and action scenes. Here, Drizzt has made it to the surface and is attempting to find a place wh ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
It's been a long time Drizzt. I still hold to the belief that you need an animated series like Castlevania after this.

Sojourn is Drizzt's pilgrimage. He's trying to find a place he can call home outside of that ugly little cave he crawled out of. I don't remember much of the other books outside of i really enjoyed them. I remember his matron mother and his psycho sisters, then him having to face his reanimated dad and his Dwarven friends but beyond that, nope. For most of this book, because of D
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Here ends the Dark Elf Trilogy and I couldn’t be more excited to start the next series! This was one wild ride—from the evil society of Menzoberranzan, to the grim tunnels of the Underdark, then finally to the surface!

In Sojourn, Drizzt still seeks out a place to call home. He leaves the Underdark and emerges on the surface where people flee before him believing him to be like his kin. He encounters creatures he’s never seen from gnolls (which are just disgusting hyena things) to dragons!!

I real
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Only the third book in and I'm still loving Drizzt Do'Urden!

In this book Drizzt is trying to live in the real world now and no longer in the Underdark. He is trying to learn how to live in the sunlight without going blind so to speak and traverse this strange new world. He still has his wonderful black panther friend, Guenhwyvar. Together they have to find a place they can call home while fighting off giants, orcs, bad humans, etc.

Drizzt finds some good peopl
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
Awesome conclusion to the first trilogy. Just what you would expect from this kind of novel. Quick, easy with enough action and world/character building to keep you interested, leaving room for the many books that come after. 4 stars
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
20.1.19: Rating lowered.

Allison ☾
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot going on in this one. Drizzt spends like 7 years on the surface through a series of tragic events and misunderstandings. He finds acceptance (though from afar) from one of his surface elf kin and a very old blind human ranger. He defeats an Orc leader and tricks a dragon along the way, all while getting chased by bounty hunter Roddy McGristle, a crazed and less imposing version of John Wick.

"He killed my dog!" Roddy growled.
"Don't look dead to me," Bruenor quipped, drawing chu
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Liked less because the Underdark suddenly went somewhere, and - a blind goodly ranger with a whole heap of animal friends? Come on. AND a major thing. Drizzt has always seemed to be a fighter as far as I'm concerned. No ranger-thing there. It's just weird. He rarely shows any ranger skills at all, except for sneaking around - and that's something any light-weight rogue/fencer can do. Plus, he's a drow, for goodness's sake. He could never have grasped the scope of the Surface's fauna and flora th ...more
Alena Reading
Salvatore knows how to devastate and rip my heart out. This book in some ways was even more brutal than the previous two and that says something. So many times I wanted to throw my kindle across the room because poor Drizzt can't get a break! And as always, that makes it even more tear-inducing when he is accepted and even befriended by someone. I can't wait to start the next trilogy and see where his adventures take him next. ...more
Doug Winenger
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
So many writers regurgitate the same themes, ideas, and characters in their books that the lack of original ideas or thoughts is often disappointing.

The Dark Elf Trilogy uncovers the previously unveiled world known as "The Underdark". While many creatures in this realm are fierce, barbaric, or evil, none compare to the race known as "Dark Elves". The depth of their savagery, brutality, and cunning is inspired by generations of purely evil practices.

In the Underdark, you either kill or be killed
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
"Sojourn" is the last book in the Dark Elf Trilogy, and what an epic conclusion it is! This book has a much different tone than the first two. Whereas the first two books took place in underground worlds, this book brings Drizzt Do'Urden to the surface. R. A. Salvatore does a magnificent job portraying Drizzt in a sympathetic light as the dark elf tries desperately to assimilate into his new home. From his bumbling attempts to befriend a family of farmers, to his fear while experiencing his very ...more
Third volume of back-story for Drizzt Do’Urden, drow fighter extraordinaire. This is the volume that connects to the Icewind Dale novels which Salvatore wrote before the Dark Elf Trilogy.

Our hero makes the shift from living as an exile in the Underdark to an existence in the unfamiliar world above ground. While he wasn’t accepted in his birth society because of his sense of morality, he is now judged according to his racial background by those who he meets along the way. Can he find people who w
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, I read the first 3 books in this series in just under 2 weeks, I think. And that was effortless, as these books just WANT to be consumed! I cannot believe there are 11 more to read!

This book, like the 2 before it, was fun to read, did a great job of continuing the story, and had such a colorful cast of characters (referring to the species that appeared throughout this book, AND the series so far, as well as how they were portrayed). That was one of the coolest points about the reading expe
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy junkies not of a critical nature
More rhetoric.

So I got to the Drizzt story I really wanted to read in the first place, and this series has lost momentum for me. The Crystal Shard (the next book in the series) sits unread on my ipad and I don't know if i'll get to it or not.

Sojourn had its intriguing segments; Im still interested in the fundamental concept of Drizzt. But once again, I was put off by Salvatores style and presentation. Ultimately unsatisfying.

Im left to wonder at the state of fantasy literature (using that term l
3.0 stars. Good, solid sword and sorcery novel set in the Forgotten Realms. The part I really liked about this novel is the plethora of interesting characters and races including the Barghest whelps (Goblin werewolves) and the winter wolves (larger wolves with human-like intelligence) were very cool. Unfortunately, I did not find the plot as interesting as I would have liked and didn't think the background of interesting creatures (strengths/weaknesses, etc) were explored enough to make them mor ...more
Kells Next Read
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual Ratings: 4.75

Alex Janzon
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect anything from this trilogy and I started reading it without really knowing anything about the book or the world, but I must say I was surprised by how good it was! I am really excited for book four!
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying the world. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
The trilogy is complete. I am pleased that I have now earned the right to safely ignore all R.A. Salvatore recommendations for the rest of my life.
Bradley Woodall
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, much less action then the previous and with a bit of angst drizzled throughout. This author sure knows how to make a villain hate worthy though, that damn quickling and bounty hunter had me getting angry at a book. Another strong title if albiet not quite as strong as the previous two
Douglas Debner
Apr 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author focuses a large portion of this story on a former bounty hunter who basically goes crazy and commits himself to killing the main character. The reason for this insanity? The bounty hunter lost a dog and got his face scarred in a fracas with the MC. As if, in a world full of orcs, goblins and the like, losing a dog is an uncommon event? Apparently the author thinks so since, in the next seven years of chasing the MC the bounty hunter who is so in love with dogs and reliant on his dogs, ...more
Bookteafull (Danny)
Definitely an improvement from the last novel.

Was it spectacular? No, at least not in terms of plot. This is very much a character driven novel were the sole purpose is for Drizzt to come into his own and find a place he can call home. That's it. That's the entirety of the novel but it was written extremely well.

Sojourn showcases the difficulties of navigating a world that, for the most part, is against you. Dark elves are evil and commit atrocities on a daily bases, so it's no surprise that D
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love these books. Sojourn makes an interesting contrast to Book 2, Exile. In that one, Drizzt is prowling around the vast Underdark in survival mode, a force unto himself, fighting a fantastic array of monsters and fiends while being stalked by Matron Malice and her spirit wraith. It was gloomy, creepy, and his loneliness and isolation are heartbreaking. If not for a brighter foray with the gnomes, he'd have fallen into something purely instinctual and predatory.

In Exile, he goes above into t
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly. Eh, kind of meh. I started this set of Drizzt books thinking they were favorites but I find myself looking more forward to stuff that is coming up. Homeland was great fun and gave good insight into the Drow....well homeland. Exile was okay but mainly for the ongoing struggles of the Do'Urden clan. The whole purpose of the book to get Drizzt to finally leave the underdark. And again this book, Sojourn, all lead up to the last fifty pages or so. To the meeting of the two most important p ...more
Peter Levi
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
I recently re-read this (February, 2016) and it's by far the worst of the Dark Elf Trilogy. The book is dominated by action sequences and while the initial set (Drizzt against the barghasts) has some tension to it, afterwards it's simply a grind. The narrative strains to explain how hard it is for Drizzt to befriend people, but when Salvatore gives in we’re stuck with the incredibly dull Montolio in an Obi-Wan Kenobi role. I have no idea why “Roddy McGristle” was deemed a good name for a villain ...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 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 37 books)
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  • The Halfling's Gem (Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, #3; Legend of Drizzt, #6)
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  • Starless Night (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #8)
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  • Passage to Dawn (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #4; Legend of Drizzt, #10)
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