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.
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 and at # 4 on The New York Times best-seller list. His books have been translated into numerous foreign languages including German, Italian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, and French.
Salvatore’s first published novel, The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden. Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi-volume series including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.
His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sophomore year of college when he was given a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift. He promptly changed his major from computerscience to journalism. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Fitchburg State College in 1981, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English. He began writing seriously in 1982, penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic. Salvatore held many jobs during those first years as a writer, finally settling in (much to our delight) to write full time in 1990.
The R.A. Salvatore Collection has been established at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, containing the writer’s letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers. He is in good company, as The Salvatore Collection is situated alongside The Robert Cormier Library, which celebrates the writing career of the co-alum and esteemed author of young adult books.
Salvatore is an active member of his community and is on the board of trustees at the local library in Leominster, Massachusetts. He has participated in several American Library Association regional conferences, giving talks on themes including “Adventure fantasy” and “Why young adults read fantasy.” Salvatore himself enjoys a broad range of literary writers including James Joyce, Mark Twain, Geoffrey Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, and Sartre. He counts among his favorite genre literary influences Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fritz Leiber, and of course, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Born in 1959, Salvatore is a native of Massachusetts and resides there with his wife Diane, and their three children, Bryan, Geno, and Caitlin. The family pets include three Japanese Chins, Oliver, Artemis and Ivan, and four cats including Guenhwyvar.
When he isn't writing, Salvatore chases after his three Japanese Chins, takes long walks, hits the gym, and coaches/plays on a fun-league softball team that includes most of his family. His gaming group still meets on Sundays to play.
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 actually a major flaw of the second book that was not rectified!
There was a multitude of villains, and despite a few horrifying acts, none of them ever managed to come across as equals of the Dark Elves we meet in the fabled Underdark city of Menzoberranzan. The supporting cast was also rather disappointing. Drizzt found few friends and the only one who got much screen time was the aging Montolio. He was a likable enough guy who sought to help Drizzt, but there is no hiding from the fact that the time Drizzt spent with him was utterly boring.
Things picked up a bit towards the very end so that hints at more promising happenings for the next book in the series.
Rating: 3 stars.
Audio Note: Victor Bevine gave another good performance.
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.
Me rindo. Sí, he caído. Y mira que en los dos anteriores me he resistido y me he plantado en las 4 estrellas, pero este cierre de trilogía es mejor que los dos anteriores.
En realidad no son sino más aventuras del elfo buenazo este, pero con más y mejores personajes, principales y secundarios.
Sigue en modo blanco y negro (Buenísimos versus malísimos) todavía, aunque mis amistades dicen que cambia más adelante. Todavía está el elfo comiéndose el tarro y con cargos de conciencia un poco repetitivos, pero bueno, se lo perdonaremos. Y aún no salen mujeres (al final una niña de 11 años), que tengo yo curiosidad por cómo las trata más allá de las arpias del primer libro donde todas eran unos malos bichos, más malos que malos.
Y bueno, aquí ya me declaro “converso” a la magia nada original de Salvatore. Pero si esta bien contado y con esos personajes entrañables, ¿por qué ha de ser tan importante la originalidad?
Y no sigo con el siguiente de la saga por no empacharme, pero a puntito he estado. Seguiré en breve, fijo.
“Hay un mundo entero que te espera, amigo mío, lleno de dolor, pero también lleno de alegría. El primero te ayudará a crecer, y el segundo hará más tolerable el viaje.”
Tercera parte y final de la primera trilogía de Drizz Do’Urden. A pesar de que la novela me ha entretenido, siento que no me ha gustado ni ha estado a la altura de la primera entrega. La mitad del libro sentía que no estaba sucediendo nada y lo poco que sucedía tardaba demasiado en desarrollarse. Eso sí las perlas de sabiduría de Drizzt no sobraban.
“He aprendido que la ambición de aquellos que siguen preceptos egoístas no es más que un desperdicio caótico, una ganancia misera a la que sigue una perdida infinita. Porque es cierto que existe una armonía en el universo, una sinfonía coral de la felicidad. Para unirse al coro, uno debe encontrar la armonía interior, debe encontrar las notas verdaderas”.
Creo que tampoco el estado de ánimo melancólico, característico del protagonista, me ha ayudado. Sentía que muchas veces me veía reflejado él y sinceramente eso no ayudaba para nada a mi mejorar mi percepción de la novela, más bien al contrario.
“Nosotros…al menos los que somos de carácter sincero…siempre nos juzgamos a nosotros con normas mucho más exigentes que aquellas que aplicamos a los demás. Supongo que es una bendición o, según como se mire, una maldición. Tómalo como una bendición, amigo mío, una llamada interior que te empuja hacia metas inalcanzables”
Con esto no quiere decir que las novelas no sean disfrutables, al contrario, son bastante entretenidas, pero para mí considero que les faltaba algo más. Es más cuando llegué al final y me di cuenta que había acabado el libro me dije: ¿ya está? ¿este es el final?
“La dureza de este mundo produce grandes remordimientos, pero afortunadamente es un lamento pasajero y sin duda no es el más apropiado para ir a una batalla”.
No sé, por el momento voy a seguir leyendo sus novelas, pero tomándome un largo descanso de estas novelas y estaré a la espera que mejoren.
Un libro precioso que cumplió absolutamente todas las expectativas con las que me quedé al finalizar El exilio, cuando Drizzt decide salir a vivir a la superficie.
Era muy claro que no iba a ser fácil, la mayoría de sus encuentros con algunas de las razas de la superficie terminan con algún tipo de conflicto, pero cada momento en que alguien logra ver más allá de la estigmatizada apariencia de su raza, hace que se te estruje el corazón. Por fin, después de casi siete años de buscar un lugar en que sea aceptado, Drizzt llega al Valle del Viento Helado y a la compañía del clan Battlehammer, con quienes se quedará para vivir las aventuras de los siguientes libros.
Rob Salvatore es un narrador magnífico; lo mismo logra estremecer en las descripciones de batallas y enfrentamientos, como en aquellas en que nuestro héroe debe encontrarse a sí mismo y su lugar con los demás.
"...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 Dissengulp, the handless deep gnome who befriended a renegade drow? Or of Clacker, who offered his own life rather than bring danger to his friends? ....None of these warriors, though, outshines a young girl I came to know when I first traveled across Ten-Towns. Of all the people I have ever met, none has held themselves to higher standards of honor and decency than Catti-brie. She has seen many battles, yet her eyes sparkle clearly with innocence and her smile shines untainted. Sad will be the day, and let all the world lament, when a discordant tone of cynicism spoils the harmony of her melodic voice...."
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 book attempting to get to know the difference races of the surface, usually unsuccessfully. When he does find a friend, the majority of their time is spent learning/teaching rather than anything else, and while I was glad he found a friend, it just seemed to drag on.
I was bored. Disappointing after the exciting world of the Underdark.
İlk iki kitabın hatırına üç yıldız verecektim ama neden yapayım ki böyle bir şeyi? Yapmayacağım.
Serinin inşa edildiği temeli seviyorum. Doğduğun toplumu reddetme, ait olabileceğin yer arayışı... Bunlar ilk iki kitapta o kadar güzel işlenmişken, -üstelik harika aksiyon sahneleriyle ve atmosferle- bu kitap onların da üstünde olması gerekirken, onlardan da duygusal ve dokunaklı olması gerekirken neden gereksiz karakterlerle çevrelenmiş kuru aksiyon sahneleri okuduğumu kavrayamadım. En azından su gibi akıyor kitap. Tek tesellim bu oldu. Yükselemedim.
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 where he belongs. His struggles were pretty on par for what I thought this book would tackle. I liked the different side characters he meets especially Mooshie because Mooshie has his dark side. The monks he interacts with also made me laugh out loud, so overall I just had a great time. I hope the ones that are alive at the end of the book pop back into the story at some point. I'm looking forward to seeing where Drizzt's adventure goes next in the Icewind Dale Trilogy.
Πρόσεχε τι εύχεσαι λένε γιατί μπορεί να πραγματοποιηθεί
Έτσι λοιπόν, το μικρό μας dark elf ανέβηκε στον υπέργειο κόσμο, όπου... δεν αντιμετωπίζεται πολύ διαφορετικά από τον παλιό του κόσμο... Βέβαια, ο Ντριντζ είναι, δεν το βάζει κάτω και προσπαθεί να κατανοήσει τον τρόπο που λειτουργεί η καινούρια του πατρίδα!
Δολοπλοκίες, μυστικά, μάχες, φίλοι, εχθροί και ένας συμπαθέστατος ήρωας στο κλείσιμο της θρυλικής τριλογίας του Σαλβατόρε που δημιούργησε το Forgotten Realms
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 people along the way that he becomes friends with and stays with for some time. I really loved Montolio. He was an old blind ranger living in the mountains, he trains Drizzt in the human language and about things in the world. He was such a great friend and a friend to animals, which I loved of course :)
I could not stand Roddy who pursued Drizzt to the end of the book! He was a jerk complaining about something that Drizzt did to him, well you attack someone they fight back! Get a clue!
I liked how the book ended with Drizzt finding a home with some new friends, including Catti-brie who was fearless in taking up for him, and she was just a little girl. Through the eyes of babes right?
I recommend to anyone that likes this kind of fantasy novel.
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 Drizzt's drow heritage alone, he gets no love. In fact every single character he encounters is skeptical of his presence even though they've never met a drow. Eventually most of them warm up to the guy but damn, why does it take a threat against life and limb to do it? Like I generally show kindness to most people who offer a warm conversation and the willingness for a hug. I'm a hugger, although I will settle for a handshake. I don't wait until I'm threatened by a burly man with a blood drenched axe and his giant leech named fluffy, people get the benefit of the doubt. I feel like Drizzt just needs a damn hug, the guy is a puppy with swords. He just wants a community and laughter is that too much to ask?
I liked the cast of characters he met but it felt like this one wanted to give too much too quick. There are really three stories with this one in 300 pages, with one conflict being the major drive that ties them all together. This one didn't have the danger of the first two, there's conflict and danger but it takes a back seat to loneliness. And the need to plant Drizzt in a specific spot for the next book. There's also a plot hole that I felt really needed to be resolved and never did, not from elves or the ranger buddy and that kind of irritated me.
As it is this definitely felt like the weakest of the three but I still enjoyed it and I'd still recommend it. I'll still continue to read them as well. Plus there are dragons now, I'm a sucker for dragons.
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 really liked all of the supporting characters and I loved Montolio. I loved how each of these supporting characters somehow influenced Drizzt’s character into an even better person. When Drizzt left his home he had a lot of guilt and shame but characters like Belwar and Montolio helped ease that burden.
It seems strange to say that all the antagonists in these books were well rounded and awesome. From Matron Malice to Roddy, all of the minions in these books were just plain cool. I wanted to hate them but I just couldn’t get past how badass they were.
I loved this series and Drizzt has become one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time. I hope you enjoy(ed) these books as much as I have.
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
واقعا نمیدونم چکار کنم با این ستاره ها ته دلم این مجموعه 5 ستاره داره چون خیلی ازش لذت بردم ولی خو نمیشه عیب و ایراداشو نادیده گرفت تو این جلد دریزت عزیز وارد surface میشه تا به بقیه ی زندگیش و کاوش هاش برسه، تا شاید بقیه هم ذات خوبشو ببینن، تا از اون فضای فاسدی که لولث ایجاد کرده رهایی پیدا کنه من تو این جلد منتظر خیلیا بودم که نیومدن نمیدونم تو این دنیا روزی دوباره گذرشون به دریزت میخوره یا نه ولی این جلد هم چیزی از جلد های قبلی کم نداشت شخصیت های جذاب و عمیق که درس زندگی دادن و بخشی از وجود دریزت رو شکل دادن کلیندیل که با نگاه خصمانه به دریزت رسید ولی ذات خوبش رو دید مونتولیو که تمام آنچه تجربه کرده بود رو به دریزت منتقل کرد و بزرگش کرد و از همه جذاب تر برونر😍 بود و دخترش کتی-بری حتی همون مک گریسل که هرچی دریزت تو این جلد کشید از دست اون بود هم تو بزرگ شدن و رشد دریزت تاثیرگذار بود این جلد ماجراجویی های هیجان انگیزش کمتر بود بیشتر هدف ، پیدا کردن خونه بود. یا جایی که بشه اسمشو خونه گذاشت. جایی که یه دارک الف رو با رنگ تیره اش و موهای روشنش و چشماش رو ترازو نذارن و همه رو مثل هم ببینن اینکه تو هر جایی بد و خوب هست و ذات خوب هرکسی رو باید دید و بهش فرصت داد
"Suspicions would linger about me for many months, but in the end, principles would be seen and accepted for what they were; the character of the person would outweigh the color of his skin and the reputation of his heritage.“
این جلد پر بود از فرصت هایی که دریزت به بقیه میداد و بقیه به دریزت میدادن
“Thought I knowed what I knowed,” Bruenor continued after a short pause, his voice almost a lament. “Had the world figured, sure enough. Easy to do when ye stay in yer own hole.”
و همچنان گونوار نازنین ، یار شفیقش در تمام مشکلات همراهش بود از این نگذریم که این جلد ارک و غول و گرگ و اژدها و الف و دورف شهری و انسان و... داشت جنگل و کوهستان و برف و گرما داشت فصل ها رو میدیدی نژاد هارو میدیدی و... و درسته که تک تک درباره اشون با جزییات توضیح نداد ولی پیشرفت قابل قبولی بود.
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 chuckles from every corner. "My other dog," Roddy snarled.
Drizzt heads to Icewind Dale, a "place for rogues", thinking he can find some acceptance. Drizzt sets up camp near a Dwarven hall and finds contentment here. After a last confrontation with Roddy, he finally finds his "home" alongside dwarven king Bruenor and his adopted human daughter, Cattie-brie.
My favorite part of this book was Cattie-brie. Drizzt and Cattie-brie are sweet cinnamon rolls and I want to read more about them immediately.
Cattie-brie's energy and zest for life verily bubbled over. In her presence, the drow could not recall his haunting memories, could only feel good about his decision to save the elven child those many years before. Cattie-brie's singsong voice and the careless way she flipped her flowing hair about her shoulders lifted the burden of guilt from Drizzt's back as surely as a giant could have hoisted a rock.
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 that quickly. Plus, he cannot see well during the day. Just... come on. I could continue. This is all a pile of improbability... I like my daily plate of logic, thank you very much.
Really enjoyed this one. Partly because we get to see the first appearance of some characters who become mainstays of the series. Also, because there are a bunch of very familiar D&D monsters herein, like goblins, gnolls, and giants. Hell, there's even a quickling!
"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 first winter, Drizzt's pain and loneliness made me truly feel for him. Also, Drizzt shows a lot more personality in this book (the first book was more about Drizzt's dysfunctional family, while the second book portrayed him almost as a primal beast), which made him all the more likeable as well.
And speaking of likeable characters, I found the blind ranger Montolio to be a welcome addition to the mythos. While the last book was a little too grim for my tastes, Drizzt's growing friendship with Montolio allowed Salvatore to inject more of his trademark humor this time around. The relationship between the two friends is very touching and reveals more facets to Drizzt's character.
I do have one minor complaint, however. While I thought the villains of the last two books were phenomenal adversaries, I did feel the antagonists of "Sojourn" were nowhere near as compelling as Drizzt's twisted family members were. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of action and excitement in these pages, and Salvatore finds a whole slew of opponents to send after Drizzt, but none of them were quite as entertaining or as complex as the villains from the last 2 books. Again, a small quibble, but one that kept this from being my favorite entry of the trilogy.
So, if I had to rank the books in the Dark Elf Trilogy from favorite to least favorite, the order would be "Homeland", "Sojourn", 'Exile". Still I would highly recommend them all! Now, onward to the Icewind Dale Trilogy for me!
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.
"Do I dare to believe that my story is fully told? I think not." 👣🐈⬛
Wonderful conclusion to the "first" Drizzt trilogy, origin stories. Moving on to the original "first" trilogy with Crystal Shard. The nostalgia trip continues with these rereads... enjoy every moment of it... takes me back to high school. There is an innocence in these rereads mirroring old friendships. Special place in my being.
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 will acknowledge that he is not an evil drow? Will he finally find someone to call friend and assuage his life-long loneliness?
Once again, the plot is driven by fight sequences, something which Salvatore seems to prefer writing. There’s a lot of dark brooding, but not much real self-reflection by the characters. Perfect for the brooding teen, not so great for the non-brooding older woman. Still, the books are fun to read and short enough to be ideal for a quiet evening at the end of a work-week.
Book 276 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project.
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 more then two dimensional. In the end, it was pretty good just not great.
Τον R.A. Salvatore δεν τον είχα πάρει με καλό μάτι και έτσι απέφευγα να ασχοληθώ μαζί του, τελικά όμως η περιέργεια νίκησε και έπιασα αυτή την τριλογία. Το αποτέλεσμα τελικά μάλλον δεν με ικανοποιεί αν και αναγνωρίζω ότι δεν είναι κακά βιβλία. Ίσως αν τα διάβαζα σε νεαρότερη ηλικία τα πράγματα να ήταν διαφορετικά.
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, you watch your own back because no one else will, and your worst enemy might just be a member of your own family.
Insert into this environment, Drizzt, a character with an inner sense of morality, justice, and and even a concept of love, mostly due to a recognition of its absence. Drizzt is a dark elf born into the most unusual of circumstances. While he cannot put name to the traits he finds so lacking around him, he knows that the dark elf race is evil, and he eventually discovers that he doesn't belong.
This trilogy is the story of Drizzt's journey as he grows through his early years, trains in the weapons and tactics of his race, and learns ultimately that he can not live among them for fear of compromising or losing altogether his sense of good and his recognition of evil.
He leaves everything he knows and ventures into the Underdark where he discovers another challenge to his identity. While Drizzt, at this point in his life, is an unparalleled fighter and master of weaponry, the primal creature he is forced to become to remain alive in the underdark is no better than what he believed he would have become living amongst his race.
Finally, Drizzt finds his way to the surface in an effort to escape his past and build some semblance of a life based on the ideals he inherently senses. But, instead of escaping his dark elf heritage, he is forced to combat their stereotypes at every turn.
As a voracious reader of several hundred fantasy and science fiction books, I find the original environment introduced in Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy enchanting while his twist on the age-old good vs. evil theme enticing. This trilogy remains one of my favorites since the first time I read it over 10 years ago.
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 experience here, I think. All the creatures I grew up imagining from various fantasy faerie tales, etc., were in these pages. It was fascinating, too, how their world was built.
Anyway, a great and relaxing set of stories! 4.5 ✨ for the book.