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Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Salvatore
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Book Description

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 elf truly began.

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About the Author

R.A. Salvatore has published numerous Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He is also known as the best-selling author of the Star Wars®: Episode II Attack of the Clones novelization from Del Rey.  

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  • File Size: 1739 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The primer on drow culture March 9, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Of many fine Forgotten Realms novels R.A. Salvatore has written, this one is probably the most creative and easily the most important. In Homeland, Salvatore fleshes out an entire race for D&D by giving us the first deep look into drow or dark elf civilization. By doing so, he also gives us new insights into the enigma that is Drizzt Do'Urden, the dark elf ranger and Salvatore's signature character.

Homeland begins the Dark Elf Trilogy and follows Salvatore's Icewind Dale Trilogy, serving as a "prequel" to that series. We learn of Drizzt's life from birth to early adulthood in the malevolent society that is Menzoberranzan, the City of the Spider Queen. Equally important for the FR world, Salvatore introduces the important institutions, noble houses and religious practices of the drow, which sets the backdrop for many other novels in the FR setting.

Salvatore does not seek to develop deeply any particular characters here besides Drizzt. Instead, he develops the entire drow culture, showing the amoral, individualistic and sadistic behavior of the drow, with an emphasis on the oppression of males in the matriarchal society brought about by the worship of Lloth. Drizzt's struggle as he matures to harmonize his own ethos to that of the drow culture is the central plotline of the book, and when the naive, sincere and ethical Drizzt finally resolves the struggle in three fateful encounters with his father, his enemies and his family, Drizzt as we know him is born.

Some suggest Homeland should be the first book someone new to the Drizzt saga should read. However, I recommend reading the books in the order written, as Drizzt's past is even more engrossing when the reader knows of his present.

Highly recommended. Popular fantasy doesn't get any better than this.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an excellent saga.... January 7, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Homeland" is one of the most excellent novels I've ever read. I read it for the first time 9 years ago and I've not come across another novel yet that has touched me in the manner this book has.
The novel, about the childhood and past of one of the Forgotten Realms' most beloved characters, Drizzt Do'Urden, is a novel of intense passion, of intense inner turmoil, of intense character. It's a prequel to the The Icewind Dale Trilogy and explains why Drizzt is the way he is - stoic and burdened yet content and happy with his life. The storyline and plot are solid and phenomenally detailed as is the character development. The descriptions of the settings, the characters, the battles, the _emotions_ create a novel that is gripping and exciting, while at the same time conveying a feeling of reflection and self-examination. Through his use of amazing detail, Mr. Salvatore allows the reader to feel Drizzt's pains, his triumphs, and his insatiable search for something good in his life.
This is a complete novel; all aspects work well together and create a timeless Forgotten Realms story that is enjoyable on many levels. I highly recommend this book and consider it Mr. Salvatore's best novel.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Sweet Home May 13, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In a community, individuals must work together. They must work as one single unit in order to achieve the ultimate goal: survival. However, in the great city of Menzobaranzan, this basic rule of survival is not obeyed, quite the opposite is followed in fact. Instead of working together as a coloney, dark Elves, or Drow are killing each other to gain personal elevation on the mountain of social status that makes up Menzobaranzan. The Dark Elves thrive in a world that rejects integrity, all except one, that is.
The first book in the "Dark Elf Trilogy", "Homeland" relates how one Dark Elf rebels against the chaotically cruel world of the Drow. Drizzt Do'Urden is a skilled warrior and a noble of house Do'Urden, 9th house and only one step away from a seat on the ruling council of Menzobaranzan. There is no apparent reason why he should not thrive in the murderous society that is his home, however, by reading the first chapter of this book, one can easily tell that Drizzt Do'Urden is not an average Dark elf. For some reason, this one is different.
By the time that he was just one decade old, still considdered an infant by drow society, Drizzt knew that his society was sick and twisted. How can a society hope to survive when they are busy attempting to assassinate each other? It is no secret that Drow Elves have numerous enemies. Drizzt knows he has to escape, but as the time of his escape draws nearer, an impending threat to his house becomes more obvious. Should he help fight in the epic battle that could make or break house Do'Urden, or should he flee to the dangerous enexplored terrain of the Underdark?
R.A. Salvator's method of writing has a way of making one feel that he or she is trapped inside the Underdark along with the treacherous Drow.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond excellent December 23, 1999
By Tom
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid reader of every genre. I have read all the great Fantasy authors from Tolkein to Jordan, to Brooks. R.A. Salvatore is far and away the best. I have read all 10 of his books that deal with Drizzt (the main character) and plan on reading the next one. This book masterfully paints you pictures of swordplay, emotion, and the interesting settings. I read the first two of his books in one day, because they were so good, and finished all 10 in a week. ANYONE who hates this book is because they have an inherent fear of being a follower. This is not some hyped up review. I first picked up this book because I was going on a long car drive. I knew nothing of the author or the book. I had never even had heard of them. 10 hours later I stopped at another bookstore to get the sequel. All my friends love this book and my mom, who hates fantasy, loves it. This book makes me wish that I was not such a fast reader so that the experience of living the story would last longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to Drizzt story
first time reading about Drizzt, first saw him in a baldurs gate videogame when I was about 13? then after the 4th edition forgotten realms came out, it seemed everyone thought... Read more
Published 1 day ago by crazykennyc
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great characters! Enjoyed the read.
Published 1 day ago by Gary L Dunkel
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a start to a wonderful series. I'm sure you'll become as...
For those Tolkien lovers heres a series for you! Series full of all those fascinating creatures from middle earth or any fantasy land of legend. Read more
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Published 7 days ago by Dylan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I've read homeland at least 12 times now. It's still just as exciting and thought provoking as the first. Homeland is truly a masterpiece.
Published 8 days ago by E. Vinson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
great story, amazing detail, was on the edge of my seat on every word waiting to see what happened next. Cant wait to read the next book in the series
Published 10 days ago by Bryce
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book. R
Read it as a kid. Read it again as an adult. Awesome book. R.A. Salvatore captures the motion and dynamic excitement of fantasy combat perfectly. Plus, it has DnD tie-ins. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed the world that R A Salvatore has created. Will keep reading this series.
Published 11 days ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars ... person I bought this book for said he absolutely loved the book
The person I bought this book for said he absolutely loved the book, he said he was definitely engaged with the story line.
Published 12 days ago by Defiant Vegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love these books. I have already read these, but I wanted the ebook version.
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R.A. Salvatore has spent so many years winding himself into fantasy worlds that he's still trying to figure out how to unwind. He is the author of more than forty novels and more than a dozen New York Times best sellers, including The Two Swords, which debuted at or near the top of many best seller lists.

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