Homeland is a fantasy novel by American writer by R. A. Salvatore, the first book in The Dark Elf . The comics adaption of Homeland, volume 1, received a positive review from George “Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt Book 1”. sfsite. com. THE LEGEND OF DRIZZT. Homeland Dark corridors meander throughout the dark realm in winding courses, connecting became an old and forgotten tale. Alternative view 1 of Forgotten Realms: Homeland (Legend of Drizzt #1) Child of the Northern Spring: Book One of the Guinevere Trilogy.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Homeland by R. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Wizards of the Coast first published September 19th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers lf about Homelandplease sign up. I’m interested in this author and have never read any of his books. Is this book where to start or another book? His homelanx of tue is very confusing. Avaminn F’nett Yes, start with this book, then read Exile and Sojourn. Icewind Dale is mentioned in the book description. Does this book series have any relation to the old PC rpg, Icewind Dale?

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Jake It is set in the same universe, the Forgotten Realms. There is a trilogy, but the same author, set in Icewind Dale and the surrounding areas, though …more It is set in the same universe, the Forgotten Realms.

There is a trilogy, but the same author, set in Icewind Dale and the surrounding areas, though it doesn’t necessarily follow the plot of the old PC rpg. Homeland is like part of a prequel to the Icewind Dale books drizst insight to Drizzt one of the main characters.

Salvatore and pretty enjoyable. The group these books follow have many later books, which some people love, and I liked, but after about the 12th book I sort of got irritated by Drizzt and crew. See all homleand questions about Homeland….

Lists with This Book. Methinks thou hast bitten off more than thou canst chew. Intentionally or not, R. Salvatore has created legemd potential monster here. Not in the Underdark denizens or in the drow society that provides the backdrop for the story. Not even in Lloth, queen of the demonweb pits and diety to the drow. I’m talking about the themes of race, gender, and, most of all, the nature versus nurture debate.

If I were a smarter man with more time, I’d delve into each of these, but suffice it to Oh, Mr. If I were a smarter man with more time, I’d delve into each of these, but suffice it to say that, for all its hacking, slaying, nobility, and heroics, Homeland is a sociologists dream-come-true. I would not be surprised if this book was picked apart in some obscure Master’s thesis and the story’s themes vetted against the author’s background and the general social, racial, and economic background of the book’s target audience.


Salvatore has really opened a can of worms here. That said, let’s take a quick look at the book itself, regardless of its probably unintentional implications.

I love the setting. At times I felt a bit of tunnel vision while reading, like the room around me was getting darker and the only thing illuminating my eyes were the words on the page.

Salvatore does an outstanding job of painting a picture. As far as plot goes – it’s interesting, but not earth-shattering. The many intrigues of the book seem a little obvious, on the face of it.

Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt Vol. 1 – Homeland

Once one understands the Drow modus operandinothing seems too surprising. What is surprising is the characterization. And this, I think, is where Salvatore is going to or has already gotten himself into trouble with modern readers.

The action focuses, of course, on Drizzt, the young dark elf born at the height of a battle in which his “house” is in the process of destroying another “house”.

Honestly, I found Drizzt to be unconvincing. He’s pretty whiny, to be frank, and the altruism within him that Salvatore makes too obvious is not terribly believable, given the circumstances of his up-bringing – essentially being brainwashed and beat into submission at a young age to learn his place in Drow society.

Problem is, who are Drizzt’s role models for his resistance to the cultural programming he undergoes? Color me jaded, but the survival instinct often causes humans to bend to societal pressures to one degree or another. Then why is Drizzt the only Drow to fully keep his own culture at bay? You might argue that Drizzt’s weaponmaster, Zaknafein, successfully maneuvers his way around Drow culture while keeping his own moral code intact, but this is easily refuted by examining Zak and Drizzt’s familial relationship itself don’t want to spoil, just keep in mind that their relationship is critical to the story.

Besides, Zak, in the end, proves submissive to the matriarchal power of the Drow social structure. The character I find most believable is Vierna, one of Drizzt’s sisters. Again, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it pays to read Vierna carefully, to see where and why she has resisted Drow society in some ways and succumbed in others.

I find her the most compelling character of the book, though she is only a minor player in the grand scheme and there is a grand scheme in this book – several, actually.

I’d love to see a book or two focused solely on Vierna. There’s fantasy gold there! Now, all that said, I really did enjoy the book. The nurture vs nature theme could and should have been handled with much more subtlety, but I was able to shrug off my annoyance and move on. Homeland sets the stage for something bigger, I am hoping. I lebend be reading the other two books in ralms Dark Elf Trilogy in the future.

I can see the potential in Drizzt as a character and I’m thinking that we haven’t seen the last of his clan or of a certain deep gnome. I look forward to seeing how Salvatore handles Drizzt’s emotions as an outcast from among his own people and am especially excited to see where Drizzt’s wanderings take him. The world building here is excellent, with a well-fleshed-out culture that could provide great cognizant dissonance in the main character as he strikes out to escape and explore the Underdark and maybe even the surface???


So, I give it a 3. It has it’s zits and scars, but with the right makeup this book could have been beautiful. I’m hoping it ages well in the next two volumes and leaves behind childish things as Drizzt leaves behind his childhood and his childhood home.

It’s time to grow up. I hope that Salvatore was a good parent. Oh, and if you do a Master’s thesis on the sociological implications of the text, as I’ve outlined above, my consultant fees are reasonable.

I take pay in blue cheese, expensive dark chocolate, good ginger ale, honest reviews of my own work and, of course, books. View all 22 comments. Balkar Bhatti I wanna start off by saying when I first thhe this book it was my thinking as well. How does drizzt know killing is a bad thing? Where does he get the I wanna start off by saying when I first read this book it was my thinking as well. Where does he get these morals? But maybe this is the other side of nature vs nurture debate?

I hope you understand what I was trying to say. But maybe this is the other side of But that’s the whole question: Drow nature is to kill. And their culture is based on killing, as well. So was Drizzt, somehow, genetically defective? Where ddrizzt he inherit that nature from? Maybe there’s some ancestor of his that wasn’t Drow that we don’t know about.

That might explain some things! Mar 23, Evgeny rated it liked it. A buddy read with KristenGavinand Kaora.

Homeland by R.A. Salvatore

Please let me know if I missed somebody. For those unfamiliar with Forgotten Realms and the whole Dungeons and Dragons thingy I have just one question: Anyway welcome to Menzoberranzan I will award my very special bonus points to anybody who was able to pronounce the city’s name correctly on the first try.

The underground city is the home of dark elves who call themselves drow. They are not nice by any stretch o A buddy read with KristenGavinand Kaora. They are not nice by any stretch of imagination fhe make Darth Vader look like a kindergarten bully wannabe. To put it simply, drows who are less evil than Sauron, Shai’tan, and Wicked Witch of reaoms East rolled in one simply do not survive for long.

An unusual child is born in one of the families; I am using word “family” in very loose sense here. He was supposed to be sacrificed to the local deity The Spider Queen, but was saved from this by some very fortunate – or unfortunate depending on point of view – timing.

His name is Drizzt and he will grow up to become a legend: