Homeland by: R.A. Salvatore

” Drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden, first introduced in The Icewind Dale Trilogy, quickly became one of the fantasy genre’s standout characters. With Homeland, Salvatore pulls back the curtain to reveal the startling tale of how this hero came to be–how this one lone drow walked out of the shadowy depths of the Underdark; how he left behind an evil society and a family that wanted him dead.

As the third son of Mother Malice and weaponmaster Zaknafein, Drizzt Do’Urden is meant to be sacrificed to Lolth, the evil Spider Queen, per drow tradition. But with the unexpected death of his older brother, young Drizzt is spared–and, as a result, further ostracized by his family. As Drizzt grows older, developing his swordsmanship skills and studying at the Academy, he begins to realize that his idea of good and evil does not match up with those of his fellow drow. Can Drizzt stay true to himself in a such an unforgiving, unprincipled world? “

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R.A. Salvatore is a big name in the Fantasy genre and I had yet to read any of his work. When I mentioned this to a friend they gushed about their love of The Legend of Drizzt series. After looking up the first book and reading the summary I knew I needed to dive in. I went ahead and ordered the first book off of BetterWorldBooks.com and then lucked out with books 2 and 3 at my local thrift store!

Having bought the physical copy I didn’t realize how small the print was…and ended up checking out a digital very from my local library so I could enlarge the print. My eyes just could not focus and concentrate with such small text.

Starting out I struggled a bit with all the world-building and narrative shifts that happened. Most fantasy novels take me about 100 pages or so to really start feeling invested. After about 8 chapters or so I finally felt confident that I knew who the main focus was and an idea of where the story was headed.

The main character we follow is Drizzt…in the beginning, we meet him as a newborn infant and I believe the first book spans until he’s about 30 if my math is correct. When Drizzt is born he’s meant to be a sacrifice to their spider God as he’s the 3rd living male of the family but circumstances quickly turn him into the 2nd born male…saving his life.

The dark elves, which Drizzt is, are a race of elves who live below the surface of the world because they are extremely sensitive to light. As Drizzt grows he begins to learn just how vicious, uncaring, and devious his race truly is. No matter how much those around him attempt to shape him in their image…Drizzt believes there must be another way.

We get to follow Drizzt as he’s trained to be an excellent fighter even going on to being top of his class at the academy. We get to witness many moments where Drizzt internally struggles with the actions others expect of him versus the actions he wants to take.

I found this story to be relatable. No matter the circumstances and how he was raised…he fights to remain his own person and follow his own path. Drizzt constantly feels alone and misunderstood by everyone around him…like he doesn’t fit in with his own people.

After finishing I went online to see just how many books were in the series…the 37th releases this year! I loved seeing Drizzt fight to remain his own person and I look forward to reading more in the series to see what else unfolds on his journey.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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