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.