By: R.A. Salvatore
Synopsis: Station is the paradox of the world of my people, the limitation of our power within the hunger for power. It is gained through treachery and invites treachery against those who gain it. Those most powerful in Menzoberranzan spend their days watching over their shoulders, defending against the daggers that would find their backs. Their deaths usually come from the front.
– Drizzt Do’Urden
Format: Homeland is the first book in the Dark Elf Trilogy, which is part of the larger series called The Legend of Drizzt. This book details the birth and raising of Drizzt Do’Urden, and the culture of the Drow. My copy is 343 pages long, and was printed in 2005 by Wizards of the Coast Inc.
My Thoughts: Let me get a quick admission out of the way. I have read a book with Drizzt Do’Urden in it before. I lied, I have read almost all of them. He is literally one of my favourite characters of all time. In this book, we get introduced to him as he is growing up and learning his place in his world, the Underdark. He has a great weapons teacher eventually, but most of his lessons come from the females in his family, and let us just say they are a little…formidable.
Despite the poisonous culture he is raised in, and through many hardships, Drizzt is able to maintain his beliefs, that run so counter to his culture, and begin a life he will eventually be proud of. While you cannot go wrong with any of the books in this series, the thing I like about Homeland, and why I return to read it, is more than just the character growth. While he is growing you can read about some of his internal thoughts and regrets, and some monologues that describe many differing ideologies in different cultures. Drizzt truly gains an ability to look at other cultures from a perspective that differs from the one he was raised with. He is able to objectively examine his actions and his peoples’ actions and determine if they were the moral ones or not. Definitely a fan of that!
This book also details an underground culture, the Dark Elves, and the fabulous and deadly beauty of their city and customs. This is a fully formed culture in an unchanging and bleak environment. This culture has mastered their surroundings, and is truly fascinating to learn of this world that is so different from ones we are used to.
I read this book for the first time after already being exposed to Drizzt in some of his later adventures. It was a very interesting read as it took a character who was this awe-inspiring figure, and brought him to his basic levels. This taught me that it takes work to develop into something amazing, you aren’t just born this way. For a younger man that was quite a lesson. However, if this is your first introduction to Drizzt, I believe it will be a very powerful one that will inspire the love I have for him in you as well. Honestly, get reading this book!
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