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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

REVIEW: Homeland (Forgotten Realms, Legend of Drizzt #1) by R.A. Salvatore

This is a favorite of a co-worker and other friends as well as my first foray into the Forgotten Realms series.  The pacing starting a bit slowly for me; however, I attribute this to acclimating to the new world building and the writing style of a previously unread author.  It always takes me a bit to fully immerse into new fantasy territory. 

Set in an dark, exotic landscape deep underground--Menzoberranzan, the vast city of the drow is home to Icewind Dale prince Drizzt Do'Urden, who grows to maturity in the vile world of his dark elf kin. Born the same night as the near elimination of a rival family, Drizzt's existence remains closely tied to the lone survivor seeking revenge as well as a power play for another rival family.  The unique circumstances of his birth foreshadows Drizzt's alternate worldview other than that acknowledged by his matriarchal society.   While immensely talented in all his pursuits, Drizzt exhibits profound honor beyond the scope of his unprincipled society. The real question is whether he can live in world that rejects integrity? 

Book 1 is definitely a setup for what's to come and there are a slew of titles. I got progressively wrapped up in the story.  There are great characters readers will love to hate, to cheer on and to grieve. I enjoyed this and plan to, at minimum, finish this first trilogy and possibly read further. I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Victor Bevine.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

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