I first read this series nigh on to 20 years ago. A young friend insisted that I read the first one, and I was hooked. There are lots of "follow-up" books, but I think I liked the first three the best. The story of Drizzt is a familiar one for many. He does not fit the mold in his society, and he becomes an outcast by choice. He has integrity and a moral code that clashes on every level with that of his peers. The narrator does an excellent job of pronouncing odd names and words. The inflections and feelings that he uses add greatly to the experience. If you are a fan of fantasy, give this one a try. You will end up with all three.
this book was amazing there where 2 one sec glitches in the reading but really good i love it
It is a quick easy listen with intriguing concept. The story is about a dark elf (Drizzt) upbringing in a society that seems to have a lot of unique elements. Story arcs around the struggle between various leading houses. Each house is led by a female cleric. This society seems to be dominated by females where males sometimes thought of as less capable and usually subservient to their female family members.
The struggle between the houses is not about a throne, but it is about being favored by their deity. Back stabbing between houses is actually promoted as long as it is done with certain precision. In general, it is described to be a very paranoid and cynical society. Drizzt growing up in this environment struggle with his inner voice and expectations from his family and society.
Book has enough elements to keep things very interesting from over all story perspective, but a lot of hack and slash along with strange dialogue between characters keep the book less than great. For instance, a female who use to be in leadership position will not have to put male in their place all the time. I would suspect a command would simply be accepted as a matter of fact.
Also, book lacks any sense of humor which is understandable that story takes place in a very dark and in an alien environment.
Narrator does a good enough job here. Narration is at the edge of being too dramatic, but it is tolerable. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I will pick up the next one to see where the overall story takes us. It is a good book, but not a great one. Recommend picking the book up when waiting for your favorite authors to complete their book :)
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
This is truly one of the best series in the field of fantasy. Buy it, put on your headphones, and enjoy the ride! Once again I am giving this book my stamp of approval.
Salvatore's GREATEST character he created for the forgotten realms series. Drizzt. Story of his origins and early years. Well written and well told by a great narrator. It will keep you hooked from beginning to end waiting for more. Dark elves, dwarves, gnomes, monsters, swords and sorcery, intrigue, death destruction and hope
the start of this book/series is alot like others, it's a struggle to figure out whats going on until a few chapters in. but past that it's a great book with great narrative. but definitely times he gets way too into the book lol
I've been reading the series since I was a kid and recently decided to revisit. The audio performance is superb and really brings you into the tainted world of the dark elves. The lore and world that RA has helped develop over the years provides a perfect backdrop for the complex culture of the dark elves of the under dark. Light fantasy this is not, but if you're looking for a tale of vast magic, powerful deities, enchanted items, impossible feats, and dangerous deeds you're probably in the right place. The best thing is, if you fall for this book, there are so many more tales of Drizzt to look forward to.
This was an interesting and well written fantasy.
Maybe it's the feminist in me, but I really like a world where females are in control, even if their personalities rhyme with " witch".
The main character is male, of course, but he is well written, although he has the usual heroic attributes common to fantasy heroes.
All in all , a good read, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I knew nothing about this author and his many books and at the beginning of the story thought that I was not going to be dawn in. But drawn in and riveted I was. What was there to care about in this dark and menacing world that was so alien to me? But as the tale unravelled quickly so did I start to care for Drizzit and Zak, hoping that they would prevail against intimidating odds. So I would definitely recommend this novel, it's a fast compelling ride.
I had always heard that Drizzt's story was one that was loaded with angst and anger, which greatly impeded my desire to give the series a chance. I finally bit the bullet and gave this first book a try, and I'm pleased to say that I couldn't have been any more happier that I was wrong. Drizzt is one of the least angsty characters in the book...at least in the traditional sense. He certainly does have much "angst", but it's focused on how much he is in constant struggle with his city's (and race's) evil ways. His story was surprisingly a breath of fresh air.
Also, the narrator's soft spoken voice makes the story beautiful. It suited the location of the story.