This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.
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First read Salvatore when I was a teenager. Stories are good decades later. Reader did a great job, also. If you like fantasy and haven't read or listened to RA Salvatore, you're missing out.
- Salvatore fans in particular. one of my favorite books to read (and listen to!) the narrator handled the foreign(elvish) words remarkably well, and did a commendable job on voicing the characters.
‘Homeland’ starts the story of a dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden in the Forgotten Realms universe. The drow city of Menzoberranzan lies in the world of the Underdark, where the dark elves live, away from the surface dwellers and its scorching sun.
Drow society is matriarchal, militaristic, and highly religious. The noble Houses of Menzoberranzan are ruled by Matron Mothers and above all stands the Spider Queen. The Houses have a strict hierarchical power structure, and every House is trying to protect their place and go up the ladder, as the most important objective in the society is power. There are practically no limits to that, as long as you are not too open about it and do not get caught. Members of family are important only as instruments of maintaining and gaining power; they can be easily murdered or sacrificed, if only to improve the family’s social standing.
Drizzt family is ruled by Matron Mother Malice Do'Urden, with the help of her three daughters Briza, Vierna and Maya. Drizzt is one of the two living sons of the House Do'Urden. From the very beginning it is clear that he is different from the rest of his kin. Little by little he gets to learn about the drow society and his family, and feels alienated to it. The weapons master of the House Do'Urden, Zaknafein, teaches Drizzt how to fight and more, and he seems to be the only other person that is different from drow, but is he really?
Drizzt is a great warrior, intelligent, and unafraid to question the rules. He tries to do what he thinks is right, even though his understanding of ‘right’ is very different from his kind. From the birth drows are taught to hate all living beings, blindly follow the way of the drow, and worship the evil Spider Queen. It is interesting how this submission to rules and brainwashing takes place in the Academy and the society as a whole, and what parallels could be drawn to our society.
This world is very dark, and its vicious characters and their actions can be overwhelming. Drizzt is the only light that shines in this darkness, he is a highly likeable and heroic character. I can’t wait to follow his journey through the Forgotten Realms.
The only problem for me was understanding all the complicated names and being able to all the distinguish characters, but only in the very beginning.
Oh yes. Homeland is a great way to learn and experience the twisted Drow culture. The story is utterly fascinating.
I think Matron Malice. I tend to enjoy the cunning and experience of the Matron Mothers and she is no exception. Following that, of course, is Zaknafein. Victor Bevine does a great job with his dialogue and he is what I wish Drizzt would have become. Too often, in later books especially, Drizzt will drone on and one about principals this and compassion and all that. Zak is a powerful and dangerous Drow, but without the cruel and twisted heart that can only laugh at the pain of others.
Bevine is an excellent narrator. For one, he does a fantastic job of adjusting his town to match the feeling of what he is reading. You cannot help but feel excitement as he reads a fierce battle. He seems to truly enjoy the content and I feel like he puts everything he has into bringing that to the listener. He has a huge number of voices for all the characters, and I especially like how he pulls off Drow females so well. Again, one can feel the cruel cunning in the dialogue of a Matron; it really is great how Bevine does it. He also does very well making sure to read dialogue as it was intended and as if he were acting in a play or a show. A prime example would be Zaknafein, whose dialogue again was voiced so perfectly.
I'm on my third trip through this book. I love Drow culture, politics, intrigue...all of it. Any book set in Menzoberranzan where I can hear more about the Houses working to screw each other over, and the savagely evil tenets of Lolth, is an instant hit. Homeland is a fascinating experience because the Drow are unlike any other race we are accustomed to reading about.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
took me a long time to get into this book. for some reason I have already purchased the 2nd book. i will listen to it, but am not looking forward to it. seems like a pretty standard story, fairly well told but nothing really new here.
Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.
Not really. I read the printed version before listen to the audiobook, but I feel I got more out of simply reading it. The Narrator does an okay job, but does not add or subtract to the presentation of the story.
Zaknafein Do'Urden was my favorite character in this book, because of how confused and broken he was while maintaining a hopeful outlook for his son. Zaknafein is a good guy deep down, but all alone, without exposure to another good person throughout his life. He knows how tragically twisted an evil his own kind has become and does what he can do to survive in it. Then he meets his son, Drizzt and everything seems to change for him. Zak tries to warn and protect his son when they meet, seeing that spark of life, goodness, and hope so very familiar to his own once upon a time.
The forgotten realms novel series is based off of the Dungeons & Dragons game. This series has a ridiculous amount of books featuring a wide range of characters. Drizzt Do'urden is easily considered the most popular character out of all of them. Created by R. A. Salvatore over twenty years ago, Drizzt has been featured in every type of media from comic books to video games and has historical content that spans over thirty novels alone.
The Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy Book 1 "Homeland" is the very beginning of Drizzt's origin story. It describes his birth and how he was raised to adulthood. Interesting stuff, but to get the complete tale of his escape from the evil of his family and into the surface world of the first time the next two books are pretty much required. "Homeland" and the next two books "Exile" and "Sojourn" form the trilogy that fully explains Drizzt's tormented youth and how he decided to set out on the path becoming the heroic character he is in the rest of the books featuring him.
These three books would make a great movie trilogy in their own right. A story about how a good person that came alone from a world so bent on staying evil is a story that inspires, that's for certain. While there is not much humor in the story, the depth of this tale as a whole is fairly powerful. The special effects and fighting scenes would also be awesome, but that's beside the point.
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