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Just a Random One
5.0 out of 5 starsEncompassing
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019
Kept me entertained and interested the whole way through. At first I found the order of the stories confusing...but I'm newish...after many years away from the series and regained my footing old familiar characters emerged and I was right back into the adventure. Frustrated at the Dark Elfs honor, but relating to his feelings of being an outsider. Then reminding myself it's just a book...but my relating is evidence of a good story being told.
Nearly thirty years have passed since I read this book (and this series) for the first time and it holds up as perfectly as anything I’ve ever read. It is more violent than I remembered and I am more saddened and troubled now by its themes than I was an adolescent: the overwhelming prejudice and self-righteousness of people, our destructive pride and obsessive thirst for vengeance and vindication. Our potential to be a McGristle - a whole world of McGristles - terrifies me as I see it now so clearly in the actions of those around me. Our potential to be Carrie-Brie, a Mooshie, a Dove Falconhand - or even a Drizzt, stoically preserving in a world of prejudice and unnecessary Othering, holding fast to principles of Goodness and Justice and a vision of a better world even when principles seem weak defense against a world bent on ruining and destroying us- is so scarcely realized.
I hope all of us - me, included - can be better. Thanks, Mr Salvatore, for the inspiration and the rebirth of my idealism.
5.0 out of 5 starsYup the books just seem to get better...
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020
I have figured out why this author continues to hold my interest. The reason is because as I read these books I am continually surprised with every event that happens within each book. Even when I have tried to guess at the outcome of a particular event I am completely and happily surprised every time. This author is also one of those very rare types of authors that have a most amazing imagination and the ability to capture it and put it into a book that many can be entertained when they choose to discover this author's unique talent.
4.0 out of 5 starsSatisfying conclusion to the first trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2013
"Sojourn" is the last book in the "Dark Elf Trilogy" and it details Drizzt's journey as he leaves the Underdark and ventures forth on the surface.
I thought the plot was a bit clunky in that it felt like the author crammed two major stories into one book. The first story is how Drizzt attempts to befriend some humans and all the things that go into fighting some new creatures, defending his good nature, and learning to survive on the surface. The second story commences when he leaves the initial place where he found sanctuary and attempts to find a place to call home. In a way, it felt a little like Tolkein's final story where the ring is destroyed, but the book continues back to the Shire for a little adventure there.
I enjoyed this book and the subtle religious undertones. Drizzt comes to realize that Lolth, the Spider Queen, is not the only deity in the world, and that by following his heart he was following after a deeper calling. It was also comforting to follow Drizzt's journey as he sought out true companions that would accept him for who he was and not just make decisions based on his race.
5.0 out of 5 stars2021 - Sibling Reading Challenge
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2021
A thrilling conclusion to the prequel trilogy that spawned: a thousand thousand D&D characters, a multitude of Elder Scrolls’ drow rangers, and the magical fantasies that we often find ourselves in.
+ Combat and battle becomes emotional charged. The readers feel the tension and find that they are unable to tear their eyes away. + Unique and interesting details help remind readers that there are novel ideas being shared.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent conclusion to the pre trilogy.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
The author wrote the pre trilogy to give the backstory to the favorite character of the series. But it feels as if the series was designed for the character of Drizzt. In the final book of the trilogy there is a great deal of excitement, action, and humor. And of course there is a fair amount of tragedy the author enjoys getting his George RR Martin on.
5.0 out of 5 starsHe's all up in our world, continuing his awesomeness.
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2011
Sure I was sad to see the crazy magical mining pickaxe, hammer handed dude leave, but I guess there is only so much you can write about someone with no hands. I think.
Initially, Drizzt gets himself into some shenanigans by getting framed for slaughtering a bunch of kids. While it was quickly determined he was not the murderer, some jackass kept on trying to kill him because he lost his ear. He lost his ear when a tree fell on him. Shouldn't this guy go buck-wild on the tree instead? I think that would take less effort than tracking him for so long.
Drizzt then takes out the real murders, who apparently need to eat people, I guess to gain XP in order to go back to its alternate universe. I related to this on a personal level.
Between these events, some female ranger tries to track him down with an obviously metro-sexual dwarf and an elf I couldn't really care about. Their story ends when some rock-monsters started barraging them with boulders. Drizzt of course saved them, but then those characters became non-existant in the continuing plot. Where did they go? Who were they? Should I really care? Probably not.
Then Drizzt meets up a crazy dude who is like Dr. Doolittle meets the Terminator. Except he's blind, which if you kinda think about it, makes him even cooler. The story turns into the Karate Kid for a while and Drizzt comes out being even more badass than in previous books.
Other cool stuff happens. Conclusion: read it, dammit.
I've had the physical copy for.years and never read it, always meant to. Then covid came after several months of doing the usual I decided to actually use my kindle and I had been playing the early access of baldurs gate 3 and it ignited my old love for, D&D.
I have read several drizzt books but not this trilogy, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and was impressed and a little sad that it is.still relevant today with undertones of racism that drizzt has to deal with due to being a.drow. It is.a.character I have always wondered why there hasn't been a fun or.tv show made especially with today's thinking.
The book is.well written full of fun characters that you can enjoy and hate equally and it is.thought provoking, the combat is well written and makes.you want to.learn sword craft.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic start to a series that will keep you want for more.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2019
Although these books had been written after the icewind trilogy I would advise to read them before so to enjoy The following books even more. The dark tones of the first book are not so deep in the other two of this trilogy, and I found myself smiling at some passages. Amazing books that I enjoyed all the way through, I didn't know what to expect from a series published under the forgotten realms umbrella, but I now know that I have many hours to catch up of reading as I want to read more and more of Drizzt and his adventures.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2020
The series is getting now to where it started. All of the players are introduced and the politics that will be important later are taking their toll on Drizzt. Sojourn has more purpose than the last book did. I’m looking forward to the next instalment now.
This third book in The Legend Of Drizzt cycle takes Drizzt ou of the undertake and onto the surface. The novel deals with the difficulty and prejudice faced by Drizzt and builds him into the character found in The Crystal Shard (published before this book but set chronologically after it).
Salvatore continues to write well realised characters and excellent battle scenes. My only criticism is the decision to give certain characters distinct accents which make their dialogue hard to read.
All in all a good end to the first part of the Legend of Drizzt.
Great series but I'm very irritated that the author keeps making forward references to events and characters that have not happened. For example I haven't yet read a single page including Wulfgar but the authors already referenced his actions in many events yet to happen in the series.