Book Review: Homeland by R.A. Salvatore

April 10, 2022

Details from Audible:

Publisher's Summary

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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Initial Thoughts:

I've loved D&D for a long time since I was 13 years old (so over 30 years now) and I've read some of the novels before (I think just Dragonlance and other comics), so with this in my Audible library (and of course I know Drizzt) I decided to give it a listen.

Main Points:

I was glad to see that this is a shorter novel (just over 10 hours of listening time) and I course I know R.A. Salvatore and have read some of his short stories. I think this is a book I would have enjoyed a lot more 20-25 years ago. As you get older your tastes change (and your maturity level) and I think this book is perhaps written for people in their teenage-early 20s. I also think that lately, I have more desire to read non-fiction, so that may also affect my enjoyment.

All that said I did enjoy this book. Salvatore is excellent at descriptions, and fight scenes and makes interesting characters. This is a good origin story but it feels like a lot of the time he's holding back. I get it, I'm sure the publisher didn't want him to write about adult themes/situations as it would affect how they could market the book and I suppose the whole line of D&D books.

Drizzt is a cool character and I wasn't aware of his origin, I liked the last quarter of the book as I found the story really got moving and it became clear why Drizzt would have to leave the Underdark. 

I certainly enjoyed learning more about the creatures and history of the Underdark and when Drizzt fights a creature I know so well from playing D&D, like an Earth Elemental, I really enjoyed it. The use of magic both Arcane and Divine magic is written really well and in an exciting and interesting way.


Final Thoughts:

Obviously, this book is marketed to D&D fans, and of course, that's me. I think if you haven't played D&D you would not enjoy it as much. So while I doubt I'll be reading any more Drizzt (or R.A. Salvatore) I am glad I read this book. I give it a solid 7.5 out of 10 but .5 is that is because I love D&D so much. I would recommend it to any D&D fan who is perhaps younger than me. There is violence (even a couple of more gory scenes) and very well censored sex scenes, so for ages 14+, please don't let a young child listen to this. I thought the voice work was good and I continue to recommend Audible if you listen to a lot of audiobooks.