Monday, August 31, 2009

Homeland by R. A. Salvatore

As I am gradually coming to realize through reviews at Luke Reviews that tie-in novels can be great, fun fiction, and not to be universally frowned upon as many people (including me at one point long ago) do. It was a long, slow process, but I’m finally getting the point. So, I no longer skip the tie-in section at bookstores, and have stumbled on a couple of great finds. I have seen a number of Forgotten Realms books at stores, especially by R. A. Salvatore, following his most famous character, Drizzt Do’Urden. So, with the re-release of all of the books following him as part of the Legend of Drizzt series, I decided to take the plunge and try one out.

The first novel in the series, Homeland, is also the first book in the Dark Elf Trilogy. It follows the beginnings of Drizzt Do’Urden, starting with the circumstances of his birth and his training as a dark elf. Taking place in the underground city of Menzoberranzen, the story begins with House Do’Urden’s attack on a fellow house, House DeVir, as they look to bump up their status in the city. From there, we learn of Drizzt’s parentage, and his training.

The book, while reading it, feels engaging enough, if slow at times, but once it is set down, it is sadly very easy to leave down. This may be a combination of a then-novice writer learning his craft and trying to read the book mid-move, but I just can’t keep an interest in it. For those of you interested in the story, it is worth a try, but for the generic reader looking for a gripping, un-put-down-able read, you may want to look elsewhere.

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