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Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I: Bk. 1 Versión Kindle
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Una serie de novelas para pasarlo bien. Sólo para amantes de la novela fantástica.
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It's pretty good. Salvatore does excellent worldbuilding but he doesn't get bogged down with it either. I'm not even going to try to spell the name of their city right now, but it's a subterranean place that's very dark and full of stalagmites etc. The plot is kind of Game of Thronesy with a lot of noble houses competing for power, but with a twist in that it's all matriarchal and treacherous. It's not a particularly likable place and that's the point, it's a horrible place! I'm excited that Drizzt escaped from it. I'm curious to see where the story goes from here. I can't say I love it because this very much feels like the introduction to a bigger thing.
The opening book paints a seedy picture of the underground city of the Dark Elves known as Menzoberranzan - the society where Drizzt is born, and grows to become an extremely talented young warrior. While gifted with weapons, Drizzt is a failure from a Dark Elf viewpoint because he doesn't embrace the dark teachings of his family, school, and deity. Instead, he struggles deeply with his place in society and the corrupt structure that authorizes and encourages deception, great sacrifice at all costs to improve one's standing as an individual and family, and downright cruelty.
If you like your heroes to fall on the "good" side, then you will likely enjoy this fast-paced adventure where you meet amazing creatures and enter into exciting battles. If you like more of an evil character, or one that is more flawed in his ambitions, then Drizzt may be a bit too "good" for your choices.
I really enjoyed the book because you grow up with Drizzt and see the experiences that shape his unique character. The author also includes several short sections that provide a philosophical view on Drizzt's motivations, which I thought make for a strong example and reminder for younger readers.
The book is filled with some cruel scenes of abuse and lots of fighting, but the book is clean from a profanity/sex standpoint if you are concerned about young adult readers.
Homeland has everything you'd need in a fun adventure story: Wonderful setting, intriguing characters, conflicted belief systems, and some political positioning, as well. Another review says this is the 'primer on Drow culture', and that's a very accurate statement. Menzoberranzen (and the Underdark that contains it) comes to life, and I feel as if the setting really works in the story's favor. The Underdark could be considered a character of its own.
If you've never read a Forgotten Realms book, don't know who Drizzt Do'Urden is, or are just looking for a well-written story to take you away from the drudgery of your day-to-day routine, Homeland fits the bill nicely. I bought the next five books in the series after finishing this one, and I can't wait to continue the adventure!
1) GREAT characters. Usually I comment first on the worldbuilding for epic fantasy works, but really this world was pretty much built already by TSR and was familiar to anyone who had played AD&D (either in or outside the Forgotten Realms setting). Still, the familiarity of the setting did not detract from the brilliant character development. Drizzt, Masoj, Alton, Zak, Malice, and the whole crew were a challenge to build out. Given they all were drow, a race with generally a unified purpose and ideology, Salvatore did a great job exploring the subtle shades of character that could still differentiate even members of this dark and evil race.
2) Excellent development. It would be hard to imaging how something good could emerge from an environment of evil, but Salvatore did an excellent job showing how a beacon of light could fight through three decades surrounded by evil and still maintain its glow.
1) Really only one ding. I would have expected a NYT multiple-time best selling author to have an impeccable writing style worthy to learn from and emulate. As a fantasy author myself, I really hoped, beyond getting a great story, to get some great insights into writing. Don't get me wrong, this book was NOT poorly written by any means, but I did spot some slips in diction, some sentence structure issues, etc that surprised me. I guess newer writers tend to hold respected veterans like Salvatore up on a pedestal, as quasi-idols to aspire to match. Seeing these things actually was a great encouragement, as it shows even the pros aren't perfect all the time, and guys like me don't have to be perfect to make it. It was a great learning experience to read this, but perhaps the lesson was just different than what I expected.
All in all I am sad because I know I am hooked on this series now. Much money and time will be flowing out in my future as I dig through and look to complete the twenty-something books that still lay ahead in the life of young Drizzt. It is a journey I am looking forward to with much joy.