Homeland Book Review
The world of Menzoborranzan is a dangerous and treacherous world. It is a part of the Underdark. The world of the dark, drow elves. One family will work to improve its station. Deceit, treachery and bloodshed is the way of these folk.
This is the birthplace of Drizzt Do’Urden. Born a male in world dominated by women, he will have to learn quickly to kill or be killed. A baby who should have been sacrificed to the Spider Queen of the drow people and then fate spared his life. His powers were well developed and his skill was almost unmatched. He grew quickly into a skilled dow warrior, top of his class. His equal was his mentor, Zaknafein.
Zaknafein was the weapons master of House Do’Urden. He was stealthy and fast and unmatched in the land of Menzoborranzan. But Zaknafein had secrets. His ideals did not match up to the ideals of drow society. He did not seek chaos and bloodshed. He believed that somewhere there was harmony to be found. In his heart he wants to leave, but is bound to stay and serve the Matron of House Do’Urden.
As Drizzt grows, he carries with him a naivety about the world of the drow. He frequently questions the way of the drow and the point of all the bloodshed. He does not agree that everyone is an enemy of his kin. But he also carries a pride in his skill. Knowing that he is unmatched by anyone except his mentor, Zaknafein, Drizzt takes his place as a warrior for his family.
As he grows into adolescence, Drizzt is faced once again with the question of his life: to kill or be killed. Is there any other choice for Drizzt is this dark and treacherous world? Must he suffer the same fate as Zaknafein and kill and find joy in the killing? Will he join Zaknafein and together they will become an unbeatable duo? Or is there another option for Drizzt?
In this novel, Salvatore goes back to begin the origin tale of popular character, Drizzt Do’Urden.
Readers are familiar the Drizzt is a drow elf. On the surface, such a creature is often despised and hated for the dark magic and cruelty of the race. How is it then that Drizzt was accepted by a band of friends in the IceWind Dale? What brought Drizzt to the surface so far from his own kin?
Homeland begins his tale. From birth, Drizzt is different. A homeland is simply where one is from, not necessarily where one calls home. This could not be more true than in the tale of Drizzt Do’Urden. Join him through adolescence and his battle for identity in this origin tale.