Homeland is book 1 in the Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore and a prequel to the Iceland Dale Trilogy. We follow the trials and tribulations of one Dark Elf, Drizzt Do’Urden, as he learns what it means to be a Drow.
I was a bit worried at the start of the book as Salvatore right away starts with Daes Dae’mar – Game of Houses (shameless Wheel of Time plug). I was completely lost and not knowing what was going on, but I powered through the opening and was glad I did.
Drow, or Dark Elf, society is very cut throat – kill or be killed. The only rule when attempting to execute an assassination of a person or house is to not fail. Everything hinges on whether one has the favour of the Spider God or not.
At a very early age Drizzt has an innocence that only he and his weapon’s master, aka his father, has. This puts a big target on both their backs. The head of the Do’Urden household, Matron Malice, gives each an ultimatum – become a ruthless Drow warrior or die.
The main theme in Homeland is that of tolerance; tolerance for customs and beliefs of others.
Great book. Great book. Short review because of a short book.