Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt, Volume 1: Homeland (Graphic Novel)

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Travel back to strange and exotic Menzoberranzan, the vast city of the drow and homeland to Icewind Dale hero Drizzt Do'Urden. The young prince of a royal house, Drizzt grows to maturity in the vile world of his dark kin. Possessing honor beyond the scope of his unprincipled society, young Drizzt faces an inevitable dilemma. Can he live in a world that rejects integrity?
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Travel back to strange and exotic Menzoberranzan, the vast city of the drow and homeland to Icewind Dale hero Drizzt Do'Urden. The young prince of a royal house, Drizzt grows to maturity in the vile world of his dark kin. Possessing honor beyond the scope of his unprincipled society, young Drizzt faces an inevitable dilemma. Can he live in a world that rejects integrity?
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In this comic adaptation of Salvatore's popular Dark Elf books, the hero is Drizzt Do'Urden, son of a powerful dark elf family. Not your friendly, fairy-like elves, dark elves-or Drow as they call themselves-are nasty characters. They live below ground, fight ruthlessly for power, and kill anyone who gets in their way. Drizzt himself was to be killed the night he was born-a sacrifice of an unnecessary third son-but his middle brother murdered the oldest in their family, thus allowing Drizzt to live. Growing up, Drizzt was trained by his family's weapons master, an unusual Drow who longed for peace. With this combination of swordsmanship and nonviolence, Drizzt grows to be an atypical Drow-a killer who does not relish the kill. Needless to say, it makes him a danger to his power-hungry family. Salvatore's story is classic sword-and-sorcery combined with teen rebellion. No new storytelling ground is broken here, but Drizzt is a likeable hero, and the bad guys are so evil that it is fun to root against them. The art is television cartoon quality-nothing award winning-and the inks are all dark washes of gray and green. As the story mainly takes place underground, it lends the proper gloomy atmosphere to the proceedings. The Dark Elf books are a hugely popular offshoot of the Forgotten Realms series of fantasy books. There will be an outcry for this graphic adaptation. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S G (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Graphic Novel Format). 2005, Devil's Due, 160p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Geri Diorio
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932796582
  • Publisher: Devil's Due Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/10/2006
  • Series: Forgotten Realms Graphic Novel Series , #1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    FANTASTIC ADAPTATION

    Here it is, the first in the series of comic book adaptations of R.A. Salvatore's acclaimed Dark Elf Fantasy trilogy featuring legendary master swordsman and renegade Drow, Drizzt Do'Urden. The series from TSR and later Wizards of the Coast has gone on to become bestsellers and sell millions of copies over the years. Now for the first time the stories have been faithfully adapted into comic book form by Devil's Due Publishing. In many ways' Drizzt reminds me of the great swords & sorcery characters I first read back as a teen in the late 70's like Conan, Thongor, Brak, and Kane. These were legendary, larger than life characters that had exciting adventures throughout their worlds. Sadly this type of heroic fiction is almost non-existent these days as mega epics crowd the fantasy shelves in bookstores. Dark Elves or Drow have become staples of fantasy literature, role-playing games, and computer games, largely due to the popularity of Drizzt who came onto the scene some fifteen years ago with Homeland. Devil's Due provides a beautiful adaptation of this first, classic book. In the story we are introduced to the Underdark, that legendary world below the surface that is home to creatures most foul, chief among them the evil dark elves known as the Drow, who dwell in their great city Menzoberranzan. Drow live in societies that are controlled by the women and each house of the city is lead by a matriarch known as a 'matron'. We meet Matron Malice, head of House Do'Urden and heavy with child as she plots the destruction of House Devir which will allow Do'Urden to move up the hierarchy and gain favor with the Demon Queen of Spiders, Lolth. As Drizzt is born, he is planned to be sacrificed to Lolth but the death of his older brother results in his being spared. Even as a child, his mother and sisters know Drizzt is different with his strange purple eyes. He is sent off to be trained in the art of combat to Do'Urden's Weapons Master Zaknafien, where he proves to be an adept student, soon matching his teacher move for move. He's eventually sent off to learn arcane arts from another Drow named Masoj and it is there that he first meets the magical black panther named Guenhwyvar, who is summond forth from an onyx statuette and would become his constant traveling partner. Drizzt begins to reject the cold, evil ways of his brethren. He is repulsed that his people kill each other indiscriminately, just to gain power and favor with Lolth. Drizzt accompanies a party to raid the surface as they attack a village of forest elves, killing them all. Drizzt spares the life of an elf child by having her play dead. This leads to disfavor of House Do'Urden to Lolth who knows all and soon Matron Malice and her family find themselves the target of an attack by a rival family and Drizzt's actions may cost Do'Urden the support they need. Devil's Due does a marvelous job staying true to Salvatore's source material. It's been many years since I've read Homeland but writer Andrew Dabb stayed very faithful to the original book. Dabb does a great job showing Drizzt as a young man tortured and repulsed by Drow society, clearly the outsider that he would become. The deceitful, ruthless Drow society of Salvatore's books is not softened one iota in Dabb's adaptation. The art of Tim Seely and inkers Andrew Pepoy and Marco Galli captures fully the dark, claustrophobic atmosphere of the Underdark with its dangers lurking around every corner. It's about time this classic work of fantasy found its way into comic form. The book also features a cover gallery as well as an exclusive excerpt from Salvatore's new book, Promise of the Witch King. Reviewed by Tim Janson

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