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Salvatore, R.A. Forgotten Realms: Homeland, vol. 1.

SALVATORE, R.A. Forgotten Realms, Vol. 1: Homeland. Adapted by Andrew Dabb. Devil's Due Publishing. 160p. illus, c2005. 1932796401. $14.95. JS

Homeland chronicles the adventures of Drizzt, who is a dark elf (or Drow). Drow live in huge underground cities with mind-bending names such as Menzoberranzan. They worship the Spider Queen Lolth, and their society is a Machiavellian place with no room for love, honor or friendship. Drizzt is the third son of the house of Do'Urden, fated to be a sacrifice to the Spider Queen at birth. However, one of Drizzt's brothers kills the other, making him the second son, and he is spared. From the start, Drizzt doesn't fit in: he is a competent swordsman, but despises the ruthlessness and senseless violence of Drow society. When the Drow make a surface raid, Drizzt spares a faerie child, and thus brings the Spider Queen's disfavor upon him and his house.

Homeland is an adaptation of Forgotten Realms, a popular fantasy series written by Salvatore. I am not a big sword & sorcery buff, but I enjoyed this graphic novel. The plot is easy to follow: you don't need a Forgotten Realms encyclopedia at your side to understand what's going on. The art is straight from a superhero comic, with overdeveloped physiques and exaggerated facial expressions. The names are tongue twisters: Drizzt's black panther is called Guenhwyvar. Homeland contains monsters and comic book violence (including death). Some of the combat scenes (which contain blood) may be too intense for youngest YAs. lf fantasy (especially Forgotten Realms) is big at your library, Homeland is a must. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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