When we left off, Drizzt had grown tired of living in Menzoberranzan and decided his morals didn't line up with the rest of the drow society, so he decided to become an exile (perfect name for the book!) and take off towards the Underdark. Book two essentially centers around his life in the Underdark and the various creatures he encounters, battles he faces, societies he attempts to befriend, all while having a dark undercurrent of his betrayed mother, Matron Malice, attempting to send armies after him.
As with most books in the fantasy genre, I can't really say much more because it would ruin all the fun surprises Salvatore has in store for his readers. I can, without a doubt, say you must read the first book ("Homeland") before you even think about picking this one up. These stories build so delicately and intricately upon each other that you would be lost without the back story of every main character.
Just like Homeland, Exile is non-stop, packed full of action and adventure, overflowing with excitement and suspense, and bursting with great characters that are explored and given such beautiful dimensionality that often is lacking in many books in action books.Salvatore is the master of the fantasy genre and it shows here. Not too often do I like the second book more than the first but in this case, I did.
Did I mention that this book has my favorite fantasy bad guys ever? Mind flayers. Tons of them. Such evil creatures that make me smile.
I have started reading the third book, Sojourn, and it picks right up where Exile left off. There's 30 books in this series so I may need to brew some coffee, find a comfy chair and get comfortable. But I'm loving every minute of it.
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