"Homeland, the first entry in the Legend of Drizzt saga, starts off with an astounding level of detail about the lives of the drow in the Forgotten Realms [world]. This is fantasy writing at its best. Rarely have I seen a fantasy character take shape so well and under such sinister and devastating circumstances." -- blogcritics.org on Homeland
Drizzt Do'Urden is born in the middle of a gruesome ceremony to the evil spider goddess Lolth -- a ceremony that is supposed to end with his brutal sacrifice at the hands of his own mother. But his wicked sister conspires to save his life, by ordering one of his brothers to kill another, and Drizzt is allowed to grow up, a virtual slave in the matriarchal city of Menzoberranzan.
Matron Malice, the cruel matron mother of House Do'Urden, keeps a wary eye on her young son, but it's Drizzt's sister Vierna who takes him under her wing -- for her own nefarious purposes.
All the while, one dark elf watches the young boy's progress, and nurtures in him the one quality that will get Drizzt killed fastest in the subterranean snake-pit of Menzoberranzan: mercy. And that merciful dark elf happens to be House Do'Urden's murderously efficient weapons master, and Drizzt's father, Zaknafein.
This is the novel that begins the worldwide best-selling series that created one of the fantasy genre's most enduring legends, the Legend of Drizzt. Look no farther -- start here. The legend continues in Exile, and is brought to full-color life in A Reader's Guide to R.A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt.