Yet to Read is the weekly meme where I take a look at books on my shelves (physical and digital) that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet and books on my wishlist that I’ve wanted to add to my shelves for a while. I link these posts up to Can’t-Wait Wednesday and Shelf Control!
This week I’m highlighting some Dungeons & Dragons fiction as I spent a couple days prepping for my game and I’m in the mood. I’m always a little trepidatious of fiction in this area as I know there’s some proper pulpy stuff out there. As fun as it is, it’s not really what I’m looking for.
From The Shelves
Drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden, first introduced in The Icewind Dale Trilogy, quickly became one of the fantasy genre’s standout characters. With Homeland, Salvatore pulls back the curtain to reveal the startling tale of how this hero came to be—how this one lone drow walked out of the shadowy depths of the Underdark; how he left behind an evil society and a family that wanted him dead.
As the third son of Mother Malice and weaponmaster Zaknafein, Drizzt Do’Urden is meant to be sacrificed to Lolth, the evil Spider Queen, per drow tradition. But with the unexpected death of his older brother, young Drizzt is spared—and, as a result, further ostracized by his family. As Drizzt grows older, developing his swordsmanship skills and studying at the Academy, he begins to realize that his idea of good and evil does not match up with those of his fellow drow. Can Drizzt stay true to himself in a such an unforgiving, unprincipled world?
I picked up Homeland a few years ago. I was on one at the time and also picked up the first Dragonlance book, I pretty much wanted to delve into series that felt like a Dungeons & Dragons game, or at least had similar vibes, so I started with the big two. Still haven’t read through either though!
On The Wishlist
Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp, Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith & Kin will follow a brand-new story, featuring the cunning ranger Vex’ahlia and the conning rogue Vax’ildan (and, of course, Trinket) years before they meet Vox Machina.
After leaving the unwelcoming refuge of Syngorn, the twins become entangled in a web spun by the Clasp, and for the first time Vex and Vax find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict that threatens the home they have carried with each other for years.
Critical Role is one of my favourite fandoms. I dunno I’d actually consider myself part of the fandom? Or a critter… those terms didn’t originate in my spaces online and they always felt like somebody else’s labels, but I love the whole thing so my weird bugbear aside, of course I want to read Kith & Kin, the first novel set within Exandria! So much, in fact, it’s one of just 3 books I have on preorder right now. The stories they tell are incredible and I’m so excited to read this one.
Have you read any of the Drizzt books? Are you a critter too? What’s on your list this week? Let me know in the comments!