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on 9 June 2003
This is the 3rd book in Wizards of the Coast's "War of the Spider Queen"-series (6 are scheduled for release). It is written by Rich Baker, who does a great job in continuing the excellent work of the first 2 books in the series.
After the destruction of the city of Ched Nasad, the troubles for the drow of Menzoberranzan are mounting. From a mysterious city come the true masters behind the plot to overthrow the rule of Lolth's priesthood and one of their members has now set his sights on Menzo. While he gathers the enemies of the drow and creates dissent amongst the Menzoberranyr themselves, the group of unlikely heroes must try to find the priest of a rival faith. It is from him that they hope to find out what has become of their cruel goddess, the Spider Queen Lolth, who still remains silent to all their prayers.
This book, like it's predecessors, contains tons of action and intrigue - drow style! After reading it I wanted to continue with the 4th part right away, unfortunately it is still some 7 months to it's release (Extinction is scheduled for a january 2004 release).
This is definately the best series from Wizards of the Coast in recent years. In fact, to me, the only drawback was that it wasn't written by R.A. Salvatore himself! It's a must have for any Forgotten Realms-fan!
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on 21 April 2004
This continues the War of the Spider Queen series. This has been anenjoyable series, and all the better for not having the drippy drow Drizztmoralising about the place. The first part was probably the best, as itwas written in the most lively style. This part is perhaps not as wellwritten, but it runs along at a fair clip and brings out the character ofHalisstra to the fore. Occasional mild nastiness (usually involvingJeggred) and even hints of lesbianism (but don't get excited, they areonly hints) darken the tone, and I'm still interested to find out whathappens next.
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on 11 February 2007
Its interesting to read a series of books where there are no heroes in the traditional sense. Amongst the dark elven community, the traditional virtues are seen as a sign of weakness, therefore each character lives and acts in accordance to how what they do will benefit them. Backstabbing, treachery and double dealing are all common traits. This book continues the story about the absence of the dark elven Goddess Lolth, and the resulting shift in power as a result of that.

This book is interesting and enjoyable. Despite the series being written by different authors, each author so far seems to have successfully captured the essential elements that keep the story going. Richard Baker clearly knows his d&d rules but makes it realistic/ believable in its writing and doesn't follow too closely to the established rules. He is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

All in all a good book, i found it easily understandable and liked the way he summarised what had happened earlier in the previous book.
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on 30 September 2014
the 3rd book in the war of the Spider Queen series, this one is still pretty good ( although not as good as the first 2 ) but beware they go downhill after this and ultimately the series is just not worth the time it takes to read all 6 books, possibly due to the fact that they are written by different authors and so feel a little disjointed but also because they lose a lot of their originality by the end
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on 29 July 2014
Great book in the series. A must read for all RA Salvatore / DnD fans!
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on 19 May 2003
continuing on from where the last book left off, this episode shows the intrepid bands attempts to contact another deity, theres more witty banter, fighting and intrigue. this is the best of the series so far and promises to get better.
i thought in the begining that with each book having a different author would lead to a lack lustre story but so far it seems to be working very well.
just hope the next one is easier to obtain.
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