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Dissolution (War of Spider Queen) [Mass Market Paperback]

Richard Lee Byers
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1 Aug 2003 War of Spider Queen (Book 1)
The War of the Spider Queen begins here.

While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reissue edition (1 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786929448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786929443
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Lee Byers is the author of forty fantasy and horror novels including Called to Darkness, his first Pathfinder novel, Blind God's Bluff, the start of a new urban fantasy series, and Prophet of the Dead, the latest in a series of books set in the Forgotten Realms universe. His novel The Spectral Blaze won Diehard GameFAN's award for the Best Game-Based Novel of 2011.

Richard is also the creator of The Impostor, a post-apocalyptic superhero series. He has published dozens of short stories and writes a monthly feature for the SF news site Airlock Alpha.

Richard lives in the Tampa Bay area, where he spends much of his free time fencing and playing poker. He is a frequent guest at Gen Con and Florida SF conventions.

He invites everyone to Follow him on Twitter (@rleebyers), Friend him on Facebook, and add him to your Circles on Google+.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable - drow as they should be: nasty 22 April 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've never really rated R A Salvatore that much. I've enjoyed the Drizzt books, in a trashy sort of way, but his best characters have always been the evil drow, not the drippy drow do-gooder with his tedious philosophising. So it's nice that the drow in these books are authentically unpleasant - even the characters we are supposed to sympathise with (like Pharaun the wizard) are a pretty rum bunch. It's much more shades of grey than the black and white in Salvatore's books. I also enjoy the fact that the author has worked in the D&D rules (in the use of material components and spell-effects, for example) which Salvatore never bothered with.
That said, this book is something of a "get to know the characters" affair (this written with hindsight having read up to book 4) and has a few longeurs. But it is certainly enjoyable, and in terms of the writing style the best of the series, with the dialogue between the characters well brought out (and it's not a challenging read, despite some other reviews).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vocabulary test? 17 Oct 2003
By Darck
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read some of the reviews of this book, and one in particular deriding the vocabulary used by the author as someone trying to impress us with his knowledge of the dictionary. To the person who wrote that review the answer is simple - BUY a dictionary.
Byers is as eloquent as he is witty; his main character Pharaun, a Drow wizard, an excellent creation; and the expanded world of the Drow he shows us is as rich a tapestry as we could hope for - from the heights of the luminescent houses to the lows of the filth encrusted poor quarter of the city, you can almost smell it such is his style. The difference between this and the Drizzt books is simple - it is written about the Drow who actually want to live there, and who play the games their station in life demands with the tools and skills at their disposal (when available). In this respect, you see the city and race from the point of view of one who actually belongs there, as oppose to Drizzt who obviously doesn't and so has a very different perspective of his first home. The drow here, especially Pharaun, have fun, in their way.
It is very entertaining, excellently written, and a joy to read a book written by someone who obviously knows the subject matter very well and who knows how to have fun telling a story. Highly recommended, and 'only' four stars because I hope he writes more Drow and continues this excellent start.
And expands all of our vocabularies. Aren't we supposed to learn from books...?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 22 Feb 2007
By d hero1
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a good book so i'll start by getting the negative point over first. While I am interested in the forgotten realms novels, i found it so hard to keep up with the story initially. I'm sure people who don't really know much about the dark elves will have the same problem. while I know they often write the story in scenes. I felt bowled over by the numerous characters before they were properly established. A character summary might have been a good idea to start with. E.g . in the first few chapters we are introduced to so many characters, some of whom are not important at all ( well they are just side characters) and while the realism helps, its just confusing. I found myself thinking, who was that again, the wizzard, or an initiate or a warrior. E.g. the conflict in the Mizzrym house and the baenre house. there was Quenthel, Triel, Gromph, Pharaun, the sisters, and various house guards. I just kept thinking, who is who?

Despite that, if one perseveres it is a good book, once you understand what the drow society is like, the basics that the Arach til.. something is the central temple group of priestesses, the melee magthere is the warriors group and the sorcere group consists of wizards.

I think you need to understand the foundations of drow society and the book is not self explanatory in that way.

On the plus side I found the book very entertaining, once you got in to it. The adventure is very diverse. Lots of different things happen and its somewhat refreshing to read a book where there are no good guys. There are the conformists and the revolutionaries. I think we can get attached to the story but at the end of the day not feel sorry for them when bad things happen as they're all evil and treacherous opportunists.

A good read overall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A look into the world of the Drow 10 July 2002
Richard Lee Byers picks up where R.A Salvatore left off and has possibly improved the world of the dark elves. Menzoberranzan is the subterranean city of the dark elf and a place where you can find death at any turn. We have come, from Salvatore's previous books touching this world, to know the dark elves as backstabbing and ruthless to the point of family members scheming against each other if power or position is at stake. This book will allow you to see further into the world of the feared dark elf/ Drow and how they will react when their world is threatened. Will they be able to put aside their plots and plans to defend their city, their very culture? You will have to read the book to find out.
I also recommend The Price of Immortality, a book I recently came across and very much enjoyed !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beginning of a great saga 16 Dec 2012
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A Great saga that is masterfully writen with Great sets, adventures and well developed characters. A must read to understand the drow way of life
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