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Queen of the Demonweb Pits (Greyhawk Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]

Paul Kidd
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786919035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786919031
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seeking revenge on the man responsible for her banishment, Lolth, the Demon Queen of Spiders, unleashes a host of demons and monsters designed to kill the Justicar and his companions. Original.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly exciting 9 Feb 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The spider goddess Lolth burns for revenge, and she yearns for conquest. The Justicar and his fairie companion Escalla humiliated her, and destroyed her body on Oerth. Now is the time for revenge: to bring all of Oerth to heel, and destroy Escalla and the Justicar. So now, the Justicar and his companions must avoid the deadly opponents that Lolth has placed on their trail, and thwart her plans to destroy their entire world.
I must admit that I had trouble taking this book seriously at first: a ruthless ranger in love with a thong-wearing fairie? However, Paul Kidd succeeds in weaving a story that is wildly exciting and mildly funny. When I picked it up, I did not realize that this book was part of a series, the cover does not tell you that it is. Fortunately, though, this book functions quite well as a stand-alone story. So, the bottom line is that I loved this book, and highly recommend it to you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!!!!! 17 Nov 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book definately lived up to the expectations of the previous two novels.
Ok so yes the party isn't a believable by role-playing standards, but come on you can't possibly be rolling D20's in your head whilst reading a book.
Escalla has to be one of the funniest and most well written character I have read about in a long time, almost on a par with dear old Tas himself.
If you want to read a good series then look no further!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars terry pratchett rewrites ed greenwood 11 Oct 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i read alot of dragonlance/forgotton realms books as a kid, but they started to look a bit stale as i grew up and read propper books. this resrtored my faith in TSR
aaaannnnnyway. this was a very satisfieing read, it has everything you want from an rp based book peppered with geekish humor and compelling sub plots. if you know enuff to look up the author then its worth a read
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too inventive 8 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The heroes of this book an assembly of characters that is completely unbelievable for any role-playing fan.
Apparently these characters have killed a goddess recently and resurrected, she wants her revenge. Offcause these characters foil her wicked plan for world conquest, a not to big accomplishment, since all the foes in this book are devoid of reason and the tiniest scrap of intelligence.
The fighting scenes are described with accuracy and detail and this is what makes the book worth reading, as well as the lively descriptions of the environment. The romantic storyline between the different characters (of different species) are at best comical and not believable in the slightest. The author should write about what he does best: role-playing. Quite frankly, a person who buys a fantasy book from a role-playing setting is not overly interested in the shape of a fairy butt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 3! 28 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Paul Kidd has done it again and produced another winning title in the otherwise lacklustre Greyhawk Classics series. In addition, he has produced the finest outing of the Justicar and his wacky dungeoneering party. While the previous 2 books were great, Demonweb Pits feels more homogeneous in the progression of the story - it "flows" a lot better than WPM and Descent.
What sets the Justicar novels above the rest is that Kidd captures the feel of a good hack & slash roleplaying session with a excellent eye for witty detail yet without falling into the trap of taking his creations too seriously. The actions sequences are fast, colourful and imaginative, as if they had been lifted from a John Woo script. There is also a good deal of character development progressing from the previous 2 novels, even a bit of romance (wow, a D&D novel with sex & violence as opposed to just violence!).
One small note, this story REALLY tears apart previous depictions of Lolth and the dark elves as suave,mysterious and elegant supervillains! If you love drow, try not to be too offended!
On all counts a must have!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and adventure all rolled in a cute fairy butt 29 Dec 2001
By ReindeerEmu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This third book was awwesome! Escalla and Justicar are back most definately. The challenge of taking on Lloth and her demonic horde was both exciting and still had the sheer hilarity of the previous books. The ending was a bit much but was still true to the E&J style that's been prevalent throughout the 3 books. I can't wait to read more!!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner, but isn't it rather munchkin? 30 Oct 2001
By snowy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler
The fairy is back, and boy does she have plans, big naughty plans.
And who should be interfering with her plans and her girl talk with the sphinx Enid but femme fatale Lloth who gated in a massive horde to the world of greyhawk to invade, plunder, destroy, invade, plunder, destroy, invade, plunder, destroy, ..., well, you get the idea.
Unfortunately, the book has several illogical development. Even with Flanaess in general turmoil in the aftermath of the Greyhawk wars, could such an invasion be unnoticed and unheeded by the powers that be ?
Second, Justicar and his band certain came a long way since their adventure in White Plume mountains, but to take on Lloth and her minions in her lair? While the author did not overload the characters with too many powerful weapons (staff of lich, wand of frost, super-sword Benellux, sentient hell-hound pelt etc doesn't seem to count for too much against demons), readers get a dissatisfied feeling that the foes they faced were just
too wimpy. But then, this is Greyhawk, not Forgotten Realms or
Dragonlance.
However, breaking Enid from the afterlife was just a tad too much.
Otherwise, it is a rather interesting book, with realisitic development between characters, romance, seduction, anger, possessiveness, honour and what-nots. The author gave a good account of Justicar's past and his recognition of the flaws of his previous mentor Recca. Romance between human and sphinx is a new avenue, but so far, little words were used as judiciously possible, after all, what can a teenager say to an all-wise sphinx? Even Cinders have some development of its own, learning several suprising tricks.
While readers would enjoy the characterisation, veterans would feel cheated by the less than titanic battle between the rangers' band and the queen of the demonweb pit.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great one by P Kidd 16 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Definitely a must have. While I've never played the D&D adventure games, the novelizations were a great read regardless. The action sequences are lively and detailed; story moves along nicely, lets you know more of the ranger's history, and you can't help but smile at the characters. Action-packed and humorous, yet lighthearted enough to finish in one sitting.
If you've started reading about the Justicar and gang in the earlier Greyhawk books, or want something more with Lloth, definitely pick up this book. Queen of the Demonweb Pits has a little more element of romance than the earlier ranger novels (within context of character development)...but it's still packed with action and new adventures. so we're not giving up the one thing for another. Find out more about the justicar's mentor. See a more vulnerable side of the justicar.
This latest addition certainly progresses the character relationships, and gives more depth to the justicar. And there's Lloth. If you haven't read the first two (if there's more, I stand corrected), checking them out will help you appreciate Queen of the Demonweb Pits all the more. Great fun.
All Kidd's books are worth getting your hands on!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on it's own, and another part of a fine adventure. 12 Nov 2001
By mr ken mccaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yay!! Another Justicar and the fairy book!
This book is difficult to put down, even after it is finished. The characters develop more of a history and a future, while the setting brings back memories of long nights of D&D complete with the spattering of puns you get after too much sugar.
Read this book..
Buy it as a present for people you know! Then you will have people to talk to about it.
It Completely satisfied my need for a dungeon bash, something funny, and something refreshing. Oh yeah, and there is a love story or two in there as well.
Bravo to the Author, who has made another great new book out of the old D&D modules moldering at the back of our cupboards.
I am pondering a Justicar costume for the next convention, complete with a Cinders.. And I am not even bald yet.
Ken.
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