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Annihilation (Forgotten Realms: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider, Book 5) Hardcover – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: War of the Spider Queen (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 1ST edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786932376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786932375
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Athans is the author of Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and a range of short stories. Currently he is the managing editor of Wizards of the Coast's Book Publishing department.

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Customer Reviews

The worst book in the series so far.
Udi Eilon
The characters seem to converse in much different manner, more simplifieg, often childish, lacking the depth and substance that the in the previous books.
Quincy
I finished this book beacuse my sadistic mind kept telling me this was just a bad dream of Jeggred who finally awakes at the end!
Jorge

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Quincy on August 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is - in my opinion - the WORST book in the series. Be warned!

Where previous books were maintaining a clear and consistent tone in terms of charactes, this one is just WAY off.

The characters seem to converse in much different manner, more simplifieg, often childish, lacking the depth and substance that the in the previous books.

Nearly ALL conversations are broken up - it's very annoying, tiring, and makes the story hard to follow.

Quenthel telling Pharaun "I hate you" close to the beginning of the book dispels the magic that the previous four books have successfully woven together.

This book is filled with this type of "gems" that made me wonder if author actually read the previous ones before sitting down and writing it.

The characters also are reacting and thinking differently, almost as if they had personality changes.

While I understand different authors' styles, this book has offered the least consistency in the character department.

After blazing my way 4 books back-to-back, I have lost interest in the story because of this single book.

The book also has several continuity issues that have not been quite addressed. Those of us that do remember what happened in the previous parts of the storey, can spot those easily.

Honestly, it makes me wonder whether this was a first attempt of the author into writing, it was so bad. ARGH!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Lorenz on August 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I must say I was quite annoyed in the very drastic way some characters changed in this book. I was overall disappointed the way characters acted in battles giving me often the impression they are novices of their trade.

The battle with Gromph and Dyrr in particular is just utterly pathetic, not only does it stretch itself trough the whole book but it also fails to keep the suspension, dramatic and epic feeling up while leaving the impression both characters repeat their actions (mostly using rings or wands all the while levitating and flying around) time and time again in every chapter.

Characters like Triel, Vhok or Horgar are totally neglected and barely even mentioned. The whole siege loses it`s dramatic importance giving us no insight of the struggle of the other Matron mothers and their houses while the author focuses on confusing and drastic changes for Danifae...suddenly able to teleport to whereever she wants to go to with her ring and other things that are just too much to list here...

All in all the book ain`t totally bad but the tranistion from one author to another and the changes that come with that are so drastic and disturbing that in my opinion the editors really failed to do their job

Benny
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Wells on June 14, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book in the series is somewhat difficult for me to review. There are many parts I enjoyed, namely the ongoing battle between the lich drow Dyrr and Gromph Baenre, but also parts that weren't good and seemed to just "fill up space". First off I feel this book makes for the largest departure in character personality and attitude. A certain degree of character difference is to be expected from different authors in such a series, but this book took some of the characters even farther out of their pre-written element. The first 4 books managed to maintain a certain character consistency that didn't seem to hold in this entry. Pharaun and Danifae in particular seemed to be the largest examples of this.

As for the actual meat of the book and its place in the series, the first 3/4 of the book, while enjoyable, seemed to be sort of a filler rather than a true and necessary part of the story. This changed near the end though, when big and important events unfolded that will undoubtedly come to fruition in the final book, Resurrection.

On the brighter side of things, I felt Athans did a good job of telling the story of Hallistra Melarn and her "new way of life". In contrast to some of the other reviews here, I believe it was not to far fetched and made perfect sense for the alienated priestess of House Melarn and the ruined Ched Nasad. I also thouroughly enjoyed the battle between Gromph and the lich drow. It was handled well and allowed for many a different spell and incantation to be unleashed, showing us the true power (and weakness) of the archmage of Menzoberranzan.

All in all I think it was a pretty good book, but could have made more of an impact than it did. Having read it, I can't help but feel half of the book was unnecessary in the telling of this epic story!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Briere on December 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
SPOILERS IN HERE:

Ryld.. What more can I say? TO see my favorite character die was more then disappointing. Had to skip through the rest of the book to see if it was true or not. I Thought Jeggard was going down, that is how it should have been.

He dies for no reason. Somehow his powerful sword with magic dispelling properties got cracked with some humans axe? Not likley. He could have contributed to this series. I cant believe Mr salvatore let this happen.

Hopefully the next author fixes this grievous problem. Because that is what it is. As a writer myself that act was a bad decision ;concering plot formation/ the crecendo of such a large event.

Obviously Phillip Athans had no grasp of the impact Rylds pointless death would have.

If your going to kill off a character it is common sense to do it for a good reason.

You would have thought the other authors would have stoped this mistake...

I think he did a good job with the other characters. Not great.

On a bright note I still liked this book, and am looking forward to the 6th.
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