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Ascendancy of the Last (The Lady Penitent) (Bk. 3) Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: The Lady Penitent (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 1ST edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786948647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948642
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 1.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Smedman is the author of The New York Times best seller Extinction, and a journalist for the Vancouver Courier newspaper, where she writes a weekly column that focuses on local history

Customer Reviews

Also there were too many named characters that weren't developed.
Glenn T. Webb
I really love this series, this book was a great and I am completely addicted to all of these books, I just can't stop reading one book after the other!
Ryald
It manages to compellingly capture and expand upon the feel of the drow world that R.A. Salvatore built out in his Drizzt series of books.
C. K. Merrill

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Moseley on November 30, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading the first two books in the Lady Penitent trilogy I found myself excitedly anticipating Ascendancy of the Last. Up until this story, the trilogy was excellent, but the lack of development in this story left me wanting. By the end I felt that the entire tale was contrived to "prune" the Forgotten Realms pantheon for the release of 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. Ascendancy felt rushed, artificial, and underdeveloped as a result and it is a poor example of the writing Lisa Smedman is capable of. This book felt like it was as much a marketing tool as a piece of fiction.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Max Iloff on September 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sadly, I feel bad for Lisa Smedman. It seems quite clear that she was given a start and a finish for this story by her bosses, and was rushed on how to deliver those two things. Much of the Forgotten Realms history and lore was completely forgotten or ignored in this book which again saddens me. Further, anyone who knows the Forgotten Realms lore and history will see the huge holes in this book and the glaring dramatic incompetance of the characters.

Additionally, the plausible believability of many of the occurances that happen in the book make you stop while reading and think "Why did that character do that, that's stupid."

Also, two of the characters have powers that would have fully prevented the way they were killed. Ask any Realmslore wise person and they will tell you the same.

To sum up: Smedman was put in a horribly rushed, predetermined position by her bosses to get from point A to point B in a very short time. The lore and history of the very universe she was trying to set this story in was ignored, and the characters were both dramatically incompetant and the story as a whole lacked plausible believability due to many of the character ability and reality facts that were completely ignored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Nubile on February 10, 2010
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After reading the first two books that seemed rushed but entertaining, the ending makes me regret reading the series. Basically all the interesting characters die and the fate of the Universe is left in limbo. Q'arlynd is a wannabe Pharun that is less interesting and the "bad" guys win, I guess, I am still not sure what happened. The typical laws of the Forgotten Realms that I have been used to and I have come to expect from these titles are ignored. I have not completed a Forgotten Realm series since. The vast majority of the characters I found interesting are dead and were replaced by characters that I could careless about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Asnip on February 9, 2009
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This book has a very high body count. If your favourite Shakespeare play is Titus Andronicus, then you'll like this book. What this book doesn't have is any real character development or plausible plot. Lisa Smedman moves the reader from point A to point Z. It reads very much like a campaign write up for a gaming group where the DM has a plot hammer and isn't afraid to use it.

If you want to have some source material for how FR moved from 3.5 to 4, this is the book. Otherwise, spend your gaming or reading dollars elsewhere.

I really hope Lisa Smedman writes something other than this sort of WoTC sponsored drivel. She's a good writer and is capable of much better writing than this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Van Deelen on June 16, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Change can be good and bad. When it's done properly, it's a wonderful thing. When it's handled incorrectly, it can totally ruin something, be it a television show, a book series, a game series, what have you.

Lisa Smedman, one of the more prolific authors for Wizards of the Coast has been given the task of brining about profound change to the Drow of the Forgotten Realms RPG and novel setting.

It's a daunting task, there is no doubt about it, and her work will be met with both praise and wrath.

What brings this up? The third and final book in the Lady Penitent trilogy - Ascendancy of the Last.

Like the first and second novel in the trilogy that saw Drow pantheon change dramatically, this one has even greater repercussions than either of the first two books.

I can't give any spoilers away, as that is my policy when it comes to whatever I review. Besides anything I give away in this review would really spoil it for the potential reader.

All I can say is this - change has come in a realm shattering manner to the Forgotten Realms.

When you consider that Wizards of the Coast, as of writing this review has had the 4th edition of the venerable Dungeons and Dragons game just released, it's not a big surprise that these changes have come around.

I can't vouch for the game, as I haven't purchased it and I doubt that I will, but scuttlebutt from the internet has that the entire magic portion of the game has changed dramatically from the previous editions.

I remember when the various editions came about, that the novels that were written at the time reflected the changes that occurred in each edition. So, it goes without saying that this must be the case with this trilogy...
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy Gray on June 16, 2008
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Ascendancy of the Last by Lisa Smedman is the third, and final, book in The Lady Penitent trilogy. The first two books are; Sacrifice of the Widow (Forgotten Realms: The Lady Penitent, Book 1) and Storm of the Dead (Forgotten Realms: The Lady Penitent, Book 2). Before I get into this review, I feel the need to say I have been a Smedman fan for some time now. With her first Forgotten Realms novel; Heirs of Prophecy: Sembia: Gateway to the Realms, Book V (Gateway to Sembia), I was interested in her writing. Then she wrote a novel in the War of the Spider Queen series, Extinction (Forgotten Realms: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider, Book 4), which I also enjoyed. She then wrote the House of Serpents trilogy; Venom's Taste (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents, Book 1), Viper's Kiss: House of Serpents, Book II (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents), and Vanity's Brood: House of Serpents, Book III (House of Serpents). So, after reading all those novels it is hard for me to write the following review.Read more ›
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