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Extinction (Forgotten Realms: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Book 4) Hardcover – January 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: War of the Spider Queen (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; First Edition edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786929898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786929894
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Formerly a magazine editor, Lisa Smedman splits her week between working as a reporter/editor at a weekly newspaper and writing fiction. Her most recent credits include authoring Heirs of Prophecy and contributing a short story to The Halls of Stormweather.

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Characters are well developed, interactions well written out and thought out.
Quincy
Quenthel is no longer the intelligent and confident counterbalance to Pahraun, instead she seems to rely completely on what her snake whip tells her.
Kalit Atl
Her weakness as others call it is interesting, but doesn't really make a major difference yet in the story.
Erik Dandurand

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DerRotMax on January 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sheesh, if all you want is action and cool locations, play a game -- if you enjoy true character development and depth of story and plot, then "Extinction" is a breath of fresh air for this series. I'll agree that "Insurrection" was amazing, and Thomas Reid must be half Drow, as his understanding of them is incredible. "Condemnation" is by far the weakest of the series thus far, as the author completely let the characters become as shallow as parking lot puddles, much like his understanding of Drow behavior and inner-workings. "Extinction" is captivating, and Smedman has not only returned depth to the characters, but expanded it significantly. For writing the challenging and pivotal middle book, Smedman has proved her skill and made an already excellent series just that much better.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jianping Chen on March 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
So far, the series has been great. If you love twists and turns and revelations that turn events in a completely new direction, Extinction is a must-read. Honestly, I love fantasy novels, and one that revolves around one of my favorite fictional races- the drow. Finally it is revealed how Quenthel managed to return form the grave after being killed by Drizzt. However, there are some discrepancies, which rather confused me. First and foremost, WTF happened to Bregan D'aerthe? What, did they sit on their royal bottoms while the duergar attacked? Jarlaxle is nowhere to be seen, nor Kimmuriel either. Very, very strange, considering their mercenary group is comprised of elite warriors. 2. It seems strange to me that Halistra could begin to deceive Quenthel as she was planning to. Quenthel has her snake whip, which can detect emanations of power- The Crescent Blade, the emblem of Eilistrae. Which would give her away completely. However, these hitches are minor, and anyone who truly enjoys fantasy should not shy away from buying this series simply because it is an amazing work, considering it is written by 6 authors who have doubtfully even met each other more than once. They all have their own approaches, which makes each book unique and different in its approaches to certain situations.
Book #1- Dissolution: *****
Book #2- Insurrection: ****1/2
Book #3- Condemnation ****
Book #4- Extinction ****1/2
My opinions on the books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Gray on August 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In book 4 of the War of the Spider Queen series, Lisa Smedman lends her voice to tell the continuing story of the Drow caught up in this grand plan to find out what's going on with Lloth. As with the past three books in the series, each book is written by a different author so there is a slight variation in how the characters talk, act, react etc. but, that is quickly forgotten here.

Smedman moves the plot along at a brisk pace and leaves the reader little time to sit back and think about what's going on (in a good way). There are some authors that have a major scene happen only to let the reader digest it over the next 100 pages because nothing else significant happens. Not the case here, as the author is constantly bombarding us with things that we need to know not only for this book but the last two books as well. She does a masterful job at combining all the material that has been written before this book.

Thw War of the Spider Queen is proving to be some of the best work done in the Forgotten Realms in a long time. I am a big fan of the series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amos Chapman on April 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I began reading the War of the Spider Queen series in the hopes of finding new authors to rekindle my interest in fantasy novels. I found my author in Lisa Smedman. Incredibly, she brings unimaginable new depth to characters that I thought I understood too well from the first three books, while sacrificing none of the action that keeps me reading Fantasy. Extinction is, in my opinion, the best of the series so far. This novel has me waiting all too impatiently for the climax.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Jayawardana on February 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book continues where Condemnation left off. The plot was great, but seemed a little repetitive. Also some of the characters seemed to have life changing revelations and behavioral changes, which seemed too unbelievable given the circumstances. I did however like the complex thinking of the characters, their elaborate tricks, and plots within plots. It was true to the Drow way of (suspicious) thinking. There were many of these examples. The fighting was great, but sometimes I got the feeling that fights were thrown in for "filler," that didn't add much value to the overall story. Still for a sextet, this series is turning out to be a winner. If you loved the series before Extinction, this will not disappoint. Can't wait till Annihilation comes out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Dunning on March 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure how the series was going to flow using a different writer for each volume, but thus far I have been pleasantly surprised. This latest volume had quite a bit of suspense to it, and I'm liking the development of several of the characters. Valas especially was developed in this story and is really shaping up to be one of my favorite characters. I'm definately looking forward to volume 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Smarty VINE VOICE on July 12, 2005
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I am almost done with this addition to the series. I have just now read some of the rather harsh reviews and would like to offer a rebuttal. I fancy myself a discriminating and experienced fantasy reader. Quite frankly I was not all that fond of Salvatore's original works and latest series. I have really enjoyed this series, though. While this may not be the strongest title in the series it is certainly worth reading if you have read the others. I did not find any serious inconsistencies between this book and the previous ones in the series, as other reviewers have noted. There were a lot of distracting typos and editorial errors, though. I thought the authorship was quite good and in line with the rest of the series up to this point. This is very predictable reading, but it is intended as such. It is meant to be a linear and entertaining action-based novel. You will find that, as with all of Salvatore's works, and inspired works apparently, there is absolutely no consequence to anything that the main characters do - and nothing bad ever befalls them. This makes the story predictable. In all I found this an enjoyable read, and not at all poorly authored as others have criticized. If you have read the first three you would do yourself a disservice to balk at this one due to a few bad reviews.
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