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Storm of the Dead (Forgotten Realms: The Lady Penitent, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Forgotten Realms: The Lady Penitent, Book 2 (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; First Edition edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786947012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786947010
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Canadian LISA SMEDMAN is the author of many novels in the Forgotten Realms and Shadowrun lines, and works for a weekly newspaper in Vancouver.

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Customer Reviews

This is the 2nd book for the lady penitent series.
W. Erich Buecking
Things happen for a reason in this book, and motivations are believable.
Neso
The plot was easy to follow and very well written.
Richard G. Walrath Jr.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Cooper on September 4, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I have mixed feelings about the amount of changes Lisa Smedman is making to Forgotten Realms lore, I do have to give her credit for taking the reader on a memorable journey with interesting characters, twists, and delving deep into the origins of many basic tenets of Drow society and racial abilities.

R.A. Salvatore helped bring Menzoberranzan to life, and rather than retread ground that has already been laid, Lisa Smedman has taken to fleshing out the lesser known, but no less important, Drow Pantheon and societies above and below the surface.

Primarily focusing on the followers of Ellistrae, this book takes place about two years after the first book in the series. Lolth and Ellistrae begin the book playing their board game, and Kiaransalee (drow goddess of undeath, vengeance, necromancy, etc.) is bored and decides to join in against both of them. With the pieces set, the game begins, and we are taken to the settings from the first book, where the followers of Ellistrae are attempting to reconcile their beliefs with the new converts to their church, leftover followers of Vhaeraun who join with them as their god's power, portfolio, and very existence is joined with Ellistrae's church.

This book focuses on the inevitable internal power struggles of the nightshadows and protectors. Ellistrae's creed of "always be kind" is diluted with the new messages of assassination, trickery, and other tenets which are designed as means to the end of Lolth's ultimate defeat.

Hallistra Melarn (The Lady Penitent) continues with her unclear motives, as you cannot really tell whom she ultimately serves through her actions which bring jeopardy to anyone who dares to trust her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HawkRadar on September 13, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After the apparent death of my favorite drow god in the last volume I wasn't sure I wanted to continue with this series. I really ended up enjoying volume 2 though. It's about time the males got some respect - even the females that follow the Dark Maiden have always seemed like terrible chauvinists. The body is count is high enough that you just can't be sure who will survive, adding to the excitement.

Many questions were answered, but enough are still unanswered that I'm anxious to see what happens in the third volume.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graciela A. Vega on October 16, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book did not have the same fast place flow of the first book. This does not make it in any way worse.In this book, the characters are pitted against some lesser god of death, but this was not where the real emphasis lied. The book was really about the power plays between the Nightwalker/Mask people and Elistree's people. The other main thing it did was set up the next book by introducing that (falsee?) the energy negating stuff in the underdark was growing in power and something had to soon be done about it. I gave it a 4 because the end was so erupt. I believe that was because the defeating of the lesser god was not that crucial to the book growth, but c'mon, she was defeated in like 2 paragraphs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neso on August 29, 2008
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Storm of the Dead is the second installment in the Lady Penitent series. First book, The Sacrifice of the Widow, failed to impress me. Had the substance, but lacked any serious character development and most importantly abused resurrection of characters.
This book has a beautiful plot, and generally a great feel to it. The flow is brilliant, and I have to confess I gulped it down in one huge bite. The Author really breathed life into the city of Sshamath, and introduced some new interesting characters. Character of Q'arlynd is as strong as it was in the first book, but other characters get significantly more development in this installment. We really get to know Cavetina, the new Halisstra, and Karas. Things happen for a reason in this book, and motivations are believable. Really nothing bad to say about plot, writing, characters or world building.
Unfortunately, the biggest flaw of the first book still persists here. The author is taking character resurrection so lightly, without any regard to the suspense of the book. Sentences such as "I hope something will be left from her body, so we can resurrect her.", are commonplace.
It is a major flaw in my opinion, but the book sat so well with me, I cant mark it down because of it. Simply a great book, well worth your time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Roberts on October 11, 2007
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I am enjoying the series so far. It is an interesting story which sounds like it's going to change the Dark Elf race for all time. I am starting to like Q'arlynd Melarn more, but he seems to be more of a drow who is leaning towards the good side. I think he's a bit torn like Halisstra is. A new player invades the sava match between Lloth and Eilistraee.. it's interesting because the match is actually a simulation of what is actually happening down on Toril.

Q'arlynd is more of the main character in this series than Halisstra I think. In the last book he was torn between his past, and a future as a follower of Eilistraee.. So he finds his own path in a city where mages rule, perfect for someone like him, but he has some challenges along the way, and the pull of Eilistraee as well...

I am enjoying the story a lot, and I think this series is going to effect the future of the drow than the War of the Spider Queen did.

Now if only someone could resurrect Phaerun, I'd be happy :)
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