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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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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.Read more ›
Many questions were answered, but enough are still unanswered that I'm anxious to see what happens in the third volume.
If you want a complete understanding of things that have happened in the Realms, you should probably read it. If you're not looking for a comprehensive storyline, this series is a "pass."
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.
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 :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love Dark elves / drow, you will love this book. It has a rich culture with a world full of interesting creatures and lots of adventure.Published 16 months ago by Michele
Hike I liked the first book a bit better this one was still good. It advanced the overarching story and provided more depth to the characters.Published on March 13, 2014 by Krazi Joe
The fight scenes were great and she incorporates several new characters very well, with a surprise ending and twist to the whole storyPublished on September 21, 2013 by Gokudakilla88
Great read...I just finished the whole series. I really like the characters and a better look into the world of the drow.Published on August 1, 2013 by CJ One
I have read all of the book in the series in the past and I just had to get them again to reread them. Once you read one, you're hooked and have to get the rest.Published on July 30, 2013 by Karen Williamson
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.Published on May 23, 2013 by C. K. Merrill
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