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Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1 | [Richard Lee Byers]

Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....
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The War of the Spider Queen begins here.

While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

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    tsah_yawd Lansing, MI USA 01-05-14
    tsah_yawd Lansing, MI USA 01-05-14 Member Since 2015

    Brett

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    i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
    the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 11-01-13
    Matt 11-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Lee Byers again?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a tough book. It sets the scene for a major change in a really fun area to read about in Faerun. I read this series years ago and I am revisiting it via Audible. Not the best book in the series, but it sets the scene. If you can make it through this book, the ones that follow are really good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rory 01-23-15
    Rory 01-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "All round enjoyable"

    Good pacing. Well read. A little slow but the narrator carries it thru extremely well. I would highly recommend this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAUMHOLDER, GERMANY 01-17-15
    Amazon Customer BAUMHOLDER, GERMANY 01-17-15

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    "Great novel"

    drows other then drizzt and jarlaxle. I find that it still follows the important hierarchy of mensobenzeran but putting the spot light on smaller houses make the story unique.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Varsity Lakes, Australia 06-29-13
    Philip Varsity Lakes, Australia 06-29-13
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    "I liked one third of the story."
    Would you try another book from Richard Lee Byers and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    yes


    Has Dissolution turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one particular scene. I enjoyed the Rild and Feron storyline.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the other two storylines - Gromph vs Quenthal and the Ched Nasad ambassador.
    The final battle was a little anti-climactic. I would have preferred the victory over the insurgents to be less complete.


    Any additional comments?

    I am actually looking forward to the expedition to ched nasad. but 1/3 of the story was fun. the rest was superfluous.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aiden Kivisto 08-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    never read them before, but now I feel hooked! great story and perfect narration. awesome.

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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 07-21-15 Member Since 2013

    Todd W. Brown

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    "The Seedy Underbelly"

    If you have read any of the Salvatore tales involving the Drow, then you already know that they are an unpleasant bunch. Imagine an entire city of female J. R. Ewings and that almost comes close. This matriarchy is well known for being chaotic and just plain nasty. Their current problem resides in the fact that Lolth has shut off her blessings. That leaves the female clerics in a tight spot. It will be fun to watch this unfold.

    The narration was fine. Very fitting for a woman to be the voice here. Although I do find it interesting where she decides to apply a Scottish accent.

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    Timothy Bowman 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "slow start."

    started out slow but later on grabbed my interest. cant wait to read the rest of the series.

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    Merel 05-18-15
    Merel 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "difficult but fun."

    i had to listen some parts over. but it was a fun to listen too

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    C. Mayes 04-17-15
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    "loved it"

    was a great book. would recommend this to anyone who likes the drow and their story.

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