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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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    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-12-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You..."

    I've always loved the stories of Drizzt the dark elf, and while my heart longs for the Salvatore's Safehold, the very first Drizzt novel in the trilogy, I have to say that I truly enjoyed this series of novels that came out later, due to their rich defining shorelines and Byers love affair with the dark elf universe. Be warned: This series will connect you to a great line of audiobooks that have just been released at Audible, some 200 such books in the Forgotten Realms in the Dungeon and Dragons family of books. Some of these books are so very good listening, that you'll want more.

    This is such a series in that family.

    It's dark. It's Machiavellian. It's descriptive and delightful. Its got great characters, dark purposes, vast family houses in turmoil, royal intrigues and forbidden magics. It is, in a word, magnetic. I enjoyed this long ago, and again today. So much so, that the entire series is now in my Audible library.

    So, if you do NOT want such engrossing and entertaining listening, move along.

    Otherwise, enter the dark elf kingdom of Menzoberranzan, mortal, and be satisfied with its dark gifts!

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 07-13-13
    Robert Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 07-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun Romp thru the UnderDark"
    What made the experience of listening to Dissolution the most enjoyable?

    great portrayal of these characters that would otherwise be the antagonists.


    What other book might you compare Dissolution to and why?

    well the rest of the series..Obviously if you enjoy menzoberranzan but would like a tale not centered around Drizzt this is a must have.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't generally review books..but I wanted to comment on on the Narrator. She's fantastic her voice reminds me of Marina Sirtis's.She has a great pace and cadence.
    As I grow as a listener from a pure reader a good narrator has become as important to the experience as the quality of the writing. Any fan of Dnd Fantasy will find Rosalyn an enjoyable listen that really delivers an excellent performance


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nah it was all fun


    Any additional comments?

    my review goes for rest of series.. I don't want to say more for fear of Spoilers

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 06-12-13
    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Very Satisfying Book About Drow Society"

    I recently listened to the first trilogy about Drizzt Do' Urden. I really enjoyed the books but by the third book I missed the setting of the Underdark and Drow society. So I was excited when I discovered this set of books. I was taken back into the Underdark and backstabbing Drow society, the narration is great and the storyline is satisfying and easy enough to follow. I am just finishing the second book now and I think I'll end up making it through the whole series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matt CHANDLER, AZ, United States 11-01-13
    Matt CHANDLER, AZ, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Gateway to Adventure"
    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 03-31-13
    Nicholas 03-31-13
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    "Good start to a series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like D&D, then you will absolutely love this book. It has a wide variety of demons and creatures that will light up your imagination.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I believe Rosalyn's performance is very good for the most part. Sometimes the voices sound similar, but I enjoyed the book very much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I usually listen to the book while commuting to work and back.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Travis 03-12-13
    Travis 03-12-13

    Drizzt Do'Urden is why I come here.

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    "read it, now listening to it"
    What did you love best about Dissolution?

    it was a hard book to read and imagine. my first dark elf book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pharaun, because he is smart.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    I liked the way she did them all


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no because I like the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    actually I like the whole series. 5 stars all around for each book in the series and for the series as a whole.this book along with the rest got me to the reading grade level to get my GED! this series will always remain special to me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul GREENBELT, MD, United States 02-28-13
    Paul GREENBELT, MD, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Audio books..."
    Where does Dissolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listen to a few books and this was my first from Audible, I loved the story and the books presentation.


    What other book might you compare Dissolution to and why?

    the other books, when I get them.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have gotten used to male narrated books but, Rosalyn Landor set this book off. She made it feel like the story was being told by the spider queen her self.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War of the Spider Queen. Dissolution: The truth behind the lies!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    thomas TOMS RIVER, NJ, United States 02-09-13
    thomas TOMS RIVER, NJ, United States 02-09-13
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    "well read brain candy"
    Where does Dissolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    if your a fan of the forgotten realms books this is a great series i would however suggest staring outwith the dark elf trilogy to enrich your enjoyment of the story with an introduction to drow society


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    chris 03-11-14
    chris 03-11-14
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    "A 5 star series."
    Where does Dissolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 all the way. It has no weakness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mage. He pokes it up ever ones but, with sly remarks & gets away with it, most of the time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the magic fights were good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Trial of the Spider Queen.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States 02-08-13
    Garry Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth purchase good series"
    If you could sum up Dissolution in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing Ruthless entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dissolution?

    Final climax battle


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but really like her reading giving charters differnt voices and so forth


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the book will get next in series

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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