This is literally my favorite story in the Forgotten Realms series, as Eilistraee's faith has always been so unique, and I had high hopes going into t..Show More »he series. I listened to each book of the Lady Penitent, always eager to move forward to the next book to relive the adventure, but wincing with each uttered word of the series' namesake: Hallistra Malarn, the 'Lady Penitent'. While Dara Rosenburg stumbles her way through the Realms, the most tragic part (other than some spoilers that truly rend the heart) is that she is unable to properly pronounce the word 'penitent'. Every time this character is mentioned, which is a lot, Dara Rosenburg pronounces the name as 'the Lady Pen-t-itent'. Pentitent is not a word. Penitent is. I had to get the physical copies of my books out just to make sure I wasn't crazy.
I urge anyone considering this story, or any of Lisa Smedman's other stories, please treat yourself to these amazing adventures in the Realms!! Lose yourself in the tragedy and heroics that dance through these pages! But please, but the physical copy! Turn those pages to find out what happens to Cavatina, Hallistra, Qulue, and all of Eilistraee's followers. And then, once you've experienced the journey, download the audiobook. As a grad student and full time worker, my time is limited (especially any time I consider reading for pleasure), so Audible is a fantastic way to indulge my need to escape to the Realms; however this narrator can never give this story justice, leaving it as a shoddy way of reliving the tales I love.