Ascendancy of the Last

Ascendancy of the Last
Forgotten Realms: Lady Penitent #3
Lisa Smedman
Fantasy
3 Stars
Epub, 214 Pages

Eilistrae loses to Lolth, but saves what drow she can, who return to being dark elves. But another god steps in to continue the game, the old god of the dark elves. This was a confusing book with changes just happening for no real reason that I could figure out. Weakest of the whole series imo.

Least favorite of the series. I felt bad for the beings who are jerked around willy nilly by the so-called gods. No wonder they want to kill gods.

Storm of the Dead

Storm of the Dead
Forgotten Realms: Lady Penitent #2
Lisa Smedman
Fantasy
3 Stars
Epub, 209 Pages

another god enters the game between Lolth and her daughter. And loses. Undead battles, etc, etc. Find out more history about the drow. Same quality as the other books by Smedman.

Same level of writing skill and storytelling as in her other forgotten realms books, so it was ok. Nothing spectacular, but a good fantasy read in a thought out world.

Sacrifice of the Widow

Sacrifice of the Widow
Forgotten Realms: The Lady Penitent #1
Lisa Smedman
Fantasy
3 Stars
Epub, 202 Pages

I really enjoyed the original “War of the Spider Queen”, so I had to read this series.

a direct sequel to the War of the Spider Queen series. The only tie-in characters though are the gods involved and Halistra [a dark elf who tried to kill Lolth in the previous series]. Basically a continuation of the war between Lolth and her children to gain control of all the Drow.

Introduced to a host of new characters with only the barest of ties to the original series. This was nothing spectacular [but who reads Forgotten Realms for the writing?] but I certainly wasn’t rolling my eyes like in some of the Drizz’t books.