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Book Title: Storm of the Dead|
The author of the book: Lisa Smedman
Edition: Wizards of the Coast
Date of issue: August 28th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780786947010
Format files: PDF
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Lisa Smedman’s second new book in the Lady Penitent Series, Storm of the Dead, continues transforming the world of the Forgotten Realms (FR). This series is a must read for any fan of the Drow race or the Forgotten Realms. Marked changes are apparent on the goddess Eilistraee, as the result of events that occurred in Smedman’s Sacrifice of the Widow book. Fans who have not read Sacrifice of the Widow may be confused by these changes, even though Smedman gives a brief, one sentence reference explanation.
The two Drow goddesses, Loth and Eilistraee, mother and daughter, continue to play their game of sava, the multi-level, chess style, Faerûn game, when an unexpected guest arrives. The Drow goddess of vengeance and all things dead and undead, Kiaransalee, is insulted that Loth and Eilistraee would play sava without inviting her. Kiaransalee soon agrees to the terms of the game, (winner take all and the looser forfeits not only their worshipers but their life) and with a sweep of Loth’s hand, she is added to the board.
Each chapter begins in the familiar FR style, providing the “Year of…” and the DR date, allowing Faerûn historians to easily place these events into the Forgotten Realms timeline. Characters from the Sacrifice of the Widow continue to be manipulated by the goddesses playing their game. Qilué, Q’arlynd and Halisstra Marlarn, and Cavatina continue to struggle and adjust to the changes wrought by the goddesses while several new characters are introduced to fans. Kâras (assassin of the Dark Lady), Valdar (Cleric of Vhaeruan), Master Seldszar (head of the College of Divination), and Wendonai (a balor demon of the Abyss) are all put into play along with scores of Kiaransalee’s minions.
The story educates fans with information on Sshamath, a city ruled by the heads of various Arcane Colleges, and The Acropolis, Kiaransalee’s primary temple. Readers will focus on the stories of Q’arlynd, Halisstra, and Cavatina as they are affected by Kiaransalee’s entrance to the sava game.
Smedman’s Storm of the Dead, starts (and continues) to be action packed and ends with yet another “Oh My God, No Way!” experience. This book is a classic Forgotten Realms style story that offers in-depth insight into the Drow pantheon. Readers are quickly immersed in Faerûn and the Drow pantheon transformations as they follow designated and undecided heroes through this adventure. For Forgotten Realms fans, this book continues the story of the historical Drow pantheon changes. Dungeon and Dragons or other fantasy fans will feel right at home with the races, characters and combat, both melee and magical.
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Read information about the authorLisa was very much the tomboy growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia--playing in the woods behind her house, building tree forts, damming the creek, playing army with GI Joe dolls, swinging on ropes, playing flashlight tag, building models and go-carts (which she later rode down the street). She also liked reading science fiction novels from the 1940s, the Doc Savage series, and the Harriet the Spy books.
In 1984, she began her professional writing career, first as a journalist then as a fiction writer. She counts science fiction authors Connie Willis, Robert J. Sawyer, and H.G. Wells, and classic books such as Treasure Island, as influences.
Several of Lisa's short science fiction and fantasy stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies, and in 1993 she was named a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest for science fiction and fantasy writers. She has also had three of her one-act plays produced by a Vancouver theater group.
Lisa is the author of Extinction, one of several novels set in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game’s Forgotten Realms universe. Released in 2004, Extinction made the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction.
After authoring several science fiction and fantasy novels, Lisa recently turned her hand to children's books. From Boneshakers to Choppers (2007) explores the social history of motorcycles. Her interest in motorcycles goes way back--as a teenager, Lisa enjoyed trips up the British Columbia coast, riding pillion on friends' motorcycles. She later purchased her own bike, a 50cc machine, to get around town.
Lisa is one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited, a magazine providing scenarios and tips for role-playing games. She has written short fiction for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game's Ravenloft and Dark Sun lines. She has also designed a number of adventures and gaming products for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Cyberpunk, Immortal, Shatterzone, Millennium's End, and Deadlands. Her original games include Valhalla's Gate, a tabletop skirmish miniatures game drawn from Norse mythology and runic lore. An avid gamer, Lisa belongs to the Trumpeter Wargaming Club.
After working for more than 20 years as a journalist, Lisa now divides her time between writing fiction and contributing to the Vancouver Courier (she edits and writes the History's Lens column). Besides a diploma in journalism, she also has a degree in anthropology. She is fascinated by history and archaeology, particularly the Bronze Age. Her future plans include writing more historical fiction, alternative historical fantasy, and game tie-in novels. Lisa is also interested in building models and dioramas, and tabletop miniatures gaming.
She lives in Richmond, British Columbia, with her wife, their son, four cats, and two pugs.
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