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Ascendancy of the Last (Forgotten Realms: Lady Penitent #3)

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Is it the end for the Lady Penitent? Is it the end for Lolth?

Lolth has come out of hibernation with a plan that may seem too ambitious even for her, and to pull it off she'll need the help of a drow who's betrayed her at least once already--a drow she's transformed into the demonic Lady Penitent. The shocking conclusion to a trilogy that will change the Forgotten Realms w
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2008)
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Mar 01, 2015 Katrin rated it really liked it
What a great end to this trilogy! I read book two and now book three and I must say it was fantastic. Ok, the magic is sometimes really over the top and some battle scenes make me wonder why they are not resolved easily like other moments in the book but ok. The story was awesome though and kept me glued to the book. The many twists of the story keep you at the edge of your seat and the end is spectacular. Mind-boggling. Very clever!
Rita Arcidiacono
Dec 04, 2013 Rita Arcidiacono rated it really liked it
Finalmente, con estrema fatica, sono riuscita a leggere questo benedetto romanzo che chiude la trilogia “dedicata” alla “Lady Penitent”.
Fatica per ragioni svariate, molte delle quali assolutamente da imputare a me e non al romanzo stesso, anche se ora che l’ho finito posso dire che parte dello zampino è anche suo.
Provo a farne una accurata analisi.
La lunga, pericolosa partita a sava condotta dalle due divinità, Eilistraee e Lloth, prosegue sempre più spietata, sempre più pericolosa, più
Adam Duclos
Jun 17, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it liked it
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May 08, 2017 Tony rated it liked it
Ascendancy of the Last is the fitting conclusion to the Lady Penitent trilogy; unfortunately much of the extraordinary events that happen here have no lasting effect on the realms, which makes the trilogy somewhat irrelevant in the larger scheme of the universe.

The tale picks up with the Goddesses of Eilistraee and Lolth locked in a battle for the souls of the drow, which can only end with one of them being obliterated; the Drow pantheon is in shambles as it is. The god Ghanaudaur also rears it
Oct 09, 2011 Steve rated it it was ok
Such a controversial series. Such a controversial book. I’ll be frank, and say straight out that I found the book alright. I like just about as much of it as I dislike. Maybe the ratio is a little more tipped, in favor of liking it more than I do disliking it. But, either way, there are some major problems here. But, again, it’s not because of the most commonly cited “problem” with the book, that being Eilistraee dying. I, personally, never cared for Eilistraee (I never disliked her, either), so ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Dave rated it liked it
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Brenda Cothern
Jun 02, 2011 Brenda Cothern rated it it was amazing
Lisa Smedman finishes her series, The Lady Penitent, with the last book Ascendancy of the Last. Smedman finishes transforming the world of Forgotten Realms (FR) as the Drow pantheon settles into its final structure. Eilistraee continues to display the marked changes that were the result of events in Smedman’s Sacrifice of the Widow (Book 1). Although Ascendancy of the Last continues character plots from Smedman’s Storm of the Dead (Book 2), the pantheon changes that occurred in book 2 are not as ...more
Kendra Lawrence
Sep 09, 2014 Kendra Lawrence rated it it was amazing
This review on the whole series rather than just the individual books. I read this book when it first came out, so this review is a long time in coming, but here it goes. I love the Forgotten Realms, and while there are plenty of FR books out there I have not read, I love anything about elves and drow, so after reading War of the Spider Queen, naturally, I wanted to read Lady Penitent. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though the death of Vhaearun had me angered. Then he merged with Eilistraee (becoming ...more
Oct 08, 2010 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good and exciting to read as the six books of ‘The War of the Spider Queen’ saga. This trilogy is a delightful and fun read for all fans of the drow. Lisa Smedman gives us more of their hidden history, as the surface elves and drow continue to war amongst themselves. Once again the sava game takes a very interesting and unexpected turn that can lead to either deity winning.
The escape of the oozes of Ghaunadaur and their attack on the Promenade is not the only threat the singing magic o
Forgotten Realms Queen
I loved the first two books of the Lady Penitent series. Could not put them down for the life of me. This book however, I was more than happy to put down and shove into a darkened corner of my bookcase never again to see the light of day.

Don't get me wrong. The storyline appears to be well done in my mind, and I enjoyed the ending even though I was confused by it, the thing that got me was that everyone with any depth to them is dead in the end. This includes one of the Seven Sisters Quile, as w
Aug 08, 2008 Marc rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Mentally Challenged Chaotic Neutrals
Recommended to Marc by: A Mentally Challenged Pit Fiend
Shelves: fantasy
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Steven Cole
Sep 02, 2010 Steven Cole rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. I've been a fan of Smedman's for a while now, and have generally enjoyed the books she's written. But Ascendancy of the Last just left me mostly confused throughout. I constantly felt like there were details that I must have missed, or stuff that I should have remembered from the prior volumes in this trilogy that had slipped my mind.

There's no character development to speak of, and little in the way of evocative description of anything. It really feels like th
May 20, 2013 Ithil rated it liked it
En general creo que esta trilogía no es de las mejores de Reino Olvidados. Me ha recordado bastante a la saga de la Guerra de la Reina Araña, tanto en calidad, como en formato. Si esa saga os gustó, leed esta, os gustará.

Es entretenida, indudablemente, y te hace pasar un buen rato, pero no es como los mejores libros de Reinos que no te dejan soltar el libro, hace que te encariñes con los personajes y te sorprenden siempre. Asimismo, introduce algunos cambios en los Reinos y en la raza drow muy
Aug 14, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it

This book served a good ending and wraps up the series. It gives more insight on how the drow are shaped now with the surviving pantheons. Details on other drows living in different cities and communities helps expand the world the drow and the culture of how they co-exist with each other.

Lloth tried to play her usual dirty tricks, however Eilistraee is smarter. Many moving parts plots at one time but in the end it all made sense.

I do not feel to connected with the characters
Stephen Christiansen
The was the last book of the Lady Penitent Series. I had so much hope for the series, and it had been "OK" to this point. But the last book was a disappointment. Without any spoilers, I felt some of the fates of the characters were written too quickly and in a fashion that wasn't worthy of the character. I've seen other review give similar assessments and these only helped solidify my own opinion. The only reason I gave this three stars was because it finished the series and brought everything t ...more
May 04, 2013 Pennies rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forgotten-realms
yeah, I cried
Nov 20, 2007 Tony rated it really liked it
Lets just say that this book does not lend itself to extending the story. Pretty good series though. If you are into the genre and have read the sextet it builds on, definitely worth the read.
Michael Ware
Jan 10, 2010 Michael Ware rated it really liked it
The book is definetly one that changes the settings of the Realms and of the Drow. I enjoyed it and has sparked my interest in the new novels in the Relams settings. Moving on to Empyrean Odyssey
Jul 11, 2013 David rated it liked it
Pretty neat series. Pretty neat indeed.
Aug 21, 2008 Earl rated it liked it
An interesting conclusion to the series, with some expected Realms-wide ramifications.
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Lisa 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 ...more
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