Daughter of the Drow (Starlight & Shadows #1)
This rerelease of a top-selling title from one of the most popular authors writing in the Forgotten Realms setting debuts a new look for the Starlight & Shadows series, complete with all-new cover art. The recover of this title and its sequel, Tangled Webs, will precede an all-new concluding title to the s ...more
I’ve bought Daughter of the Drow 7 years ago (2008) but could not find time to read it. This year I promised myself to read all unread books in my library.
Daughter of the Drow is an interesting book to learn the life of the Drow. Until this book I’ve only read R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do'Urden books and all my knowledge is written by one author. Reading a different author is re ...more
In short, I greatly enjoyed this book. That isn't to say that I didn't feel there was flaws, but that I felt the good far outweighed the bad. It brought up interesting, new conundrums that weren't touched on heavily ...more
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I also enjoyed this, but I found there to be some major flaws.
I'm not sure whether it's because WOTC made her edit the book down or not, but the pacing is really off.
New ideas are brought into the narrative that go nowhere or are red herrings, and this would work if it was a murder/mystery, but it's not, and it makes it feel sloppy and unbalanced.
I happen to like her lyrical style, but it does err towards being too passive...sometimes w ...more
She has several series that are much older than this one, and I look forward to reading those soon!
This story introduces a new character into the noblest of Drow families, Baenre!
Lireil is the daughter of Gromph, the eldest son in House Baenre and the High Mage of Menzoberanzan. Gromph has h ...more
I have read other materials from Elaine Cunningham, and was not dissapointed by her narration and s ...more
What are the drow? For those who don’t dally in fantasy literature—particularly the TSR Dungeons and Dragons genre, drow are the evil cousins of the elves. Whenever they are introduced into a world’s ecology they are given their ow ...more
Daughter of the Drow takes place after R.A. Salvatore's Siege of Darkness in the drow undercity of Menzoberranzan. It contains many dark elf characters created by Salvatore. However, the main characters are purely from the mind of Elaine Cunningham. I was pleasantly surprised that she stays true to th ...more
Liriel is as opposite of a standard female drow as Drzzt is a male drow. She is whimsical, full of laughter and joy, and quite a prankster. And yet, Cunningham doesn't totally neglect the de ...more
I had imagined this one differently. Yet its nothing like the other ones I've read -- basically being R.A. Salvatore in this central universe of the Dungeons&Dragons.
Still its a story nevertheless. It's characters are definitely interesting enough. However I was kind of missing the feeling that Salvatore gave.
But Cunningham's style almost gave me the remembrance of a high school drama, set in the world of D&D. It was kind of jarring in that sense. Yet it was interesti ...more
Elaine Cunningham does a superb job and building a character living in Menzoberranzan and making the character her own while not changing the overall story and feel of the dark elf city.
The story flows nicely and you can feel what Liriel is going thro ...more
Cunningham's style is much different than Salvatore's - she does not feel the need to move from one action-packed scene t ...more
Anyway, even with all its flaws the book had its moments of brilliance, It managed to move me at some points and come on, it is about drows, and drows are like pirates, in the sense that they make everything better. Also the story is very nice overall.
I wouldn’t reco ...more
The book almost gives you a reverse mirrored image of what most people associate to stories with fairies. It is darker, nefarious, cruel, lascivious, and strict in its harshness. What I enjoyed with this book was how the main characters all became better people by learning to understand more in depth the differences between species, abilities, and rank in society/religion/power.
I love how the central setting for the novel is a ...more
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As beautiful as she is deadly, Liriel Baenre flits through the shadows of Menzoberranzan, city of the dark elves. Amid the treachery and murder that are the drow’s daily fare, she feels something calling to her . . . something beyond this dusky world far removed from the sun. Yet as she ventures toward the surface and the lands of light, enemies pursue her unceasingly.
And one of those enemies may offer the only hope of salvation.
“I have been a fan of Elaine Cunningham
Despite some great writing, there are some serious issues with pacing. The story doesn't feel like its started until Liriel and Fyodor meet for the second time, but by this point the book is all but over. There's also some issues with characters not staying in character - Shakti and Nisstyre in particular don't seem to develop as it a ...more
Elaine Cunningham is an American fantasy author, best known for her contributions to shared-world settings such as the Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, EverQuest, and Pathfinder Tales.