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Viper's Kiss (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents #2)

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The second in a gripping trilogy from R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen author Lisa Smedman.
Viper's Kiss is the second title in a new trilogy exploring the political intrigues of the yuan-ti race, the details of which have been little explored in previous Forgotten Realms products. Lisa Smedman will pen the entire trilogy, which will affect many other storylines i
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2005)
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Apr 29, 2013 Stefan rated it it was amazing
After a disappointing first entry in this trilogy, I didn't have much hopes for the second part. To my pleasant surprise, I was wrong: Viper's Kiss is much better than its predecessor, effortlessly spinning a tale that is exciting without going "overboard."

Let me clarify that "overboard." How often have you read fantasy novels where they use only the biggest, baddest foes, piling one unbelievable scenario upon another for sake of what appears to be just outdoing everything else out there? A good
The plot continues 6 months after the end of book 1, where the protagonist Arvin hopes to begin life anew in the neighbouring barony. The yuan-ti factor was moved from center stage given the plot takes place in a human barony. In its place is a cool, twisted, and definitely interesting plot. The overarching plot for the trilogy was expounded on with the introduction of a female protagonist and yuan-ti mythology and religion.

The protagonist is obviously growing into his newfound powers and you ca
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Jan 04, 2015 Brandt Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: forgotten-realms
Good sequel to the first one. Glad to see Arvin coming along with his psionic powers. Unfortunately, he kept on making the same mistake in this book. He definitely needs to learn more about psionic effects. Or at least be able to cancel his own powers out if need be.
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Aug 14, 2016 Michael Paulini rated it liked it
more consistent and catchy than the first part, was almost tempted to give it 4 stars, but then all the tropes used came to mind.
Feb 08, 2014 Jesse rated it really liked it
Shelves: forgotten-realms
This second installment was not as intiguing as the first for me.

In this one, the main character leaves Hondalath (the nest city of the yuan-ti) and travels across the Vilhilon Reach to another city. So, much of the society of the yuan-ti is missing in this story, and for me, this was a driving factor in reading this series.

The creepiness factor is taken up a notch with interracial relationships and demon possesions and stuff. We do learn a bit about the old religions of the yuan-ti and meet a
Steven Cole
Aug 16, 2011 Steven Cole rated it really liked it
Smedman does it again! The plot here continues to follow our psion/rogue hero Arvin as he travels further in the realms, meets a new love interest, and gets significantly more powerful. There's more intrigue and suspicion here, and interesting plot twists that never seemed telegraphed to me. I liked the way Smedman follows all the rules of how things work in D&D and yet there's lots of success via being smart as well. Her new characters for this book are interesting and worth knowing more ab ...more
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I was disappointed. I loved Venom's Taste, the first of the series, but this one simply could not hold my attention despite my efforts.
Feb 08, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
The second book of the series was much better than the first. I liked the characters a lot more this time around.
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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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