Condemnation (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #3)
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Condemnation (The War of the Spider Queen #3)

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Favorite characters, situations, and locales from R. A. Salvatore's Dark Elf trilogy return in the third volume in a six-part series that chronicles a devastating civil war that threatens the drow civilization. Reprint.
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2003)
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I really enjoyed this book in the series. The previous edition "Insurrection" was pretty good, but for me, left something to be desired. While Reid did a good job with drow nature, the book somehow didn't keep me excited aside from occasional the occasional part or two. Condemnation seems to have filled that void much better. Aside from the many good things about this book, this entry introduces what has become my favorite character of the series, Nimor Imphraezl. Read on, and don't worry: no sp...more
This is my favorite of the War of the Spider Queen series so far. The book has a very high pace that barely lets you come up for air between battles. I was pulled from one chapter to the next whirling through the story. I found myself wanting to know what would happen next.

Baker’s battle descriptions might not be as dynamic as R. A. Salvatore’s, but I found them easier to follow and imagine in my head. Sometimes Salvatore’s sequences are too tightly wound. Baker stuck to looser descriptions, an...more
Richard Baker tells the continuation of that bickering party from Menzoberranzan onto the surface world and then into the Abyss itself. While he does stick to the general tendencies of the main characters, the author also tried to push the boundaries as well - Pharaun and Valas became wittier than usual, while Quenthel actually became more bitchy - a little too much actually, unbecoming of a Mistress of the Academy. The use of teleportation and extradimensional travel at certain points in the st...more
Reading the War of the Spider Queen books back to back is difficult. Because each book is written by a different author and each author has a twist on the characters, it makes what should be a very familiar character into some sort of pseudo-version of the character you knew from the last book. It's very jarring reading them back to back because you have a vivid memory of everything from the last book. If they were to be read as they had come out (each a year after the next) your memory could fa...more
Heather Carter
What can I say, other than I'm a -bit- of a drow fangirl, and to finally have the opportunity to read a series where a group of dark elves are, y'know... acting like drow, instead of centering on one goodie-two-shoes individual, made me squee with delight.
I loved the politicking and conniving done by, and general unpleasantness of, the characters in this whole series, to the point that I was more than willing to forgive a couple of plot holes and narrative errors, not to mention the sudden chang...more
David Schwarm
I really like Richard Baker. Of all the authors currently in the WOTC Stable he may be my absolute favorite.

This is a great book--it moves the War forward with some epic battles, some great investigation by our main party, introduces some new characters, and does all the things that you need for a book in the middle of the series to do. The sorcery stuff in this is awesome, as are the big battles; but, what I really liked was the travel sections--there is a lot of bouncing around and interesting...more
May 28, 2014 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Forgotten Realms readers and fans of Dark Elves and the Underdark
This 3rd book in the War of The Spider Queen saga sets a steady pace following the conniving dark elf assassin, Nimor as he strives to bring war to Menzobrranzan, and another group of uncanny dark elves traversing through the Underdark and the surface world seeking out the myster of the Silence of their Spider-Goddess, Lolth.

Richard Baker immediately presented a much more flowing style of prose as well as more revealing of insight towards the main characters, which is a contrast to the previous...more
Nov 12, 2008 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: favs
the best book thus far in the series. i loved the description of the gods and the battle that takes place between the gods. very intersting to see that the gods in forgotten realms are more like immortals rather than a divine supreme being. if that makes any sense. can't wait to read the rest of the series and see what happens.
Steven Cole
A worthy addition to the series! I really enjoyed this one. It never bogged down, and the many threads of plot kept my attention quite well. I'm pretty much drooling for the next book, hopefully it will keep up the excitement.
"the group tries to find a wizard of another god to help them. He does, but betrays them and allows his god to enter and try to kill Lolth.... If that doesn't seem cool.... Rate it 3 stars like Derrick ...
This series gets better and better. the main characters are very powerful, so it makes the stories about things you rarely get to see in these kinds of books.
Frank Poe
I'm hooked on dark elves.
Benjamin Spurlock
Richard Baker keeps up the pace of this series. He does a great job of dealing with characters that were handed down to him, managing to keep the feel of them while adding more to their characters, and the parts that he adds in- especially for Halisstra- are astounding. The plot twist at the end was, I thought, quite good, and the way Nimor's scheme played out was interesting.

The only real complaint that I have is that this book feels very obviously like a 'middle' book. To an extent, that can'...more
Richard Baker is my least favorite of the authors of the ‘War of the Spider Queen’ series, so far. His writing is not as imaginative as the previous two. It’s kind of dry, and reads like someone chronicled the events rather than storytelling. But don’t get me wrong. The story itself and the events that are unfolding are very interesting and very good. If only the entire book was as fantastic and well written as the last few chapters! The Menzoberranyr adventurers narrowly make their escape from...more
Richard Baker is my least favorite of the authors of the ‘War of the Spider Queen’ series, so far. His writing is not as imaginative as the previous two. It’s kind of dry, and reads like someone chronicled the events rather than storytelling. But don’t get me wrong. The story itself and the events that are unfolding are very interesting and very good. If only the entire book was as fantastic and well written as the last few chapters! The Menzoberranyr adventurers narrowly make their escape from...more
Robert Negut
As far as D&D-based books go, I'd say this is a masterpiece! Didn't read many, but it seems to stretch the genre to its limits. Of course, those limits are still in plain sight and pretty much prevent it from being a "real" book, but still... The scale of the events is staggering, there are plenty of characters and locations and, while obviously fights still make up most of the book, there is quite frankly more non-combat action here than I could have expected.
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Joshua Fruth
May 10, 2011 Joshua Fruth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: D&D Players
Shelves: forgotten-realms
In the third of a pretty awesome series, our heroes find themselves on surface of the World Above. Alone, deprave, they become desparate to acclerate their quest by any means necessary. After casting his divination spell, Phaurun and the others begin to hike to the city where the drow Tirizk, priest of Vhaerun awaits...

I like the way this book flows together. From the beginning to the end, the writing style never made me cring or grimace. I eagerly awaited the next page to see what would happen...more
Donald Reynolds
I loved the scope of this book and the change in emphasis of the main characters. It takes you from the Anauroch Desert to a duegar city to Myth Drannor, while a host of enemies descend upon Menzoberranzan and Lloth herself. In the previous books Quenthel is portrayed as a spoiled diva, where in this book she is presented as a capable leader and dangerous warrior who commands respect. Pharaun takes a back seat and Halisstra seems to be the focal character, evolving more so than the others. There...more
Michael Alan Grapin
In this third book by a third different author to the first two, the Drow followers of The Spider Queen, Lolth continue their quest for answers while turmoil in the underdark continues. Treachery, battle, magic and a trip to the surface world as the saga continues. A very good read for lovers of fantasy!
Brandt Anderson
Good book. Lots of traveling and interesting characters were met. Not to mention a divine fight. Also, still no mention of Drizzt. Becoming more and more impressed.
Thanks to the machinations of the assassin Nimor unlikely forces ally against the Dark Elves in an overwhelming push to destroy the largest, most powerful Drow city Menzoberranzan. And wow. As faith is questioned, priestesses are weakened, and Lloth's children rise against her in her weakened state the pages zip by at an alarming speed. What is next, I wonder?
"Condemnation" is the third book of six. The first two were mildly entertaining, but overall bland. This book pics up the pace and delivers what I hoped for from the first two. Interesting, alien cultures and perspectives. Drow motivation, selfishness and destructive, is at the heart of all their actions. This also makes it heavy to read for me, all the selfishness, but that just proves how well written this novel is. I applaud Mr. Baker for a job well done, and I was surprised at the lengths th...more
Es entretenida para ser una novela basada en D&D. No pasará a la historia de la literatura pero cumple con su propósito
A good third offering. There is a lot of action going on in this installment - our little splinter group spends most of the book fighting their way out of one scrape or another, and the secret male assassin House contrives to bring war to the steps of Menzoberranzan herself. There were a few thing I did not enjoy, such as " Surprise! Halisstra's a dark bard!" and the disappearance of what small amount remained of Pharaun's survival instinct when it comes to shutting the hell up.
Zoltán Gecse
The sequel was on the same quality level as the previous books of this series. I got the sam enjoyment. The story is simple with a little cruelty. Unfortunatelly the characters are one dimensional, but the mixture of the adventuring party provide many spicy conflicts.
This book was really bad. If had not been in a series written by different authors, I would not have finished it. I will never read a book by Rich Baker again, what a hack. And in the slim hope that he at sometime happens upon this review; "Phillies Suck!"
Pretty good series. Few flaws here and there but overall a solid series. Would be really easy to make into a very long campaign!!
Leonard Marquez
I thought this was slower than the first two. hope book 4 moves a little better.
Kenneth Matsuba
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