Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Venom's Taste (House of Serpents #1)” as Want to Read:
Venom's Taste (House of Serpents #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Venom's Taste (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  279 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The first in a new trilogy from R.A. Salvatore's "War of the Spider Queen" author Lisa Smedman.
"Venom's Taste" is the first 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 be penning the entire trilogy, which will affect many other storylin
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Wizards of the Coast
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Venom's Taste, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Venom's Taste

Community Reviews

(showing 1-29 of 552)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Steven Cole
Fun book! There's a bit of intrigue here, a bit of serpent goodness, and psionics! Also poison and disease. It all makes for an interesting departure from the typical Forgotten Realms story of swashbuckling and high magic. I've been a fan of the hot southern reaches of the Realms for a while, and it's really neat to see a story based there.

It's also cool to see Smedman's take on the yuan-ti ruled city of Hlondeth. Non-human cultures are always a challenge to pull off, but I think Smedman does a
Brandt Anderson
I like how it is different from most of the Forgotten Realms books that I have read. Most are related to R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden. Anyway this was a fantastic intro to the Yuan-ti and psionics which isn't featured much. I like how the main character continued to grow and despite becoming more powerful continued to use his brain first. Really want to read the rest of the trilogy now.
This is a rather promising start to a new and rather atypical D&D story. It is set in the warmer southern climates and tells the tale of how a man gets twisted into devious conspiracies woven by none other than the dangerous yuan-ti.

The book sets itself apart because it is not the hack-and-slash variety (in fact there's hardly any) but instead it focuses on psionics. Throw in a twisted plot that involves disease, poison, and dissenters and it's a rather good read. Of course, a few plot point
I liked this book. While I had hoped to learn more about the yuan-ti race, there was just enough to wet my palate and leave me interested in the next book.

The main character is not a yuan-ti, but a human who is sucked into the intrigues of the serpant people. The little bit about the politics and society of the yaun-ti in Hondalath(?if that's how you spell it?) was informative. There are psionics and assasins in this story, which are cool. But the author does use one of those slippery endings th
A good story, but I didnt feel any connection to the characters. I really didnt care if Arvin lived or died, or if he found his friend, or if they stopped the Pox. Maybe the characters will get better further into the series. I hope so, as I plan to read more.
Not very good, stopped reading after awhile. Slow and boring.
Interesting concept but the plot felt like every other FR plot...
Fairly decent yuan-ti tale.
Thay marked it as to-read
Feb 24, 2015
Sandra Verga
Sandra Verga marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2015
Salla Leppänen
Salla Leppänen marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2015
Chris added it
Feb 15, 2015
Daniel marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2015
Bazz Foulkes
Bazz Foulkes marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2015
Jim Pike
Jim Pike marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2015
Gary Simmons
Gary Simmons marked it as to-read
Jan 28, 2015
Daniel Woodward
Daniel Woodward marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2015
Omar Groves
Omar Groves marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2015
Aria Sedai
Aria Sedai marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2015
Matthew Hewitt
Matthew Hewitt marked it as to-read
Jan 10, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 18 19 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Whisper of Waves (Forgotten Realms: Watercourse, #1)
  • Depths of Madness (Forgotten Realms: The Dungeons, #1)
  • Neversfall (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels, #1)
  • The Gossamer Plain (Forgotten Realms: The Empyrean Odyssey, #1)
  • Stardeep (Forgotten Realms: The Dungeons, #3)
  • The Shield of Weeping Ghosts (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels, #3)
  • Crypt of the Moaning Diamond (Forgotten Realms: The Dungeons, #4)
  • Mistress of the Night (Forgotten Realms: The Priests, #2)
  • Queen of the Depths (Forgotten Realms: The Priests, #4)
  • Frostfell (Forgotten Realms: The Wizards, #4)
  • The Sea Devil's Eye (Forgotten Realms: The Threat from the Sea, #3)
  • The Alabaster Staff (Forgotten Realms: The Rogues, #1)
  • Son of Thunder (Forgotten Realms: The Fighters, #3)
  • Final Gate (Forgotten Realms: The Last Mythal, #3)
  • Obsidian Ridge (Forgotten Realms: The Citadels, #2)
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
More about Lisa Smedman...

Other Books in the Series

Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents (4 books)
  • Viper's Kiss (House of Serpents #2)
  • Vanity's Brood (House of Serpents #3)
  • House of Serpents (House of Serpents #1-3)
Extinction (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #4) Storm of the Dead (Lady Penitent #2) Sacrifice of the Widow (Lady Penitent #1) Ascendancy of the Last (Lady Penitent #3) Heirs of Prophecy (Forgotten Realms: Sembia, #5)

Share This Book