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

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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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Wizards of the Coast
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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
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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.
David
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
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Jesse
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
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Jenn
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.
Tisha
Not very good, stopped reading after awhile. Slow and boring.
Kristin
Interesting concept but the plot felt like every other FR plot...
David
Fairly decent yuan-ti tale.
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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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