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Insurrección (The War of the Spider Queen #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  6,499 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
The War of the Spider Queen spreads...

A hand-picked team of the most capable drow adventurers begin a perilous journey through the treacherous Underdark, all the while surrounded by the chaos of war. Their path will take them through the very heart of darkness, and the Underdark will be shaken to its core. If the powerful dark elves falter, the world below is open for Insu
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Hardcover, Primera Edición, 301 pages
Published March 8th 2004 by Timun Mas (first published 2002)
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Tony
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Any book about the drow in Forgotten Realms is a good read. They are worse than the republicans.
Heather Carter
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Steven Cole
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun! A quintet of characters from the depths of Menzobarranzan heads to Ches Nasad to find out the extent of Lolth's silence.

Reid did a great job describing the environment and the journey... The drow were as evil and scheming as ever, and the battles were well done.

I'm really enjoying this series!
Tiffany
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-it
This book grew on me. I still prefer Salavatore's original characters. I love the character Pharaun in here, he keeps the other drows on there toes.
Shelby
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much liked this book. It was a well written addition to this series!
Anna
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the first third of the book and nothing happened. Fights that did take place were largely fought 'off camera', the male drow were smug, and the female drow had lost all their brains and agency. Really, Richard Byers was much better able to distribute strengths and flaws evenly amongst the genders and thus portray drow society much more believably. His writing was also more engaging, because we actually saw the heroes performing heroic deeds. Reid's writing - sadly! - lacks wit and ...more
Tony
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Forgotten Realms readers and fans of Dark Elves and the Underdark
This second adventure in the mysterious underdark is a wrecking ball that keeps building momentum until the end. It brings us to the dark elf city of Ched Nasad where betrayal and deceit bubble way past the boiling point.

Overall, Reid does a favorable job of picking up where Byers Dissolution left off. After leaving Menzoberranzan, our characters from the first book quickly find themselves in one worse predicament after another, and the author never let's you come up for air. Reid moves at a fra
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Jimmy
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Lolth is vulnerable during this moment of weakness, as she undergoes her rebirth, for a millennium of power.
A hand picked team, from the matron mother of Menzoberranzan, must travel through the Underdark to the trade city of Ched Nasad. The matron mother needs to know if Menzoberranzan is the only drow city being affected by Lolth’s silence, but Quenthel Baenre has her own agenda. The team run into Aliisza, an alu-fiend, part drow and part succubus, who is intensely interested in Pharaun.
The c
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Jimmy
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Lolth is vulnerable during this moment of weakness, as she undergoes her rebirth, for a millennium of power.
A hand picked team, from the matron mother of Menzoberranzan, must travel through the Underdark to the trade city of Ched Nasad. The matron mother needs to know if Menzoberranzan is the only drow city being affected by Lolth’s silence, but Quenthel Baenre has her own agenda. The team run into Aliisza, an alu-fiend, part drow and part succubus, who is intensely interested in Pharaun. The c
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David
The pacing is faster in this book than the first one, but nevertheless it captures the feel of the characters introduced in the first book. Book 2 tells the tale of the main characters of the first book being picked for a investigative mission to a neighboring city and their adventures there. There's plenty of action and not much dull moments - of course, there is a tendency to go too quickly and as a result Thomas wrote less interactions between the characters than Richard did in the first book ...more
David Schwarm
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forgotten-realms
When WotC finally starts making Movies this is going to be one of the total highlights. Great Characters, Amazing battle scenes, subtle intrigue resolved quickly, and moves the larger story along--this is the Empire Strikes Back of the War of the Spider Queen. Our heros are beaten, a city is destroyed, and grudges are resolved in the Drow way as we plunge further into the Underdarks current crisis.

I really enjoyed this read a lot--initially the abundance of characters was overwhelming, but in t
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Frank Poe
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm hooked on dark elves.
Elisabetta
La storia in sé è interessante, soprattutto se già si conosce il mondo di Forgotten Realms e si vuole approfondire la storia del Sottosuolo. Consigliatissimo agli amanti dei drow.
Ma si tratta di una serie, scritta da autori diversi. E la differenza di stile si sente. In più, la traduzione lascia molto a desiderare, se non altro per la mancanza di coerenza tra le scelte dei diversi traduttori. Si tratta di una serie, pubblicata in Italia dalla stessa casa editrice, sarebbe stato così difficile fa
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Benjamin Spurlock
One problem that often arises in trilogies is that the second book is weaker than the first. Likewise, in works with multiple authors, we often see that the 'second fiddle' isn't as enjoyable as the first, due to being more constrained and not having the advantage of the initial positive response. Unfortunately for Mr. Reid, he doesn't quite manage to avoid this problem. To his credit, however, that's due primarily to how strong the first book was, and not as much a statement about his own talen ...more
John
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish the underdark that R. A. Salvatore created was not so interesting. The world of dark elves is captivating. It’s the setting that I enjoy. This is the second book of six set in RA’s creation and like the first it was not that good.
One thing that was annoying is that the characters are hard to keep track of. For the first half of the book I was confusing them. When you right a book with strange elfish names, be kind and help the reader keep them strait.
Another problem I had was Pharaun’s
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Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book of the War of the Spider Queen series, the main characters from book one travel to the drow city of Ched Nasad to determine whether Lloth's presence has been lost there too. Of course, being drow elves, each of the characters harbors their own private goals and motivations as well. Nearly continuous fighting makes for a very fast-paced read without any significant down time at all. I missed some of the dark and sinister plotting that was more in evidence in the first novel of ...more
Laura
In Insurrection a company of drow (including Pharaun and Quenthel) chosen by the Matron Mothers of Menzoberranzan try to determine the cause of Lolth's absence and whether it extends to other cities. However, there are others who would rather see them... disappear, and so their seemingly simple quest becomes a fight for their lives.

The book started off slow but picked up toward the middle, where it really began to engage me. It took a while to get to that point (and having to contiuously put t
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Michael Alan Grapin
The story continues...the goddess appears to have abandoned her faithful and a fellowship is assigned the task of traveling to another city in hopes of determining why. A priestess and her demon nephew, a mage and his closest friend -- a warrior who has become bored with teaching martial arts -- and a mercenary scout are all following a diplomat who has her own agenda. Magic and adventure in a dark realm that is in danger of total destruction. It's fast paced and action packed...and very enterta ...more
Kristina
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The familiar characters from Dissolution are thrown together through necessity again in this book. The interaction between Quenthel and Pharaun as they are forced to work together is fascinating as a car crash. The story moves out into the Underdark and new characters are introduced who will clearly play a greater part in the mystery.
While the overall story arch continues, with additional pieces being revealed gradually, the main plot of the book is fast paced and keeps you gripping the page edg
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Douglas Owen
The two books take place over one day. I'm afraid if I keep reading I'll find out all the books take place over the same day.

As an avid AD&Der from years gone by, I can say the magic thrown about by the elves would make any 20th level magic user cringe. Scrolls self-destruct after being read, so there are not really a lot of them. Inate magic is fine, but too much of it would be considered a Monty.

Sorry, even after quaffing a healing potion the character would still need to rest. Potions on
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Dave
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the War of the Spider Queen involves a group of drow on a journey to the drow city of Chad Nesad in search of answers to Lolth's disappearance. Reid does an amazing job juggling the various characters as well as the drama, political intrigue, and action in terms of what transpires once the elves are in the city environment.
This is my second time reading this book and series and I find myself forgetting a lot of what happened the first time I read them so it is like I am rea
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Lavender
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, lauras-shelf
I read the entire "War of the Spider Queen" series back to back, so it's hard to rate each book separately. Set in the familiar forgotten realms universe, the characters encounter perils that get more dangerous as the series progresses. Filled with the distrust and backstabbing that has come to be expected with drow in this world, there are still occasional moments of tenderness and soul searching, making this a very worthwhile read.
Donald Reynolds
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book introduced a new dark elf city, Ched Nesad, the City of Shimmering Webs. I particularly liked the irony of its undoing. The Underdark continues to mesmorize me. We get a few more additions to the party trying to uncover the fate of Lloth, a few new demons, and duergar thrown into the fray. Pharaun, Ryld, and Valas are growing on me and Pharaun really steals the show. I loved the setup for the next story, and I can't wait to see where the chaos takes them next.
Robert Negut
What can I say about it? Though how come that wizard got so many spells to cast without resting is beyond me, this is a part of a D&D game in book form, just like most in "Forgotten Realms". Not a lot of literary value, but an easy read if you know what it's all about. Also, I guess it does help when all characters are supposed to be evil; none of their action can disappoint you.
The events are on a greater scale than in the first of this series, at least.
Scrivendreams
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Second author, Thomas M. Reid continues with Insurrection.
I haven't finished this book as I grew tired of it, something that rarely has happened. The reasons it happened however is because it Draaaags, the fight scenes were better however, as were the detailing of the environment. On that scale, I did like it. But, I put it down before it was finished and am left wondering if i'll read the rest of them.
Jennifer
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Above 16, Fantasy Lovers
Shelves: reviewed
Drow: its good to be bad

This series has so much potential hopefully it can make it to the end without turning our favored narcissistic, canning, and relentless Drow into happy rainbow colored puppy dogs. I really like where Reid is going with these characters, he has done a great job taking over from Byers.
Michele
Aug 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non, iniziato, abandoned
Non so se sia colpa delle traduzioni, ma la seconda parte di questa saga �� davvero illeggibile. Ho letto la prima parte con grande piacere, ma non sono riuscito a spezzare le 100 pagine. Il problema �� davvero lo stile di scrittura troppo approssimativo, non si capisce cosa succede, non si capisce dove si svolgono le azioni, neppure che aspetto hanno luoghi e personaggi. Terribile.
Zoltán Gecse
It was OK, nothing more.

The enjoyment factor of this book was better when I read first ~10 years ago. The heroes taking serious wounds, but survived everything. The betrayal of one them was also inevitable, but wasn't suprising.
KostasAt
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8/10

Πολύ καλή συνέχεια με την ιστορία να πρωχωράει σε μια άγνωστη πόλη του Άντερνταρκ. Το βιβλίο έχει περισσότερη δράση από το προηγούμενο και λιγότερη ανάπτυξη χαρακτήρων αλλά παρ' όλα αυτά δεν απογοητεύει.
Dorina
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The challenge the characters are facing and how the characters are developing are so interesting. I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series to see where all of the characters end up.
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Thomas M. Reid grew up in Dallas, Texas as an enthusiastic Dungeons & Dragons player. He performed at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival with his high school jazz band. After obtaining a degree in history at the University of Texas in 1989, he moved to Wisconsin and began working for TSR, Inc., a Dungeons & Dragons publisher, then moved on to be an editor for Dragon, a Dungeons & Dra ...more
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