Ascendancy of the Last by Lisa Smedman
The sava game is still being played, and Lolth and Eilistraee continue to vie for control of all the drow of Faerun. But the drow were once dark elves — surface dwellers — and faithful to the pantheon of the "light" elves. As Lisa Smedman's The Lady Penitent draws to its conclusion, the fate of all hangs in the balance. Ascendency of the Last, the concluding volume of this trilogy, returns the reader to the halls of the Promenade, where Eilistraee's faithful dwell. But all is not well, as their leader Qilue is beset by a demon, the drow-turned-demon Halistraa is reborn a demigod, and Ghaunadaur's oozes are preparing themselves for a final assault on the Promenade.
Smedman gives us a sword and sorcery tale that rarely takes a breath. But unlike simplistic tales that tend to bore us after a short ti... Read More
Lisa Smedman(1959- )
Lisa Smedman, a Canadian, is the author of many novels in the Forgotten Realms and Shadowrun shared universe novels. She works for a weekly newspaper in Vancouver.
The Lady Penitent — (2007-2008) by Lisa Smedman. Publisher: Halisstra Had Failed in Her Quest. Halisstra Melarn, convert to the cause of the goddess Eilistraee, was sent to the deepest depths of the Outer Planes to kill the demon goddess she once worshiped, but instead was transformed into a hideous creature bent to the vengeful will of her former mistress. For the Queen of the Demonweb Pits not only survived her Silence but evolved into something greater than she was before — something that no longer needs to share the domain she calls her own. Could it be that the War of the Spider Queen has just begun?
Ascendancy of the Last by Lisa Smedman
The Appartition Trail — (2004) Publisher: Steampunk meets the supernatural in a Canada that might have been…. The year is 1884, and Corporal Marmaduke Grayburn of the North West Mounted Police always gets his man. But when he is assigned to the secretive Qdivision — an elite unit of paranormal investigators founded by legendary Mountie Sam Steele — Grayburn discovers that his own psychic powers might lead to more than he bargained for. With the aid of the eccentric paranormal researcher Arthur Chambers, Grayburn sets out in search of a missing minister and a magical Native artifact known only as the Manitou Stone. But in a land where perpetual motion machines and locomotives meet ancient sorcery, can Grayburn discover the secret of the stone and maintain the uneasy peace between the scattered Indian tribes and settlers? Or will his own buried secrets lead him towards the dark fate that waits at the end of the Apparition Trail?
Creature Catchers — (2007) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Sibling stowaways take a supernatural safari through Victorian England. Though Kenneth and Candace are twins, they couldn’t be more opposite. Even so, the one thing they do share is a fascination with their eccentric Uncle Nigel, the “creature catcher.” He works for the Londinium Zoo, collecting fantastic beasts like unicorns and fire-belching salamanders. When the London Times announces a creature-catching contest for kids, the twins hatch a plan to win. As Uncle Nigel heads for the Moorlands to capture a will-o’-the-wisp, Kenneth and Candace stow away on his dirigible, determined to bring back a troll and a pixie. But neither of the creatures is what they’d expected, and the catchers find themselves caught. Soon the twins have rescued each other, befriended a troll and raced against time to save Uncle Nigel. Their triumphant return to Londinium with their uncle and their trollish friend wins them the prize and recognition as creature catchers of the highest order. Full of fun and adventure, Creature Catchers evokes a wonderful world of mythological beings.
Sembia — (2000-2003) by Ed Greenwood, Clayton Emery, Paul S. Kemp, Richard Lee Byers, Dave Gross, Lisa Smedman, and Voronica Whitney-Robinson. Young adult. Publisher: The Halls of Stormweather, a novel in seven parts, is the first book in a series that explores the mean streets of a city where everything has its price and even the wealthiest families will do anything to survive! Ed Greenwood — The creator of the Forgotten Realms begins the tale with the capable but embattled patriarch of the Uskevren family. Clayton Emery — The heir to the family fortune is brought to life by the author of Star of Cursrah and the Netheril Trilogy. Lisa Smedman — A veteran science fiction and fantasy author shows us a young woman who’s more than just a maid. Dave Gross — The author of An Opportunity for Profit tells the story of the youngest son who carries a horrifying curse. Voronica Whitney-Robinson — The story of the willful daughter Thazienne is told by the co-author of Spectre of the Black Rose. Richard Lee Byers — The author of Dark Kingdoms tells a tale of a wife with a past as long as it is dark. Paul Kemp — A talented newcomer creates a servant with more secrets than his master could ever guess.
War of the Spider Queen — (2002-2006) by Richard Lee Byers, Thomas M. Reid, Richard Baker, Lisa Smedman, Philip Athans, Paul S. Kemp, R. A. Salvatore (editor). Publisher: While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow, and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution. The War of the Spider Queen begins here. The first novel in an epic six-part series from the fertile imaginations of R.A. Salvatore and a select group of the newest, most exciting authors in the genre. Join them as they peel back the surface of the richest fantasy world ever created, to show the dark heart beneath.
The House of Serpents — (2004-2006) by Lisa Smedman. Publisher: 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 storylines in the Forgotten Realms setting.
The Gilded Rune — (2012) Publisher: A plague has ravaged the population of gold dwarves of the Great Rift. It starts slowly, but the progression is devastating. One dwarf has eyes that have become hard and glassy like marbles; a second dwarf has skin that flakes off in sharp, hardened scales; the skeleton of a third is petrified and fused in place; a fourth wastes away with blood that has turned dark and muddy. Clerical magic doesn’t help. Neither do herbal remedies, nor spells meant to break curses. And in all cases, death is always the same — the heart blackens, hardens, and eventually stops beating, killing each victim with a heart attack and turning the bodies to stone. It’s called the Stoneplague. It’s terrifying. And it’s spreading.