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Tangled Webs

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Product Type: Novel
ISBN Number: 0-7869-0516-6
Author: Elaine Cunningham
Cover Artist: Fred Fields
Release Date: April 1996
Format: Hardcover book (314 pages).
The text below is taken from a description by TSR on the actual product:

'Power.  It is the ultimate ambition of the Underdark drow, the driving force of dark-elven society.  Even Liriel Baenre - a free-spirited young wizard impressed by Menzoberranzan's striving after might and status - is lured from her ancestral home on a quest for magical power.  When Liriel stumbles upon an ancient lore that inables her to wield her innate drow magic on the surface world, she sets off alone in search of excitement and adventure.  But nothing in Liriel's upbringing can prepare her for the truth of power.  With it comes terrible responsibility and unimaginable temptation.
From the dark tunnels of Skullport to the sacred places of Ruathym, Liriel and her human companion, the berserker warrior Fyodor of Rashemen, pursue their long-sought goal.   Around them gathers the storm of battle as ancient enemies Luskan and Ruathym prepare for war.  The mysterious Kraken Society lends its shadowy influence to the side of Luskan, and although the seagoing barbarians of Ruathym are legendary fighters, the cannot untangle the web of intrigue that encircles their island home.  In desperation they turn to the conniving mind of a Menzoberranzan-trained drow and the might of her berserker companion.
War erupts amid the ice floes of the northern seas and in the hidden chambers of those who pull the strings of battle.  Before it is over, Liriel must battle an old foe, accept a deadly power over her closest friend, and confront her own dark nature'.

Tangled Webs was given new cover art and re-released in 2003 by WotC.

Other titles in The Starlight and Shadows Series:

By: Mike G Jordan Date: 06-August-2000
Rating: GoodGoodGood

Tangled Webs was in Elaine Cunningham's excellent style, but it definetely wasn't the hit that Daughter of the Drow was. I think part of the problem was that you just stopped caring what happened to Liriel. There were sub-plot's that didn't really seem to go anywhere. The most enjoyable part I found to be the first chapter. The story just didn't seem to go anywhere.

It's definately a good read, but you just arent taken in by the story, you're not rooting for the characters to win. If you read Daughter of the Drow, then I suggest you read this, but don't expect anything great.

By: Dan Date: 05-November-2002
Rating: GoodGoodGood GoodGood

<side note: I am submitting this review IN CONTRAST TO the one that is currently posted, which I strongly feel is completely unjust. Opinions are opinions, yes, but it was a GREAT book and it's MY opinion that REALLY matters..kiddin'...jus' kiddin' :) >

An excellent follow-up to a great book. Having read almost 50 FR's novels, I must say this (along with Daughter of the Drow) is definitely one of my favorites. A great mix of intrigue, humor, conflict, and action. You really get a sense of connection to the main character, Liriel, and a connection to not just the Drow culture, but the story links into Rashemen as well. Great locales ,sea battles (and sea elves!!!), and a compelling "crisis of faith" story line for our main character make this a must read! Book three hits the streets 11/02..I'm excited!!

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