Book Reviews of Venom's Taste (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents, Book 1)

Venom's Taste (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents, Book 1)
Venom's Taste - Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents, Book 1
Author: Lisa Smedman
ISBN-13: 9780786931668
ISBN-10: 0786931663
Publication Date: 3/5/2004
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Venom's Taste (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents, Book 1) on + 204 more book reviews
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 fine job of it here.

Part of her main character's bag of tricks is his skill at magical rope-making, and I loved the way Smedman wove in details of how these things were constructed. It's cool to think about where all the raw materials (unicorn hair, troll gut, and so on) came from and how difficult they are to work with. It's the little touches like this that make me a real fan of Smedman's writing.
reviewed Venom's Taste (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents, Book 1) on + 236 more book reviews
Hlondeth is a city populated by the humanoid serpents, known as the yuan-ti, and ruled by the powerful House of Serpents, and the ultimate target of The Pox. A human cult whose members worship the goddess of plague and disease, and who begins to work the deadly will of Sibyl's Chosen, a dangerous cabal of yuan-ti who will turn every human in the city into a freakish taineted one unless Dediana a yuan-ti halfblood, can stop them.
reviewed Venom's Taste (Forgotten Realms: House of Serpents, Book 1) on + 56 more book reviews
Wonderful!!!!! That is all I can say without giving away secrets of the book.