Philip Athans – Annihilation

Title: Annihilation
Author: Philip Athans
Series:  The War of the Spider Queen (Book 5 of 6)
Year: 2005
Goodreads page: Link

DISCLAIMER! This is the review of the 5th book of the series, so it could contain spoiler of the previous ones even in the synopsis. Read at your discretion.

Quenthel Baenre and her band of dark elves embark on a journey into the endless Abyss, hoping to find answers to Lolth’s silence—or Lolth herself—in its depths. They have already survived the terrors of Ched Nasad, Myth Drannor, and the Underdark, but even these dangers pale in comparison to what awaits them in the chaotic infinity of the Demonweb Pits. What they discover there is more shocking than they could have ever imagined, leading them far beyond the Abyss and to a different plane altogether.
(from Penguin Random House)

Yesterday we talked about the good dark elves with Drizzt; instead today we are back to the bad ones with the fifth book of the War of the Spider Queen.

It starts immediately with a scene quite gory, that could disturb some of the readers! Generally this book seems to be fuller of violence, gory stuff and sexual parts than the other book. It has a more adult style.

The author also adds a term related to the magic of the setting that isn’t used by any of the other authors and this could create some confusion in people that didn’t ever read other series taking place in the Forgotten Realms.

Like the previous book, most of it felt unnecessary; something that could be completely avoided with only a slight change in the ending of the third book.
The only parts of this book that really contributed to the advancement of the story are, in my opinion, the part dedicated to Gromph and partially the one of Halisstra (even if it could have been written in a different and much shorter way).

The next and final book should finally bring more action and plot advancement… or at least I hope as it’s the last one of the series! 


  1. The final book does wrap things up but they extend the story about Lolth in another trilogy called the Lady Penitent. I read it but it seemed weaker than this series….

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