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Lisa Smedman

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.

Ascendancy of the Last: Exciting and accessible

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 a... Read More

More speculative fiction by Lisa Smedman

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsThe 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?

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsCreature Catchers — (2007) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Sibling stowaways take a supernatural safari through Victorian EnglandThough 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.