As many of you know, I had the privilege of writing the sixth and final novel, Resurrection, in R.A. Salvatore’s War of the Spider Queen. The series, edited by the dynamic duo of Bob Salvatore and Phil Athans, focused on the intriguing dark elves of Faerun, and explored what happened to their society when their spider goddess, Lolth, suddenly and inexplicably went silent.
The series was a lot of fun to work on (great authors, great editors) and turned out to be enormously popular (all in, I think Resurrection has sold darned near two hundred thousand copies, for which I owe Bob Salvatore a giant ‘thank you’). As for my part in it, people seemed to either really love Resurrection or hate it, and when they hated it, they hated it with the blazing heat of ten thousand suns. I’ve gotten more hate mail about Resurrection than any other book I’ve written. Hell, more than for all my other books combined. Why is that? Well, because a certain character dies in my novel. And man, did that death piss some people off. It always made me chuckle when I received a hate mail, but it weirded my wife out. I figure it just comes with the territory and to this day I’m tempted to go to GenCon wearing a t-shirt that says, in all caps, “I KILLED _______________. AND I’D DO IT AGAIN.”
Likely that’d be counterproductive. 🙂
Anyway, The War of the Spider Queen is now available in Omnibus format, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the series (which means that I’m old and soon to die). There are two omnibuses, each collecting three books of the six. The first omnibus collects Dissolution, by Richard Lee Byers, Insurrection, by Thomas M. Reid, and Condemnation, by Rich Baker. The second omnibus collects Extinction, by Lisa Smedman, Annihilation, by Phil Athans, and Resurrection, by me.
If you like dark elves, the Forgotten Realms, or just a dark, epic journey that spans the planes of existence, all made by protagonists of questionable morality, then this is the series for you. 🙂 I hope you’ll check it out.