Title: The Sentinel
Author: Troy Denning
Publication Date: April 1, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
I’ve been enjoying The Sundering, a series of books surrounding a major reshaping of the world of Forgotten Realms, so of course I requested the fifth installment, The Sentinel, as soon as it was available. And can’t say I was left particularly disappointed.

The Sentinel reads, to me, like a typical fantasy novel. We’re dropped into the action of the story and quickly introduced to the characters when they’re already fighting off the Shadovar. The truth of their quest/adventure is revealed shortly thereafter (though there might be some underlying motives not being spoken, we’ll have to wait and see). There are a few altercations between the ‘heroes’ and the ‘villains’ and they reach a point where it seems like victory is impossible, and the ‘heroes’ are put to the test.

Tory Denning’s writing stile is engaging, but I found much of the story predictable. The ‘twists’ that are thrown in were ones I expected before they were revealed and the ending just seemed a bit anti-climactic. That said, the story itself was enjoyable – especially in the context of the overall series – and I’d certainly recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading The Sundering from start to finish.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)