Tag Archives: series: the sundering

Title: The Herald
Author: Ed Greewood
Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I’ve been picking up every book in The Sundering series as soon as it’s been available to me and have really enjoyed it as a reintroduction to Forgotten Realms. The characters that have been introduced (or built on) are ones that I’m excited to follow as they make their own way in Faerun.

That said, this one didn’t really hit me in the same way. I’m not sure if I was just expecting too much with this being the final book in the event series or it just really didn’t resonate, but I didn’t connect to this one or its characters. It was great to finally get a glimpse into what was going on in Cormyr, but the story just didn’t feel as ‘epic’ as many of the others. But when I think about it in the aggregate, I still have very much enjoyed The Sundering overall.

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

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
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.)

Title: The Reaver
Author: Richard Lee Byers
Publication Date: February 4, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
I feel like with each new installment in The Sundering series I find myself raving about how it’s a great reintroduction to Forgotten Realms, especially for someone like me who has drifted a bit from following major story developments in that world over the past several years. And this time is no exception.

The Reaver introduces readers to some new characters in the continuing saga of the upheaval of Faerûn. Anton Marivaldi is a merciless reaver and pirate who is wanted up and down the coast of the Sea of Fallen Stars. When Evendur Highcastle, the risen Chosen of Umberlee, Queen of the Depths, puts out a bounty on Stedd Whitecastle – a young boy though to be a prophet of Lathander, the Morninglord (a god thought to have been lost through time), Anton rushes out to make himself rich. But there are other forces at play and rivals seeking the boy for their own devices. When Anton finally tracks him down, he finds that kidnapping and turning over a child might be a bit more challenging than he expected.

This story was very well-written. It reads as an epic adventure in itself as part of the overall Sundering saga. The twists and turns and the build kept me hanging on as I flipped from page to page. I’d venture this one is right up there with The Companions, the opening book in the series by R.A. Salvatore. I definitely hope there is more to the story of these characters going forward.

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

The Adversary by Erin M. Evans

Title: The Adversary
Author: Erin M. Evans
Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review: The Sundering has turned out to be an excellent way to jump back into the world of Forgotten Realms. The series is serving as a quick update of what’s going on with some of the major characters of the world and is setting up a bigger event that I’m guessing will spawn some new and unique adventures like nothing in the setting’s history.

The Adversary is the third installment and primarily follows the Tiefling Farideh and the twists and turns she faces as she continues to navigate the pact she made with a devil, Lorcan, and begins to learn more about her family history. The book is well-written and is up there with The Companions, which opened the series. One thing that did make me struggle a bit is that the beginning seems to move very quickly compared to the rest of the book, so it felt a bit jarring, but once things smooth out a bit, it really flows nicely. I’m definitely looking forward to the 4th installment.

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

Title: The Godborn
Author: Paul S. Kemp
Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆

Review: The second book in The Sundering series, The Godborn does a good job of continuing the separate but loosely intertwined adventures of favorite Forgotten Realms characters. This installment follows the life and destiny of Vasen Cale, the son of Everis Cale, and the forces that are conspiring against him. Like The Champions, you don’t need to have read previous books to be able to jump in and follow the story, though I found it to be slightly more difficult to follow in the beginning. The narrations help to build the dark work in which Vasen and company live, though the author’s penchant for using a few vague descriptors (e.g. preternatural) lessened the impact of some of the descriptions.

I still have to say I recommend this to anyone with an interest in fantasy novels, and particularly those with even a passing interest in Forgotten Realms or the Dungeons & Dragons universe(s).

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

Title: The Companions
Author: R.A. Salvatore
Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
It’s been some time since I’ve read anything from any of the Dungeons & Dragons settings, and The Companions by R.A. Salvatore has left me wondering why/how I let it go for so long. The rich fantasy world that Salvatore weaves found me quickly and easily engaged. The level of connection to the individual characters is one I personally haven’t found in a fantasy novel for quite some time.

Even if you haven’t followed the previous adventures Drizzt Do’Urden, you won’t find yourself lost in The Companions. Salvatore works enough background into the story to pick up the history of the Companions of the Hall along with following their current predicaments. The author also seamlessly introduces the history of the Realms themselves, making this a perfect “jumping in” point for someone wanting to read the books of The Sundering but concerned about not having read the 20+ previous Drizzt books.

Highly recommended for fans of the fantasy genre, of Forgotten Realms, of Drizzt, and of books with a well-written narrative.

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