In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale's son Vasen - unmoored in time by the god Mask - has thus far been shielded from the archdevil's dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth.
Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania. He knows the day will come when he must assume his role in the divine drama unfolding across Faern. But Vasen knows not what that role should be...or whether he is ready to take it on. He only knows what his father tells him in dreams - that he must not fail.
Enter Drasek Riven, a former compatriot of Erevis Cale, now near divine and haunted by dreams of his own - he too knows the time to act is near. Shar, the great goddess of darkness, looks to cast her shadow on the world forever. Riven has glimpsed the cycle of night she hopes to complete, and he knows she must be stopped.
At the crossroads of divine intrigue and mortal destiny, unlikely heroes unite to thwart the powers of shadow and hell, and the sundering of worlds is set on its course.
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Good fun book as it stands, and it's a chance to catch up with all your old friends if you've been following the series, but, and I might be turning into an old fuddy-duddy here, it's a bit like a superhero film where the important characters are able to absorb such massive amounts of damage that the effort required to really hurt them is bordering on the tedious, and as a reader I'm not entirely sure as to the level of danger they're in.
There could really have been fewer 'groaning in pain' descriptions and more 'clever stuff' going on. You'd think followers of Mask would be going around being nasty little clever-cloggses - and to be fair there is a meta-element of that, but not on any really visceral - HAHA, You weren't expecting that, were you! - level. As it stands the 'Good' protags are very good, the 'Evil' protags are only slightly less in your face good, and the real bad guys are nihilistically evil, rather than Hannibal Lecter, saute your mum and have her on cheese and crackers evil, or even crash the world economy evil.
Bottom line, fun romp, but a little one dimensional as a book - which is odd given that there are at least three in the story.
"Not bad but was hoping for more"
Being a Forgotten Realms fan for a long time I couldn't wait for the books in this series to come out. I miss the old gods like Mask and Mystra and their Chosen. I especially like all of the Earvis Cale books. I was excited to hear that Mags and Drasek Riven would be back but maybe I was expecting too much and raised the bar so high in my mind that no story could measure up? I don't know but I have to be honest. I was a little disappointed in some parts of the story. The two twisted and cursed brothers? I just didn't understand why they were featured so prominently. I listened at 1.5 times normal speed to get past their blathering nonsense like "We do this and the Head Devil of the 8th Hell Mephostopholis, he will keep his promise and remove this curse, bla bla bla". A king of the Hells keeping his word? A child would know better.
I'm going to try and stay away from Spoilers but Magaden wasn't involved in the story very much. His contacting the Source, a huge event in the past, is treated as being as trivial as making a sandwich. In the end, I thought a book with Mags, Drasek, and Cale would keep me at the edge of my seat. I'm sorry to say it didn't.
I am glad to see some of the events that happened in this book (I won't go into detail to keep this Spoiler Free) so I do not regret reading it. I do wish it had kept me more....well, on the edge of my seat the way the older Cale/Drasek/Mags/Jack/Mask stories once did.
If there was a half star I'd have given the Story 2.5 stars but since there is not, because I am such a Forgotten Realms fan I'll give this story the benefit of rounding up to 3 stars.
"Good story and characters."
Like the book and the story &time line are important. only issue, some of the names are close to others in the book and it was confusing at times.
"Great as usual."
Another great story by Paul S Kemp and narration by John Pruden. Thank you again for making my drive time bearable.
"Excellent Wrap-up of the Everis Cale story"
I have read several unflattering reviews of this book so I feel the need to add my own comments. The story started slowly but when the pace picked up it REALLY picked up. Old characters, both beloved and hated, show up along with interesting new characters. This story is, for me, exciting, delightful, and poignant. I would go on but am already struggling to avoid spoilers! For those who have read the previous Erevis Cale stories, this should be a nice wrap-up.
Victor Bevine does an excellent job, as always, with his narration. He gets his voices "confused" much less often than do many narrators.
One final note, in answer to one specific review. Yes, the author uses "said" quite often, not often using more descriptive dialogues. That bothered me at first but I came to enjoy the simplicity of it. Perhaps that's because the simplicity is in stark and comforting contrast to the complexity of the story, of all the Erevis Cale stories.
In short, I enjoyed both the story and the narration.
"No clue where this book fits in the series"
I’m not really sure where this book was in the Sundering series. The storyline was good and it moved quite well. However, I have absolutely no clue how it ties into the storyline R. A. Salvatore started. I guess the death of a God and the birth of a new one might help end the Spell Plague, but I’m not sure. I did like the story and the flow. The character development was good, but the backstory was severely lacking! Combined with names being too similar took away from the story.
"your bitterness is sweet to the lady!"
loved it. hope and pray for more on these characters. until then, i am in a "showhole" lol
Everything love this book!
I really like them all.
He brought the characters to life I love John and Victor narrating.
Yes! couldn't put it down.
More!!!! I want more books on these charterers.
Well written, well performed. Highly recommended, but listen or read the books that come before this work.
"Good story, well read and a fun ride."
loved it. not disappointed at all by this continuation of the Evris Cale series. fun to listen to.
"Battle of the Big Boys & well read"
Interesting story. My favorite part was how mortals did their thing in the company of godlike beings, and thru the writer's skill, I could almost FEEL the near-unimaginable power of the gods. As a dungeon master about to take my players on an adventure in Hell, this book provided excelllent fodder for my imagination and plot crafting. Great narration as always.
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