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The Godborn

Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book II
Narrated by: John Pruden
Series: The Sundering, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

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.

©2013 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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great listen

love the world and great characters, well worth it. shocked haven't found the author before but excited to hear and read more.

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  • 08-12-13

Good fun, but...

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.

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  • Wesley
  • 05-10-13

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.

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  • Gareth
  • 23-07-17

Couldn't get past the accent

For some reason a southern accent just doesn't work for a fantasy book. I'll put up with it for other types of books maybe, but this just didn't work.

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  • Andre C.
  • 25-02-18

Meh.

Writing was only OK. The action scenes were decent paced however. Voice acting was kinda stiff in most parts and I wasn't a fan.

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  • Cecil & Soren Wollenberg
  • 07-03-17

Big battles and big emotions.

'The Godborn' mainly presents the reader with a Larger Than Fantasy-Life story, sending armies of mighty beings against one another for the sake of the planet itself.

Everything about this book can just be summorized as BIG.

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  • rich
  • 01-11-16

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.

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  • Jes_074
  • 08-03-16

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.

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  • Jesse
  • 04-03-20

Not Drizzt

I thought this was the next in the series of our dark elf, but I got confused. The Companions,”The Sundering” apparently leads into “Companions Codex “. Sundering was great, brought our favorite characters back to life in a brilliant way.
I guess R A got bored here for after 27+- years of writing this saga let his publisher tie in other story lines from some of his drinking buddies to explore the background story of the gods and how they manipulated their chosen ones. Brilliant marketing strategy. I am not familiar with this authors story line or characters so it is a bit tedious catching up on their past, and not much action until 3/4 through. Pretty well written and I may go back to some of his early works
Performance was week and reading was halting as he seemed to struggle with some of the names and story line
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  • Ian homan
  • 20-08-19

Nothing special

An average to mediocre story in no way improved by a mediocre to poor reading. The author found it necessary to give similar characters in a fairly small cast similar names, and the reader, if he used voices at all, would periodically switch which voice he used for which characters, making the story hard to follow at times.
The story also relies fairly heavily on things not fully explained within this book or the preceding book in the series. In fact this book can be read without having read The Companions and nothing would change.

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  • MikeTucker
  • 07-06-19

Superb.

Possibly my favorite Forgotten Realms book from definitely my favorite author. Even better the second time.
First time listening to the story, narrator did a rock solid job.

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  • Paul A.
  • 09-10-18

inconsistent

far too inconsistent story.. 1 minute Riven has rapiers the next sabres.. talking about the world of toril/abir but people are transporting to earth.