In this third book of the Sundering series kicked off by R.A. Salvatore and the dark elf Drizzt, SCRIBE award-winning author Erin M. Evans thrusts her signature character Farideh into a maelstrom of devilish politics and magical intrigue that will have far-reaching implications for the future of the Forgotten Realms.
As the chaos of the Sundering rages around her, young warlock Farideh faces a more personal turmoil wrought by a deal she made with a devil years ago. Hoping to protect her twin sister, she leaves everything she holds dear to assist a wizard in a scheme that pits the devils of the Nine Hells against the gods above.
But when Farideh casts the spell to enter the wizard’s remote mountaintop fortress, she picks up a stowaway - a Harper agent named Dahl who isn’t so inclined to follow devilish demands.
Dahl attempts to escape only to run into a village of odd people, lurking behind an impenetrable wall. Forced to gaze into the villagers’ souls, Farideh points out the ones who seem different, only to watch as the wizard’s guard carts them off to fates unknown. Are these villagers or prisoners? Are they blessed or doomed by the gods? As the wizard’s guessing game proves more and more diabolical, Farideh resolves to unravel his secrets - even if it means she’ll lose her own soul to the Nine Hells.
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"Two Series, One Book"
This book is the third book in two separate series. It is the third book of The Sundering Series, and the third book in the story of Farideh, Erin M. Evans' premier character. You do not need to listen to the first two books in The Sundering Series in order to enjoy this book -- "The Companions" and "The Godborn" has almost nothing to do with this book. However, you probably do want to familiarize yourself with Ms. Evans' other two books: "Brimstone Angels" and "Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils."
My major critique of this book is that the B plot-line obstacle (between Havilar and Brin) seems particularly forced for the sake of a delayed climax that fits into a traditional narrative arch. I hate to say that it rings false, because this is all just make-believe anyway, but it does.
On the plus side, I think Dina Pearlman has really improved as a voice actor since the last book in this series.
"Great but you have to pay attention to characters"
yes both are great
more devils like asmodaus
yes it was great
yes the girlfrom hunger games
worth a credit but you have to read the first two from same author on same characters
"A great follow up to Brimstone Angels"
Insightful, emotional, adventure!
Astonishing developments in the Farideh and Havilar story, with good Harpers and Hells style action. The sideways riff on deconstructing TWILIGHT via Farideh and Lorcan continues to develop in fascinating and heart-gripping ways.
The final scene
I think I was holding my breath through about half the chapters.
"Easily the best of the Sundering"
Fantastic Shared-World Story
This may be my favorite a Realms novel ever. Evans integrates the world in a top notch fashion the way the leaders in the setting often don't. She, likewise ties in with the other Sundering books in ways both meaningful and interesting. All this in a story involving some of my favorite things, Chosen, devils, and Harpers. Every third tier character deserves a spin off story because that's how interesting and real they are written. The performance was also spot on. I think this is the first D&D audiobook where I didn't hear any mispronunciations that took me out of the story.
"A fun jaunt"
I love the quick pace and constant action, start with book 1 however as you really need the backstory.
Interesting characters and a great story.
"going to return the book - narrator ruins it"
I am going to return this book later on today. I tried repeatedly to get this book started but I just can't keep my mind on the story. I am a huge Forgotten Realms fan and love most of the novels but last night I finally bought the Kindle version and am already several chapters into the book and enjoying it. I've dealt with bad narrators before, I have over 150 audiobooks after all, but speeding up the narration to 1 1/4 or faster didn't help. I am not a huge fan of "Fareeda" (phonetically spelled from the way the narrator pronounces Farideh's name) but the 3 of them are fun to read about. I mean Farideh, her sister and the prince. After a spell they are very likeable but again, only in print, at least for me.
"Adolescent problems on a fantastical scale."
This book brings the adventures of Farideh into a more overarching Forgotten Realms context, but mainly keeps its focus on fantasy-altered teenage-drama, going from embarrassments to lifethreatning situations at a moments notice.
It is a good change from a setting standpoint, but on the character side of things, we only rarely get any of the fun character-moments from the earlier books, instead keeping things tense most of the time.
Particularly Lorcan isn't allowed to flex his more fun sides, which is a shame.
getting introduced to all of these characters in this book is pretty challenging to keep straight, but, once you do, it's a good story.
"Finally the story gets going"
A lot of learning to know the characters in previous books but this one makes me want to read the following immediately! Little hard with Dina as Narrator but she is better (or I accepted her voice).
Now I will buy the next :-)
"Great book! Bad narrator."
narrator is boring as hell.
she is as interesting as a fart in a bottle.
great book though.
"Cannot Praise This Highly Enough :-))"
I already have. Since purchasing this and the other Brimstone Angel audio books, I have listened to all of them at least three times each. As to why, I absolutely LOVE them :-)) Dina Pearlman does a brilliant job of bringing these stories, and the character to life :-))
There are just too many, to choose just one, and I wouldn't want to spoil anything for everyone else.
Ms Pearlman is perfect for these stories. She gives life to the characters, and both drama and humour to all the Brimstone Angel stories.
Absolutely. If I could stay awake long enough, I would have listened to all the Brimstone Angel stories in one sitting. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book, and hoping that Dina Pearlman agrees to read that one too.
These are some of my favorite audio books, and I strongly recommend these stories to anyone who likes fantasy. Awesome :-)) :-)) :-))
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