In the fourth book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Richard Lee Byers introduces Anton Marivaldi - a renowned reaver with an insatiable thirst for bounty and a moral compass that always leads him toward the evil he's never tried. Endless, pounding rain afflict the Sea of Fallen Stars and the coastal regions surrounding it. Harvests are failing, travel and trade are disrupted, and civilized forces are giving way to the deluges caused by the storms. In panic and despair, many have turned to the goddess Umberlee, Queen of the Deeps, offering her sacrifices with hope that they will be spared the inevitable reckoning of her perpetual tempest. Evendur Highcastle, undead pirate captain, risen from the depths to assume the mantle of Umberlee's Chosen, takes advantage of the people's desperation to strike for both spiritual and temporal power in her name. Vying with Highcastle for the hearts and minds of the people is Stedd Whitehorn, a little boy and the chosen of a god thought lost to time: Lathander, the Morninglord. In a time of such upheaval, Stedd’s message of renewal and hope runs in stark contrast to the savage ethos of Highcastle and his waveservants.When Anton captures the boy in order to collect Highcastle's considerable bounty, the reaver is quickly caught in the riptide caused by the sundering of worlds.
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"Good story bad delivery"
Anton the pirate at first appears to be a villain out for profit and Umara the red wizard just a minion to her evil masters, This is a tale of finding redemption and doing what is right. Their transformation seems to happen too quickly and could have benefited from a longer development and more details but still believable and makes for an interesting story. Only issues was the narrator whose voice does not lend any sense of high adventure or epic happenings.
"Wanted this to be great book, I may never know"
The performance was a 1 on scale of one to 10. Where a 10 is movies for the mind and a 1 is "oh God my ears are bleeding"
I was too distracted by the performance. Richard, pay to have this one re-recorded.
Vocal Quality - Awesome; Pronunciation - Good; Enunciation - Good; Punctuation - yes that a word and it means something.. Thank God the Eugene had to breath or there would be an endless stream of unbroken words.
I just got screwed out of my coin on this one.
Contact a professional vocal actor, and start over.. I was eager to get back to the series, eager to escape into a fantasy world of fractious gods, powerful villains, and hero's that overcome insurmountable odds. I just could not get past the performance. I sat on a plane through 3 chapters, I had to stop listening was just too painful!
"My first Richard Lee Byer experience."
Great story at a great pace with a great narrator. 2nd best Sundering novel so far! I'm biased towards the companions of the hall, though.
It's pronounced ˈfōksəl. Great story, but the reading was low-effort. Maybe have a sailor consult on a reading of a story about sailors.
"A good story with potential"
Here we are once more stuck with figuring out why the Spell Plague was ever started in the first place. Further more it seems to be ending putting everything right back the way it was before the plague. The question that has been asked several times has been why? Yet, it is still unanswered.
In this segment of the Sundering we pick up shortly after we left off in the previous book. The main character is well developed, but the plot is boring at best. The other characters are under developed and they contradict themselves throughout the book. I would like to have seen the main character in a book with a real plot and developed supporting characters.
If your looking for a book to listen too without much effort here is the one for you. Listen while you work and you won't miss a thing regardless of who is talking to you.
"Putting it together"
Great listen as far as story goes. If you take the book as a whole with the others it adds to the overall story really well, and brings another divine player into the picture.
Narrator was a tad monotone, and at times did not pause for viewpoint changes. So you could be listening to one story and suddenly find yourself scratching your head about how you got to another character's viewpoint.
Other than the voices he chose for the kid and the red wizard I really enjoyed this book.
Truly enjoyed the characters, narration, and story. Found myself making time to listen to the story.
"can't believe this is a part of sundering series!"
everything. pure disappointment.
To be honest I don't like any of his books so far
he needs to learn more about wizards of Thay before voicing one. And Umberlee. And any female character for that matter...
not that I can think of. Glad it's over.
"Great Realms Story"
A tale of gods, pirates, druids, Red Wizards, and finally some ideas about what's actually happening during the Sundering.
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