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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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.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
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
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.
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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.
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.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
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.
The story is full of weak indecisive characters.There was nothing that mad me want to finish the story, no powerful characters,no epic battles, no wicked artifacts....nothing but inner turmoil.I did finish the story but on 1,5x speed and in short bursts.
I have been reading this genre for over twenty-five years and I am not about to stop but I will not be reading anymore Erin Evens work.
I thing the narrator did a fine job but I truly have no favorite.
All of them. Sorry but not one with a backbone.
The general character types and story line had a lot of potential. Could have been epic. Instead we get a Harlequin romance novel.
Writing style has a good pace, but it's Dina's voice, characterization and inflection that brought this book to life. I want more from these two.
Any time the brother and sister devil's spoke, especially to the main character.
Natural voice a listening pleasure, and her characterization and emotional inflections are fantastic.
It surprised me that a secondary character's resolute faith hit me emotionally.
Put Erin and Dina back to work as soon as possible!
honestly if i had been reading this book i would have stopped 1/3 of the way through but pearlman's style of reading and the way she brought the characters to life was just to intising to stop listening great narrator
i almost listin to this book in one siting if i didnt have to work i would have lol
the story its self was actually really good it just took a minute to get going but once it did....:)
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