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.
I still don't understand the whole purpose of the spell plague and why it was even done because in the end it will be undone.
Here we have an author starting what appears to be a new series with new characters. Appears is the keyword as I simply don't know. I choose to read this series because it was part of the Sundering series which in and of itself has been poorly written. What is the back story of the main characters? Was there a book before this one that explains it? The story was okay and it does very little to explain any back story to any detail like who is the ghost woman? What's the deal that gives her dominion over a plane of hell?
Really we just thrust into a story that seems to pickup from somewhere, but doesn't. It tries to explain itself, but doesn't. With those two things aside it was a decent enough story. However, if it's a start or continuation of a series then it has failed to peak my interest in reading any more about these characters.
I couldn't find any point to the the story with all the useless banter. If there was any action it was over in 5 words. How was this book even published with no real plot or story!
This is a great start to a fabulous series. It has a suspenseful storyline and combines the right amount of emotional back ground to keep you engaged and feel connected to each character. Pay close attention at first as there are a lot of characters and background covered which makes it easy to get lost.
The performance is also good but, if your not 100% paying attention, a lot of the male characters sound like well to do English Men. Overall, I would and will listen to this audiobook again!
"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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