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The Adversary: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book III | [Erin M. Evans]

The Adversary: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book III

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Lisa Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-28-13
    Lisa Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Two Series, One Book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    spyros 05-29-14
    spyros 05-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "Great but you have to pay attention to characters"
    Would you try another book from Erin M. Evans and/or Dina Pearlman?

    yes both are great


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more devils like asmodaus


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes it was great


    Could you see The Adversary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes the girlfrom hunger games


    Any additional comments?

    worth a credit but you have to read the first two from same author on same characters

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dale W. Kunz Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-12-14
    Dale W. Kunz Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A great follow up to Brimstone Angels"
    If you could sum up The Adversary in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, emotional, adventure!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think I was holding my breath through about half the chapters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Greiner Raleigh, NC 03-09-14
    Jeff Greiner Raleigh, NC 03-09-14 Member Since 2013

    The Tome Host at thetomeshow.com

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    "Easily the best of the Sundering"
    If you could sum up The Adversary in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic Shared-World Story


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 12-21-13
    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 12-13-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-21-15
    Robert 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "ROMANCE NOVEL..not what I was looking for!"
    Would you try another book from Erin M. Evans and/or Dina Pearlman?

    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.


    Has The Adversary turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    I thing the narrator did a fine job but I truly have no favorite.


    What character would you cut from The Adversary?

    All of them. Sorry but not one with a backbone.


    Any additional comments?

    The general character types and story line had a lot of potential. Could have been epic. Instead we get a Harlequin romance novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David B. Humphries 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unpararelled Combination of Story and Narration!"
    What did you love best about The Adversary?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adversary?

    Any time the brother and sister devil's spoke, especially to the main character.


    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    Natural voice a listening pleasure, and her characterization and emotional inflections are fantastic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It surprised me that a secondary character's resolute faith hit me emotionally.


    Any additional comments?

    Put Erin and Dina back to work as soon as possible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHEN 01-15-15
    STEPHEN 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book! Love these characters"

    Great book! Love these characters.
    Slow to start but once the story gets going, it pulls you in easily enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael 09-18-14
    michael 09-18-14
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    "i like it"
    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i almost listin to this book in one siting if i didnt have to work i would have lol


    Any additional comments?

    the story its self was actually really good it just took a minute to get going but once it did....:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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