Chaos grips Faern as vainglory, prophecy, and ancient forces comingle in the shadows cast by war. Agents of the Shadovar lurk in the corners of Candlekeep in search of the arcane secrets that will power their war machine toward Myth Drannor. Gods and their Chosen run amok, all in a gambit to seize power. And a threat foretold by an ancient seer stirs. At the heart of it all, Mystra, the great Goddess of Magic, has withdrawn from the world. Without her protection, Elminster, her greatest champion, fears for the nascent Weave, the fabric of magic Mystra wields to bind Faern. Will the Nightseer Shar, mistress of the great and fearsome Shadovar, seize the opportunity to blanket the world with her Shadow Weave?
With the help of Storm Silverhand and his protégé Amarune, Elminster works frantically to strengthen the Weave's tethers and forestall what seems an inevitable reckoning. But other interests machinate for their own sinister ends.
As the Sundering draws nigh, Elminster and his heroic cohort must see the signs for what they are. The choice of worlds lies in the balance.
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Oh my God's....not only could I not stop listening (though I did sleep and work), I found myself wanting to know more about each character. Each of them needs their own series. That said, I hope they make this series into a graphic novel. Well done!!!
Only to keep up with what is going on in the Forgotten Realms
Every secondary character the narrator did sounds like a buffon from a children's cartoon TV show.
This book and it's performance is poorly done. The story comes to an abrupt end out of left field. It was like "Oh. We won. Sorta. Good job every body." This is probably my least favorite Greenwood book to date.
And the narrator is terrible. Everything sounds like it came from a Saturday morning cartoon.
The book felt .. rushed.
Minor spoilers follow.
The title had nothing to do with the book. Yes they mention a Herald at times, but really it seems just thrown on there.
The ending was incredibly short. He spends 20 chapters saying how El is less than he was 100 years ago then BAM, world shattering magic .. the end.
The 4-5 chapters happening in Cormyr are nothing but fluff. They add zero to the story and just increase the word count.
For a book that is supposedly an ending to a world changing series it barely interacts at ALL with the ongoing events. Again, it's mentioned but not really a topic in the novel.
It's like calling a book "The Home Run, part 6 of the baseball story" and then finding out it's a murder mystery that only has baseball when the guy sees it on tv for 3 paragraphs.
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