In the fifth book of the multi-author Sundering series, New York Times best-selling author Troy Denning sends an embittered paladin, Kleef Kenric, on a quest to stop evil forces from taking advantage of the chaos rolling across the land of Faern and claiming dominion over the entirety of the Realms.
Stubbornly clinging to his family’s worship of a long-forgotten god, Kleef Kenric soon discovers that his god has blessed him with divine gifts, making him one of a new group of Chosen cropping up around the Realms. This divine gift makes him an excellent ally—and a target for those who wish corral his powers.
After battling his way out Marsember, a city besieged on all sides in the wake of the Sundering, he becomes swept up in the mission of a group of odd allies—a warrior noblewoman, an accomplished thief, and a mysterious short pudgy man exuding a faint odor of decay. With the forces of Shade tracking their every step, they travel to the Underdark to thwart the rise of the goddess of Death, but before long Kleef learns that his allies hide dangerous secrets—secrets that could destroy not only Kleef but the very fabric of the Forgotten Realms.
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The journey of Kleef Kenric, and his relationship with his deity and traveling companions.
The relationship twist between leading characters.
Troy kept me involved with the characters to the point, I'm ready for more adventures from Kleef and company.
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It is a great cross section of my favorite setting and furthers the story of the Sundering in very meaningful ways.
There were some opportunities for better character development, but all in all a decent story. Probably even better on my second listen.
I enjoyed the characters. Although, the book was a quick 8 hours I thought how the characters interacted was pretty good.
It's your standard fantasy fair. Problem is that not much happens. It's is literally return X back to Y and that's it, that's the whole story. There really is not any little side quests or notes etc. Also, unlike the other Sundering books, where and how does this have anything about anything to do with the changes coming?
Obviously, towards the end is when the story picks up and things start happening. It's not a bad book but the ending chapters are the best.
I would recommend it if you are a fan of Troy Denning. Otherwise, it's a forgettable fast story.
The narrator was better than average. I would lean toward other books that he narrates.
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