I have been reading Salvatore's books since the early '90's when I picked up the Crystal Shard, and he has remained one of my all time favorite author..Show More »s. Lots of action and lots of story building. He has made such an impact on Faerun over the years, campaigns would not have been the same without his influence. This, book one of the Sundering, is the most exciting book since the Crystal Shard. This book sets the stage for the 'rebirth' of Faerun and the return of the Gods and magic. The Companions of the Hall are reunited and it was not cheesy at all. I'm glad to hear Mr. Bevine is the narrator again. He does a fantastic job and I look forward to hearing more from him. I can't wait to see what adventures befall the Companions in the next book. As with all of Salvatore's books, this one is well worth the credit. CAUTION: If you have not played D&D for a number of years, this novel may make you want to blow the dust off your books and call up your old adventuring party. Faerun is going to get really really interesting.
Being a Forgotten Realms fan for a long time I couldn't wait for the books in this series to come out. I miss the old gods like Mask and Mystra and th..Show More »eir Chosen. I especially like all of the Earvis Cale books. I was excited to hear that Mags and Drasek Riven would be back but maybe I was expecting too much and raised the bar so high in my mind that no story could measure up? I don't know but I have to be honest. I was a little disappointed in some parts of the story. The two twisted and cursed brothers? I just didn't understand why they were featured so prominently. I listened at 1.5 times normal speed to get past their blathering nonsense like "We do this and the Head Devil of the 8th Hell Mephostopholis, he will keep his promise and remove this curse, bla bla bla". A king of the Hells keeping his word? A child would know better. I'm going to try and stay away from Spoilers but Magaden wasn't involved in the story very much. His contacting the Source, a huge event in the past, is treated as being as trivial as making a sandwich. In the end, I thought a book with Mags, Drasek, and Cale would keep me at the edge of my seat. I'm sorry to say it didn't. I am glad to see some of the events that happened in this book (I won't go into detail to keep this Spoiler Free) so I do not regret reading it. I do wish it had kept me more....well, on the edge of my seat the way the older Cale/Drasek/Mags/Jack/Mask stories once did.
If there was a half star I'd have given the Story 2.5 stars but since there is not, because I am such a Forgotten Realms fan I'll give this story the benefit of rounding up to 3 stars.
Anton the pirate at first appears to be a villain out for profit and Umara the red wizard just a minion to her evil masters, This is a tale of finding..Show More » redemption and doing what is right. Their transformation seems to happen too quickly and could have benefited from a longer development and more details but still believable and makes for an interesting story. Only issues was the narrator whose voice does not lend any sense of high adventure or epic happenings.
Tell me why this Sundering thing started again? Was it to bring back characters from R. A. Salvatore's dark elf series? Why were they killed again? ..Show More » Why were they brought back right after this book? I mean seriously none of this makes any sense to me!
This book is a good story, but you could tell what was going to happen before it happened. With this in mind there is no back story for the main characters or who all these gods are their talking about. If the author would stop telling readers what is coming as well as giving us a back story all of this would have made such a great story! Maybe the author should go back and do a pre-story which gives us the whole backstory on the main characters like who are the sisters?