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Series: The Sundering #2
Published by Wizards of the Coast on October 1, 2013
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In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen—unmoored in time by the god Mask—has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth.
Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania. He knows the day will come when he must assume his role in the divine drama unfolding across Faerûn. But Vasen knows not what that role should be . . . or whether he is ready to take it on. He only knows what his father tells him in dreams—that he must not fail.
Enter Drasek Riven, a former compatriot of Erevis Cale, now near divine and haunted by dreams of his own—he too knows the time to act is near. Shar, the great goddess of darkness, looks to cast her shadow on the world forever. Riven has glimpsed the cycle of night she hopes to complete, and he knows she must be stopped.
At the crossroads of divine intrigue and mortal destiny, unlikely heroes unite to thwart the powers of shadow and hell, and the sundering of worlds is set on its course.
While this is the second book in the Sundering, it’s not the first book that had some of these characters so I did spend some of my time reading this book completely confused. However, it was easy enough to catch on and enjoy the book because from what I could tell Vasen hasn’t been in any of Kemp’s previous novels (I might be wrong, but it doesn’t seem like it!).
There needs to be a warning for some stomach-churning violence, though! There were a few scenes that had my stomach turning, and normally violence in a book doesn’t phase me all that much. This one? Yep. Stomach turning and churning and I was gagging. SO let that be a warning. On the other hand, this book made me cry (twice!)
For all that there are a few confusing parts, this one is full of action and adventure, which is what I expect when I pick up a book set in the Forgotten Realms. And there is a lot of fast-paced action and amazing battle scenes that left me wondering what I’ve missed by not reading Kemp’s work before. I’ve missed a lot of big events in this world, so it’s fascinating to be reading about the Sundering, even if I still have no idea just what the Sundering is!
Vasen is the core character of this novel, even if the points of view are split between a few other characters as well. And this book covers his life from when he is first born, to when he is forced to leave the only home he has ever known to follow his path as predicted by the Oracle and to rescue his father. He’s joined along the way by a few companions, but the final stand is made by Vasen alone as he learns to combine the two halves of himself (light and shadow) to save the world. Pretty intense!
Not only is there some world saving going on, but a God is reborn, family is reunited, and the world is still slowly sundering. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, and in the mean time I plan on hunting down Kemp’s other novels to find out just what I missed.