Series: The Sundering #2
Published by Wizards of the Coast Source: Netgalley
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, General
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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.
My husband is such a huge fan of all things R.A. Salvatore, he has been trying for years to get me to read his books or at least to dip my toe in the universe that he created. So when the opportunity came about for me to get my hands on a couple of ARCs for books in his series, I decided to go ahead and give it a go. Small disclosure, I have no point of reference for the people or the series because I have never read anything else but this, so the book might be more enjoyable to someone who is more familiar with prior works.
The first thing that I was really happy about was that the book can be read without really knowing anything about previous books. I do love reading series, being able to jump into a series right in the middle of it is a great advantage. I am fairly certain I missed out on some of the little nuances of things that happened in the past, but overall I didn’t feel like I was super confused the whole time or anything even close to that. I was pretty happy with my ability to keep up and keep track of the characters.
This story follows Vasen, who is raised by an adopted father after his mother’s death during his birth. Vasen is half-shade, which sets him a part from everyone else who he is raised among. As he grows up and becomes an adult he really does kind of straddle both light and dark with surprising ease, he doesn’t seem overwhelmed with it like one would expect. He is however kind of taunted with visions of the father he never knew and a rescue mission he choses to ignore. This works out okay for Vasen until people come looking for him.
The people who look for Vasen aren’t what you would call good, wholesome folk. They really are all about violence and distraction, or at least when talking about Sayeed and Zeehd. Vasen really has no other choice but to go out into the world and find out about his father and his destiny. Vasen meets his father’s old friends along this journey, a journey where a lot hangs in the balance.
Overall I would say this book is a pretty good one. It’s more my husbands style of books, so if you like epic/high fantasy this would definitely fit in your wheelhouse. I liked that it had good characters, with good development, and that they were fighting for something that meant something, something of real value, the fate of the world. This book without a doubt works as a stand alone, and I would have no problem recommending it to others.