Friday, October 25, 2013

The Adversary: The Sundering Book 3 Book Review

The Adversary

The Sundering, Book III

Erin M. Evans

Wizards of the Coast

Pub Date: Dec 3 2013

3/5 Stars

    Summary Time, “

In this third book of the Sundering series kicked off by R.A. Salvatore and the dark elf Drizzt, SCRIBE award-winning author Erin M. Evans thrusts her signature character Farideh into a maelstrom of devilish politics and magical intrigue that will have far-reaching implications for the future of the Forgotten Realms.
As the chaos of the Sundering rages around her, young warlock Farideh faces a more personal turmoil wrought by a deal she made with a devil years ago. Hoping to protect her twin sister, she leaves everything she holds dear to assist a wizard in a scheme that pits the devils of the Nine Hells against the gods above.
But when Farideh casts the spell to enter the wizard’s remote mountaintop fortress, she picks up a stowaway—a Harper agent named Dahl who isn’t so inclined to follow devilish demands. Dahl attempts to escape only to run into a village of odd people, lurking behind an impenetrable wall.
Forced to gaze into the villagers’ souls, Farideh points out the ones who seem different, only to watch as the wizard’s guard carts them off to fates unknown. Are these villagers or prisoners? Are they blessed or doomed by the gods? As the wizard’s guessing game proves more and more diabolical, Farideh resolves to unravel his secrets—even if it means she’ll lose her own soul to the Nine Hells.”


          The Adversary has a very slow pace.  The book introduced quite a few characters and only one that you really have any attachment to is Farideh and some what less so her sister Havillar.  The rest of the cast are quite forgettable and while some times these two tiefling warlocks are somewhat interesting and certainly some of the situations they are in could be classified as adventurous.  I would never classify either one as heroes necessarily.  They are just trying to survive a bad situation.  There seems to be quite a bit back story here that the author slowly dribbles in.  But nothing that really made me sit up and say, “Hey, I want to find out about that.”

        In fact, with the pages and pages of dialogue that never seemed to do too much except remind me how insufferable most of the characters are.  I was just thrilled when this book finally ended.  I really get the feeling that the later chapters in this book could be important to the series as a whole.  But the amount of time and effort getting to them, didn’t seem worth the wait.  I was really looking forward to this book and all I can say is that I hope the next book in the series is better.

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