Lord Satoris Banewreaker has the best of intentions when he opposes Haomane, his brother god, but his actions sunder the world of Urulat. Carey's complex Sundering fantasy series, of which this follows 2004's Banewreaker, challenges the reader more than her well-received Kushiel trilogy (Kushiel's Dart, etc.). The stately pace, the plethora of names and sentient species (of which Man is only one) and the difficult main characters—cold, dignified gods—will put off some fans of the earlier, more accessible series. In addition, the author owes too obvious a debt to Tolkien: hobbitlike folk bear powerful, mystical objects analogous to Frodo's ring, while the ethereally beautiful Cerelinde could have been lifted bodily from Loth Lorien. On the other hand, a figure like Tanaros, who retains his honor by slaying his wife and king for betraying him, shows Carey can still create strong, original characters, and the climax, when gods and men fall in battle like ninepins, not only nicely ties everything up but is quite moving as well.
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Urulat is in a bad way. With a final prophecy unfolding, the races have united to bring down the evil Satoris. But the key to the prophecy's fulfillment, the elvish princess Cerelinde, is Satoris' captive. His supporters want her dead. He lets her live because she reminds him of his former goodness. And he sits in Darkhaven, his fortress, mourning his considerable losses and slowly going mad. Lord Tanaros, Satoris' first in command, has also lost much, and grief and rage have hardened a wall around his heart. Yet Cerelinde has somehow touched him. For both men, she is the seed of redemption at the heart of perilous choices that will determine the fate of Urulat. Still, there is a wild card in the person of the Bearer, a resourceful young boy charged with bringing the precious water of life to Darkhaven. Darkhaven's deadly trolls have his scent, though, and they always get their prey. The sequel to Banewrecker (2004) is vintage Carey, though some may fast-forward through the more elaborately embroidered passages. Paula Luedtke
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I finished part II of the Sundering saga last night. **sigh** What a read.
I picked up this and the first part because I read somewhere that it was also one of George S. Read more
Good sequel to the first volume. Not the most exciting fantasy novels, but intriguing and definitely worth the read.Published 3 months ago by L. Santackas
I felt that Volume II does not quite get to the same level as Volume I. The premise is still interesting and the POV's refreshing but the charm from Banewreaker. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kris Bachmann
Bad things happen relentlessly through the book and i'm kind of numb at the end. It's a no win scenario for the main characters of the book and at the end everyone I liked was... Read morePublished 20 months ago by MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson
Nice to be able to find copies of books I want to read and reasonable prices without searching high and low.Published 20 months ago by Maisry
Forebodingly elegiacal, the tension builds over the course of the book until the ending is as much a realease for the reader as for the characters. Read morePublished 23 months ago by K. Montford
Jacqueline Carey again takes her story of the Shapers and their creations to new heights. I stayed up all night, unable to put the engrossing, amazing literary masterpiece down. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Logan Ford Woodard
I love Carey's books, but Banewrecker and Godslayer didn't seem at all like her writing until the last half of Godslayer. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Stefanie