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The Reaver: The Sundering, Book IV Hardcover – February 4, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: The Sundering (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786964588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786964581
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Lee Byers is the author of over thirty novels, including ten set in the Forgotten Realms, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. From his home base in the Tampa Bay area, he is a frequent guest at the many Flordia SF conventions. In his free time, Mr. Byers enjoys fencing and poker. Visit his website at www.richardleebyers.com.

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Richard Lee Byers is the author of over thirty fantasy and horror novels, including a number set in the Forgotten Realms universe. A resident of the Tampa Bay area, the setting for many of his horror stories, he spends much of his free time fencing and playing poker. Friend him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, and read his blog on Livejournal.

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Good read and interesting characters.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.D. on February 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the fourth book of the Sundering series, set in the Forgotten Realms. On one hand, this novel had a lot of promise. The protagonists are people you'd never expect to work together, much less help each other: a very young Chosen of Lathander, a female Red Wizard, and a pirate captain. Also, the world is dramatically changing, with unending rain and flooding, famine throughout the local region, several distant conflicts abroad, and pirates attacking ships regularly in the Sea of Stars. It's not a good time to be a commoner in the Realms. But there are small signs of hope, some of the old gods, presumed dead for 100 years or more, seem to be returning.

Stedd is a young boy and Chosen of Lathander. Yet Lathander either died 100 years ago or transformed into Amaunator, so the Realms believes. Stedd finds himself the target of many evil groups, such as the Red Wizards and the faithful of Umberlee. Having escaped a Netherese prison camp with the help of the Moonstars in the previous novel (by Erin Evans), Stedd is captured by the infamous murderer-reaver-pirate Marivaldi. The Umberlee faithful seek to ritually kill the young Chosen boy, and Marivaldi fully intends to sell him to them. So first he murders the boy's Moonstar defenders. No bones about it, the constantly lying Marivaldi is a murderer and cannot be trusted, yet when the reaver is dealt a reversal with his own crew staging a mutiny - Stedd trusts Marivaldi's lies about taking him to safety. Things go from bad to worse as agents of Thay and Szass Tam become involved, who also intend to sacrifice the boy for their own interests.

Here's the crux of the problem with this novel. These are new characters who are (with the exception of Stedd) meant to be compelling anti-heroes of a sort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Adams on February 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Reaver is book four of The Sundering: a world changing event, transforming the Forgotten Realms. Each book in the series is stand alone and only loosely tied together by the events transpiring across their pages. While the first three novels of the series focused on established characters like Drizzt Do’Urden, Erevis Cale, and the Brimstone Angels (Farideh and Havilar), this fourth installment introduces a treasure trove of brand new faces: Anton Marivaldi (reaver/pirate), Stedd Whitehorn (boy prophet of the god Lathander), and Umara Ankhlab (Thayan Red Wizard). Together, these unlikely comrades are used by author Richard Lee Byers to craft a classic, sword and sorcery tale.

As the story begins, Marivaldi and his crew are searching for a boy named Stedd Whitehead, who has a huge bounty out on him. This youth is rumored to be a prophet of Lathander, the Morninglord; a god believed to have been lost through time and whose demise helped unleash the endless rain that falls over the lands surrounding the Sea of Fallen Stars. A downpour that has killed the crops in the fields, caused the sea level to rise and flood low lying towns and docks, unleashed hunger and bitterness among the people, and resulted in large portions of the disheartened to turn to the worship of the dreadful goddess of the sea, Umberlee. And it is Umberlee’s chosen (an undead pirate named Evendur Highcastle) who wants Stedd Whitehorn so that he may sacrifice him to Umberlee.

But even as the gold loving reaver Marivaldi seeks this boy prophet, others are also looking for Stedd. Szass Tam, lich-lord of the Thayans, has his own minions scouring the Sea of Fallen Stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2014
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‘The Reaver’ by Richard Lee Byers is book four in the multi-author event, ‘The Sundering’. Set during the Era of Upheaval, each novel tells a smaller story, which often include beloved characters and some of Faerûn’s iconic heroes. ‘The Reaver’ takes us to the Sea of Fallen Stars where a small boy is trying to be the voice of a god everyone believes has passed. It’s a good time for the return of Lathander, also known as the Morninglord, an aspect of Amaunator, god of dawn, renewal and spring. The Great Rain seems endless. The lack of sun has crops failing and, well, everything is wet, all the time. It’s a miserable existence.

Not everyone is averse to endless rain. The evil sea goddess Umberlee likes it just fine. As the sea rises, so does her influence or so the waveservants say. Small acts of evil endear ordinary folk to the Bitch Queen, pitting friends and families against one another as they struggle to survive misery and starvation. Understandably, Umberlee would like Stedd, the prophet of Lathander, dead. As Stedd is one of the Chosen, the preferred method of disposal is ritual sacrifice. With a hefty price on his head, Stedd quickly learns he can trust no one, not even the servants of more benevolent gods. Worshippers are jealously guarded, after all.

Enter Anton Marivaldi and Umara Ankhlab, the reaver and the red wizard. They are just two of the agents attempting to capture the boy in order to exchange him for the reward. Anton’s motivation is primarily pecuniary, Umara is driven more by duty. She identifies as an envoy of Szass Tam, who I understand is one of Byers’ regular cast of characters.

Thrown together by circumstance and individually beguiled by the boy, Stedd, Anton and Umara become unlikely allies. Together, they battle their way east.
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