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The Adversary: The Sundering, Book III Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2014
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ERIN M. EVANS got a degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis--and promptly stuck it in a box. Nowadays she uses that knowledge of bones, mythology, and social constructions to flesh out fantasy worlds. She is the author of The God Catcher, and she lives in Washington State.
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First off, all of the Sundering books seem to be really playing coy with the "big story," planets coming apart and gods being reborn. I get that the point is to tell the story from the point of view of the mortals that interact with the events, but out of the first three books, Godborn does the best job of actually giving you some hints of godly doings from mortal perspective. If you liked Godborn, don't expect more of the same here.
This book is way too long for what goes on. If the dialogue and relationship developments were actually interesting, the long gaps between action or plot advancement might be forgiven. Even if more of the characters were likable, just spending time with them for a while without advancing the plot might be enjoyable. I'll admit, I haven't read other books in the series, but there isn't much in this book to make me care about any of the main characters.
Everyone in the book bickers like immature teenagers. Not just the immature teenagers. Old war veterans, devils from Hell, ancient wizards . . . everybody interrupts, has tantrums, and manages to cuss as if they just learned their first dirty words. Not only does this make for some annoying dialogue, it also reinforces that none of the characters seem to have a distinct voice.
If you are a fan of the Forgotten Realms setting, there are some parts that seem as if they are going to be interesting. Tidings of war, and what is going on with the Harpers, Cormyr, Sembia, and the Dales. Then all of the sudden action shifts to what is suppose to be political maneuvering in the Hells, but instead of getting tense court intrigue or careful game playing, apparently the Hells establish their complex hierarchies by having people puff up their chests and say "I'm more important than you!," with responses that are slightly better than "nuh uh."
I usually try to look for the positive or attempt to sort out better what could have changed to make me react more positively to the book in question. In this case, I don't know where to start sorting things out. While all of the Sundering books to this point have felt as if there is a bigger plot moving behind the scenes, the fact that the foreground plot in this one is neither compelling or coherent just made me wish that we could see more of the important stuff, or at least perhaps find somebody more interesting to waste some time with.
Being so, readers will be acquainted with the two sisters and their predicament, this review will focus on character development, most specifically that of Farideh. After three books many of the readers would suspect that both Havilar and Farideh would have grown up, past their fretful teenage years and their fretful teenage yearlings. Unfortunately this is not the case. Both girls are preoccupied with their romantic interests and that gets in the way of the story until about two thirds of the way through, when much of it is resolved. Many readers would expect, if not hope, that both girls have grown up and matured, able to make discussions without having their emotions run wild. Havilar is more successful than Farideh, although I suspect that's because she isn't involved as much in is story as she was in previous novels. For most of the novel Farideh frets and second guesses and worries and frets some more, it's truly frustrating to watch as a reader knowing that this warlock is something special yet all we are witness to for much of the novel is petulant navel gazing. Dahl is the redeemer in this novel, the only one who grows consistently through the novel. Readers will appreciate seeing him become more. Rhand is perhaps the worst villain I've read for a while, he doesn't have a perspective so the only snippets we see is that of a mad wizard, stereotypical and dissapointing. Overall I recommend if you are a fan of the realms, however don't expect to see Farideh grow into the capable woman we know she can be.