I received a copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley.
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.
Kemp has found a new fan. One who was left speechless at his ruthlessness and leaving none untouched… Okay, a slight exaggeration but only slight. I’m still speechless at his storytelling power. I’ve spent the better part of a month sneaking in half-moments in which to read and each time I came back to the story it all came back with clarity whether it was just a day or a week since I’d last picked it up. Not all authors can do that. Ruthless, though, he was. From a to-be-mother, to a peddler, to a high priest, and a living dead man, none were spared. He made monsters of men and left me awed. Gore, death, and descriptions of monstrosities that’ll make you want to hide from the dark (aka not for the easily perturbed). Do the rest of the Forgotten Realms writers write like this? I think not, but I’m impatient for Book III of the Sundering series!
Drasek Riven. I read Godborn without ever having picked up any other of Kemp’s books so I didn’t know who Riven was but I was instantly attracted to this (literally) shadowy figure. Godling with some admirable fighting prowess? I’m hooked. Some of the best moments (some that had me teary-eyed) had him in it. (I may or may not have had a fangirl moment when older Cale named him an assassin in the later part of the book.) I need the other Cale books. Now.
The plot wasn’t anything special itself and the ending was predictable. But boy, even so, the ending was a full blown display of awesome. Well, for the most part. I did have a problem with Vasen’s “faith.” Perhaps it was merely that we get told that he chose Amaunator and we’re not shown it. Riven, once again stole the show though there were some moments with the not so good characters that broke me a little. One of my favorite endings in a long while, I look forward to reading more from Paul S. Kemp!