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The Herald (Book) Review

 
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An action packed book that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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While it's a good read on its own, newcomers to the series will miss a few beats trying to figure out what exactly the Sundering is.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Elminster is back, and he isn’t going to take this whole “Sundering” thing lying down. This is it – the end, or very near to it. If Shar has her way, the Forgotten Realms will be a terrible shadow of itself, the people nothing more than pawns in a great game of gods. But Elminster […]

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Elminster is back, and he isn’t going to take this whole “Sundering” thing lying down.

This is it – the end, or very near to it. If Shar has her way, the Forgotten Realms will be a terrible shadow of itself, the people nothing more than pawns in a great game of gods. But Elminster is a wizard hell bent on action – even when it seems the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against him. With a plan to rebuild the tattered Weave, one anchor point at a time, he sets off to do everything in his power to save the world. And while he does have some formidable allies on his side in the form of Storm and Rune, things are really looking bad this time.

The Shadovar are slowly but steadily advancing their plan to claim the Weave for Shar, scores upon scores of hired mercenaries are absolutely decimating the elven city of Myth Drannor, it is yet to be seen which side will be taken by El’s companions old and new. Once thing is for sure; there will be betrayal. But there will also be love, sacrifice, redemption, and a whole lot of good old fashioned, down and dirty fighting. The Herald is filled with nonstop action, and it keeps you guessing until the very end.

As the final book in The Sundering – a story arc set in the Forgotten Realms that promised to “reshape the Forgotten Realms” – The Herald had a lot riding on it in terms of resolution and tying up loose ends. While each of the books in the series featured its own, independent story line, all of them fell within the context of the larger story, and The Herald wraps everything up neatly for readers, while still managing to feel unpredictable and new. The book doesn’t spend much time on reviewing the details leading up to this point in the Sundering, but while readers who are starting the series with this book may feel a little like they missed a few things along the way, it is minor and does little to detract from the story. It stands well alone as a great fantasy novel in its own rite, with no back story necessary to enjoy it.

The Herald, written by veteran Forgotten Realms author (and creator) Ed Greenwood, offers a suitably exciting finish to the action Sundering story line. A battle between gods to decide the fate of the world is all in a day’s work for the Sage of Shadowdale – but even he can’t foresee the results of this clash of titans.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)