The Godborn (The Sundering #2)

Kindle Edition, 400 pages 
Published October 1st 2013 by Wizards of the Coast 

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.

The second book of The Sundering series deals with Vasen Cale, son of Erevis Cale. I have never read any of the Twilight Wars books by Paul S. Kemp, but that did not stop me from enjoying the book. Mr. Kemp gave us a quick background of the prior adventures through the eyes of Drasek Riven and Mephistopheles eyes. This gets the reader pretty much up to date on where the story has gone.

The trials and tribulations of Vasek are shown to us, from his odd birth to his leaving the monastery to fulfill the prophecy to save his father and the god Mask. The writing is very good throughout, but it was hard for me to keep interest in the book, since I have not read the prior installments and developed a rapport with the characters. I understand the premise behind The Sundering and believe this will bring lots of readers into the fold but with all the different characters throughout the Forgotten Worlds it will be hard to keep up with all the characters.

Overall the story was enjoyable and those that have followed the Twilight Wars books will thoroughly enjoy the conclusion of it. I an looking forward to the rest of the series and will probably pick and choose which story lines I want to continue to follow.


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