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Into the Dark Lands (Books of the Sundered #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,125 ratings  ·  75 reviews
War has its cost, and the Servants of the Bright Heart and the Servants of the Dark Heart have been locked in a struggle that has defined life—and death—for millennia. But the end is coming, and only the Lady who has served the Bright Heart for the whole of her immortal life has seen it, in a vision that spans time and demands the highest of prices.

Erin is a healer, and ag
Paperback, 315 pages
Published August 11th 2005 by BenBella Books (first published 1991)
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Lisa Shea
Into the Dark Lands by Michelle Sagara West is the beginning of a multi-book series starring Erin, a swordfighting healer, and Stefanos, the Beast to her Beauty. It is literally Light against Dark, Good against Evil, and somehow Erin is at the center of it all.

Into the Dark Lands I understand completely the draw of the Bad Boy. And, to be fair, Erin doesn't go running into his arms drawn by his dark, brooding ways. Rather, it is an incredibly difficult decision she makes nearly against her will
Purse Monkey
The story is set in land where there is Light and Dark. Each has their own God, each has their own purpose: to spread Light/Dark throughout the world. Each Light and each Dark has Servants to fill out that purpose. Servants are immortals that can communicate directly with their God. There are also a race of people that are descendants of these Servants. These descendants are half-mortals and they, too, can communicate with their God but only if they reach their Adult test.

The hero is the First
So I love the theme of the good girl and the evil guy and the love between them. Every time someone asks for recommendations this book comes up, so I finally bought it and read it.

This book lacks details. That much is true. There's a fine line between too much detail and not enough. I felt like I was given a decent idea of the characters but I was also plugging things in from similar types of books. I really couldn't tell you what any of the characters looked like, including the main characters.
Angels and half-angels fighting a desperate war, and wandering through the lot is the Lady, who mourns and angsts because she knows everyone she loves is going to die, but if she tries to save them she'll doom her entire nation. Mourn, angst; ominous foreshadowing; angst, mourn, angst.

There are four books of this, and Michelle West is normally a good author. It's possible that partway through this first book the prophesied doom finally happens, and everyone gets to stop angsting and start fixing
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I was drawn in by the premise of a heroine falling in love with the villain.Guess if I was dissapointed...Confusing narrative,characters who never come alive and lots of other problems this book has.

Id never recommend this to anyone.Period.
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The first half of the book sets up the overarching plot of this series, which is the war between the servants of the Light (like angels) and their descendants and the servants of the Dark (demons) and their descendants. This is told through the eyes of Erin, a mortal descendant of the Light who is largely shaped by the losses she suffers in the war. The second half then switches gears and focuses on the unlikely and doomed love affair between Erin and Stephanos, the immortal first servant of the ...more
Could have been a 4 star!
I agree with several of the other reviewers who gave this book a low score.
It jumped around way too much in the beginning, it took way too long to get interesting and to get to the real heart of the story (it was the author's first book I think).
I started this book, and by page 85, was ready to give up and give it a review of two stars.. Then I went and read some of the reviews, decided to give it another chance, and skipped ahead to where the heart of the story lay (rea
Genre: High Fantasy

This is set to an epic backdrop of the fight between good and evil (known as Light and Dark in the novel). The main characters are only part human, the other part is divine.

I'm guessing the arc of the series is love balancing pain, and accepting neither the Light or the Dark as ascendant. This novel (the first of 4) is a love story between the First Servant of the Dark and the avatar of the Light. A good half of the book is setting up how Erin (the avatar of Light, known as t
This book totally bored and confused me. The PoV was constantly changing, you would have the story told in Erin PoV then it would change completely half-way through a sentence to another person's PoV and then out of nowhere a narrator or Erin starts talking about the history of Light and Dark. I mean seriously! I have read books in different PoV but they at least tell you from the first sentence who it is but this book had none of it. There are so many characters to keep track of and new charact ...more
Mykle Law
It probably only deserves 3 stars... but I guess I liked it. It does feel a little slow moving for quite a while-- and I always wanted better description of the action scenes.
Chosen champion of the light, Erin of Elliath, Sarillorn the descendants of Lernan, God of Light-- encounters one of the most powerful servants of the God of Darkness, Malathorn (or whatever his name is...) Said servant does not destroy Erin-- as had been his initial intent, and Erin becomes much more intimately aware of th
I'm really not sure what I think of this. It's dark. The endless war between good and evil has no end in sight, and there's death, despair, and betrayal everywhere. Important people die. There's really no relief from it at all, although there's a sliver of hope that things might work out sometime in the next 3 books. If you like your fantasy dark, it's interesting enough that I'd recommend it. I'm not sure if I have the heart to read any further myself.
Jan 06, 2015 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
Boring beginning, FANTASTIC middle and end.

The world-build-up and character's childhood, although probably very important in understanding the book and the character, could barely hold my attention. I was in it for the super dark hero (antihero?) so I couldn't wait for the girl to grow up.

I love-love-loved Stefanos and loved Stefanos-with-Sara(/Erin). Stefanos was literally pure evil and darkness before he met her.

I give this book three and a half stars but since I can choose only 3 or 4, I choo
Could have been 5 stars but because of all the editing issues and the very boring beginning i would give 3.5 stars. The too often missing quotation marks left me confused and i had to re-read those parts. That was annoying. The story itself and the worldbuilding was great. I would recommend it to those who liked the heroes in The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley, Lothaire by Kresley Cole or Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. The hero here is ancient and from the dark/evil side and also doesn't know ...more
One of the best intros to a series I've read. With one of the few true anti-heroes. (The remainder of the series (for me) didn't live up to the introduction, but I think it was well worth it just to read this one).
The reasons I bought this book was a bargain book on Amazon and featured a female protagonist. I didn't care for it as much as I thought I would, but it did hold my interest enough for me to finish the book. The entire book moves kind of slowly, but it kept me wondering what is going to happen next. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. And having read the synopses for the rest of the books in the series and the reviews of the last book, I'm not sure I am going to finish the series. I think ...more
Fre06 Begum
Really good but a bit complicated to understand with the old fashioned English. A really evil male lead who falls in love with the heroine.
Amy Aelleah
Why do all the books that I read that have a strong basis of romance in them also have a controlling, possessive and domineering guy as the love interest?

To be fair, I did have some idea what I was getting into with this book. After all, the 'hero' of the story is also the villain in a way. The hero and heroine are on opposite sides of a long, bloody war and they find themselves falling in love with each other. I love stories that make enemies (or even people that dislike each other) work togeth
Okay, before other Michelle West lovers burn me in effigy, let me explain why I'm giving this two stars, and let me also say I love West's writing. The Sun Sword series is one of the best series ever. Go read it now!

This, you will notice, is not the Sun Sword series. It is West's first book, a fact that West tells you and will be obivous to any experienced reader. At times it is unclear who is thinking what and even what is happening. Some of the scenes feel like gothic gone bad, if you know wha
Mar 25, 2014 Mia rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I read this book on a recommendation and I have mixed feelings about it. Pacing was very hard to follow and the author tends to swap POV constantly, which is quite disconcerting to read. There were parts that were just so confusing I kind of skimmed over them which mean I lost important details that were hidden in there.

The intro added a few years ago by the author makes sense after reading the book. She says that the start of the book was originally told through flashbacks later, but she revis
Summary :

The Bright Heart and the Dark heart have fought for millennia by the intermediary of their immortal children, the Servants of the Light or the Servants of the Dark, and by the intermediary of the human empires and kingdoms those Servants have built.

Erin is the granddaughter of the Lady, the First Servant of the Light. The novel starts when she is only a child being taught to wield her light in order to later become one of the warriors of the Light. Her father was human and his corpse
Wayward Cabbage
Hmmm. Well, for starters this was one of the few books that I picked up and then put down, and only started reading again because I was bored and hadn't slept for twenty four hours. Normally, I just read a book in one go, and the only time I put them down indefinitely is when I'm not enjoying it, but I pushed through since it was a romance and I thought it had potential to make me happy because the romance would be blissfully unrealistic and end in a really touching way.

Need I say that that isn
Hmmmmm... to be honest, I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I was hoping to. I got into Michelle West's books with the Sun Sword set and absolutely LOVED it - and everything she's written since, whether under the Sagara or the West name, I've similarly loved.

Unfortunately, the two sets I've read that she wrote before then, I haven't enjoyed nearly so much.

This one felt... just too black and white. I'm not sure why, but light and dark as specific, tangible beings just - doesn't work for m
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I personally liked this book a lot. Having known Sagara from her works on the Chronicles of Elantra I really preferred The Sundered. The female lead in this book is less annoying and was admirable even in her weaknesses. The initial 40% of the book was mostly background story on Erin (the lead girl) and we see her grow into her character and get an idea of what's really happening around this fantasy land. I did not find it totally boring because of all the action scenes and character development ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Charlie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: top
Very engaging "grown up" fantasy about the fight between Light and Dark. I thought it was very well written and even though some of the choices of the characters left me confused, none of them were abysmal.

There was altogether too much of the Dark Lord "holding Sara's face with cold fingers".

The only reason that this is not a 5* is because it is the first book that has left me confused (but not necessarily in a bad way). I didn't understand the end - Did Sara die? Did the light return or did the
The first half of the book took me 10 times as long to read as the second half. I think it's a problem when it takes a book nearly 200 pages to really get into the good stuff. The beginning dragged on and on with all the battles and background, and I actually put the book down and started reading other books instead. It was only when I was left with nothing to read but this, that I picked it back up and finished it.

Thankfully, the second half of the book (when Stephanos comes into the picture) b
12.7.2015 - 4,5*
Z anotace to nepoznáte, a ze začátku psaní taky moc ne, ale je to zaláskovanost.
Ale damn, jaká romance to je. Temná, krvavá a místy zoufalá.
Je to temná kniha, propracovaná. Lehce naivní, což je vtipné, když se to přirovná ke všemu ostatnímu, ale mě si to získalo.
Co se mi zatraceně líbilo - charaktery postav, které se mi dostaly pod kůži.
A zjistila jsem, že autorka píše typ knih a zaláskovaností, které mi zatraceně sednou. Typ hlavních hrdinů (nebo antihrdinů), které v literatuře
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I love Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series and so was really looking forward to reading more by the author. But this one was a chore to get through. It's her first book, and I think it definitely shows. It started out well, but the heroine (who seemed promising at the beginning) spends almost the entire last half of the book weeping. Which was annoying, no matter how good her reasons for being upset were. Sagara's writing tends to be dense and isn't the type of writing you can skim through, wh ...more
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Books of the Sundered (4 books)
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  • Lady of Mercy (The Sundered, #3)
  • Chains of Darkness, Chains of Light (The Sundered, #4)
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