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The Adversary (The Sundering #3)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  536 ratings  ·  74 reviews
In the 3rd book of the multi-author SUNDERING series kicked off by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the award-winning Erin M. Evans throws her signature character Farideh into a maelstrom of devilish politics and magical intrigue. Captured by Netherese agents and locked away in a prison camp, Farideh quickly discovers her fellow prisoners are not simply e ...more
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2013)
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Wendell Adams
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

In The Adversary, Erin Evans returns to the story of the young tiefling warlock Farideh and her sister Havilar that she began in her two Brimstone Angels books. And while The Adversary is also the third book in the Sundering series, it - like the first two novels of the series - is only loosely connected to the other novels. In fact, the majority of this book takes place about a year after the events in The Godborn, and other than a sense that the Forgo
Stephanie Morrow
You can find this review and others on The Nomadic Reader.

Book three in The Sundering series was a welcome change from the incredible doom and gloom that I felt in the first two books. You’re introduced to two tiefling, Farideh and her sister Havilar. While the book is third in the series you’re more than welcome to read it out of order, the books (like the previous ones) only loosely tie together (they all take place in the same ‘world’). The world is still filled with doom and gloom but there
Margaret Fisk
Originally published at Tales to Tide You Over

This is the third of the Sundering series I’ve read, and I’m thinking it comes in as my favorite. We’re thrust into disaster after disaster from the very start because the main focus is on a tiefling, Farideh, who never looks before she leaps, so determined to do what’s right that she doesn’t take the time to think things through. Of course, she’s rarely given the time she needs either. Then there’s the Harper Dahl who comes with a history rich with
An epic series, epic authors, dark fantasy that is detailed and deep, book three of The Sundering, The Adversary by Erin M. Evans is following in step with its predecessors! , Farideh is drawn into a world of deceit, magic and mayhem as she is taken prisoner in Netheril, only to discover that the Chosen of the gods are being held and exploited for their secret powers. Will she make it out alive? Can she be rescued? Can she trust those who claim to be her ally? Is this one more time the fates hav ...more
Brandon L. Hatcher
A dialogue heavy fantasy themed romance novel

Let me start by saying I have not read much of this author. I typically stick to Ed Greenwood, R.A. Salvatore, Richard Byer, Patricia Briggs, Paul Kemp, and Curtis Jobling. I mention the authors because it is important to understand my background before I start my review. I didn't care for this book. I found it to be dialogue heavy without much substance. The two main characters were annoying and constantly complaining about their situation. They com

As near as I can tell, the books of the Sundering are united by one thing only: each a stanza of prophecy in the place called Faerun. Different authors and different players, all in a world full of Gods, godlings, and those plotting to become godlings -- and the demon counterparts of the same.

Faith in a god, when in Faerun, imparts some magic to the believer. In each book, this is manifestly different. Faerun might be a world or a universe, when you acco
May 11, 2014 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
While this is the third book in The Sundering series, it's also the continuation of the series of stories Erin M. Evans told with these characters before. As such, it's entirely possible there are plenty of other readers like me who had never read any of her other stories and are only reading this one because they started the series with the first entry by R. A. Salvatore. Unfortunately, it seems no one told Evans that, as the first third or so of this book is a jumbled mess of poorly-explained ...more
The Adversary is the third book in the multi-author Sundering epic fantasy series. Like the previous two books, this is the first I have read by this author and also like the first two books, it continues the story of characters from another series by the author. As a result, it took me a while to orient myself and really get into the tale.

However, unlike the previous two books in this series, The Adversary felt like once I got to know the characters a bit, I wasn’t as handicapped by lack of pre
I am getting a little more settled with this series. Ms. Evans did a better job pulling the plot lines that came before her into her installment. This book really felt like it was supposed to be one of the series while being a standalone story. However, (don't you just hate those) I stumbled to get into this story from a writing perspective. Paul Kemp so far has had the best writing.

For this installment, I was back to the internet for research on the vast races that appear in the D&D landsca
Cheryl M-M
The third in the Sundering event and it is getting better book by book.
Farideh and Havilar are heirs to a very powerful warlock and because of this they are very important to all demons from the Underworld. The twin sisters couldn't be more different and some of the decisions made by Farideh threaten to break their tight bond. It is irrelevant why she makes those choices, because in the end everyone perceives her deeds to be those of traitor.
The two women also have romantic interactions going on
Steve Mumford
Erin M. Evans' latest Brimstone Angels novel is also the third in WotC's world-shaking event called The Sundering, and The Adversary does a brilliant job of bringing those storylines together and driving them forward. Readers of the previous Brimstone Angels books will feel shoulder-to-shoulder with the characters from the outset, but Erin has done a marvellous job of welcoming new readers into the fold without any awkward story-slowing blocks of exposition; the book starts at a cracking pace an ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorite
The Adversary by Erin M. Evans is one of the more frustrating and infuriating fantasy novels I have ever read, even other Dungeons and Dragons novels. That's a good thing. In fact, it is a very good thing.
Evans turns everything you think you know about Farideh and Havilar on the head and leads you through a series of twists and turns that keep you riveted and anxious. Some of these twists are expected, but some take you by surprise and may cause you to tear frantically back through the pages you
Dr. Trent
In reading Erin Evans contribution to the The Sundering series, her book The Adversary turned out to be a mixed bag. Evans does a masterful job of sharing setting and action with the reader through her use of imagery and choice of diction. Her character development however is a long and painful process that detracts from the plot as a whole.
In the opening of the book, as well as at several points throughout the book, Evans does a superb job of using all five senses to create a tableaux vivant fo
This is the third book in the Sundering series, but you don't have to read the first two in order to enjoy this one.

As with the other books, the theme of the story is Forgotten Realms/D & D, a sub-genre (if you want to consider it as such) of fantasy/sci-fi. The three books do have some interrelated parts, but not to the extent you must read all three to understand what is going on-this is a standalone story, and can be read as such.

Out of the three released so far, this was probably my leas
George Ramos
Third book of The Sundering series left me with mixed feelings. First, there were way too many details that were lost on me throughout the book, all the way through the very end. Lots of names (particularly from the Hells) that mean nothing to someone who just met these characters.

Second, there is way too much "teen angst" in this book. Does he love me, do I love him, how can we love each other, etc. It's minimal, but this isn't my thing.

Finally, on a positive note, I loved exploring this "infer
Brandon Draga
I haven't written any reviews on Goodreads yet, despite the number of books I've read since joining, but The Adversary made me feel like perhaps I should remedy that. I don't know that I remember the last time I was so hungry for another installment in a book series as I have been after each of Erin M. Evans' Brimstone Angels books, and this one was no exception.

More than anything, I'm a sucker for well-written characters and character interaction. It's something that I work very hard at in my o
Troy Taylor
The Adversary was a welcome departure in tone and approach from the previous two installments of the series, The Sundering. This is the story of Farideh the tiefling and her efforts to untangle herself from a binding contract while helping a Harper agent stop the master plan of an evil wizard.

Evans is a relatively new voice to "The Realms," but in many ways, I think she "gets" the Realms quite well. I was encouraged by this effort and will be seeking out her other works in the series.

This is a v
This book was a struggle to finish. It took me three times as long to complete because it was so bad! It was as if I were given bits and pieces of a much larger book that passed as this one novel. I know there are more books in the series by the author, but you can't just write a novel assuming that the reader has read them already. The story was so freaking convoluted it made no sense. I just power read through the last hundred pages just to finish it!
Merric Blackman
One of the occasional troubles with writing in a shared world is that the Powers That Be occasionally dictate a change of the world on you. Or determine that there’s a cross-over event that you’ve got to participate in. This might be a problem when you’re writing a tightly-plotted series, or it could be a spur for further creativity.

The Sundering novels, set in the Forgotten Realms during 2014’s major event before the release of D&D 5E, are one of those cross-over events. I’m coming to the b
David Williams
In her two Brimstone Angels books Erin Evans introduced us to the young tiefling warlock Farideh. The Adversary picks up where Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils left off. Farideh is still trying to protect her sister Havilar form learning that they are descended from one of the most powerful warlocks and as such are considered collector’s items by certain devils. Faridah strikes a bargain with a devil to protect the two sisters for ten years. The devil keeps the first part of the bargain by suddenl ...more

4 Stars
*I received this uncorrected galley from NetGalley*
Farideh is taken by Netherese agents and imprisoned along with other Netherese enemies. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that her fellow prisoners are something more than what she expected. These captives have powers or abilities that their captors will use or destroy so the race is on for her to find a way to release them. Farideh has allies within the camp but one is an old adversary who she’s not sure she can trust. While she wo
Book III of the six-part Sundering arc began with a bang - literally and in several ways. Within the first couple of chapters, the main characters are introduced and immediately thrown into action. The story captured my attention quickly with the early action and the use of twins as the main characters. It was interesting to see the strength of the bonds between Farideh and Havilar as well as the affects of those bonds in both positive and negative manners.

As with the previous two books of the S
Disclaimer: I read an advance galley proof provided by the publisher and NetGalley, which may vary slightly from the final published version.

Yet another great book in the "The Sundering" series. The author did a fantastic job of providing enough back story that even as a new reader to her characters I could quickly become acclimated to what was happening and why. The only "problem" is the abundance of primary characters, which meant frequent switching between first person views of various player
This review originally appeared on my blog,


THE ADVERSARY is the third book in The Sundering series, and also the third book about tieflings Farideh and Havilar. If you’re new to The Sundering, you don’t need to have read the previous books. If you haven’t read the Brimstone Angel books which introduce Farideh and Havilar, you should be okay to start their tale with THE ADVERSARY. There’s a fair amount of background information on their previous adventures that should fill you in. I
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Basics- Time to return to the Realms. Erin M. Evans returns to the Forgotten Realms continuing the story of Farideh and Havilar. Farideh makes a deal with a devil and ends up being teleported through time. Now Ferideh is caught up in a plot involving Asmodeus’ continuing godhood, devils vying for power, Netheril, and trying to do the right thing. Havilar has to face t
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Ariel

The Adversary is the third book in The Sundering series, a multi author series that takes place in the Forgotten Realms of the Dungeons and Dragons universe. Going into this book I was expecting to be extremely confused because A) it’s the third book in the series and B) I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons in my life. I am extremely pleased to say I was not confused and I really enj
Book 3 in the series, the prologue has the twins, tieflings Farideh and Havilar, in trouble, and their traveling companions Brin, a prince of Cormyr, and Lorcan, a devil, missing. Clanless Mehen, Farideh’s and Havilar’s father, is in trouble, too. Brin helps Mehen, but at a cost. The Shadovar war is progressing. Lorcan’s sister is dancing a knife-edge while trying to trap him. And then there are plans within plans. Everybody ends up in big trouble, with Shar and Asmodeus taking a hand. A new Cho ...more
Maxyne Haybron
There are way too many characters in this book for me to keep track of!
Not real happy with this one. :/
Feb 09, 2014 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnd
I heard the author of The Adversary, Erin Evans, describe the premise of her book as this: Farideh, the central character, makes a very bad decision early on in the book. She then spends the rest of the book dealing with the consequences of that decision.

It's a terrific, spoiler-free encapsulation of the story. What I didn't realize heading into this is that the consequences arrive on many fronts. Immediately, her decision has dramatic consequences on the people she holds most dear: her inner ci

Bear in mind that this is book 3 of the Sundering, and I've read the previous 2, with very good reviews.
However, this one wasn't so good as the previous ones. And I'm really sad because of that.
I've read Brimstone Angels but not Lesser Evils, and I liked what I read.
I was excited to be reading this one.
However, Rhand's character is fully explored in the previous book, as well as Dahl's, and some situationsd which are of interest to this book. I recommend reading that book before The Adversary, e
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