The Adversary (The Sundering, #3)
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The Adversary (The Sundering #3)

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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, 432 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Wizards of the Coast
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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...more
Dianne
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
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...more
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...more
Maxine
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...more
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...more
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
Jonathan
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...more
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
Shannon

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...more
Kim
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...more
Jessica
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...more
Leeanna
This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me.

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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...more
Ed
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TL;DR- Another good addition to the Sundering lineup 80%



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...more
Diayll
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...more
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...more
Cindy
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
Dj
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...more
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...more
Amy
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...more
Berliad
Feb 09, 2014 Berliad 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...more
Pedro

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...more
Curtis
The Sundering has turned out to be an excellent way to jump back into the world of Forgotten Realms. The series is serving as a quick update of what's going on with some of the major characters of the world and is setting up a bigger event that I'm guessing will spawn some new and unique adventures like nothing in the setting's history.

The Adversary is the third installment and primarily follows the Tiefling Farideh and the twists and turns she faces as she continues to navigate the pact she mad...more
Jeffery Mace
Another excellent book for The Sundering.

The Adversary is the third book in both The Sundering and the Brimstone Angels series. It pics up following the events of Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils and continues the changes to the Realms with the majority of the book taken place about a year after the end of The Godborn. There didn't seem to be any references directly to The Companions and a few references to The Godborn, neither book is needed to enjoy this one.

The intro to the book is the setup...more
Timothy Pecoraro
The Adversary has a very slow pace. The book introduced quite a few characters and only one that you really have any attachment to is Farideh and some what less so her sister Havillar. The rest of the cast are quite forgettable and while some times these two tiefling warlocks are somewhat interesting and certainly some of the situations they are in could be classified as adventurous. I would never classify either one as heroes necessarily. They are just trying to survive a bad situation. There...more
Daniel Haeusser
I received an electronic advanced reading copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.

The stand-alone Forgotten Realms novels that loosely tie together into the series called "The Sundering" seem to get better with each addition. I enjoyed this enough that I plan on going back to read Evans' previous novels. Having mostly read Salvatore prior to this, I was a bit shocked at how more developed and complex the characters in this series are, and Evans' voice is so unique and refreshing that at ti...more
Kelly
‘The Adversary’ is the third book in the Forgotten Realms, multi-author event ‘The Sundering’. I have not read Erin Evans before, but a glance at the blurb and the chance to jump back into Faerûn had me hopping from foot to foot until the ARC hit my hands. Wrapped in a devilishly barbed tale of intrigue, ‘The Adversary’ furthers the adventures of the tiefling, Farideh and her companions.

Finding herself in a bind—one tighter than the pact she shares with the cambion, Lorcan—Fariden strikes a barg...more
Dreaming Isis


The Sundering is picking up speed with the third novel in the series. Erin M. Evans’ novel about her iconic characters plunged them and us deeper into the tension that is building in the Forgotten Realms. Thus far, each of the three novels have increased the intensity of the events occurring in the Realms. In The Adversary we get a glimpse at the gods of Toril scrambling to be ahead of the divine events of The Sundering as well as how mortals are trying to use the pending possible upheavals and...more
Abhinav
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2013/12/...

Shadowhawk takes a look at the third book in Wizards of the Coast’s mega-event The Sundering, and also the third book in Erin M. Evans’ Brimstone Angels series.

“Farideh and Havilar return for another amazing adventure as they finally get caught up in the adventures of The Sundering event and everything has a much higher appreciable stake. Some excellent characterisation this time around and some grea...more
Bames
I received a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

The Adversary is part of The Sundering series and is the 3rd book. In this book, the story revolves around a tiefling named Farideh. She has a knack for getting into one kind of trouble after another although it is not because she is a trouble-maker. She simply likes to leap first and look later. She tries to do what appears to be the right thing at first without really considering all the risks.

She i...more
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