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The Reaver (The Sundering #4)

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In the 4th book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, Richard Lee Byers introduces Anton Marivaldi—a renowned reaver with an insatiable thirst for bounty and a moral compass that always leads him toward the evil he’s never tried.

Endless, pounding rain afflict the Sea of Fallen Stars and the coastal regions surro
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2014)
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Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

The Reaver is book four of The Sundering: a world changing event, transforming the Forgotten Realms. Each book in the series is stand alone and only loosely tied together by the events transpiring across their pages. While the first three novels of the series focused on established characters like Drizzt Do’Urden, Erevis Cale, and the Brimstone Angels (Farideh and Havilar), this fourth installment introduces a treasure trove of brand new faces: Anton Ma
David Williams
Last year a major new even began in the Forgotten Realms. The Sundering is a world changing event that is ushering in new changes to the Dungeons and Dragons gaming system as well as the world of the Forgotten Realms novels. The first three novels dealt with established characters. Some are relatively new and some have been around since the beginning of the Realms. Now in the fourth book bestselling author Richard Lee Byers introduces us to a new character: Anton Marivaldi. Marivaldi is a reaver ...more
Josh Barron
When reading this book I certainly had high expectations as Richard Lee Byers' last entry, The Brotherhood of the Griffon, in the Forgotten Realms was among his best. I didn't think he could top such beloved characters and the subject matter was just so gritty and horrific at times. Well fans, rest assured. Byers has created a whole new cast that is strong in their own right and very believable. They are grounded in a way that you can really understand them once the layers of their psyche are pe ...more
This is a face-paced book set in the Forgotten Realms, the 4/6 of the Sundering Series set to kick off the epic changes in the Realms universe of books. I really enjoyed reading this book and Byers has a good style that keeps you turning the pages.


Prepare yourself for a lot of action in this installment of the Sundering series. The story starts out with the Pirate Captain Anton Marivaldi's search for another of the Forgotten Realms' Chosen, a young boy named Stedd, Chosen of the Mornin
Margaret Fisk
Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

Another enjoyable novel in The Sundering series from Forgotten Realms, The Reaver is a novel of antiheroes and the influence of hope. Like the rest of the series, this novel has a large cast with those working for the side of good and those working against it, but more so than any of the others, in this the heroes are more than reluctant. They’re downright opposed to the idea.

It’s an odd wander at the side of Anton, Umara, and others who are out to c
I feel like with each new installment in The Sundering series I find myself raving about how it's a great reintroduction to Forgotten Realms, especially for someone like me who has drifted a bit from following major story developments in that world over the past several years. And this time is no exception.

The Reaver introduces readers to some new characters in the continuing saga of the upheaval of Faerûn. Anton Marivaldi is a merciless reaver and pirate who is wanted up and down the coast of t
Cheryl M-M
This is the fourth book in the Sundering series and it was a little on the weak side in comparison to the first three.

However this time it did feel as if it was part of a whole instead of a part of a series. The previous novels have a strong flair bestowed upon them by the writers.

It also had a strong faith and religious tone to it, which the others didn't, and an odd mixture of characters. Pirates, wizards, vampires and prophets, albeit a very small prophet. Again even the variety flowed well a
Stedd is a small boy and the Chosen of Litahander the dead god, who is returning after a one hundred years absence. Stedd believes he has been sent to end the rains that have been destroying the crops and save the people. He is being sought by a whole herd of bad guys including the followers of Umberlee, the goddess of the deep, who plan on sacrificing him and they have offered a huge reward to whomever can deliver him to them. Among those who are hunting for Stedd is Anton Marivaldi, a charming ...more
Jeffery Mace
The Reaver is the 4th book of the Sundering and in many ways its the first to directly show both physical effects on a large scale and direct machination of some of the Gods. Its also the first of the Sundering books to focus on new characters, which in this case is a good thing.

Anton Marivaldi is a pirate feared throughout the Sea of Fallen Stars. He is looking for a young boy who rumors say is the Chosen of Lathander the lost God of Rebirth. Evendur Highcastle was once a pirate captain when he
Koji Watanabe
The Reaver

As an avid Forgotten realms fan, and an avid Richard Lee Byers fan, I was very excited to read his entry into the sundering series. The fact that it revolved around a pirate made it even better because it is a fun theme in the realms.

It had me interested from start to finish, despite me having to learn new characters. A rare occurance. Themes of both dark and light and the grey area in between always get me hooked. Anton is no exception. At heart, he has a conscience, does evil things
This review originally appeared on my blog,


Previous books in The Sundering series have mentioned the Chosen: mortals blessed by the gods. In THE REAVER, we follow Stedd Whitehorn, Chosen of Lathander. Stedd’s a young boy on his own, traveling across the length of Faerun. He’s wanted by the evil sea goddess Umberlee, as well as Szass Tam, the undead ruler of Thay. Almost everyone he meets has ulterior motives, from wanting to sell him to use his powers for their own gain. Chief amon

*I received this uncorrected galley from NetGalley*
Stedd Whitehorn, a young boy Chosen by a God thought to be dead, has a big price on his head. In order to perform the miracles that will end a famine that has plagued the land and preach the messages of his god he has to journey far while evading many enemies. Anton Marivaldi, a reaver with a checkered past, captures Stedd in hopes to claim a bounty from the undead pirate captain Evendur Highcastle who serves the god Umberlee. Anton finds himsel
Continuing on the Sundering books, this one was enjoyable, as well. I have not read much by Byers before, and didn't know much about the locations described (mostly Turmish), but knew a bit about some other areas of the Sea of Fallen Stars, and it was interesting to learn more about them (since I enjoy how Forgotten Realms books interact). That said, it was a bit of a slow start, because two of the three main characters are not nice people, and it was tiresome following a main character who was ...more
This is my favorite book of the Sundering Series. It can be read alone, but it is book IV of the series, all set somewhere in Faerun. With Godlings, Pirates, Mages, and Vampires on land and sea, How could it not end up being fun?

The first 1/3 of this book was a little of a strain to get through, and then -- the book becomes incredibly fun to read with pirates, battles, mutiny, Sea God versus Sun and Nature Gods... and,naturally, some miracles.

The Gods... may be crazy, especially with as many as
A.E. Marling
If you have d20’s on the brain then you’ll love The Reaver by Richard Lee Byers. This swords-and-sorcery adventure crosses through the Forgotten Realms, the destination of choice D&D campaigns. Aficionados of character sheets will have much to recognize and relish, especially the spells.

Read my full review on Fantasy Faction.
Like its series predessors, The Reaver by Richard Lee Byers is filled with dark tension, unlikely heroes and battle scenes described in such rich detail, one can almost smell the death in the air. Anton is a cold, hardened Reaver,a rogue, but when The Chosen, young Stedd comes into his life, there is a new side of Anton, that begins to bloom. He seems to gain a heart, a lighter side to his darkness. Stedd’s innocence is endearing, too trusting, too gentle at times, but growing up quickly in the ...more
Book Bout-Book Review of The Sundering Book IV: The Reaver

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TL;DR- An Ok Realms story. 73%

Basics- Set sail for adventure. The Reaver follows the story of Anton Marivaldi, former sailor turned pirate. Anton and his crew kidnap a boy prophet of Lathander, a formally dead deity. Anton is betrayed by his crew, and escapes with the boy. The two have different goa
As with the others in this series, I feel I have to preface my review with the disclaimer that The Sundering series is my first foray into the Forgotten Realms. And as such, I pretty much always feel like I'm floundering in a world where I need a big map to have any clue how any of these seemingly disparate stories are supposed to connect together and that I'm missing a lot because I have no history to fall back on. Also, my brain apparently needs a linear progression from point A to point B, so ...more
Troy Taylor
A handsomely told adventure. As the undead powers of the Forgotten Realms clash, a young boy who is the chosen of the Morninglord, emerges to counter the darkness. But Stedd is just a boy, and he finds two unlikely champions -- a pirate captain, Anton Marivaldi, and a renegade wizard.

Told mostly from Anton's perspective, this is a story of pirate captains, shore raiders and ships in battle upon the high seas. Author Richard Lee Byers is a mature storyteller, who mixes a rollicking pirate adventu
Nicolas Carrillo
I am not a native English-speaker, so please excuse any mistakes found here. A passage of Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy I wholly identify with is the mention by one of the characters found in the novel that there are some books that despite not being academic or classical works are very enjoyable and entertaining and that it is a good thing to read them. Richard Lee Byers’s The Reaver is among them: I really liked this book, and I can say that I share the feeling of two of its main characte ...more
‘The Reaver’ by Richard Lee Byers is book four in the multi-author event, ‘The Sundering’. Set during the Era of Upheaval, each novel tells a smaller story, which often include beloved characters and some of Faerûn’s iconic heroes. ‘The Reaver’ takes us to the Sea of Fallen Stars where a small boy is trying to be the voice of a god everyone believes has passed. It’s a good time for the return of Lathander, also known as the Morninglord, an aspect of Amaunator, god of dawn, renewal and spring. Th ...more
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

First of all, I am not a gamer and have no clue about Dungeons & Dragons except that I am aware that a lot of people love the game. When The Sundering series of books came out with its very first book -- The Companions -- I decided it was something I might try to read. I did not regret my decision and, to be perfectly honest, have gotten hooked on the series. Each and every book is written by a diffe
Michael Adams
ARC provided by WOTC and Netgalley for an honest review:
As I have stated on other reviews I am quite familiar with the Forgotten Realms and Dungeons and Dragons in general due to my tabletop gaming and book reading over the past 22 years or so. So I feel that I can make some honest reviews about what I like and do not like in the various series, especially the sundering. I have only read one other Richard Lee Byers book which was his war of the spider queen novel so I am not intimately familiar
I'm not entirely sold on the concept of a single series being written by multiple authors. On the up side, the books can be published more quickly and I don't have to reread portions of previous books to refresh my memory. On the down side, writing styles are never the same, there's a great probability of discontinuity between titles, and it's an expensive proposition to purchase all of the titles.

While I have been aware there are numerous authors writing in the world of the Forgotten Realms, I
Thanks to NetGalley, I've been able to enjoy the series of books in The Sundering series offered by the publisher, Wizards of the Coast. Being the fourth book in the series, I had a lot of questions and a few expectations. All the previous books were packed with action, adventure and prophecy. This book was a perfect addition to the series because all those things and more were written in its pages. In the opening chapter, Anton Marivaldi battled his way through a village in order to apprehend S ...more
Chris Robinson
A fighting grin and make for the horizon! This book was a nail biter from start to finish with characters that felt like old friends from the second page. Not only are we the reader not quite sure who will side with who but the characters themselves spend a lot of time trying to resolve their own inner conflicts and it makes for fascinating reading. There are good characters who are trying to do what's right regardless of the cost to themselves, antagonists looking to benefit only themselves, go ...more
Timothy Pecoraro
Reaver is an incredible book. Not so much for the story, although I did really love the story. But the way that the author takes great pains in bringing the point of view of all of his main characters to bear throughout the work. I was often delighted and surprised by it the frequency at which the point of view character changed. Sometimes only for a chapter, sometimes for more than a chapter. Obviously Anton was the main character of the book, but the way that the perspective shifted the reade ...more
I've just finished reading this (thanks to netgalley and wotc), and it is a great book. I've read a lot of richard lee byers' d&d books and i've enjoyed them all (haven't read all due to time constraints, but i will get to it next year hehe), and this one just goes to prove he is an amazing author. The story is pretty much stand alone regarding both what he has written before and the sundering, thoug once again we get new glimpses of what is happenning in the forgotten realms setting. This i ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
In the last review I wrote, that one for Death Masks, the fifth book in Jim Butcher's Dresden FIles series, I talked about chapters and how hard they can be for a writer. How to start them, how to end them, and how long they should be are all challenges, and a misstep in any of them can take a reader out of a story. And while I did like The Reaver (not as much as the other entries in The Sundering, though), the chapter length continually threw me off. The book is 326 pages long, and there are on ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnd
The Reaver manages to combine almost non-stop action with interesting character development. The story revolves around the journey of Stedd, young boy who is the chosen of reincarnated Lathander who made a minor appearance in Erin Evans' book, The Adversary. Stedd is on a mission to Sapra, but is opposed by Evendur Highcastle, a grotesque, undead pirate raised by Umberlee as her Chosen. As the book begins, Highcastle has put out a bounty on Stedd, which all manner of scum seek to receive...inclu ...more
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A resident of the Tampa Bay area, Richard spends much of his leisure time fencing, playing poker, shooting pool and is a frequent guest at Florida science-fiction conventions. His current projects include new novels set in the Forgotten Realms universe and the eBook post-apocalyptic superhero series The Impostor.
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Other Books in the Series

The Sundering (6 books)
  • The Companions (The Sundering, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #24)
  • The Godborn (The Sundering, #2)
  • The Adversary (The Sundering, #3)
  • The Sentinel (The Sundering, #5)
  • The Herald (The Sundering #6)
Dissolution (Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, #1) The Rage (Forgotten Realms: The Year of Rogue Dragons, #1) Undead (Forgotten Realms: The Haunted Lands, #2) Unclean (Forgotten Realms: The Haunted Lands, #1) The Rite (Forgotten Realms: The Year of Rogue Dragons, #2)

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