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The Herald (The Sundering #6)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  530 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
In the 6th and final book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms, further chronicles the exploits of Elminster as he fights for the future of Faerûn.

Chaos grips Faerûn as vainglory, prophecy, and ancient forces comingle in the shadows cast by war. Agents of the Sh
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2014)
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Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

The Herald is the sixth and final book of the multi-author The Sundering series that began with The Companions by R.A. Salvatore. Here, Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms, attempts to wrap up the series, setting the tone for the lands of Faerûn for the near future.

As the book begins, the fate of two worlds hang in the balance; Toril and Abeir separating for the second time in their long history. This division, however, has caused untold g
May 30, 2014 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, netgalley, meh

This was my first Dungeons and Dragons book and I must say, I'm not very impressed. Some of my criticism must be lessened however, given the fact that this is a book late in the series and not a stand alone. This was definitely not a jump in and enjoy read. I spent 70% of the novel thoroughly confused about not only the plot, but the plethora of characters in the story.

One thing that I absolutely hated and that did nothing to help with my comprehension of the story, was the constant switching of
I thought it was a good book, but seemed a bit disjointed in places. Like every other book in this Sundering Series had a "main character" who was a Chosen meant to take on a great task for their god. This one I had no idea who the "Herald" was and still don't as it could have been a number of people. I also felt like it was hastily ended, things happened very fast after a very long work-up to it and the climax was disappointing. There were also characters and scenes that didn't have to be in th ...more
Jun 24, 2014 Leeanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, for-review, e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


THE HERALD is the sixth and final book in The Sundering series. The books are very loosely connected, and follow heroes and Chosen as they navigate the effects of the Sundering upon their lives. I’ve enjoyed most of the books in the series, but unfortunately, THE HERALD just didn’t work for me as well as previous books did.

THE HERALD assumes familiarity with Ed Greenwood’s other novels in the Realms. This is the first time I’ve read one o
Aug 01, 2014 Silas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another book about Elminster, this was just about par for the course. As a part of the Sundering, this is kind of a weird mess. Combined, it's less than it could have been. I have enjoyed some of Elminster's wacky adventures, and there is plenty of that here. Since I've worked through previous Elminster books and most of the Sundering books (Having only skipped the one which involves characters I have not caught up to just yet), I knew a bit what to expect... weird political intrigue, hunting ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Dj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book in the Sundering series, and features Ed Greenwood's (the creator of Forgotten Realms) well-known character Elminster. Of course, if you haven't read any other Forgotten Realms books, you would think that Harry Potter is probably a better known wizard amongst Dungeon & Dragon aficionados (and you would be wrong). I've read all the other books in the series, so even though I will try and review the book as a stand-along product, it is almost inevitable that Herald will ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is it; we’re at the end of a long road. We are at ‘The Sundering’. Set during the Era of Upheaval, ‘The Sundering’ is a multi-author event chronicling the adventures of Faerûn’s heroes, from those just Chosen to some of the Realms most enduring characters. The Herald, by Ed Greenwood, rounds out the series with a battle to end all battles. Actually, make that battles to end all battle. Or something like that. There’s a lot of combat in this one.

Elminster and Storm Silverhand, Chosen of Myst
May 29, 2014 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, net-galley
I received an electronic advanced reading copy of this from the publishers via NetGalley.

Rapper Ice-T recently made some amusing comments on a podcast about an unexpected D&D-related audio book recording he was set up to make. Reading his comments me original thoughts were that it was sad he was dumping on fantasy, role-playing-derived or otherwise based on what appeared to be stereotypes and the worst the genre has to offer. Now I see where he was coming from in his vulgarity-strewn phrases
May 22, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2014
There was a lot going on in this book. Understandable, seeing as this is the final book in The Sundering series, but there were times the cast of characters was so large and the action flipped between them so quickly it was hard to keep track of who was who. (I'm going to go on record as saying that might be a me-thing, though. Because sometimes I'm super lazy and like things to take their sweet time getting to where they need to be.) (On the other hand, things did move fast in this book. So, ye ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Bames rated it liked it
I received a copy of The Herald through NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The Herald is the 6th book and final of The Sundering series published by Wizards of the Coast and is written by Ed Greenwood. In this final book, Mystra (the Goddess of Magic) and Shar (the Nightseer) finally get to have their ultimate battle. Shar's army of Shades are pitted against the elves of faerun as Shar wishes to drain the magic that surrounds and protects Myth Drannor in order to use the po
May 18, 2014 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed the last two volumes in this series, I was looking forward to the last installment in the hopes that it would bring it all together. I don't think I can really say that it did; primarily, I've yet to see how the first book related to any of those that came after it, though I can at least say that I now think I understand what the Sundering actually is and how the rising population of Chosen works into all that. I'm afraid that's about the best I can say about it as a contiguous se ...more
Michael Adams
Apr 23, 2014 Michael Adams rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley and Wizards of the coast for an honest review:
Anyone who has read my reviews should know that I have been reading fantasy novels for 23 years and started to read Dungeons and Dragons/Forgotten realms books in 1992 when TSR still was in existence. I have read the majority of the Realms novels along with Dragonlance, Ravenloft, Dark sun and some other offshoot novel worlds WOTC/TSR owned, so I would say I am well versed in the setting, world, and the current events going
Cheryl M-M
Jul 11, 2015 Cheryl M-M rated it liked it
This is part VI of The Sundering and culmination of the six part fantasy series.
Just like the other books in the series this can be read as a stand alone novel, although certain events and character may pop up in more than one book.

I found this last part a wee bit too busy. It also wasn't what I had envisaged for the last part in the series. I would have liked to seen a better combination of the previous novels, even if only a little bit.

Greenwood has created strong characters, but perhaps not g
Jun 18, 2015 justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Greenwood boring

I love the forgotten realms. Despite others description of some of the books being bland I find them rather enjoyable. With that being said, i was bored of this book. I loved the sundering series with their separate stories but with this book I was wishing for a continuation of any of the others.

If you're familiar with ed Greenwood then you're familiar with the characters in this book. Same all powerful elminster and the other chosen of mystra plus the shade. In true Greenwood st
Ben Nicholson
Jan 29, 2015 Ben Nicholson rated it really liked it
really enjoyed it (read it in two days; I couldn't put it down until I finished it!). The characters were well-written and memorable (as always with Ed Greenwood).

This final book in the Sundering series features a truly epic showdown between the forces of good & evil in the Realms, with intense battle scenes in the forests of Cormanthor surrounding the elven realm of Myth Drannor. I found the description of the fighting very well done & quite harrowing in places, interspersed with some
Jeremy Grenemyer
Jan 03, 2015 Jeremy Grenemyer rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since Ed Greenwood authored a book that grabbed me from the start and kept me reading right to the end.

The fates of certain of the Chosen saddened me, while I was happy to see that other Chosen described as dead in the rulebooks were in fact alive.

Which is to say it's good to see Ed Greenwood guiding the Realms, and not the penny pinchers at WotC/Hasbro who for too long viewed the stewardship of the Forgotten Realms as a burden worth shedding and not a responsibility worth emb
Troy Taylor
Apr 13, 2015 Troy Taylor rated it liked it
I not sure if this is my favorite of The Sundering series of events to right the Forgotten Realms -- but it was certainly the RIGHT story. It's been a while since I've been in tune with Ed Greenwood's voice as an author, but he comes through loud and clear this time, his energy and humor are spot on. This is a story that features some of the Realms' signature characters, and their attempts to save two great bastions of Realms lore, Myth Drannor and Candlekeep. It's a brisk read, and a fun advent ...more
Kendra Lawrence
Feb 11, 2015 Kendra Lawrence rated it liked it
I feel guilty when I give Greenwood's work a bad review, because he is the creator of the Forgotten Realms, and a genius in that regard. But his writing is...not always on par with his creation. His endings tend to be rushed, and this was no exception. A lot happend in The Herald, but in many places it felt hurried.

The Herald wraps up the Sundering, which in itself was a disappointment. Wizards of the Coast built up all this hype about the event--likely as a marketing ploy--and while it was call
Star Bookworm
Jan 24, 2015 Star Bookworm rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
We conclude The Sundering series with veteran D&D writer Ed Greenwood. He continues to develop his iconic character Elminster with a few new characters in the mix (which totally fits the D&D for a new generation theme). One of the huge pros for this novel was the sense of not being lost. There was a new feeling to the story instead of getting tangled in past history. It seems like Elminster has some great stories in his past (considering Ed Greenwood started writing about him as a boy an ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thrilling conclusion to the Sundering was made available for request through NetGalley. Of course, I had to request it. I needed to know how the series came to its end after reading the earlier books. While each of the books were written to chronicle the separation of Toril and Faerun froom one another, they were also able to stand on their own. Each book told the journey of a different Chosen or set of Chosen companions as they fulfilled their part of the overall prophecy.

Book VI centered
Sep 14, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've been fairly hard on the last few Greenwood books, as he always seems to over-stuff them with inconsequential characters and too many tangential subplots for my liking. This book is light-years better than the last because he doesn't do that here (with the exception of one subplot involving Mirt and Manshoon that pops up every few chapters and serves no purpose at all other than to remind us that Greenwood really likes those characters). The plot is straightforward: Elminster and co. have to ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Pedro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great ending to a fantastic series. Though it's true that I didn't like Ed Greenwood when I started reading Forgotten Realms books, about when I was 12, I find that he's an author that writes in a more mature way (or at least he was, looking back at when he wrote the first Elminster's books, or to when I was 12 and threw them at my tv bored to death lol).
I think you must grow to appreciate Ed Greenwood's writing. His books are not "easy" or "fast moving". Many of them have language pec
Jul 30, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnd
While the events of the other Sundering novels occurs, and while the deep-pocketed Netherese march on the elven city of Myth Drannor, Elminster and his close allies are instead focused on a smaller, yet no less important task: traveling from site to site around Faerun and strengthening the anchors between the Weave--the field of energy from which all arcane magic is derived--and Faerun. Such subtlety cannot last long, however, and soon the heroes are wrapped up in a mighty struggle that spans ac ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Ed rated it liked it
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Basics- Magic is wild in Faerun. Elminster is working frantically with the bard of Shadowdale and his too many great grand niece t
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Jul 08, 2015 Margaret Fisk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This novel is the sixth book in a complicated series dealing with a changing of times, gods and chosen running rampant, and power mongers out in force to make sure they end up on top. The characters drew me in to the other books, showing as they did the personal side of these huge, world-encompassing events. This one did not succeed in that technique, in part because it starts with a character who knows nothing about what’s going on and is being dragged
Jun 15, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As this sixth installment in the telling of The Sundering brings the saga to a close with The Herald, I find myself admiring the huge task the author has accomplished. Six books, multiple authors all contributing to this wonderful tale and what I have read of series, this undertaking has proven to be a great collaboration.

In The Herald the author has taken all the strings and woven them into a well meshed and colorful cloth that kept my curiosity fresh and my fingers turning the pages. I will ad
Jun 08, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*This is a review of an uncorrected galley I received from netgalley*
4 Stars
Since this is the final book in a series I will not include a synopsis to avoid spoilers as much as possible.
I had a hard time deciding on how many stars I should give this one. The book and I got started on a bad foot, but that had nothing to do with the author. The galley was formatted badly and that proved frustrating and made it hard to get yanked into the story.
The one complaint I have with the story is that it fel
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Similar to some other novels in the Sundering series, some earlier knowledge of what is going and preferably having read earlier books will definitely help - picking this book up cold is most likely not going to be enjoyable.

For those in the know of who's who in the Realms, the book offers plenty of fan service in terms of meeting up with already established characters. Elminster is still likeable, though I did like him
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May 22, 2014 Cape Rust rated it really liked it
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The last book in the extremely popular Sundering series from Wizards of the Coast has arrived and with it the era of D&D 4th ed is sundered. But fear not for it Heralds the arrival of D&D 5th Edition. I have had mixed feelings a
I enjoyed this book, however I have not read any previous Ed Greenwood novels and this book seemed to take for granted a strong familiarity with his previous stories. This wasn't really a problem for most of the book, however there was a series of brief interludes that took place in a city far from what was going on (much of it in a bar or club), and I never could sort out what was going on, the significance of who it involved or how it remotely related to the current sequence of events. Perhaps ...more
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