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Godslayer (The Sundering #2)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  2,671 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews

Once human but now immortal, Supreme Commander Lord Tanaros fled the realm of Men and chose darkness when he killed his adulterous wife and his liege king who cuckholded him. A thousand years have passed in service to his master, the dark god Satoris. The world view Satoris as Evil Prime and the name of Tanaros is the byword
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2005)
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May 02, 2012 seak rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Old review:

What an amazing conclusion to a great series. I really don't know why I'm even writing a review, if you liked the first, you'll have to continue with this whether I say so or not. But definitely do so.

In some of the interviews I read of Jacqueline Carey on The Sundering series, she always mentions that it is a tragedy, so I don't feel too bad letting you know that she is correct. No matter how much I wanted it to be different, it was so. But, that only makes the amazingly well-crafted
Aug 06, 2012 Wise_owl rated it it was amazing
I'll start this review by saying this book made me Hate Gandalf. If that isn't a recommendation I don't know what is.

The sequel to Banewrecker, this book continues the tale of an epic fantasy-esque land, at once different yet familiar, in which the forces of Santoris, the Sunderer, the Dark God among the Seven who led to the present world, and his 'minions' are in constant fight against the forces of 'Light'. The thing is of course, we are getting the story from the 'minions' point of view.

The S
Jul 23, 2010 Oracleofdoom rated it it was ok
I loved her Kushiel series. And I knew, getting into these books, that they are essentially Lord of the Rings from the bad guys' point of view. I knew, going in, that this meant it probably wouldn't end well.

I think she did a good job, but the problem is with my personal taste. I cannot stand reading books where the characters do nothing but repeatedly fail at every single thing they do. And that seems to be what these books were about. I know some people must like that sort of thing, otherwise
Aug 30, 2007 Talkswithwind rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a review for the series. The other book is Banewreaker.

If you hear "Jacqueline Carey" and think Kushiel's Dart, you may be mighty tempted to pick up this series based on that.


There are no subby women with bottomless capacities for pain in this series. Heck, it isn't even D'angeline. Very little sex, in fact, and none of it kinky. Different universe completely.

This is rather nakedly The Lord of the Rings but done from the point of view of the Nazgul. At least, that's the concept I t
Oct 30, 2014 Antigone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Here's the last half of Carey's miserable series, The Sundering, which now simply must come to an end as we've run out of characters to devastate and destroy. Readers have short-handed this story to Lord of the Rings: Sauron's Perspective, and that's an accurate assessment. One suspects, however, Tolkien could have provided us with more meat and meaning and, frankly, I think if this is all Carey had to offer she could have done so in one volume, saving her audience a bit of money in the process. ...more
Pandem Buckner
Mar 18, 2008 Pandem Buckner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
(The above date is my most recent reading.)

This book is the companion to Banewreaker, which I've already reviewed; I'd really recommend reading that review first.

As for this one, well. . .the first time I read it, I screamed at it more than once. Just saying.

There are only three words to describe this book.

The first is, "grey." Like the first book, it has no absolutes of good and evil; morality and truth continue to be purely subjective here.

The second word is "excellent." If I hadn't already be
Dec 05, 2015 Myridian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 28, 2011 Aster rated it liked it
Lord of The Rings, but with Character Development and Moral Ambiguity! What's not to love?

If you're interested in knowing more that surface level about what makes evil so evil, why heroes persist in their quests, and what's really in it for the wizard, this series should be your thing. It's high fantasy with believable people and realistic, human-scale (and dragon-scale) motivations and conflicts. (If you like Jacqueline Carey for the eroticism and romance, look elsewhere, that's not what's goi
Jul 30, 2010 Bronwyn rated it it was amazing
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Obaid Haroon
Mar 16, 2015 Obaid Haroon rated it really liked it
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Nicholas Whyte
Jun 18, 2016 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was ok

I've generally been a huge fan of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel books, and picked up Godslayer at a convention ages ago; and then on advice got Banewreaker to read first. They are really a very different kettle of fish. Written between the first and second Kushiel trilogies, these two books take the standard fantasy quest narrative and try to tell it from the point of view of the evil side not really being all that bad. It's a worthy attempt, and I kept rea
Paolo Zanella
GodSlayer è il seguito di Banewreaker e i due romanzi concludono una miniserie fantasy chiamata The Sundering.
Mentre il primo romanzo appariva come un ben fatto remake del Signore degli Anelli, avendo un'ambientazione simile e una trama quasi identica, in questo la trama diverge maggiormente dal classico di Tolkien, presentando differenze più marcate e qualche sorpresa.
Una nota sul fatto di chiamarlo "remake". Dopo l'uscita del Signore degli Anelli, molti hanno deciso di intraprendere la carrier
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I'm torn about rating this series as a whole, I'm equally hating it and loving it! One thing I will say, Jacqueline Carey knows how to write a story with characters that you end up caring about. I stayed up late into the night finishing this one and I ended up rating Godslayer a 3 Star rate because looking back I did like the story, it kept me entranced from the beginning and although the ending ripped out my heart and stomped on it for good measure, I give JC props for makinig me care, for allo ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of high fantasy and The Lord of the Rings
Shelves: fantasy
Carey brings her Sundering duology to a hard but satisfying finish. The characters on both sides of the conflict are all driven by their deepest values, but Carey focuses her attention on the valor, loyalty, and dignity of the so-called "forces of darkness" and on the pivotal choices of those who do not seem powerful enough to shape great events.
Dec 08, 2015 kaśyap rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A beautiful and heart wrenching story with some brilliant characters like Tanaros and Ushahin. This will stay in my mind for a long time.
Alexander Draganov
Jan 27, 2015 Alexander Draganov rated it really liked it
An excellent melodramatic fantasy. When I reached book two, I finally noticed some of the flaws - the whole story could have been shorter and more powerful because of it, the characters a little bit less emo, the whole story a little bit more mature than endless moan about misunderstood villains - read "Tyrion & Teclis" by William King, if you want to see good nuanced representation of good and evil in an epic, Tolkienisque fantasy. But nevertheless I can't rate it lower than four, because i ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Jared rated it it was ok
Ms. Carey has a very distinct writing style, which was fine for a while, but at the end of two very long books became overwrought and repetitive in my mind. I found myself feeling this by the end of Banewreaker, and in Godslayer it only got worse. The continuous, breathless descriptions of the goodness and beauty of the “hero” characters and elves seemed to never end. I got tired of the main protagonist wringing his hands and lamenting the same issues over and over. The conflicts of the first bo ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Silvia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, read-in-english
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Feb 15, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In most genres, you have a pretty good idea of how things are going to end. Not exactly, of course, but if it's a romance, it's going to end with the main couple happily together. A mystery will get solved. (A noir mystery will be solved, but it will be a Pyrrhic victory and the detective will be left alone and cynical once more. In the rain.)

This book, I spent the entire thing wondering whether or not I was reading a tragedy.

Which is remarkably effective in getting me invested--not knowing whe
K. Lincoln
Mar 20, 2012 K. Lincoln rated it really liked it
If you liked the overly-angsty ridden and stilted formality of the prose in Banewreaker, then you will continue to eat up Godslayer, a direct continuation of the Middle Earthlike tale of Lord Satoris the Sunderer of the World and his three immortal human servants against the "good" allies of Haomane in the world of Urulat.

"Ways of the Marasoumie had been destroyed. Lord Satoris had done this in his wrath. The Dragon of Beshtanag was no more, slain by the Arrow of Fire; the lost weapon, found. Be
Aug 04, 2010 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Jun 18, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I hesitate to give the book three stars, but at the same time I feel four stars is really what it deserves. Unlike BanewreakerGodslayer moves away from some of the LotR motifs but not all. Yes the wizard returns and is garbed all in white and the bearer and his guide face all forms of trails and pain. These trails and the pain of the bearer I think is where Carey diverges from Tolkien. Godslayer left me with a sense that Carey was upset with how Frodo was treated in LotR and she drew a sharp com ...more
Feb 29, 2008 Nakki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Nakki by: adriel montoya
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 26, 2010 John rated it really liked it
My dear sister-in-law once said of Romeo and Juliet that it would have been much shorter and happier if the people in it would simply talk to each other. And that is very true of Godslayer. I would like to say that this book is a study of lack of communication and how prejudices can hurt, and that the author meant to say this or that about all kinds of social subjects and that it's all one big allegory for the Civil Rights Movement or something. But I don't think it is. It's just a story, and it ...more
Adam Fuller
Jun 11, 2012 Adam Fuller rated it it was ok
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Mar 19, 2012 Christal rated it it was ok
Def not my favorite by Carey, whom I generally love. This comprises both books in one, and while Banewreaker couldn't live up to my expectations, Godslayer was worse. I couldn't feel for most of the characters, they were 2 dimensional. It's supposed to be an epic fantasy from the villains point of view, only I couldn't find it interesting enough to feel anything for the villains or want to be sympathetic to their plight. The one lord of the shadows was very interesting, and his halfings as well, ...more
Cassandra Page
Aug 18, 2012 Cassandra Page rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love Lord of the Rings or epic fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
My review of Banewreaker, the first part of the series, is here:

If you are thinking about reading Godslayer but haven't read Banewreaker yet, don't. The two are parts of one overall story; neither stands alone - so much so that I wondered as I was reading them whether Carey had written them as one book and her publisher had decided to split them into two.

I think Godslayer is the better book - it's much easier to get absorbed in - but it has the advantage
Jul 21, 2012 Macha rated it really liked it
sequel to Banewreaker, the pair collected as The Sundering. there's a grandeur to it, the Godslayer forces doggedly trying to outrun both fate and time. and there's a poignancy to the characters, as magnificent in defeat as they are in ascendance. it's a Tolkeinian clash of forces with a world at stake, a larger battle between good and evil. but where it really becomes interesting is: who holds the high ground really on that moral plane? they all have honour, justification, the greater good in m ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: written-reviews
This two-book series is so in-depth and full of so much detail, I do not recommend reading the first and the second book very far apart. Read them one after the other, no other books in between. In my case, it has been a few years since I read the first book, Banewreaker, around the time when I first discovered Jacqueline Carey's novels and began to devour them. So I started Godslayer feeling slightly confused for a chapter or two, because Jacqueline Carey's world building is sooooooo intricate, ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Godslayer finishes the Sundering epic fantasy by basically rebuilding the Battle of Helm's Deep (that's from Lord of the Rings if you don't speak dork), only smarter. I don't mean to get down on Tolkien - I do love those books - but he and buddy C.S. Lewis were pretty hung up on the whole good/evil, white hats/black hats binary thing, and Carey is more into how individual choices made by those as great as gods and those as small as birds effect outcomes. Personally I find this the more interesti ...more
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Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.

She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a wo
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