Godslayer (The Sundering, #2)
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IF ALL THAT IS GOOD CONSIDERS YOU EVIL, ARE YOU?

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
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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2005)
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Seak (Bryce L.)
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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...more
Talkswithwind
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.

Don't.

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...more
Pandem
Mar 18, 2008 Pandem rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
(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...more
Aster
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...more
Wise_owl
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...more
Oracleofdoom
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...more
Bronwyn
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Janet
Jul 17, 2009 Janet rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Silvia
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Rebecca
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...more
K. Bird
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...more
Rachel
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Brian
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
Nakki
Feb 29, 2008 Nakki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Nakki by: adriel montoya
Shelves: fantasy
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Ron
Godslayer is not quite the second book of The Sundering series. It is the second half of a single story, and it is impossible to read one instalment without reading the other.

While Banewreaker depicted a world tethering on the verge of war, closing off with the inevitable fall into conflict, Godslayer offers us an agonising resolution to the epic struggle of thought versus passion: the tension mounts with every new development. Even when we think that the rope is so taut that it must surely bre...more
John
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
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Christal
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 5 of 5 stars
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: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

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...more
Macha
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
Julia
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
Erin
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
Kimberlyn
Forebodingly elegiacal, the tension builds over the course of the book until the ending is as much a realease for the reader as for the characters. I found particularly compelling the position of Sartoris as the "evil" shaper, with Haomane's Allies the "good" characters.

The striving of all of the individual characters, their loyalty and faith, stood in stark contrast to the absence of the other Shapers in the narrative. One has no idea what their desires or goals are, or even if they know or ca...more
Darlene
Oct 05, 2011 Darlene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jacqueline Carey fans
Recommended to Darlene by: Jacqueline Carey
Um, yeah. Not as exciting as Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's series. The story felt predictable to me. Yet, I couldn't stop reading. Was up until three in the morning finishing the book. I think what kept me reading was HOW the ending would happen and HOW it would be justified. Meanwhile, the talent of a poet brings to life a whole world never seen except in Ms. Carey's imagination.

I tried to decide WHY I cared about any of the characters. The good guys; not exactly all that, and the bad have reaso...more
Nikki
You know what's coming, and yet it's still a punch to the gut. Some things actually caught me by surprise, in some ways, while making absolute sense in the end. The similarities to Tolkien are still very strong, but it brings something new to it as well: the noble enemy, the moral ambiguity. Deaths of characters who would be seen as completely evil from the other side of the argument turn out to be noble sacrifices. A lady gets a chance to kill her side's greatest enemy, and hesitates. Love grow...more
Debra
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Robb
I would have given this a 3.5, but I wanted to show that I clearly preferred this one to the first in the series.

The tagline for this pair of books is, "If all the is good believes you are evil, are you?" I'm paraphrasing, of course, but it presents an interesting premise, but I'm not entirely sure that the stories really addressed this particular conundrum.

In spite of the fact that I enjoyed the tale and, especially, the characters, it's hard for me to avoid comparing this, in some ways, to the...more
Amy
This whole series (just two books!) has been painfully-slow moving, and this continues until about the last 10% here. It almost pays off. But not enough to justify this being so drawn out. If this had been one slimmer book, it would have been nearly perfect.
Russ
I had heard such good things about this two book series, good things from authors I enjoy. It was supposed to be incredibly novel (pun intended) and look at high fantasy from the viewpoint of the bad guys. Many said it was pretty much Lord of the Rings through Sauron's eyes.

The description of the book is certainly true. It is a sort of novel approach, but I just don't think it's written that well. It is very high fantasy, and I just felt like that made it go a little slow. A lot of nothing happe...more
Mutant Supermodel
Very fun conclusion (or IS it) to this little 2-book set. It is, as I said in the previous review, the typical struggle between light and dark, "good" and "evil". But it is told from the dark side, the stereotypically "evil" side. But, what makes something evil really? Is it just because the majority of the people say you are? Everyone has a role to play after all. Very fun take on typical fantasy conventions. Stoked the imagination that's for sure.
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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...more
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