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The Sundering (The Sundering #1-2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  282 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This is a two-in-one volume with both of Jacqueline Carey's top sellers Banewreaker and Godslayer. (Inside jacket: with her successful Kushiel series, Jacqueline Carey proved herself a force to be reckoned with in the fantasy field. Now she returns with another extraordinary epic, a shattering tale of gods at ware and the mortals they use in their deadly game.) Once the Se ...more
Hardcover, 733 pages
Published August 2005 by SFBC Fantasy
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Apr 08, 2017 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, fantasy
I think this book would have benefitted from me not doing the thing where I read multiple books at a time. That being said, a lot of nothing happens in about 80% of the novel, so the fact that I only connected with three characters is pretty surprising. Like seriously cried only one time in what should have been a really sad ending. And she had a wealth of time to make me care about people.

I really enjoyed the idea though, Carey does an awesome job of making you take the side of the bad guys. I'
Apr 08, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
The Sundering is and is not typical fare from Jacqueline Carey. It is not Terre d'Ange; it is not intrigue and sensual moments. It is what Carey hoped to achieve - a telling in the vein of epic fantasy from the "bad guys" perspective.

In doing so, The Sundering forces you to re-evaluate similar stories. She changes her writing style to great effect, and it helps to set the tone of the story. Her diction is superb (to the point that I had to reach for a dictionary for the first time in ages when
Mar 10, 2016 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 charaters, 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
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Dec 22, 2016 Ramoths Own rated it really liked it
I only found this author a bit over a year ago and just adore her work.
This book was very different and not just from her other work, but in fantasy worlds
that I am used to.
I was rooting for the bad guys and feeling for some of the good guys too, so I was
very torn throughout the book.
I will say that I am glad that I read it and would recommend it to people that
like fantasy and maybe want a world that is a bit different than the norm.
Aug 30, 2010 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, serious
This book - or compilation of two books - was such a pleasant surprise when I decided to pick it up! It came as part of introductory package to a book club I signed up for and I honestly had no idea what I had in my hands. The three sentence blurb that had on the online review was the only basis I had to guide me, and I'm not even sure why that managed to sway me. Regardless, though, I am very very glad I did.

I enjoy stories that build vivid, complex worlds and conveys them in a manner that does
Oct 10, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-high, tolkien
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Brian Fluker
Oct 09, 2016 Brian Fluker rated it it was amazing
The Sundering is not Lord of the Rings. You should know this before opening the cover. People are either confused at how closely this series resembles Lotr or frustrated that it is not remotely true to the source material. The Sundering is not Lotr and does not try to be. It is in essence a love story written to Tolkien's universe. And can only be really appreciated by the small group of Tolkien fans who have spent as many hours with Middle-Earth as Jacqueline Carey clearly has: pondering its c ...more
Sarah Davis
Feb 12, 2016 Sarah Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
actually, I've only read the first volume of this book.I have yet to read the 2nd, but so far it's really good.

ok.. I read the secn volume. It's ok, but it reminds me a bit of the Lord of The Rings books. Except in reverse. It's told from the dark side's point of view. You almost want them to win.. Anyway, there's a bearer of life water that has to extinguish a fire, a king sent to destroy the "evil" guy (though he's not really evil), a wizard with white hair, trolls, dwarfs, and beautiful immo
Apr 26, 2007 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, adventure
Wow. What an incredible book. Yes, the author has a habit of using the same descriptions again and again, but the story is fabulous.
What do you get?
You get to see things for the "Other Side". We constantly read about the Heros point of view. What about our Supposed "Big Bad Guy"?
Five this book a shot. I loved every second of it.
Bill Wood
Dec 04, 2011 Bill Wood rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Very well done! On one level it is sort of a LOTR told from the POV of Sauron, but it is much more rich than that, and beautifully executed. The main characters are solid and complex. Several scenes were just written so perfectly! They were riveting, nearly poetic. Highly recommended.
Dec 28, 2008 Kendall rated it it was amazing
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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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