This is the story of an alternate Middle Earth, as told from the point of view of Satorias, the so-named "Sunderer" of the world. In all reality, thisThis is the story of an alternate Middle Earth, as told from the point of view of Satorias, the so-named "Sunderer" of the world. In all reality, this isn't Middle Earth nor Tolkien, but the parallels and inspiration are clear. But image the story from the point of view of the bad guy, who honestly has reasons for why they are the way they are. Unlike Wicked or other re-tellings from "evil's" point of view, Banewreaker does not try to make the evil characters good. Merely human. As are the Good characters. Everyone is human, even the gods, and everyone makes mistakes and suffers the consequences of them. Carey has done an excellent job here creating a believable fantasy world, with a rich mythology and myriad of races, and giving us an epic battle of Good and Evil, where you aren't so much rooting for Evil as hoping neither side does too much damage to the other.
What I really like about this book is how human everyone is, even though they aren't all humans. Only one God is featured with any presence, and that is Satarios, who has fallen and is said to be the instrument behind the Sundering of the World and is the "evil" god, so named by his older brother. All the other Gods are referenced and did have a presence in the ancient past of the world, but Satarios is actually a viewpoint character and interacts with other viewpoint characters. And you really feel for him. Yes, he made some bad choices and certainly embraced the role he was given, but for all that he has honor and goodness about him and you do feel for his plight. He has three men who have been made immortal by his touch and who serve him. All three are also fallen men who have a dark past that informs their current "evil" actions. And there is evil, I don't deny it. But there is love, loyalty and awareness of their own acts that truly makes you wonder about the definition of good and evil and how each is defined by the other. There are several viewpoint characters who are "good" too, and they have their follies and their stubbornness. I think Carey chose well in who to show from both sides such that the reader understands what is going on, but without making you lose faith in the side you are watching, which is the side of evil.
The prose is evocative and the book itself is highly entertaining. It is in a different style than Carey's other work (the Kushiel Series), but just as well written. I recommend this book to anyone looking for epic fantasy that is a cut above the rest. And it is part 1 of 2, so while the book itself is long the series does not look never-ending. 4.5 Godslayers out of 5....more
This is the first book of the second series set in Carey's world of Terre D'Angelique. It pertains to Imriel, son of Melisandre, & foster son of tThis is the first book of the second series set in Carey's world of Terre D'Angelique. It pertains to Imriel, son of Melisandre, & foster son of the protag of the first series, Phedre. He was resuced out of hell by Phedre & Joseclin and has those demons, as well as being the son of 2 traitors to the crown, yet growing up as an acknowledge Prince of the Blood.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought Imriel was a strong character with a lot of demons to overcome. Life and acceptance doesn't come as easy to him as it did to Phedre and I think he is somewhat of a sterotypical 16-18 year old boy. There is some whining, but it is warranted....more