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The Sentinel

(The Sundering #5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  881 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Wizards of the Coast (first published January 1st 2014)
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Timothy Pecoraro
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has been a big fan of Wizards of the Coast and before that TSR fiction. I have to say that I was more than a little thrilled to be reading another book by Troy Denning. He is truly one of the best authors that Wizards has working for them. This book is definitely a prime example of truth of that statement. From the beginning there is no time to sit around and consider the world or what’s going on. The beginning was fast paced, but never made you wonder what was going on for too l ...more
Cape Rust
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Sentinel
The Sentinel is an epic fantasy novel in The Sunder series, written by Troy Denning and published by Wizards of the Coast.
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A watchman in a corrupt city that is about to be overrun, notices a strange couple, a beautiful redhead with a weasel of a man following her. They are running from someone… it turns out that someone is a Shadowvar, one of the being
Mar 24, 2014 added it
Immensely satisfying.

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. Troy Denning’s novel, The Sentinel, is the penultimate entry in the series. As such, it is suitably thrilling from beginning to end.

Like many during the Era of Upheaval, Kleef Kenric has spent his life worshipping a long-forgotten god. It is said that so long as one person carries a god i
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Sentinel is a fun fantasy tale that sets a band of heroes on an adventure to save the world. A watchmen, a noble, a thief, and a murderer must deliver the eye of an orc god to rescue Toril from Shar’s destruction. Along the way, they fight Shadovar, orcs, ghouls and zombies, crossing oceans, forests and even the Underchasm itself. The characters keep things interesting with their shifting motivations. However, saving the world comes at a high price, and author Troy Denning keeps the reader g ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an electronic advanced reading copy of this from the publishers via NetGalley.

"The Sundering" series of Forgotten Realms novels, small, personal stories detailing times of upheavals in the shared universe, continue to entertain me and surprise me with their successful range of style and subject matter. For a shared fantasy universe based on role playing games. certainly 'light fiction' that not everyone would take seriously, these have each been impressive. I am again glad for this di
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, let me say I've read this courtesy of Netgalley and WOTC, who gave me an early copy for review.
Now, regarding this book. The comeback of Troy Denning to our beloved Realms... It's a great comeback, in my opinion.
I loved Troy's previous work, especially on the archwizards' trilogy and the Cyric books.
Let's get the main bad thing for me out of the way. This is not a return of the archwizards' book. Those books were what made me feel immersed in the Netheril Empire and the Shadow. Unf
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All who love Science Fiction/Fantasy
Recommended to Sean by: Wizards of the Coast and NetGalley
As an authorized early reviewer of novels, I have read some truly terrible sci-fi/fantasy books before. I am happy to say that this book does not go down that road! From the very beginning of the story, the action hits you hard and at a fast-pace, keeping time with the underlying theme of the invasion of Cormyr by the Shadovar. At a time when dead Gods abound all over the world, they are slowly starting to rise again. This is showcased very well when you are introduced to the Chosen, the select ...more
Nicolas Carrillo-Santarelli
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Troy Denning's 'The Sentinel' is an entertaining book, one that is quite fun to read and that also deals with many aspects that dungeons and dragons readers that follow the Forgotten Realms and its Sundering storyline might come to expect: mainly, the facts that this book shows some effects of the Spellplague as being reversed and also the return of deities thought to be dead (SPOILERS: Helm).
The plot of the book if an interesting one, regarding how mortals, especially but not only the chosen of
Margaret Fisk
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

Another exceptional book in The Sundering series, The Sentinel begins with a simple guardsman with a chip on his shoulder trying to do the best for his city and help the evacuation before it is overrun by the Shade. He stands out not because of anything magical or god related at first but simply because he is not corrupt in a city, and organization, founded on bribery. In that first moment, he’s torn between two objectives and the only way out is to
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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TL;DR- Not bad, but Sundering formulaic 80%
Basics- How faithful are you? Kleef stands as the last worshiper of Helm, the dead god of law and service in Toril. As a watchman he is dragged into a struggle to save two chosen of two different gods have stolen a power artifact of a third god to inspire a divine love triangle with two other gods. Along the way, a third cho
…And ACTION! From the start, Troy Denning’s addition to The Sundering Series, The Sentinel continues the dark texture of previous books, pitting heroes against villains in an uphill battle for victory. Kleef Kenric is on a mission to save his land from its evil invaders. He finds he has been blessed with special gifts and is now one of The Chosen and a bullseye has been firmly planted on his back. He is not alone, having joined a ragtag group on their own mission quest, but who can he trust amon ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-review, arcs, e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


I’ve enjoyed the first four books of The Sundering series: THE COMPANIONS (R.A. Salvatore), THE GODBORN (Paul S. Kemp), THE ADVERSARY (Erin M. Evans), and THE REAVER (Richard Lee Byers). But number five, THE SENTINEL, just didn’t have the same shine for me as the previous books.

Kleef, a topsword in the Marsember Watch in Cormyr, rescues Joelle and Malik from the Shadovar. Joelle and Malik are Chosen, on a mission to save Toril from Shar b
Michael Adams
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really 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
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Sentinel by Troy Denning is the fifth and penultimate book in the multi-author series, The Sundering and, like the previous book, The Reaver, is very reader friendly. Unlike the first few books in the series, there is no need to have read previous books by the authors to fully appreciate the story. It also finally gives the reader a better picture of what the Sundering is – the world is splitting apart and various gods, both dead and alive, are jockeying for power. They have chosen humans to
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, was really well written and full of action/adventure.

This is book 5 out of 6 in the Sundering Series set in the Forgotten Realms universe. It starts out very quickly as Kleef Kenric, a guard commander in the city of Marsember spots some peculiar individuals, among them are a woman with flame red hair and what looks to be her manservant being followed by men with shining eyes. The story really takes off as Kleef tracks down the woman he saw through the crowds departing the soon t
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sundering has everything a reader could want and expect from a good high fantasy tale. The beginning of the story finds us following Kleef , the topsword of the Marsember Watch, recognizing a Shadovar spy following a mysterious woman in the throngs of people fleeing the city in fear of rumored oncoming invasion. Events quickly devolve in to battles in the streets and the coming together of new companions including the watchman, a mysterious manipulative beautiful woman, a feisty rebellious y ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my new favorite book in the series. Primarily, that's because it reads like a classic high fantasy adventure--good vs. evil (though with plenty of shades of grey in between), a group of companions on a mission with Shade warriors and orcs trying to prevent its completion, magic of various kinds at play--and I never really felt like I needed to know the underlying story thread that connects all of The Sundering books. That said, for the first time I actually felt like I was seeing some of ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of The Sentinel through NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

The Sentinel is the fifth book of The Sundering series. In this book, the story centers around a city Watchman named Kleef Kenric. Kleef is a devoted watchman who believes in serving his duties to the utmost of his abilities as his father did before him and as his father's father did before. It seems he is the only one left who clings onto the teachings of the god Helm -- believed to be long dead.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic advance copy of this title for review, courtesy of NetGalley and Wizards of the Coast.

I've never read any previous books by Troy Denning. I have read the first four books in "The Sundering" series. This is another great entry in that series, and a great introduction to the works of Mr. Denning.

I think I read this book cover to cover over a 36 hour period (and that includes an 8 hour work day!). It was engaging. You jump right into the story. No need for lots of set-up,
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The sentinel (the sundering #5) by troy denning
Going with the growing trend that an age of authors influenced by Dungeon and Dragons, this story could fit into that fantasy genre. An exciting complex plot, and love affair overly a well developed and exciting world. Lady Arietta Seasilver, Chosen of Siamorphe (the patron goddess of nobility), is a beautiful noble woman who decides that her parents are cowards and they are not living up to their power and privilege. She has been privileged beyond
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, ebooks
I liked this one. The potential for betrayal between the allies kept me glued to the pages and I wasn't quite sure where truth and lies tangled or how things would unravel at the end. The creepy castle was a happy bonus. As was the goat.

Simply put, I liked Kleef. He had a few issues he needed to work out but he was dedicated to his cause and wouldn't be swayed from doing what was right. Even when everyone around him was corrupt. That's some serious dedication.

The group he falls in with is... let
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley, review
I was provided with an e-ARC by in exchange for an honest review.

Set during the Era of Upheaval, The Sundering is a multi-author series chronicling the adventures of Faerûn’s heroes, from those recently Chosen to some of the Realms most enduring characters. Troy Denning’s novel, The Sentinel, is the penultimate entry in the series. It is thrilling from beginning to end. If you love Faerûn and the worlds of the Forgotten Realms, or simply just want to read an engrossing and exciting
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've read every other book in the Sundering series so far, and they've all been good, so I had high expectations for this book. I have to admit-I am more than a bit surprised that every book in the series has been enjoyable...when every book in a series is written by a different author, I generally don't care for them much. Let's face it-the theme changes, the tone changes, the characters often change, and the continuity from book-to-book is virtually nonexistent.

Sundering has not been that way.
Sonny Miller
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is book 5 in The Sundering series. I have never even heard of Kleef Kenric prior to reading this book. I am sad that I haven't before this. Troy Denning writes a very good story of the group of Chosen trying to save Toril from Shar and her followers. If you remember, Shar played a very big part in book 2, The Godborn, of this series. The story flowed very well with lots of action. There was only a tiny bit of lulls and musings of the characters. Overall this was a very enjoyable and easy re ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I read it for NetGalley.

My review is short and sweet. I am not a D&D fantasy fan - I read this book because it looked interesting. It is. Very fast-paced and action oriented which I prefer in this genre.

Mr. Denning is an excellent fantasy/action writer. His extensive expertise in video games is apparent; the book read like a thrilling video game.

This novel, for a non-D&D reader, is a nice change of pace from slower paced fantasy books. I recommend it to non-D&D people
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With each book, the stanzas at the beginning become more fun to read and remember how they relate to the previous books plus try and guess how they’ll relate to the current one. This book has yet more Chosen moved into position to try and stop Shar and the split between the worlds. Great fight sequences and more than enough enemies trying to stop a band of four companions on a great trek. High fantasy at its finest. And I have to wait how long before the next book? Received free copy for review.
Sheila Ryals
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The book I read was I hope an arc copy! It had a bunch of typos and missing letters, and some words . Otherwise it has all the qualities of the D&D books that I grew up with and love! The actual love scenarios is a bit different, but I liked them! This puts a new spin on the chosen! I really do not want to describe the book since the synopsis does it for you! I will say I enjoyed it and hope to read and add to my D&D book collection! Even if you have never read a D&D book this may get you hooked ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
OK, I may have finished this slog of a Fantasy Love Rhombus to Save the World book, but I cannot in good conscience recommend it.

The characters were pretty parchment-thin, and with so much magic and divine-intervention continuously happening you never really felt any of them were in any real danger, right up until the not-terribly-shocking twist at the end.

I guess D&D inspired fantasy lit is more comfortable now with depictions of same-sex love, but, beyond that, not much going on here we haven'
Kasey Cocoa
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The writing is very well done with no editing issues. The characters are well fleshed out with flaws befitting the character. I like the path of character development as well. The plot is fast paced, intriguing and fun to read. I like how the series is wrapped up with this book and the authors knowledge and use of the lore and gods. I received an evaluation copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion with no other compensation.
Jay Williams
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the better books in the sundering series. This is a quest adventure with very different, but interesting characters. There is much excitement along the way as four adventurers seek to save the realm from Shar, the dark goddess. The ending had more surprises then I could have imagined. I recommend this book for a good read and a powerful story.
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  • The Companions (The Sundering, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #24)
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  • The Adversary (The Sundering, #3; Brimstone Angels, #3)
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