Dungeons & Dragons Book Review: The Godborn (The Sundering, #2) by Paul S. Kemp
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The Godborn by Paul S. Kemp
Series: The Sundering #2
Published by: Wizards of the Coast on October 1, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Dungeons & Dragons, Game Tie-In
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About the Book:
In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen—unmoored in time by the god Mask—has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth.
Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania. He knows the day will come when he must assume his role in the divine drama unfolding across Faerûn. But Vasen knows not what that role should be . . . or whether he is ready to take it on. He only knows what his father tells him in dreams—that he must not fail.
Enter Drasek Riven, a former compatriot of Erevis Cale, now near divine and haunted by dreams of his own—he too knows the time to act is near. Shar, the great goddess of darkness, looks to cast her shadow on the world forever. Riven has glimpsed the cycle of night she hopes to complete, and he knows she must be stopped.
At the crossroads of divine intrigue and mortal destiny, unlikely heroes unite to thwart the powers of shadow and hell, and the sundering of worlds is set on its course.
Ok. I enjoyed the Godborn, but I really thought there would be more of a connection to the first book, The Companions. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book, but since it is the second book in the Sundering series…yea, well…I thought it would have some of the characters from the first book in it. 🙂
Wanted to get that out of the way, now on with the rest of the review…
I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the first book. The world is awesome, the characters are well written and the story pulled me in from the first page.
This story I think was much darker than the first one, The Companions (The Sundering #1) by R.A. Salvatore, and not just because of the shadows that surround Vasen. There was definitely more gore, much more graphic gore. Also, there just seems to be less hope and a lot more death. Still while it is darker, it is still just as excellent.
I enjoyed the characters. Even supporting ones had a sense of depth to them. I became attached to them even when they hadn’t been in the story that long.
Overall, I definitely suggest picking up the Sundering series. After having read both stories, I don’t think it really matters what order they are read in. Both are solid stand-alone novels in their own rights. Yes, they have questions left unanswered, but I hope that future installments of the series remedy that.
I’m giving the second books the same rating as the first 5 out of 5 controllers.