Book– The Sundering Book III: The Adversary
Author – Erin M. Evans
TL;DR– Another good addition to the Sundering lineup 80%
Basics– Time to return to the Realms. Erin M. Evans returns to the Forgotten Realms continuing the story of Farideh and Havilar. Farideh makes a deal with a devil and ends up being teleported through time. Now Ferideh is caught up in a plot involving Asmodeus’ continuing godhood, devils vying for power, Netheril, and trying to do the right thing. Havilar has to face the realities of what seven years can do to a relationship with a crown prince in Cormyr.
Setting– This book feels like it’s in the realms. Everything feels right. Lots of realm lore comes into play and those of us who are read lots of Forgotten Realms books will feel right at home and get a knowing wink from the author. New readers will get a good background to at least part of the world. 4/5
Characters– This is truly an ensemble book. Heck, the author doesn’t just have a main character; she’s got twin sisters running around stirring up trouble. Every character gets a bit of time to shine, and when I was finished, I didn’t have a standout character who was my favorite. I rooted for everybody all the way through. However with the number of character running around, I did get a little confused from time to time on who someone was. 4/5
Story– I’ve talked before about the Sundering, and this book follows the same formula. It takes a good story, introduces major players and what they’ve done since the last realms books came out, and sets up the characters for another book trilogy. I like the story that this book has while it does set up major events in the realms, and I most likely will pick up the following trilogy. The story itself is a bit long for my taste, and I did take a few breaks while getting through it. I might not been the greatest page turner, but I am glad I read it. 4/5
Summary– I liked this story, maybe not as much as other Sundering books, but I did like this. I know more about the realms now than I did before and want to see where it goes from here. I like the characters I read about, and am honestly interested in what happens to them. I can easily recommend this book. 80 %