Book– The Sentinel: The Sundering, Book V
Author – Troy Denning
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 chosen is dragged into service to try to save Toril. Can Kleef stand firm in the Forgotten Realms as even his god has seemed to abandon him as he travels to world to save it?
Setting– This is a fairly standard Forgotten Realms story. The world and story feel like it’s in the Realms as lots of the high notes that have been going through the world are mentioned. The story does go to some specific Realms spots so it is a Realms story. As this is primarily a traveling story, the pace makes set building a bit hard and that makes the setting and story suffers a little. 4.5/5
Characters– I felt that characters were a bit off. Nothing horrible, but the seemed somewhat wishy-washy. The most fleshed out and stable character was the chosen of the death god. I felt sometimes the choices the characters made were not the real choice or action the characters should have made. It’s not story ending, but it did affect my enjoyment a bit. 3.5 /5
Story– The story isn’t bad. It’s basically the Lord of the Rings in a single book. That’s not bad as most Dungeons and Dragons quests are like that, but having more time to build sets would help a traveling story. This book is one of the shorter Sundering books which is good as some stories have dragged on a bit longer then they should. But, it’s also bad as this book could have used a bit of padding in some places. 4/5
Summary– This isn’t a bad book. If you’re reading the Sundering like me, then this is one of the better ones. If you want an introduction to the Realms, then this might not be the best book for you. The book follows the standard Sundering formula, but don’t let that distract you. If you want to learn about the return of some of the more important Toril gods, then this is right up you alley. 80%