Book– The Herald: The Sundering, Book VI
Author– Ed Greenwood
TL;DR– I need more background-66%
Basics– Magic is wild in Faerun. Elminster is working frantically with the bard of Shadowdale and his too many great grand niece to fix the remainder of the magic weave. However, new threats to Candlekeep and Myth Drannor call him to save the world once again. Can he stop evil liches, an army, and the combined force of the Princes of Shade all at once? Will he save magic once again or is the goddess of magic lost forever?
Story-This story was kind of hard to get into. A major problem of this story is the lack of background and some daus ex machina. Stories are continued from previous novels without really giving a introduction of what happened before. The Sundering was ment to be a great introduction to the realms, but this didn’t really introduce me to what happened before or during. The ending of the book kind of came out of nowhere and was completely fuled by daus ex machina. I’m fine with some of that, but I never really felt all that interested in what was going on. So, I wasn’t really interested in the ending. I’m happy to have learned more about the realms, but I’m equally happy to be done with the book. I listened to the audiobook, but I never really felt pulled into the book. I was mostly moving through to finish the book. 2.5/5
Setting– Ed Greenwood invented the Forgotten Realms, so he’s great at sending you to a place that he’s invented. I would like a bit more introduction of what some things are though (that will be a common complaint through this review). Aside from any minor problems I had with the setting, I did feel like I was in the realms when I read this book. 4.5/5
Characters-I know who NONE of these characters are. I’ve read several Forgotten Realms books, so this isn’t my first rodeo. Most of the other Forgotten Realms/Sundering books have done a fare to good job introducing who any of these characters are and why they matter. This book brought in random people who, if you’ve followed all of Ed Greenwood’s books before, are important, but I had no idea who they were even at the end of the book. I learned a bit about some of the characters, but not enough to judge if some of the main characters were written against type. Elminster is Elminster, so that’s done well, but the rest I was kind of lost on. 3/5
Summary-The main problem I had with this book is background. Ed Greenwood made my favorite fantasy setting, and he carved out a section of it for himself to write in. However, I didn’t feel like he tried to include me in his world. I didn’t know who anybody was for the longest time, so I didn’t feel engaged. I finished this one mostly because I wanted to know about the Realms and the Sundering. I’m glad I read this, but I’m kind of equally glad it’s done. 66%