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The Adversary is the third book in the multi author Sundering epic fantasy series Like the previous two books, this is the first I have read by this author and also like the first two books, it continues the story of characters from another series by the author As a result, it took me a while to orient myself and really get into the tale.However, unlike the previous two books in this series, The Adversary felt like once I got to know the characters a bit, I wasn t as handicapped by lack of previous knowledge The story felt less tied to author Erin M Evan s previous series and to the other books in this Sundering series It finally felt like there really is an over arching storyline here and not just a showcase for the different authors works At times, I found the pacing a bit slow But that was okay there s a lot going on here and a whole lot of characters to keep track of and, by taking it slow through some of the build up to the real action, it prevented the reader from getting lost It also gave me a chance to get to know the characters and to care about what happens to them With this novel, I finally feel like I m starting to understand what is happening in the Forgotten Realms and where this is all heading It kind of feels like the previous two books were meant to set the parameters of the series and, with The Adversary, we are finally finding our way to the core of the story I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series to find out where it will take me. This is a helluva a good series in the FR universe I really enjoy Evan s writing style, and the book narration is great Highly recommend this series for any FR fans or those that just dig good fantasy. You can find this review and others on The Nomadic Reader.Book three in The Sundering series was a welcome change from the incredible doom and gloom that I felt in the first two books You re introduced to two tiefling, Farideh and her sister Havilar While the book is third in the series you re than welcome to read it out of order, the books like the previous ones only loosely tie together they all take place in the same world The world is still filled with doom and gloom but there are hints of romance and characters that I didn t absolutely disdain which always helps.Farideh makes a pact or two, or three with a devil in order to keep those she cares about safe from harm Of course making pacts with devils never turns out the way you want it to, and she soon finds herself in over her head, serving a wizard who is rounding up the Chosen of the Gods for a purpose that she can t figure out Her sister is bent on rescuing her, along with her old patron, a group of harpers who think she is a traitor, and a red wizard Each person has their own reason for finding Farideh, with their own outcome of the events.I can honestly say this third book is my favorite so far The characters were colourful and came alive in a way that I didn t see in the previous books It was nice to see characters that were not all good or all evil they made mistakes, and paid for those mistakes I found myself rooting for each character as they neared their goal and while the ending may have been predictable, I was satisfied with how it carried out.This book released in December, so it s a great time to pick it up I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I thank NetGalley as well as the publishers for the opportunity.4 5 stars An epic series, epic authors, dark fantasy that is detailed and deep, book three of The Sundering, The Adversary by Erin M Evans is following in step with its predecessors , Farideh is drawn into a world of deceit, magic and mayhem as she is taken prisoner in Netheril, only to discover that the Chosen of the gods are being held and exploited for their secret powers Will she make it out alive Can she be rescued Can she trust those who claim to be her ally Is this one time the fates have dealt her a wicked hand In keeping with the pace of the previous books, this is does not race across the pages, but does rely on very intense detail and intrigue The characters were flawed, and not always completely likable, but there is the sense of inner strength that comes through in the expansive dialogue throughout Erin Evans has done a very good job of adding to the depth of the series, with a sense of darkness and chaos throughout, sure to assist in the revival of the Forgotten Realm I received an Arc edition from Wizards of the Coast in exchange for my honest review.Series The Sundering, Book 3Publication Date December 3, 2013Publisher Wizards of the Coast ISBN 9780786963751Genre Dark Fantasy AdultsPage Count 432Available from Barnes Noble In reading Erin Evans contribution to the The Sundering series, her book The Adversary turned out to be a mixed bag Evans does a masterful job of sharing setting and action with the reader through her use of imagery and choice of diction Her character development however is a long and painful process that detracts from the plot as a whole.In the opening of the book, as well as at several points throughout the book, Evans does a superb job of using all five senses to create a tableaux vivant for the reader This quality allows the readers to feel as if they are actually experiencing what is being described This is a wonderful and rare trait that only a few fantasy authors have mastered Additionally, Evans has a well developed vocabulary which she also uses to good effect In several places, it is obvious that she chooses to use the best word rather than a simpler, less descriptive word that would be easily understood by the reader Both of these qualities drew me in early on and provided excellent moments of respite throughout the novel.The great detractor in this book was the far too overly developed scenes where the characters relationships are introduced and explored Now some of this may have to do with the fact that Evens is the only female writer in The Sundering series Her style may too sharply contrast the other masculine writers Along that same line of thinking, it may be that she is following in the footsteps of to highly accomplished authors More likely, it is my dislike for the penchant of female fantasy authors to wax romantic rather than adventurous in this genre of writing There are exceptions of course, but this seems to be an unfortunately common trait.When I find myself skipping ahead pages to get past the deluge of motivations, feeling, and interpretations of each character examined in a myriad of minute details, there is a serious problem If, as a reader, you are looking for wondrously good description wrapped around intricate character development through interaction and relationship this is likely the book for you If you are into a plot that steadily moves forward in a non brooding fashion that can interconnect earlier elements of the series, you may wish to look elsewhere.Dr Nicholson reviews academic, Christian living, and fiction books for a variety of publishers in an array of formats He is never paid for any of his reviews For reviews or information, visit Dr Nicholson s blog at drtnicholson.wordpress.com.The book for this review was provided free of charge by Wizards of the Coast through NetGalley.com This book was provided without the expectation or requirement of a positive response Thank you to both the publisher and NetGalley.com for the opportunity to both read your advanced copy and to provide this unpaid evaluation All opinions in this review reflect the views of the author and not NetGalley.com or the publisher. tw self harm I am getting a little settled with this series Ms Evans did a better job pulling the plot lines that came before her into her installment This book really felt like it was supposed to be one of the series while being a standalone story However, don t you just hate those I stumbled to get into this story from a writing perspective Paul Kemp so far has had the best writing.For this installment, I was back to the internet for research on the vast races that appear in the DD landscape Our main protagonist is a tiefling Completely foreign to me, but I wanted to know what the background of the race was to understand how they fit into the relationship I also took a brief look at what other stories these main characters had come from They are the closest in the relational timeline to the plot point of the entire series, so far Ms Evans didn t need to jump her characters so far forward into time I do feel the manner in which the time warp occurred was quite clever.The initial chapters are a solid attempt at bringing some of the past story to the current reader Unfortunately, I found the experience stumbling and choppy I had a hard time distinguishing between moments of foreshadowing with moments of flashbacks despite the different fonts from the font couldn t resist some wordplay and I promise it will make sense when you read it I forced myself to march on through the first third of the book Then it started to simmer The heat of the Hells warmed the story line and I found myself vested in the characters Then the concluding third of the novel absolutely boiled over The action was smooth and quick and got my heart pumping for the characters There was a clear wrap up while leaving the ending open to the next author I give this book a mid level review The price tag is once again hefty and the first third is slogging but the conclusion makes it very much worth the read Buy it to own the whole set but rent it from the library by itself.Check out from Erin M Evans and The Adversary at her blog or the excellent Wizard of the Coasts product page. The Adversary by Erin M Evans is one of the frustrating and infuriating fantasy novels I have ever read, even other Dungeons and Dragons novels That s a good thing In fact, it is a very good thing.Evans turns everything you think you know about Farideh and Havilar on the head and leads you through a series of twists and turns that keep you riveted and anxious Some of these twists are expected, but some take you by surprise and may cause you to tear frantically back through the pages you already read to see if you missed clues that would have allowed you to have seen them coming.A great plot is not without great characters, and there again Evans delivers In fact, The Adversary is arguably Evans greatest work when it comes to character development In addition to Farideh and Havilar, the richly developed cast includes a broad spectrum of family and friends, uneasy allies, bitter enemies, and everything in between The heroes are not always clearly good The villains are not always clearly evil In fact, Evans seems to delight in developing characters that fall clearly in shades of grey and who can be both hero and villain as the situation dictates Better yet, in The Adversary we often get glimpses into the reasons why the characters are the way they are.Only two other regular authors in the Dungeons and Dragons universe do this as well R A Salvatore and Elaine Cunningham It is fairly easy to imagine that if the Harpers subseries had continued that The Adversary could easily find a place sliding in place next to Cunningham s work It is also fairly easy to imagine that if Salvatore and Evans ever co wrote a Dungeons and Dragons novel together in a way that combined their talents it would probably set a new standard for the series. Originally published at Tales to Tide You OverThis is the third of the Sundering series I ve read, and I m thinking it comes in as my favorite We re thrust into disaster after disaster from the very start because the main focus is on a tiefling, Farideh, who never looks before she leaps, so determined to do what s right that she doesn t take the time to think things through Of course, she s rarely given the time she needs either Then there s the Harper Dahl who comes with a history rich with disaster and a self destructive streak miles wide, Lorcan who is a devil half blood driven by emotions he doesn t believe he can have, Farideh s sister with her own issues, and.Sure, this is an adventure fantasy with horrible things happening, people needing a rescue, people forced to do things they would prefer not to and suffering the consequences should they balk It s complex, complicated, and twisty Deals with devils are rarely simple, and all the clauses in the world won t cover every eventuality But ultimately this is a people novel It s about the kind of trouble that comes through rash choices, and learning to live with the consequences at the same time as trying to mend what went wrong.It s rare that a novel can startle me into a laugh, and I wasn t expecting it of this one as much of what happens falls into the dark paths of choosing the best of the worst when lives are at stake, but still there have been several times when the characters interactions just hit me the right way There are things the characters say that stand out as poignant or telling, and yet though they have broader implications, are also perfect for the moment and that character.Though Farideh is known in the Forgotten Realms universe, she s new to me What I came out of this book with is a wish to check out of Erin M Evans stories, and a sense of a rich history of which I know enough to make this book solid just in the glimpses offered, and yet I m intrigued to discover The characters are complicated, well rounded, and faced with the kinds of choices that make black and white a simple world for simple people who have never experienced anything difficult than whether to share their breakfast meats or hoard them I ve already recommended the book to my son, and I suspect he s not the first to hear about how much I enjoyed the rich characters and events put into play here.P.S I received this title from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review. `Download ↶ The Adversary ⇖ In The Rd Book Of The Multi Author SUNDERING Series Kicked Off By New York Times Best Selling Author RA Salvatore, The Award Winning Erin M Evans Throws Her Signature Character Farideh Into A Maelstrom Of Devilish Politics And Magical Intrigue Captured By Netherese Agents And Locked Away In A Prison Camp, Farideh Quickly Discovers Her Fellow Prisoners Are Not Simply Enemies Of Netheril, But People Known As Chosen Who Possess Hidden Powers, Powers That Netheril Is Eager To Exploit Or Destroy As Farideh S Friends And Sister Race Across The Landscape On A Desperate Rescue Mission, Farideh Is Drawn Deeper Into The Mystery Of The Netherese Plot Alongside Two Undercover Harper Agents But Will Her Closest Ally Turn Out To Be An Adversary From Her Past