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Troy Denning is the New York Times best-selling author the Star Wars Fate of the Jedi novels--Abyss, Vortex, and most recently Apocalypse--as well as many beloved and best-selling Forgotten Realms titles including Crucible,Waterdeep, Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.


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... ergibt sich eine Geschichte für ein unglaubliches Potential - was hier leider etwas verschenkt wird.
Insgesamt ist der Plott sehr interessant, teilweise aber doch schlecht nachvollziehbar, weiterhin hätte ich mir hier mehr Charakterentwicklung bei diversen Figuren gewünscht.

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Es kommen vier Erwählte zusammen, und zwar Malik, der Erwählte von Cyric, den man noch aus diversen Vorgängerbänden kennen kann (und sollte), sowie drei neue Erwählte von diversen, teils toten Gottheiten.

Der Plott ist, das der Cycle of Night zwar abgehalten wurde (Sundering II). Shar jedoch neue Pläne schmiedet, wie Abeir-Toril doch noch zerstört werden kann. Um dies zu verhindern, muss ein Demi-Gott davon abgehalten werden, sich auf Shars Seite zu stellen.

Warum gerade dies so wichtig ist (und vor allem warum die anderen Götter Shar so stark unterlegen sind) kann ich leider einfach nicht wirklich nachvollziehen - denn selbst die (mächtigen) Götter der Dunkelheit, des Chaos und der Zerstörung können ja nicht wirklich ein Interesse an dem Ende der Schöpfung selbst haben (sie würden dadurch ja quasi ebenfalls ihre Funktion verlieren). Shar scheint stets übermächtig und allem voraus zu sein - was einfach lächerlich und unglaubwürdig wirkt.

Weiterhin gefällt mir einfach überhaupt nicht, wie z. B. Arietta sich darüber völlig im Unklaren ist, ob sie überhaupt erwählt wurde. Grundsätzlich zeichnen sich doch die Erwählten durch eine intensive Bindung zu ihrem Gott, der in diesem Fall Siamorphe, die Göttin des Adels ist, aus.
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The fifth part in the Sundering cycle is another one, which cannot convince me. Filled with a railroad plot the reader barely is able to follow due to a lack of logic (We must deliver the eye! Why? Because we must!) the rest of the book delivers a gore fest of epic proportions. It's not enough anymore to defeat the foes. No, now they have to be beheaded which our protagonists happily follow through on. I dont think I have ever read a book with so many beheadings. Heads fly left and right here. Which is, in and of itself, simply ridiculous and only reveals a truly epic lack of understanding of swordfighting. Honestly, Mr.Denning. Go and research some french revolution/guillotine. Beside being gruesome and certainly not fit reading for kids it certainly isnt something you do by walking past.
The reason it still rates three stars is because Troy Denning manages to build up some good suspense combined with a good ability to describe the setting. Overall still a rather disappointing novel.
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HASH(0x9544d72c) von 5 Sternen A Solid Four out of Five! 1. April 2014
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The Sentinel is a fun fantasy tale that sets a band of heroes on an adventure to save the world. A watchmen, a noble, a thief, and a murderer must deliver the eye of an orc god to rescue Toril from Shar’s destruction. Along the way, they fight Shadovar, orcs, ghouls and zombies, crossing oceans, forests and even the Underchasm itself. The characters keep things interesting with their shifting motivations. However, saving the world comes at a high price, and author Troy Denning keeps the reader guessing at who will pay the cost.

“There are no truths more dangerous than terrible truths,” Malik said. “Those are the kind no one wishes to see.”

Featured on the cover is one of the main characters. Kleef is a topsword in the Marsember Watch. He’s a Chosen of the god Helm. Yet his life has not been very special. The ranks of the city guard are rife with corruption. Kleef’s sense of duty and fairness has caused him to be overlooked for promotions. He has little to show for his devotion to Helm. A good fighter with a big sword, Kleef is a character who has much to discover about himself. His flaws, his god’s gifts, and the mysterious magic sword that he wields are all things he must explore.

Sadly not pictured on the cover is Arietta. This story is as much her’s as it is Kleef’s. She is a noble’s daughter and a follower of Siamorphe. Like Kleef, she goes through a journey of self-discovery. Her stout beliefs of courage, duty and leadership bring her into a quest to save the world. Unlike Kleef, though, she must make tougher sacrifices and work twice as hard to survive the adventure. Her god may grant the gift of leadership, but when it comes to combat, she must rely on herself to persevere.

“Are you truly that devoted, Malik?” Joelle finally asked. “You would die for me?”

“Die?”

“You said you were devoted,” Joelle reminded him. “Aren’t you?”

Malik hesitated. “Would dying truly be necessary?”

Then there is the thief of hearts and the Seraph of lies rounding out the team of heroes. Joelle is the Chosen of Sune, the god of love. Malik is the Chosen of Cyric, the god of lies. They are an unlikely duo working together to try to serve their gods. When they join paths with Kleef and Arietta, it would seem to be divine intervention. But everyone has their own motivations which adds to the complexity of the plot.

Up against them in their quest is the shade prince Yder and an army of orcs. Yder’s inclusion in the story adds for some nice tie-ins, something this book does well. There are lots of mentions to events that occurred in Paul S. Kemp’s books in regards to Netheril and Rivalen’s incident in Ondulin. The Shadovar are taking over Cormyr and the story reflects that. There are also lots of moments highlighting the changes the world is going through, and direct signs of Aberil and Tori’s separation. Denning even ties into the previous book in the Sundering series, The Reaver, by including the Gnome smuggler Greathorne. All of these elements bring together the other stories in the Realms and The Sundering to make The Sentinel feel like an even grander story. It’s not just a little adventure, but an observation and participation in the separation of worlds. History is in the making, and by tying into those other stories, this is the first book which really makes this feel like a series, like all those other adventures mattered and had purpose.

Without delving too much into more into the details, The Sentinel is a fun fantasy story that’s worth checking out. It has good characters, lots of action, and a variety of adventures as the heroes endeavor to deliver the Eye of Gruumsh in an effort to save the world. As part of The Sundering series, it does a lot to move the overall plot forward as the world’s split. All in all, I give The Sentinel a solid four out of five. It’s a lot of fun.
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HASH(0x9544d978) von 5 Sternen Another Great Addition to the Series 2. Juni 2014
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The Sentinel is the fifth book in The Sundering series, a series that takes place in Dungeons and Dragons universe. I have previously read the third book in the series, The Adversary, so I did skip a book, but wasn’t confused, so you can read the books out of order, or as standalone novels and be fine. I really enjoyed The Adversary and The Sentineldid not disappoint.

The Sentinel follows four characters, Kleef, Arietta, Joelle, and Malik as they attempt to deliver the Eye of Gruumsh to it’s destination, all while trying to keep it out of the hands of the Shadovar and the orcs. The novel chronicles their journeys, their hardships, and of course their personal lives.

This novel started off really slow for me, and I can’t put my finger on why. It started off with some action packed scenes, there was a giant fight against the Shadovar, and even Arietta, who is a noble, gets in on the action. So if you’re into action scenes and battles, you’ll be hooked right away, but it took me probably a quarter of the book to really get into it.

And now for the good things! I enjoyed the characters. A lot. They’re each motivated by different things, and they act like they’re all trying to help the greater good, but they’re clearly in it for themselves, or at least two of them are. Kleef is a Watchmen, a guard of sorts, and his family has always served Helm, a god that has been believed to be dead for quite some time. Between serving a dead god and the corruption that Kleef sees in the nobility, he has a hard time seeing the point in his work, so he has his own lack of faith to work on.

Arietta hates the way that her father would rather run from the city than actually stay and help their people, like she feels a noble is supposed to. Then there are Joelle and Malik, only interested in getting the Eye to their destination in one piece and pleasing their own gods.

Another thing that kind of bothered me about the novel was I feel like not a lot happened…? Which is weird, because there was definitely an epic journey and a mission, and things happened, so I’m not entirely sure why I feel that way. The pacing seemed to jump around a bit, which threw me off, but it wasn’t enough to the point where I got really confused.

Overall, I’m giving The Sentinel 4 out of 5 controllers. It had a good plot, good characters, good battle scenes, but it started out really slow and the jumps in time didn’t really seem that natural.

Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer, Goodreads and Amazon
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Reviewer: Ariel
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HASH(0x9544dbb8) von 5 Sternen Immensely Satisfying 4. April 2014
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Set during the Era of Upheaval, The Sundering is a multi-author event chronicling the adventures of Faerûn’s heroes, from those just Chosen to some of the Realms most enduring characters. Troy Denning’s novel, The Sentinel, is the penultimate entry in the series. As such, it is suitably thrilling from beginning to end.

Like many during the Era of Upheaval, Kleef Kenric has spent his life worshipping a long-forgotten god. It is said that so long as one person carries a god in their heart, that god is not dead. Helm, The Watcher, god of guardians, could not save his father. While others accept bribes and trade favours for knighthood, Kleef stubbornly clings to the tenets of his faith – coming to the defense of those who ask, leaving his career with the city guard stalled at the rank of Topsword. Kleef’s unswerving faith has turned him bitter.

While battling to win free of Marsember, Kleef accepts payment from a merchant in order to clear the way. He uses the gold to motivate the guards beneath his command to do the job they are already sworn to do. His guilt over the act is not easily rationalised but with priests holding up the evacuation with their theatrics and Shadovar threatening the city, he has little choice but to rally his men the only way he can.

While tracking the Shadovar, he comes to the aid of a mysterious pair, Joelle Emmeline and her short and odiferous companion, Malik. Kleef fights back wave after wave of Shadovar and Joelle and Malik flee across a bridge toward the noble house of Seasilver. They are observed from the balcony by Lady Arietta Seasilver, a young noblewoman who believes she is the Chosen of Siamorphe. Taking up her bow, Arietta joins the fight. Thus fate combines four destinies of four people trying to serve their gods.

The Sundering refers to the separation of Abeir from Toril. While the living (and sort of living) denizens of the world deal with the fallout of the Era of Upheaval – from the Great Rain to falling earthmotes to the literal upheaving of earth – the gods are battling for supremcy. Often, they do so through their Chosen. Joelle and Malik are on a quest for Sune. They carry the Eye of Gruumsh as a gift from one god to another. As such a gift would foil Shar’s plans for the Ever After, the Shadovar are keen to get their hands on the Eye. So are the orcs. The Eye is one of their sacred relics.

Their journey to the Underchasm is frought with adventure. Arietta sacrifices her family and Kleef feels he is sacrificing his principles for a woman who will never return his ardent regard. Joelle uses her god-given charm to ensure everyone follows her plan and Malik is obstinate in his deviancy. By the time the four arrive at Grumbar’s Temple, alliances have shifted many times – as has each companion’s idea of what it means to be Chosen.

It’s this last that really captured my attention while reading The Sentinel. Kleef’s struggle to defend his faith, to himself and those around him is heart-wrenching. In order to succeed on this quest, he has to do away with his bitterness and regret. When he finally does, I reached for the tissue box. Arietta’s journey is equally compelling. She has only been told she is the Chosen of Siamorpeh and as such, has taken her role for granted. This revelation rocks her ideas and ideals, and ultimately brings her closer to what she really wants to be.

I really enjoyed this book and as has happened every time I pick up a new volume of ‘The Sundering’, I am inspired to look for other works by the author. Troy Denning’s writing is accessible and easy to digest. I read The Sentinel in two devoted sessions, breaking only for dinner. As mentioned above, what really makes this book stand out are the characters, particularly Kleef and Arietta. Their thoughts and actions were so appropriate to their situations. At no point did either feel unreal or overwrought. Malik was fascinating in his own grimace-worthy manner. Though he is not likeable, I did manage to muster empathy for him. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about Joelle. I think perhaps she is actually the most devious and unsympathetic of that pair.

The conclusion to The Sentinel was another tissue box moment and another step forward in the world event. Overall, this is an immensely satisfying book.

‘The Sundering’ is nearly done. Only one volume remains: The Herald: The Sundering, Book VI by Ed Greenwood. Through all six books are linked only tenuously, I have enjoyed the experience of reading several stories surrounding the same event. Each has advanced the world narrative and each has introduced me to another, smaller world of characters. My only complaint would be the steadily growing pile of books behind me as I discover new authors whose voices I must further explore.

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HASH(0x9544dd5c) von 5 Sternen Fine Addition to the Series 4. Juli 2014
Von Maxine McLister - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Sentinel by Troy Denning is the fifth and penultimate book in the multi-author series, The Sundering and, like the previous book, The Reaver, is very reader friendly. Unlike the first few books in the series, there is no need to have read previous books by the authors to fully appreciate the story. It also finally gives the reader a better picture of what the Sundering is - the world is splitting apart and various gods, both dead and alive, are jockeying for power. They have chosen humans to represent them in the coming battles and these Chosen must fight for their god's position in the new hierarchy.

The tale itself is fairly straightforward compared to some of the previous books in the series. There are four main characters who represent four different gods. Joelle and Malick have stolen a powerful artifact from the Orcs and must deliver it to safety to prevent the goddess, Shar and her Shadovar from gaining prominence in the world after the Sundering. As the Shadovar and Orcs close in, the pair is aided by Kleef Kenrick and Arietta Seasilver. The story revolves around the relationships that develop among the four as well as their attempts to elude their pursuers.

However, straightforward does not mean simple. There's plenty of twists and turns, action, and betrayals, enough to satisfy the most jaded fantasy fan. But it is really the characters that make this one of the best entries in the series (I will admit to a sneaking preference for The Reavers but The Sentinel comes close). Not only the main four characters but many of the secondary characters are complex with interesting and varied backstories, range of emotions, and the ability to recognize their faults and errors and grow from them. Best of all, like The Reaver and unlike the first three books in the series, both new and old fantasy fans can read and enjoy The Sentinel without feeling like they are missing half the story.
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HASH(0x9b1f6150) von 5 Sternen A fun, complex fantasy 19. Mai 2014
Von Margaret Fisk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

Another exceptional book in The Sundering series, The Sentinel begins with a simple guardsman with a chip on his shoulder trying to do the best for his city and help the evacuation before it is overrun by the Shade. He stands out not because of anything magical or god related at first but simply because he is not corrupt in a city, and organization, founded on bribery. In that first moment, he’s torn between two objectives and the only way out is to bend enough to accept a bribe, not for himself but to use on his men. It’s desperate times and they most definitely call for desperate measures with the evacuation stalled by doomsday priests and Kleef having seen what he’s pretty sure is the first Shade operative in the city.

That’s just a taste of this book, which reads as a nonstop race impeded on all sides much like the best of the action film genre. If you’ve been reading my reviews, though, you’d know that’s not really the quality I look for in books: the non-stop action. However, check my first paragraph again and you’ll see what had me snagged.

First character, first event, and already he’s faced with a moral dilemma between principles which have gotten him in nothing but trouble his whole life, and his duty to the city and its people, the foundation of those same principles.

Despite the action, or in some ways because of it, this is a character story.

And what a cast of characters it is.

Beyond Kleef, whether I look to Arietta, a spoiled noblewoman who has taken on responsibility for her city when she sees all others of her class, her family especially, failing that duty, or Malik and Joelle, the two who drew the Shades into the city in the first place, I’m given interesting, complicated folks. They have the attention of gods, not always a good thing, and so a higher purpose that they believe in with all their hearts…though sometimes it’s fear rather than devotion that drives them.

Each has a different agenda that walks alongside the rest, but those agendas don’t always equate to good intentions toward the others. It’s a complicated tale where the definition of “bad guy” is fluid and questions of sacrifice become twisted around the greater need and willingness. The characters learn as much about themselves as the others, a pattern that offers a compelling read where the reader is asked to judge where to stand on these questions as well, giving the reader an ever shifting collection of heroes and villains all in the same four people.

P.S. I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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