Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Adversary by Erin M. Evans [Review]

The Adversary (The Sundering #3) by Erin M. Evans
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Wizards of the Coast through NetGalley
Date read: November 22, 2013

The Sundering
1. The Companions
2. The Godborn
3. The Adversary - Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
4. The Reaver
5. The Sentinel
6. The Herald

Erin M. Evans
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
In this third book of the Sundering series kicked off by R.A. Salvatore and the dark elf Drizzt, SCRIBE award-winning author Erin M. Evans thrusts her signature character Farideh into a maelstrom of devilish politics and magical intrigue that will have far-reaching implications for the future of the Forgotten Realms.

As the chaos of the Sundering rages around her, young warlock Farideh faces a more personal turmoil wrought by a deal she made with a devil years ago. Hoping to protect her twin sister, she leaves everything she holds dear to assist a wizard in a scheme that pits the devils of the Nine Hells against the gods above.

But when Farideh casts the spell to enter the wizard’s remote mountaintop fortress, she picks up a stowaway—a Harper agent named Dahl who isn’t so inclined to follow devilish demands. Dahl attempts to escape only to run into a village of odd people, lurking behind an impenetrable wall.

Forced to gaze into the villagers’ souls, Farideh points out the ones who seem different, only to watch as the wizard’s guard carts them off to fates unknown. Are these villagers or prisoners? Are they blessed or doomed by the gods? As the wizard’s guessing game proves more and more diabolical, Farideh resolves to unravel his secrets—even if it means she’ll lose her own soul to the Nine Hells.
Thoughts on The Adversary: Ooh. I liked this one. It had hints of romance (of the twisty variety, which INTRIGUES me), interesting family dynamics (of the 'family isn't always born of blood' variety), deals with devils, machinations, bloodshed, and divine powers. ALL THINGS I LIKE!

Coming into this book, Farideh is a new-to-me character. I had no idea what she's been through up to this point but I had no problems falling headlong into her world and the crazy she got thrust into the middle of. Frankly, I liked Farideh. She makes some not so great decisions along the way but she always does it with the best intentions. And, yeah, she ends up hurting people she cares about because of those decisions but she's doing the best she can.

Now, I found Dahl intriguing for different reasons. He's trying to pull himself out of the funk he's in and frankly, he's not doing the best job of it until he gets sucked into Farideh's orbit (kinda literally because the spell... oh, never mind). Once he's on his own with only himself to rely on, Dahl started becoming someone you wanted at your back. Sure, he had some ups and downs but he saw what needed to be done and worked on making it happen.

I love the backstabbing, side deals, reluctant allies, and over arcing plot lines for the denizens of the hells. It was twisty enough you never knew who to trust or what scheme they were running when they were off page. Twisty and scheming. Yesssssss.

Big things look to be happening and the major players need to watch their backs. Good stuff.

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