Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Sentinel by Troy Denning [Review]
The Sentinel (The Sundering #5) by Troy Denning
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Wizards of the Coast through NetGalley
Date read: March 8, 2014

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

Troy Denning
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
In the fifth book of the multi-author Sundering series, New York Times best-selling author Troy Denning sends an embittered paladin, Kleef Kenric, on a quest to stop evil forces from taking advantage of the chaos rolling across the land of Faerûn and claiming dominion over the entirety of the Realms.

Stubbornly clinging to his family’s worship of a long-forgotten god, Kleef Kenric soon discovers that his god has blessed him with divine gifts, making him one of a new group of Chosen cropping up around the Realms. This divine gift makes him an excellent ally—and a target for those who wish corral his powers.

After battling his way out Marsember, a city besieged on all sides in the wake of the Sundering, he becomes swept up in the mission of a group of odd allies—a warrior noblewoman, an accomplished thief, and a mysterious short pudgy man exuding a faint odor of decay. With the forces of Shade tracking their every step, they travel to the Underdark to thwart the rise of the goddess of Death, but before long Kleef learns that his allies hide dangerous secrets—secrets that could destroy not only Kleef but the very fabric of the Forgotten Realms.
Thoughts on The Sentinel: I liked this one. The potential for betrayal between the allies kept me glued to the pages and I wasn't quite sure where truth and lies tangled or how things would unravel at the end. The creepy castle was a happy bonus. As was the goat.

Simply put, I liked Kleef. He had a few issues he needed to work out but he was dedicated to his cause and wouldn't be swayed from doing what was right. Even when everyone around him was corrupt. That's some serious dedication.

The group he falls in with is... let's say it's diverse. A noblewoman, a thief, and a guy who smells bad. There's one at every party, isn't there? They all have their reasons for being there, but not all are truthful about what their endgame is. Working together as they make their way to their final destination makes for some interesting times.

Nothing says team bonding like needling your companions and/or trying to get in their pants.

Yeah, this book was right up my alley. Dark, sometimes bloody with several likeable characters and a few who I liked disliking. *thumbs up*

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