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Banewreaker (Sundering) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jacqueline Carey
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22 Aug 2005 Sundering (Book 1)
Once, the Seven Shapers dwelled in accord. First born among them was Haomane, Lord-of-Thought - who with his six sibling gods shaped the world to his will. But Haomane was displeased, for his younger brother Satoris was too prideful in his gifts to the race of Men, and refused to bow to Haomane. So began the Shapers' War. Haomane and his siblings lay at one end of a vast ocean, unable to touch their creations, while Satoris and the races of the world dwelled on the other. Satoris is reviled, because most of the races believe that it was he alone who caused the rift. But Satoris sits in his Darkhaven - seeking neither victory nor vengeance. Now a new prophecy has come of how the world could be made whole if Satoris were destroyed. To thwart the prophecy, Satoris orders Tanaros Blacksword, his chief lieutenant and the immortal Commander General of his army, to capture the Lady of the Ellylon - the beautiful Cerelinde - to prevent her alliance with the last High King of Men. But what neither realize is that meeting Cerelinde will irrevocably change Tanaros's world forever, and could doom Satoris in the process...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; New edition edition (22 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765344297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765344298
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A grand epic...showcasing Carey's intimate development of deeply wounded, sometimes deeply flawed, yet utterly dignified and sympathetic characters, with some of the best dragons in all fantasy literature."--"Booklist" on "Banewreaker""A memorable beginning to what should be another strong series."--"Publishers Weekly "on "Banewreaker""Carey creates a masterful interplay of subjective views...Whereas Tolkien kept Sauron mainly on the sidelines as the embodiment of Ancient Evil, less a main actor than a smoldering threat, Carey restores him and his lieutenant's to the stature they had Milton."--"Locus" on "Banewreaker""An intriguing fantasy world with interesting characters and more than a touch or romance."--"Chronicle" (UK) on "Banewreaker"

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Jacqueline Carey is the author of the bestselling Kushiel trilogy ("Kushiel's Dart," "Kushiel's Chosen," and "Kushiel's Avatar") and her epic fantasy duology, The Sundering ("Banewreaker" and "Godslayer"). She has won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her books have been listed on many booksellers' top ten fantasy books lists. Always an avid reader, Carey began writing fiction as a hobby in high school. After graduating from Lake Forest College, she worked for six months at a bookstore in London, and returned to the United States with a driving passion to write professionally. She resides in western Michigan.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not black and white, for once! 4 Nov 2005
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At first, reading what the story in this book was about, I had my doubts. It sounded like any other standard fantasy story. Gods at war, a prophesy, the whole lot.
But I had read the Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey, and loved those. So I thought to give this one a try.
I have not regretted it a moment. The ingredients of the story might be the same as many others, but the way she presents it is completely different. No good or bad guys, black or white. The story she presents is grey. She give the point of view of both sides, and both have good reasons to do what they do, follow the prophesy or try to stop it. You really do not know who the real bad guys are, nor the good guys. And that makes this book unique among fantasy stories. A great story, presented in a unique way!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait and see 30 Jun 2005
I loved the Kushiel trilogy and turned to this new work eagerly. In 'Banewreaker', Carey owes a much more evident debt to the great fantasy worldbuilders: its morality, while inverting Tolkien, could not have been written without him; and she adopts an altogether more epic tone. Her antihero has great potential but so far fails to come to vivid life, which is, indeed, my complaint about the whole book: it's workmanlike rather than inspired. The situation is, however, interesting enough to hold my attention as a moral conundrum and I shall read on in the hope that the whole will be greater than its first part.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic tragedy 2 April 2007
By Gleep
Like everyone else who've reviewed this book, I'd read the Kushiel series previous to this one, and much enjoyed it. And when one reads another series by an author one has read before, there are always expectations that the genre, the writing style, will be similar. This is the only time yet that I have read two series by the same author that are so blatantly different and yet both good, albeit in very differing ways.

The Sundering, unlike the Kushiel series, is not at all about the characters, but focuses entirely on the plot and the philosophical issues presented. I had to finish not only Banewreaker, but Godslayer also before I could pinpoint the moral and at no point during the books could I guess at how it would end.

It would've been easy enough to just invert the classical seven Gods, one of the evil thing, have us cheering for the "bad guys" instead. That would've been moderately original. Of course, it isn't that easy in The Sundering. There are nuances in the nuances. For a very different version of the classic epic fantasy adventure, and a comment on the whole genre, this is your book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Long Ages ago, the Seven Shapers forged the world in accordance with the will of their creator, out of whose death they were born. However, Satoris the Sower refused the command of Haomane Firstborn and was named a traitor. For many long Ages Haomane and Satoris struggled, until the world was Sundered. The other six Shapers now dwell in the uttermost west, whilst Satoris finds himself constantly assailed by their servants in Urulat.

Tanaros, one of the Three and Satoris's most stalwart servant, is given an important mission. He must prevent Haomane's Prophecy from coming to pass by seizing the Lady of the Ellylon, Cerelinde, before she can marry the Aracus Altorus, the rightful King of the West. But this kidnapping itself may have set in motion the events that Satoris has long tried to avoid...

Read at a purely surface level, the plot precis of Banewreaker (the first book in the Sundering duology) sounds more than a bit familiar. But this is deliberate: in these two novels Jacqueline Carey launches a revisionist broadside at the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. At a very simple level, this is the story of The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (though chronologically mixed-up) as told from Morgoth's point of view (and, more overtly, the Witch-King of Angmar's, though Sauron also plays a role).

Of course, Carey reworks the names, concepts, races and ideas a fair bit so she doesn't get sued into oblivion by the Tolkien Estate, but these changes are hardly impenetrable, and it's still straightforward enough to work out who is who from the Tolkien mythos.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear...... 16 April 2006
By nexus
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I purchased Carey's Baneweaker with much anticipation, having previously enjoyed her Kushiel series; I had found her previous works to be refreshing, her characters were engaging and her creation of the world they inhabit both individual and complex.

I had hoped that in her subsequent works I would see a development of her character portrayal and descriptive skills; instead I found she had retreated into the formulaic cannon fodder that so dogs this genre.

I plodded through to the end by sheer dint of will and determination. The characters were two dimensional and her world flat and indistinguishable. Her attempts to create an intricate world where good and evil are difficult to distinguish; fails to convince.

The best thing I can say about this book is that it is workmanlike; I'm sure it will be enjoyed by some, but those who require complex plots, character sensitivity and deft manipulation of storylines are bound to be disappointed.

I hope that Carey does not follow in the path of Fiest whose early potential rapidly faded into an endless series of vacuous prose. I will read the next in the series in the hope that Carey can pull of a recovery; I hope that she will take the time she requires to produce something of quality.
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