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The Sentinel: The Sundering, Book V [Kindle Edition]

Troy Denning
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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. 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
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By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is book five in the fantastic collaboration called The Sundering. Joelle and Malik have stolen a very powerful ancient artefact, which seems to be at the epicentre of a war between gods.In a way this book manages to create an image of the bigger picture, sort of slotting in what the events in all the books are actually leading up to. The destruction, rupture and splitting of the world by enraged and vengeful gods.

Their path collides with that of Kleef, a top-sword for the Marsember Watch, and Arietta, a nobleman’s daughter. Together the four of them become more or less bound to each other, the artefact and their sense of duty. One could argue that their meeting is fate rather than just accidental.

Malik is the Chosen one of the god of lies, which is certainly apt because he spends most of his time trying to deceive or harm some members of the small group and the other half spreading lies.

Denning has woven parts of the four other books in the Sundering into this fifth one. If readers have read those or have been following this fascinating collaboration, they will recognise the moments when the stories link together.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, bland 22 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is actually copied from a review from Amazon.com (by J.D.), but I really could not have summarised my view of the book any better:

I had high hopes for this novel, because I've very much enjoyed the other novels in this series - with the exception of Book 4 by Byers which was bland and relied heavily on deus ex machina for nearly every plot point. With Denning's novel, I hoped it would pull the series back on track of classic adventure. Unfortunately, this book has many of the same flaws as Byers' Reaver: the use of too many Chosen of the Gods (people with extra-special magical powers), a highly formulaic approach to the plot, and minimal characterization.

This story brings together watchman Kleef (sworn to the dead god of duty, Helm), noble Lady Arietta (a presumed Chosen of Siamorphe, goddess of nobility and rulership), Joelle (a Chosen of Sune, goddess of love), and Malik (Chosen of Cyric, god of strife and lies). This is an interesting selection of characters, but none are particularly well fleshed out or explored through the novel. Instead, they have their god-specific powers which are focused on again and again, with the story driven almost entirely by the rather odd plot of getting a stolen artifact to the underground temple of an Earth Primordial. There's a convoluted yet somewhat weak theory that doing so will save the world from destruction by Shar, the goddess of night and oblivion. The group is harried by shadowvar (shadow-infused beings) from Netheril, and later by orcs - who seek to retrieve the stolen artifact, an "eye" of their evil god Gruumsh.

It has the backdrop of the Sundering, of course, as all of the novels in this series do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Four out of Five! 1 April 2014
By Skuldren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Addition to the Series 2 Jun. 2014
By Mother/Gamer/Writer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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
Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers
Reviewer: Ariel
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely Satisfying 4 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Set during the Era of Upheaval, The Sundering is a multi-author event chronicling the adventures of Faerūn’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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Addition to the Series 4 July 2014
By Maxine McLister - Published on 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Bout-Book review of The Sentinel: The Sundering, Book V 18 April 2014
By Edward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Book- The Sentinel: The Sundering, Book V
Author – Troy Denning
Price- $8
TL;DR- Not bad, but Sundering formulaic 80%
Basics- How faithful are you? Kleef stands as the last worshiper of Helm, the dead god of law and service in Toril. As a watchman he is dragged into a struggle to save two chosen of two different gods have stolen a power artifact of a third god to inspire a divine love triangle with two other gods. Along the way, a third chosen is dragged into service to try to save Toril. Can Kleef stand firm in the Forgotten Realms as even his god has seemed to abandon him as he travels to world to save it?
Setting- This is a fairly standard Forgotten Realms story. The world and story feel like it's in the Realms as lots of the high notes that have been going through the world are mentioned. The story does go to some specific Realms spots so it is a Realms story. As this is primarily a traveling story, the pace makes set building a bit hard and that makes the setting and story suffers a little. 4.5/5
Characters- I felt that characters were a bit off. Nothing horrible, but the seemed somewhat wishy-washy. The most fleshed out and stable character was the chosen of the death god. I felt sometimes the choices the characters made were not the real choice or action the characters should have made. It's not story ending, but it did affect my enjoyment a bit. 3.5 /5
Story- The story isn't bad. It's basically the Lord of the Rings in a single book. That's not bad as most Dungeons and Dragons quests are like that, but having more time to build sets would help a traveling story. This book is one of the shorter Sundering books which is good as some stories have dragged on a bit longer then they should. But, it's also bad as this book could have used a bit of padding in some places. 4/5
Summary- This isn't a bad book. If you're reading the Sundering like me, then this is one of the better ones. If you want an introduction to the Realms, then this might not be the best book for you. The book follows the standard Sundering formula, but don't let that distract you. If you want to learn about the return of some of the more important Toril gods, then this is right up you alley. 80%
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