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The Reaver: The Sundering, Book IV by [Byers, Richard Lee]
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Book 4 of 6 in The Sundering (6 Book Series)

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Richard Lee Byers is the author of over thirty novels, including ten set in the Forgotten Realms, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. From his home base in the Tampa Bay area, he is a frequent guest at the many Flordia SF conventions. In his free time, Mr. Byers enjoys fencing and poker. Visit his website at www.richardleebyers.com.

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  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (11 Feb. 2014)
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This is the fourth book in the Sundering series and it was a little on the weak side in comparison to the first three.

However this time it did feel as if it was part of a whole instead of a part of a series. The previous novels have a strong flair bestowed upon them by the writers.

It also had a strong faith and religious tone to it, which the others didn't, and an odd mixture of characters. Pirates, wizards, vampires and prophets, albeit a very small prophet. Again even the variety flowed well and I didn't even question the fact that thieves of the high seas were in the midst of this story.

Anton starts out as the dodgy reward seeking reaver only to be struck by a case of sympathy and morals. It is all fine and dandy kidnapping for ransom, but even Anton draws the line at a child, well after a while he does.

The Sundering is fantastic way to introduce the Forgotten Realms to people who are discovering it for the first time and taking those that know it right back to where it all began.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
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Really good book that can be read alone or as part of the Sundering set of books.

Anton Marivaldi a fun interesting character that teases out his past and what drives him, his way of interacting with the other characters in the book keeps you intrigued throughout the story (You can never quite guess what he will do).

The setting enfolds with the lands around the Sea of Fallen Stars in an increasing loss of hope with civilisation stifled and becoming insular. This background despair reminds me of his work in the Haunted Land series were the sense of something immense and evil happening ramps up the drama.

Love Richard Lee Byers work, his ability to flesh out his characters and the Forgotten Realms always makes me want to read more.
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bought as part of the 'the sundering' series in pursuit of Salvatore's work, pleasantly surprised with this writer
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Perfect, thank you. No Issues to report
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 109 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to find a new author! 15 Jan. 2016
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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I have mixed feelings about the Sundering Series.
I am a Drizzt fan forever so love RA Salvatore at first I felt the Drizzt world was seeing an influx of new characters, species, religions, etc. as some what of a sell out. Like they were created solely as a way to relate to the other authors (partially true I think). But I realized as I kept reading the Saga of Drizzt that they actually introduced a new variety into an older storyline. I think without these infusions we would have a stagnant world and Drizzt and his companions needed the world to evolve so that they could to. I am an avid reader and this Sundering Series did introduce a variety of other characters that I was not familiar with and has sparked my interest to read those stories as well, including the Everis Cale Trilogy and the Brimstone Angels novels. If you are in search of some new fantasy authors then this is a great place to start. Just be aware that these are stories that tie into greater plots but can be read as stand alone novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid book by Byers 31 Mar. 2014
By Ed French - Published on Amazon.com
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Another solid book by Byers. While some of the plot was pretty predicable, he does a good job of bringing to life characters that are "good" in Forgotten Realms. I enjoy that he does not always write about the good guys of the genre and will bring to life the guys from Thay and other areas of the Realm for you to enjoy. I have a feeling (well I hope!) that all the Sundering books will be looked at differently when completed and we get the bigger picture of what is happening. I enjoy the idea but the series has been up and down. Byers and Kemp really delivered though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swash-buckling action 14 Feb. 2014
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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‘The Reaver’ by Richard Lee Byers is book four in the multi-author event, ‘The Sundering’. Set during the Era of Upheaval, each novel tells a smaller story, which often include beloved characters and some of Faerûn’s iconic heroes. ‘The Reaver’ takes us to the Sea of Fallen Stars where a small boy is trying to be the voice of a god everyone believes has passed. It’s a good time for the return of Lathander, also known as the Morninglord, an aspect of Amaunator, god of dawn, renewal and spring. The Great Rain seems endless. The lack of sun has crops failing and, well, everything is wet, all the time. It’s a miserable existence.

Not everyone is averse to endless rain. The evil sea goddess Umberlee likes it just fine. As the sea rises, so does her influence or so the waveservants say. Small acts of evil endear ordinary folk to the Bitch Queen, pitting friends and families against one another as they struggle to survive misery and starvation. Understandably, Umberlee would like Stedd, the prophet of Lathander, dead. As Stedd is one of the Chosen, the preferred method of disposal is ritual sacrifice. With a hefty price on his head, Stedd quickly learns he can trust no one, not even the servants of more benevolent gods. Worshippers are jealously guarded, after all.

Enter Anton Marivaldi and Umara Ankhlab, the reaver and the red wizard. They are just two of the agents attempting to capture the boy in order to exchange him for the reward. Anton’s motivation is primarily pecuniary, Umara is driven more by duty. She identifies as an envoy of Szass Tam, who I understand is one of Byers’ regular cast of characters.

Thrown together by circumstance and individually beguiled by the boy, Stedd, Anton and Umara become unlikely allies. Together, they battle their way east. Separately, they each vow to take the boy to complete their own quest. But as Stedd’s power grows, the good within each is illuminated. They stick by him through the proverbial thick and thin, battling friend and foe, Chosen and their gods, and the remnants of the Spellplague, so that Stedd might realise his true potential and purpose.

Again, I slipped seamlessly into another world. The authors of the ‘Forgotten Realms’ write well, really well. ‘The Reaver’ is devilishly easy to read. The story takes off from the first page, quickly gaining momentum before settling into a easily deciphered adventure that combines elements of ‘The Sundering’, Byers own characters and the surrounding lore of Faerûn.

I like Anton. I get the feeling he would outwardly disdain such a comment, but be inwardly pleased. He’s the bastard with a heart of gold. Umara is more difficult to like, but I think she would appreciate that comment as well. With her shaved head and tattoos, she has spent some time perfecting her façade. The woman within is easy to connect with, however. Though Stedd inspires Anton and Umara to help him, they stay true to character throughout. Umara is a red wizard and Anton is a reaver and they use what they know to prevail: dark magic and piracy.

‘The Reaver’ is epic fantasy at its best. Swords and sorcery, swash-buckling action and illusion, twisting and turning politics of men and gods. Combat is fast-paced and some of the battles are truly grand in scale. Byers makes great use of all the tools available to a ‘Forgotten Realms’ author, peppering his pages with fantastic creatures and stunning magic. He definitely makes each his own, however. His characters felt truly unique in a world governed by archetypes.

The plot of ‘The Reaver’ was fairly simple, which is refreshing. The shifting alliances and motivations of the characters and the twists in the purpose of certain situations provided all the complication necessary to give the story a weighty feel. It also adds a great chapter to the Era of Upheaval, and advances the general plot of ‘The Sundering’.

Richard Lee Byers is the author seventeen or so novels for ‘The Forgotten Realms’. From what I can tell, Anton is a new character. I found mention of his name in ‘Queen Of The Depths’, which is from another multi-author series from ‘The Forgotten Realms’. Anton is written so confidently, I was sure I’d find a series about him. I’d like one now, please. The further adventures of Anton and Umara would do nicely.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A book about the Sundering, that is actually kind of about the Sundering . . . and good to boot! 9 Sept. 2015
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I am writing these reviews as I am reading the series of the Sundering overall, and so far the series is 2 and 2. Back when DC Comics published Crisis on Infinite Earths, they slapped the "Crisis Crossover" banner on everything in the line, even when some of the books only had a passing reference to the sky being red due to the impending attack of the Anti-Monitor. Thus was born the term "Red Sky Crossover," which essentially meant that a comic is part of a series only due to the fact that it mentions the events in passing, and they barely effect the book's contents.

Both the Companions and the Adversary feel a bit like Red Sky Crossovers, with the authors telling stories about their usual characters doing their usual thing. The Adversary was a bit more integrated into the event, but even then, the Sundering elements felt tacked on. Both the Godborn and the Reaver feature new characters dealing with what is actually going on (gods being reborn, coastlines reshaping, 120 years of changes being thrown into reverse).

Don't expect the gods to show up in person (well, not too many of them) and explain exactly what is going on. However, the Chosen do seem to be used to good effect to help explain the big changes without shifting perspective entirely to godly protagonists. The style is adventurous and fast paced, and the roguish characters are just bad enough to still let you like them. There may be a bit of overly quick character development going on around the middle of the book, but overall it works pretty well, and best of all, it's fun.

For Realms fans, there is just enough referencing of Realms slang, locations, and organizations to make it feel like an actual Realms novel, and for people that are new to the Realms, the references are put in enough context so as not to be too daunting and feel natural enough that they aren't forced.

If you like "adventurer based" fantasy, and especially if you want a taste of a Realms novel that feels a bit more like how the overall setting plays out, rather than following the specific adventures of the same characters over the years, this is a good book to jump into.
4.0 out of 5 stars So wonderful, but not Byers' best... But still unique and worth reading! 24 Feb. 2016
By Barnabas - Published on Amazon.com
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If you look at my other reviews you'll see I have a huge literature crush on Richard Lee Byers! I live in Japan, but dream of going to GenCon and attending his writing seminars.

This is a great story and I kept thinking, "Can't they just end up happy and safe already?!" Byers gives great life to his characters and makes you care about, but something nagged at the back of my mind as I read. I kept thinking Byers may have rushed this one. It's just different from his past works, maybe not *enough* character development... I did like the lack of self awareness he gave them - that we all have!

I've read The Year of Rogue Dragons series ( http://www.amazon.com/Year-Rogue-Dragons-Forgotten-Realms/dp/0786955740 ) more than 5 times, but I'm not sure I'll read this one that often.
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