The Godborn: The Sundering, Book II

The Godborn: The Sundering, Book II

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by Paul S. Kemp

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In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen—unmoored in time by the god Mask—has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark

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In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen—unmoored in time by the god Mask—has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth.
Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania. He knows the day will come when he must assume his role in the divine drama unfolding across Faerûn. But Vasen knows not what that role should be . . . or whether he is ready to take it on. He only knows what his father tells him in dreams—that he must not fail.
Enter Drasek Riven, a former compatriot of Erevis Cale, now near divine and haunted by dreams of his own—he too knows the time to act is near. Shar, the great goddess of darkness, looks to cast her shadow on the world forever. Riven has glimpsed the cycle of night she hopes to complete, and he knows she must be stopped.
At the crossroads of divine intrigue and mortal destiny, unlikely heroes unite to thwart the powers of shadow and hell, and the sundering of worlds is set on its course.

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The Godborn: The Sundering, Book II 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Magis123 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Kemp does it again.  I purchased this book and by the end of the night it was finished.  Another gripping tale of characters you become so viscerally involved with that they grip the strings of your heart and just pull you along for the ride.  I have read every single novel written by Mr. Kemp, and I must say this probably ranks up there as one of the best if not THE best one he has written thus far.  Riven, Mags, Vasen, Cale ... all characters that you grow to care and love deeply about.  The tie into the Sundering series was perfect as well. Everything is borderline cinematic in this book, you can clearly see everything in your head as you are reading it and it grips you so hard that you do not want to put the book down.  One of the things that always grabs me about his books as well is the fantastic use of literally style that sets him apart from other authors by using clear transitions and, well go figure, authentic proper grammar.  As sad as I was to see this book end, I was equally thrilled to have been someone taken along for the ride that was The Godborn.  Thank you yet again Mr. Kemp for writing such a phenomenal story!  Huzzah!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Author Paul S. Kemp continues the multi-author series The Sundering with his contribution, The Godborn which seems to take place at about the same time as Book 1, The Companions but with a much heavier ‘feel.’ Each book in the series brings to life the characters and events in the Forgotten Realms, originally part of the Dungeons and Dragons phenomenon. The Godborn, really starts with the eminent birth of Vasen, destined to play an important role in the battle between light and dark. His mother is sent many years into the future to give to birth to him. Now an adult, Vasen goes in search of his missing father, Erevis Cale, held prisoner for many years in the 8th level of Hell. To do so will involve risking his life to attempt to reunite both of his inner selves, the light and the dark, while intervening in the battles of several opposing gods. Will he be able to save his father in time? Can he fulfill his destiny and survive? What course will the world be set on if he fails? Not being a Dungeons and Dragons aficionado, but having read The Companions this venture into this fantasy realm was very different, much darker and more violent. The intensity level is on high alert the entire time, the feeling of ominous danger around every corner! I was fascinated, once again with the Forgotten Realm, the creative genius of Paul S. Kemp and yet, his very dark take was almost too much for me in this battle between good and evil! The attention to detail is amazing, as he built his version of this violent playground of the gods and godlings. This series has the makings of true “cult” status among the Dungeons and Dragons fans! I received this ARC copy of The Godborn from NetGalley and Wizards of the Coast in exchange for my honest review.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
The Author pens "The Godborn" the second book in the 'Sundering Series' in a plot that is fast paced, filled with great scenes, and plenty of twists and turns. I truly had a hard time putting this book down and now can not wait for the next installment.   The author's word building which and character identities, was brilliant, kept me enthralled throughout the book and would highly recommend it to all fantasy lovers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After years of waiting for this latest installment in the Erevis Cale saga, Kemp did not disappoint. Althought this book ha enough backstory for those unfamilar with the cast of characters it also gave the faithful a compelling read, with new characters and carrying on with old. While giving closure to some storylines Kemp masterfully ft opening for new. I can' wait to see the new machinations of Mask reborn and what they hold in store for the newly sundered Toril. When the dust settles who will be left standing and who will fall.....
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
The Sundering is a series of books each written by a different author from The Forgotten Realms. Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel, although reading the Erevis Cale and Twilight War trilogies by Kemp might help to fill in any blanks in the Godborn. Although I do think this book suffered a little from the fact that the story in the six previous Cale books is mixed together in this one. This explains why we go from Vasen as a baby to Vasen as a man in his 30s and why Gerak seems like a random character, who just happened to pop in for the death and destruction. None of that detracts from the superb storytelling in fact it just made me more curious about filling in those blanks I mentioned earlier. I think the Wizards of the Coast could do with adding some sort of prologue to each book. I can imagine they read like a Mad Hatter's tea party to non Dungeons and Dragons followers, who might struggle to see the connections without any back-info.  I have to say the beginning was a superb opening and continuance of the[book:The Companions|16142151]   and the Erevis Cale tales. It was both tragic and epic and Varra certainly makes an unforgettable entrance and exit all at the same time. I found this book darker and more gruesome than the last one. Kemp managed to raise the hairs on the back of my neck and make me shudder in disgust, all in one foul swoop. I am enjoying the concept of the Sundering. I think it is an incredibly interesting collaboration and am looking forward to reading the next book. I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and The Wizards of the Coast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. Compelling characters and plenty of action and drama to keep you reading. You're able to follow the story without having read Paul S Kemp's previous novels on Erevis Cale (which I'm one of them). After reading, I definitely will be buying his other novels involving Erevis Cale, as I'm sure after you read this novel, you will too!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book,it makes you feel like you are with old friends again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say, Paul did it again. Extremely well written, and has a lot of smaller sub plots within the main plot, which is something I really like about Kemp. If you've read any of his work before, pick this one up too.. You won't be disappointed.
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The Sundering book 2 is the best so far.
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NRTurner More than 1 year ago
ARC review This novel is set in a different world to the Companions with different characters, notably Erevis Cale, from the Forgotten Realms. The novel has a dystopic, apocalyptic feel. There is a strong themed of the damned with demons and horrible mutations. Most characters are male fighters. I liked how the protagonists mission in life slowly dawned on him. By showing a humble hunter and his family, the story conveyed the effect of war on ordinary people.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Paul S. Kemp once again pulls you deep into this completely bewitching fantasy world in The Godborn.  His mother was transported into the future for his birth. Now Vasen's birth is suppose to play a pivotal role in the battle between light and dark. When he reaches adulthood, Vasen is haunted by visions of his father's imprisonment. For Vasen questing into hell is no easy task, but that is where he must go to find his father. During this quest Vasen risks uniting his light and dark sides while fighting gods and godlings with conflicting views. The race is on to find Erevis Cale, Vasen's father and to fulfill his destiny. This is an intense, violent, dark fantasy. A few times, I had to remember to breathe during this white knuckle suspense filled plot. I have to admit the vast reaches of Kemp's imagination scares me :). Perfectly detailed, you are whipped away to this battle between light and dark/good and evil and even the gray areas in between.  I really enjoyed The Companions which brings a lot of the Forgotten Realm characters into the time of The Godborn. Both these books seem to be written during the same time, though The Godborn seems darker and more sinister.  I personally was caught up in the allure of this story. definitely a must read for the fantasy lover and Dungeon and Dragon devotee. I received this ARC copy of The Godborn from Wizards of the Coast in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 1, 2013. Written by: Paul S. Kemp Series: Dungeons & Dragons: the Sundering Sequence in Series: 2 Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Wizards of the Coast  Publication Date: October 1, 2013 ISBN-10: 0786963735 ISBN-13: 978-0786963737 Rating: 4 Stars Genre: Fantasy Age Recommendation: Adult
CraigInMaumee More than 1 year ago
REVIEW OF ADVANCED READERS COPY Paul S Kemp does it again with his upcoming book GODBORN. GODBORN is the second book in the Sundering Series taking place in the Forgotten Realms universe. The book has been a long time coming. I have to say that the book’s delay is one of the reasons that I had given up on Forgotten Realms. I can now forgive them for the wait. It was a great read with Mr. Kemp demonstrating his talent for storytelling. GODBORN isn’t just a by the numbers swords and sorcery novel. It’s about people dealing with difficult issues and overcoming challenges. Paul S Kemp manages to draw me into the story and start caring for his characters. I definitely recommend this book. However, if you have never read Paul S Kemps forgotten realms books before, I would recommend you start off with Twilight Falling: The Erevis Cale Trilogy, Book I