Once, the Seven Shapers dwelled in accord. First-born among them was Haomane, Lord-of-Thought and with his brother and sister gods, the Seven drew upon of the power of the Souma, claimed a race of beings for their own and began Shaping the world to their will. But Haomane saw the ways of this new world and was displeased. For in his younger brother Satoris, once called the Sower, Haomane thought too prideful and in his gift, the quickening of the flesh too freely to the races Haomane asked Satoris to withdraw his Gift from Men but he refused.
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Shelves: Another old review from the blog: Just finished Banewreaker the other night. Thanks Ms. Carey for a fun read, on to Godslayer. Full Review Here When I heard that this book was basically The Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of the losing side, I had to check it Another old review from the blog: Just finished Banewreaker the other night.
I have to say that Banewreaker really grew on me. In the first few pages, we find out that there are 7 Shapers who have created the world of Urulat. Each Shaper has a certain gift. Satoris, the third born, is free with his gift to all of the creations of his siblings, but he is refused by his older brother, Haomane, who created the Ellylon or pretty much the Elves.
Haomane wants Satoris to take his gift back from Men and Satoris refuses. Thus begins the Sundering of the world and a time when Haomane spreads rumors declaring Satoris evil and Satoris is forced to take shelter with the Fjel or the orcs for all intensive purposes. And there you have it. What is great about this book is that each character believes he or she is doing the right thing.
And the wonderful grey area continues to spread throughout the book. Betrayed by his wife and king who had an adulterous affair, Tanaros kills them both and then finds sanctuary with Satoris in Darkhaven. Even though he is despised as the Betrayer or the Kingslayer in the realm of man, he is a champion in the eyes of those in Darkhaven. One negative thing, but it really only has to do with the publishers. The Sundering was split into two books, Banewreaker and Godslayer, because it was getting too big.
Who should read this? This is epic and lyrical and yet moves the plot very nicely. She is an extremely talented author and I have not yet read a book by her that has not been wonderful. This book, of course, is no exception and has not failed the high standards I set when reading Carey for the first time. As far as I am concerned, she is one of the very best fantasy writers.
In this book, she has embraced the all-too standard fantasy setting of heroes, magic, dragons, and war, and has renewed what becomes stagnant in this genre.
Banewreaker: Volume I of The Sundering