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-->[-(For the Creator/WalterJonWilliams novel, ''The Sundering'', see ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall''.)-]
-->[-(For the RichardKnaak novel, ''The Sundering'', see ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients''.)-]

->''When the unknown is made known, when the lost weapon is found, when the marrow-fire is quenched and Godslayer is freed, when a daughter of Elterrion weds a son of Altorus, when the Spear of Light is brought forth and the Helm of Shadows is broken, the Fjeltroll shall fall, the Were shall be defeated ere they rise, and the Sunderer shall be no more, the Souma shall be restored and the Sundered World made whole and Haomane's Children shall endure.''
-->- '''Haomane's Prophecy'''

''The Sundering'' is a fantasy duology by Creator/JacquelineCarey, better known for her series ''Literature/KushielsLegacy''. The two books are ''Banewreaker'' (2004) and ''Godslayer'' (2005).

''The Sundering'' tells a story deliberately very similar to Creator/JRRTolkien's stories (''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''), but with the twist that it is told [[SympatheticPOV from the perspective of the "villain" characters]].

It is not a true case of {{Villain Protagonist}}s, though, because the story makes clear that the "evil" characters are really not evil at all, merely misunderstood.
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'''This series provides examples of:'''

* ActualPacifist: Contrary to their usual stereotype, the Dwarves. They eventually try their hand at war and are victorious in a skirmish, but are so horrified that they leave the battlefield and tend to the wounded for the rest of the battle.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited
* AndTheAdventureContinues
* TheArcher: Fianna
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Ushahin-who-walks-between-dusk-and-dawn.
* "BigBad": Satoris.
* "BigGood": Haomane.
* BreakTheHaughty: Cerelinde.
* CaptainErsatz: Nearly every character.
* ChildByRape: Ushahin Dreamspinner.
* CoDragons: Tanaros, Ushahin, and Vorax.
* ColdSniper: Fianna is an archer, but otherwise plays the trope straight.
* ConsummateLiar: According to Haomane's Allies (the "heroes"), Satoris is this. According to Satoris, Haomane himself is this. The "heroes" also call dragons this, while the "villains" think that the dragons are the only ones who really know what is going on.
* CoolSword: In-universe example with the male madlings being infatuated with Tanaros' sword.
* DarkIsNotEvil
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the EvilOverlord trope and Tolkienesque fantasy as a whole.
* DoomedMoralVictor: Satoris, sort of. After treating Cerelinde well as his "guest", he eventually lets her [[spoiler:kill him]] (for the sake of the prophecy) without provocation, thus robbing her and her side of their claim to a moral high ground. Only after this does she consider the possibility that Satoris might be telling the truth, but by then it's too late.
* DownerEnding
* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler: Ushahin Dreamspinner takes up Satoris' mantle.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Lilias.]]
* EvilOverlord: Deconstructed.
* FiveManBand: Malthus' Company.
** MentorArchetype: Malthus.
** TheLancer: Blaise Caveros.
** TheBigGuy: Hobard.
** TheSmartGuy: Peldras.
** TheChick: Fianna.
** SixthRanger: Dani, Thulu, and Carfax.
* FiveRaces
** Fairies: Were.
** High Men: Ellylon.
** Stout: Fjelltroll.
** Mundane: Men.
** Cute: Dwarves.
* GrayAndGrayMorality
* HalfHumanHybrid: Ushahin Dreamspinner is the result of the rape of an Ellyl woman by a human man.
* HarmfulHealing: Performed by Satoris on [[spoiler: Ushahin Dreamspinner.]]
* {{Hobbits}}: In contrast to many other elements in this series, the Yarru-yami are strikingly different from Hobbits. Sure they're short and go barefoot, but they are dark-skinned and live in the middle of a desert rather than the idyllic Shire.
* IfICantHaveYou: Tanaros to his unfaithful wife.
* ImmortalProcreationClause: {{Justified}} for the Ellylon, since they have no sex drive. This trope could have been averted had Haomane, creator of the Ellylon, accepted the Gift of Satoris for his children.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Satoris' one truly evil act (although not unprovoked) indirectly leads to his death.
* LeaveThePlotThreadsHanging
* LightIsNotGood
* MoralDissonance: "We can either hunt you all down and exterminate you to the last one, or we can leave you in peace - as long as you never have any more babies." This is the choice forced by the "hero" onto a race who have dealt with the BigBad in the past (under a different leader) and have now washed their hands of any more involvement.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Tanaros succeeds the first time, but fails on the second.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Satoris Banewreaker the Sunderer.
* NoEnding
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Justified, since Satoris has been wounded for millenniums and is not as powerful as he once was.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
** Actually averted on a couple of points; the Dwarves as mentioned above are an ActualPacifist race, and they are also more closely associated with orchards and fruit than the usual Dwarven mines.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Called "Ellylon" (singular "Ellyl") here, but otherwise deliberate clones of Tolkien's Elves.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The Fjelltroll are less intelligent than humans, but very loyal, honorable and not [[AlwaysChaoticEvil inherently evil]].
* PerspectiveFlip: We get to see "BigBad" Satoris as a character, but "BigGood" Haomane remains unseen.
* PhysicalGod: The Seven Shapers are this.
* PiecesOfGod
* PoorCommunicationKills: Brutally justified, because the "heroes" think the "villains" are {{consummate liar}}s, and don't realize that if they just ignored the prophecy that the "villains" would just leave them alone.
* PowerTrio: Tanaros, Vorax, and Ushahin. Malthus, Dergail, and Ardreth used to be this before the last two died.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: {{Subverted}}. While all the conditions for the end result of the prophecy are fulfilled, [[spoiler:Ushahin stealing Godslayer prevents the actual end result from taking place]], meaning that the prophecy's end result was averted for a reason that had absolutely nothing to do with the necessary conditions the prophecy mentioned, and that all attempts to fulfill or avert those conditions were pointless.
* PyrrhicVictory: The "good guys" win and Cerelinde is rescued, [[spoiler:but the last part of the prophecy is unfulfilled, so the Rivenlost are still stranded and the other races are still separated from their gods]].
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Satoris' attempts to avert Haomane's prophecy (when he does attempt to avert it at all) only serve to further its fulfillment.
* ShaggyDogStory: Even after all the effort Haomane's Allies put into fulfilling the prophecy they still don't get what they want, meaning that they basically [[spoiler:killed Satoris]] for nothing.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: The dragons Calandor and Calanthrag.
* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy
** TheEmperor: Satoris.
** General: Tanaros Caveros.
** Guard: Vorax.
** Oddball: Ushahin.
* StartOfDarkness
* SympatheticPOV: The whole premise. Though the main characters do make some pretty stupid (or at least dubious) choices that pretty much doom them from the start.
* ThatLiarLies: Haomane's Allies are fond of using this trope on the "villains", to the point that you wonder how the "villains" keep from flying into an uncontrollable rage.
* TriangRelations
** Haomane and Satoris -> Arahila (in this case a sibling version).
** Tanaros -> Callista -> Roscorus Altorus.
** Meara -> Tanaros -> Cerelinde -> Aracus Altorus.
** Carfax -> Fianna -> Blaise.
* TheUnreveal: The books never say exactly what the "Great Pattern" is and what knowledge the dragons have.
* VainSorceress: Lilias, and she knows it.
* WeAreAsMayflies: The Ellylon do not die from old age. As such those somewhat over 1000 years old are still considered young.
* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: And Ellyl life, and Fjeltroll life, and Were life.
* [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Why Don't You Just Kill Her?]]: Both Ushahin and Vorax say this to Satoris, [[spoiler:and eventually try to do it themselves]]. According to Satoris, it would not matter anyways since supposedly she is not the only female descendant of Elterrion and therefore killing her would only delay the prophecy, not prevent it.
* WomanScorned: Meara.
* WorldSundering: Happened in the distant past, hence the title.
* YouCantFightFate
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: {{Inverted}}. The "villains" never get very far in explaining their side of things to the "heroes" without being faced with disbelief or being called liars.

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