In a world threatened by the Shaper Satoris Banewreaker
and his three lieutenants, General Tanaros Caveros the Kingslayer, Vorax the Glutton, and Ushahin Dreamspinner, the only hope for the Ellylon
to reverse Satoris' World Sundering
and be reunited with their Shaper Haomane
is to fulfill Haomane's prophecy that leads to Satoris' death. But is Satoris and his henchmen really all that evil? Is he really the one responsible for the World Sundering
? Who is the liar here, Satoris, or Haomane? And so begins a tragedy wrought from lies, misunderstanding, and disbelief.
To put it bluntly, The Sundering
is basically a Tolkien-inspired Sympathetic POV Perspective Flip
. Many of the characters fill roles similar to those in The Lord Of The Rings
. Although this is not a bad thing, since the characters are unique and what they actually do or where they end up with those roles is vastly different than their Tolkien counterparts.
The story starts off strong; a fast-paced narrative that explains the universe even as the plot moves along, providing a healthy amount of Foreshadowing
that makes you want to read further. There is also this pervading theme in the narrative that things are not as they seem. However, there are problems. For one thing, the series falls into the same methodology that it is trying to deconstruct: we see the supposed "Big Bad
" Satoris as a character, but not "Big Good
" Haomane, meaning we still get only one side of the story. But the biggest problem lies in the conclusion, the second half of the second book, which never delivers the payoff to all of the set-up Foreshadowing
. The reader only gets glimpses of characters' Backstories
instead of the whole story, and characters are told that there is a greater destiny at work, but it is never explained to the reader. Instead, things happen, people die, and that's it. I know that some writers like to leave things open-ended for the reader to make their own opinions on, but if that was truly the author's intention, I do not think it was appropriate for this particular series.