"Exhilarating epic war of the gods fantasy"
The Seven Shapers worked in harmonious unity using the
power of the Souma to shape the world and its races to
their images. After a time the eldest Haomane did not like
what he observed; he felt his brother Satoris gave too
much to the subservient. He demanded that his sibling
extract his Gift to mankind, but an outraged prideful
Satoris refuses as he insists he is no underling. The
Shapers' War explodes with the world as its victim.
The battling brothers reside on opposite sides of the
Sundering Ocean with the other siblings living with
Haomane while Satoris resides in underground Darkhaven.
Haomane would confront and kill Satoris, but knows that
his foe possesses the deadly Godslayer. Instead he uses
innuendos and rumors amongst the people that Satoris, the
Father of Lies, caused the sundering destruction and
spreads a prophecy of good times once Satoris dies.
Satoris must prevent the prophecy from happening because
the end state is his death. He sends loyal immortal
General Tanaros Blacksword to kidnap the also immortal
Cerelinde to stop her from marrying a royal mortal, part
of the prophecy. At the same time Malthus leads Haomane's
forces on an assault of Darkhaven.
This opening act of the Sundering tales is an exhilarating
epic war of the gods' fantasy. The fast-paced story line
grips readers because the non-stop action makes believers
of readers that the Seven Shapers especially the two
antagonists are genuine with powers beyond mortals.
Similar to the Tolkien mythos, genre fans will appreciate
Jacqueline Carey proof that she has plenty to offer
readers beyond Kushiel with this fantastic tale in which
good and evil is blurred except for a tremendous public
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 21, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 26, 2007