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Banewreaker I firmly believe that fantasy novels should have magic and excitement and not just be a worse version of the War of the Roses So Banewreaker totally fits the bill for an excellent fantasy novel, unlike a certain high fantasy novel where you have to wait 806 pages for the dragons to show up I m gonna roast GOT til I die probably Can t stop, won t stop Banewreaker is brimming with fierce battles, courtly love, and cool terminology internal logic And there are awesome talking dragons that I firmly believe that fantasy novels should have magic and excitement and not just be a worse version of the War of the Roses So Banewreaker totally fits the bill for an excellent fantasy novel, unlike a certain high fantasy novel where you have to wait 806 pages for the dragons to show up I m gonna roast GOT til I die probably Can t stop, won t stop Banewreaker is brimming with fierce battles, courtly love, and cool terminology internal logic And there are awesome talking dragons that you meet early on This is a high selling point to me, as it should be for you Dragons are lit when you actually get to see them No pun intended In the beginning, seven gods called the Shapers populated the world of Urulat and filled it with their creations The sibling gods lived in harmony until the eldest, Haomane, decided his brother Satoris needed to revoke his gift from humans When Satoris refused, Urulat was Sundered and the Shapers War began The other six Shapers waged war against Satoris from across the sea, using humans and Ellyl beautiful immortal people to fight on their behalf Satoris retreated to Darkhaven, a stronghold he created for himself and his followers Eventually, Tanaros became his right hand man Disillusioned and betrayed, Tanaros was a human general who defected to Darkhaven In exchange for immortality, Tanaros became Satoris s general Over a thousand years later, Satoris has Tanaros kidnap the Ellyl Lady Cerelinde in order to prevent a prophecy of Haomane s that would spell the end for Darkhaven from coming true But meeting Cerelinde awakens long dormant vestiges of humanity in Tanaros And both Tanaros and Cerelinde begin to question their long held beliefs in their respective sides of the war.Carey lays out the whole history of Urulat s creation and the Sundering in the prologue It s refreshingly clear to the reader and feels like a creation myth you could find in a classic book of mythology With its rich mythology and history, you can feel all the 1,000s of years that brought things to this point in Banewreaker Carey adds seamlessly to the initial worldbuilding throughout Like in Kushiel s Dart, Carey explores the pitfalls of religion and blind faith She shows both sides of the conflict, especially depths you don t always get to see for the traditional villain characters No side seems completely right or wrong, each believes in the validity of what they re trying to achieve, and they fervently think their respective Shapers are in the right It brings into sharp relief the futility of war When characters from opposing sides cross paths, it s fascinating to see them hear a different viewpoint after hearing propaganda their whole lives.In Banewreaker, Carey subverts fantasy tropes Darkhaven is a literal haven for outcasts from human society and other creatures who are undervalued compared to Men and Ellyl in Urulat The good guys can be so righteous and are definitely sometimes the instigators Haomane is an absent god, tyrannical, vengeful, and jealous He can t abide anyone challenging him, even millennia later when Satoris just wants to be left in peace There s a pleasingly archaic quality to the prose There are repeating phrases throughout that feel like the repetitious lines of a ballad, giving the writing a music flow, a poetry Carey delivers beautiful descriptions and language Banewreaker contains epic images and set pieces at one point I literally felt like I was charging across Urulat on a fearsome steed I got way into this novel The landscapes of Urulat are fabulous I liked how even though Cerelinde is a prisoner, Satoris and Tanaros treat her with courtesy and respect Tanaros admires Cerelinde and is chivalrous to her Though he was her enemy, he treated her with unfailing courtesy I love that medieval shit, don t me The magic is really cool, including the magically gifted animals There s something called a Ravensmirror It s as cool as it sounds And the talking dragons I can t stress this enough These dragons are both sassy and wise, wryly amused by the humans other creatures of Urulat and their comparatively trifling concerns This tale of adventure has an impressively wide scope There are various characters on different quests, many of them at cross purposes Carey shifts from one storyline to the next with ease Here are vast vistas of storytelling It s an all encompassing view of this world Banewreaker has a great ending, paving the way for the next book perfectly.I m so glad I read Banewreaker and got back into Jacqueline Carey, years after loving her novel Kushiel s Dart In Banewreaker, Carey does some cool riffing on LOTR which I haven t read yet, but I want to this year and I love the movies The story raises issues of agency and free will From the gorgeous cover to the wonderful map to the enthralling story itself, Banewreaker is a great novel I loved it I can t wait to get back to the action and the varied cast of characters and see how The Sundering duology concludes I have some predictions but we shall see A high fantasy novel but an epic tragedy rather than a heroic epic This is closely based on the events in Tolkien s Silmarillion and the lord of the rings But simply describing it as the lord of the rings told from Sauron s point of view would be doing it injustice All the similarities are only superficial as the characters and the emotionally powerful prose add a lot of interesting nuances to the story Like in her previous books themes of passion and sexuality play an important part in the A high fantasy novel but an epic tragedy rather than a heroic epic This is closely based on the events in Tolkien s Silmarillion and the lord of the rings But simply describing it as the lord of the rings told from Sauron s point of view would be doing it injustice All the similarities are only superficial as the characters and the emotionally powerful prose add a lot of interesting nuances to the story Like in her previous books themes of passion and sexuality play an important part in the story But it also raises interesting questions regarding morality, fate, loyalty and honor and love and hatred.In the end it does a reasonably good job of challenging the notions of good and evil in a typical epic fantasy setting.I would recommend this if you don t mind Carey s dense, overwrought and self indulgent prose If all that is good thinks you evil are you Once upon a time, the Seven Shapers dwelled in accord and Shaped the world to their will But Satoris, the youngest among them, was deemed too generous in his gifts to the race of Men, and so began the Shapers War, which Sundered the world Now six of the Shapers lay to one end of a vast ocean, and Satoris to the other, revil ❮Reading❯ ➺ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – Lavons.co.uk the Seven Shapers dwelled in accord and Shaped the world to their will But Satoris [Reading] ➷ Jazz Age Stories By F. Scott Fitzgerald – Lavons.co.uk the youngest among them ❰Read❯ ➱ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – Lavons.co.uk was deemed too generous in his gifts to the race of Men ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope ❤ – Lavons.co.uk and so began the Shapers War [KINDLE] ❁ The Customer-Funded Business ❄ John W. Mullins – Lavons.co.uk which Sundered the world Now six of the Shapers lay to one end of a vast ocean [PDF / Epub] ✐ The Affair ☃ Emma Kavanagh – Lavons.co.uk and Satoris to the other ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✐ – Lavons.co.uk revil I picked up this book because I enjoy the author Jacqueline Carey and her other series, Kushiel s Dart 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 I picked up this book because I enjoy the author Jacqueline Carey and her other series, Kushiel s Dart 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 It s like reading this genre for the first time again.The story itself is not told from the Heroes point of view there is your standard group of Companions the warrior, the ranger, the archer, the sorcerer, and so forth But rather, it is told from the bad guys side, from the side that everyone is taught is supposed to be evil The characters from whose view we see this story are not the good guys, but they re not the villains you re expecting in fact, I ve come to view the good guys in the wrong light through this expert storytelling What also makes this book so well worth reading is the fact that a lot of the story is seen through characters that most fantasy books consider minor they play major roles in this book unlike I ve read anywhere else.I am simply blown away by Carey and her ability to create characters that could be real, settings that are entirely viewable in the mind s eye, and by the way she writes The Sundering is basically Jacqueline Carey s retelling of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but from the perspective of what we think of as the bad guys It s beautifully written with language that is reminiscent of Tolkien, but without being nearly as long winded when it comes to descriptions of basic fantasy elements race, class, politics, etc Both this book and the sequel Godslayer do a marvelous job of blending shades of grey The characters that should be evil are actually very likea The Sundering is basically Jacqueline Carey s retelling of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but from the perspective of what we think of as the bad guys It s beautifully written with language that is reminiscent of Tolkien, but without being nearly as long winded when it comes to descriptions of basic fantasy elements race, class, politics, etc Both this book and the sequel Godslayer do a marvelous job of blending shades of grey The characters that should be evil are actually very likeable, and you find yourself understanding why they do everything and even rooting for them much of the time, while the good characters come off almost like religious fanatics believing blindly in something that may or may not be for the good of all, even when faced with conflicting evidence Plus, they wind up seeming overly righteous and uppity If you re a fan of old school fantasy and Tolkien in particular you will either love these books for the the new and interesting perspective, or hate them because you can recognize characters that you think are over done I, personally, enjoyed them greatlybut I m also a hard core fantasy nerd Have you ever asked yourself what if Sauron wasn t as bad as everyone said he was Yeah I know I haven t either but apparently Jacqueline Carey has and the result is a kind of okay, realllllllyyyyy long, tragic , maybe love story, fantasy duology that probably left me scratching my headthan it did anything else.You ve heard this story eighty gazillion times if you re even marginally into fantasy epics In the beginning the world was perfect There were seven god types who all had vario Have you ever asked yourself what if Sauron wasn t as bad as everyone said he was Yeah I know I haven t either but apparently Jacqueline Carey has and the result is a kind of okay, realllllllyyyyy long, tragic , maybe love story, fantasy duology that probably left me scratching my headthan it did anything else.You ve heard this story eighty gazillion times if you re even marginally into fantasy epics In the beginning the world was perfect There were seven god types who all had various powers and dominion over various things and then mr chief of the gods got all pissy at the god who controlled procreation and told him to take procreation away from man but procreation god is all nuh uh and chief god is all you better and procreation is like not happening and so chief god sunders the world I never quite got a handle on exactly what that meant but blames procreation god and thousands of years pass during which all the good guys believe chief god even though he s a jerk and the bad guys follow procreation god.Honestly its a really, really cool idea and quite a bit of the story really works I really, really liked the main character Tanaros Blacksword who s procreation s immortal general He s very layered and tragic and cool A thousand years ago he killed his wife and liege lord after learning they d betrayed him together and went to serve Satoris procreation god Satoris is all a bitter and wounded creature but unlike his brother, chief god, he s hands on with his followers, cares for them and gives them free will Its really, really interesting in Tanaros s head much of the story is told from his perspective and his whole backstory and journey are pretty epic.The problem is this duology is essentially the other side of the Lord of the Rings Don t get me wrong I don t think Carey is trying to pull a fast one, I think that s literally what she wanted to do, write the Lord of the Rings from like the perspective of the Nazgul Witch King Unfortunately that means that the ending isor less a forgone conclusion and it all becomes very frustrating because you end up spending all your time just kind of wishing that the good guys would get their heads out of their asses and stop blindly following the good god You also don t really get to spend ANY time with the good guys and when you do they re annoyingly perfect while they spout vague metaphors about chosen ones and prophecy s that you already know are bullshit There somehow just isn t enough here to really make a complete story Like all the pieces are there, interesting characters, strong mythology, excellent writing and still it doesn t really work The best comparison I can make is the movie Solo which also had all the right pieces of a hit film and yet still flopped spectacularly Great director, screenwriter, solid actors, great special effects etc but somehow no heart.This ones a bit of a mystery Reasons I disliked this book 1 Flagrant ripoff of LOTR plot, themes, and characters I can appreciate some similarities but it got ridiculous when the Galdalf character was momentarily removed from the plot while trying to save the unsuspected small hero from detection and death with the obvious implication that he would be back soon A couple other ones Deity organization of an overarching god Uru Alat from Carey and Iluvatar from Tolkien , who made a family circle of under gods Shapers Reasons I disliked this book 1 Flagrant ripoff of LOTR plot, themes, and characters I can appreciate some similarities but it got ridiculous when the Galdalf character was momentarily removed from the plot while trying to save the unsuspected small hero from detection and death with the obvious implication that he would be back soon A couple other ones Deity organization of an overarching god Uru Alat from Carey and Iluvatar from Tolkien , who made a family circle of under gods Shapers and Ainur , who then made the various races of the land One of the gods rebels and causes a split in the world Satoris and Melkor An object of power is misused and split up Souma and Silmarils Massive war splits the world both referred to in terms of Sundering and creates an antagonist who holds some kind of grudge against the gods Races of the land Ellylon, Men, Fjeltrol, and Dwarves in Carey, Elves, Men, Orcs, and Dwarves in Tolkien bear many similarities in who makes them and what they can do Formation of a company to put an end to the antagonist s power, including a bearer of the Water of Life or the One Ring , a mysterious magician Malthus or Gandalf , a warrior, an elf, and some tag along characters.That s as many as I can bear to think of but it just getsandflagrant the longer the book carries on I understand paying tribute to Tolkien and I can even accept some plot similarities but this was just so painfully obvious that it felt like Carey had just decided to do Tolkien her way In short, it was poorly done 2 The characters were flat and didn t seem to be connected to their actions at all For example, Tanaros is devoted to his master, Satoris but he feels some inexplicable urge to justify everything to Cerelinde.3 The chapters presumably cover a specific period of time and are made up of of small sections about the main characters, but they disjointed and just don t make sense 4 Everyone ruminates over everything All The Time Tanaros is bitter about his wife sleeping with the King Satoris hates his brothers and sisters for sundering the world Cerelinde plays at loving Aracus Altorus, the man she is supposed to marry to fulfill the prophecy that drives the plot and which also bears an alarming resemblance to All that is gold does not glitter Ushahin the Dreamspinner gnaws on his anger at human and the Ellylon see Elves and backs himself into self pity corner Lilias constantly worries about her stolen power and is obsessed with the beauty of her pretty ones I just don t see how obsession is meant to accomplish anything except to make the characters extremely annoying, like whinny children 5 Carey is not suited to writing sweeping epics, her writing style issuited to writing character driven stories like the books in the Kushiel series She can t carry the elevated writing style that usually characterizes epics and she spends too much time on the thoughts of each character, when really she should be weaving plot lines together The book is a disjointed mess of poorly developed character emotions and motivations and confusing plot lines I love Carey s Kushiel series but this was not at all what I expected Also, not nearly enough sensuous sex scenes I think she referenced penises twice in the first half of the book, which is a stark contrast to her Kushiel books, where phallus, shaft, and other tasteful references are rife I have to admit that I have provisionally decided to put this book down after reading perhaps 20%, because it is simply too boring.I can understand that it is a deliberate pastiche of Lord of the Rings, and similar fantasy works, told from the point of view of the evil characters However, it simply doesn t have the quality of Jacqueline Carey s other works.My strong suspicion is that this was her first attempt at writing a novel, which was rejected by publishers, and then picked up again a I have to admit that I have provisionally decided to put this book down after reading perhaps 20%, because it is simply too boring.I can understand that it is a deliberate pastiche of Lord of the Rings, and similar fantasy works, told from the point of view of the evil characters However, it simply doesn t have the quality of Jacqueline Carey s other works.My strong suspicion is that this was her first attempt at writing a novel, which was rejected by publishers, and then picked up again after the success of the excellent Kushiel Trilogy Unfortunately, there is just too much information overload at the beginning unfamiliar names, a large backstory, and a large cast of characters that are just dumped on the reader in the first couple of chapters Other series have all of the above, but introduce them gently, so the reader doesn t feel overwhelmed A good editor could have done wonders here The date above applies to my most recent reading If you re looking for epic battles, mighty and mysterious powers clashing in a fierce battle for survival, this book is a great place to look for that.If you re looking for a battle with clear cut, cleanly defined sides of good and evil.walk away Run away Fast.This book and its companion, Godslayer, are the absolute greyest books I ve ever read, by which I mean that the characters do not fall into such simple categories as merely good an The date above applies to my most recent reading If you re looking for epic battles, mighty and mysterious powers clashing in a fierce battle for survival, this book is a great place to look for that.If you re looking for a battle with clear cut, cleanly defined sides of good and evil.walk away Run away Fast.This book and its companion, Godslayer, are the absolute greyest books I ve ever read, by which I mean that the characters do not fall into such simple categories as merely good and evil Instead, they all act as they feel they must, and in that, all of them believe that they are right, and Jacqueline Carey spins the tale in such a manner that it s completely up to the reader which side, if either, is truly good or evil And she does this on the framework of another well known archetypal fantasy series, with an examination of the characters and motivations that may change the way you look at that series as well.These two books provoked great philosophical debate among me me about the subjective natures of good and evil, and provoked a lot of thought on the topics I heartily, highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something a bitreal in their fantasy reading, something a bithuman,grey, and only heartily recommend it to others s The back cover of the book asks, If all that is good thinks you re evil are you Are you It s a hard question, I will admit, but looking for the answer makes for an excellent book Another old review from the blog Just finished Banewreaker the other night I honestly didn t think I d like it this much The characters are just great and everything s a nice shade of grey It s really hard not seeing the struggle from both perspectives and thinking, well I don t know who to root for Thanks Ms Carey for a fun read, on to Godslayer.Full Review HereWhen 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 o Another old review from the blog Just finished Banewreaker the other night I honestly didn t think I d like it this much The characters are just great and everything s a nice shade of grey It s really hard not seeing the struggle from both perspectives and thinking, well I don t know who to root for Thanks Ms Carey for a fun read, on to Godslayer.Full Review HereWhen 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 out It s told in a similar lyrical manner and it is reminiscent of LotR, but it is its own story in its own world just in case you were wondering.I have to say that Banewreaker really grew on me At first I thought it would be a likeable book that would be fun just for the fact that it s told from the bad guys perspective But, I ve really grown to enjoy the world of Urulat along with the great cast of characters who are all trying their hardest to do their best, good or bad.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 Those that are considered evil are really just misunderstood Don t worry, this isn t a huge spoiler since you learn all this in the first bit What is great about this book is that each character believes he or she is doing the right thing And really, who s to say Is it really the Ellyllons fault for following something they believe to be true Are the Fjel really evil for helping a fellow being who s in distress And the wonderful grey area continues to spread throughout the book Tanaros, the immortal human general of Satoris army, really exemplifies this 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 Together they total around 880 pages in mass market paperback, which normally isn t a big problem Anyway, it s happened before and it s not a huge problem The book s still great and I guess not so unwieldy to carry.Who should read this This is epic and lyrical and yet moves the plot very nicely Read this when you re in the mood for a change, when you want to get the feeling of what the other side is thinking maybe it s not all bad Maybe we re all just selfish and prideful Whatever you do, you really should read it soon because it s a great book


About the Author: Jacqueline Carey

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name See this thread forinformation.Jacqueline Carey born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A s in psychology and English literature During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a work exchange program While there, she decided to write professionally After returning she started her writing career while working at the art center of a local college After ten years, she discovered success with the publication of her first book in 2001.Currently, Carey lives in western Michigan and is a member of the oldest Mardi Gras krewe in the state.


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