Banewreaker - The Sundering, Bk 1 Author:Jacqueline Carey 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 bro... more »ther Satoris, once called the Sower, Haomane thought too prideful and in his gift, the quickening of the flesh too freely to the races...and to that of Man in particular. Haomane asked Satoris to withdraw his Gift from Men but he refused. And so began the Shapers' War.
Eons have passed. The war that ensued Sundered the very world. Haomane and his siblings lay to one end of a vast ocean unable to touch their creations, Satoris and the races of the world on the other. Satoris has been broken and left adrift among the peoples of the world and is reviled, with most of the races believing that it was he alone who caused the rift and depriving them of the balm of the Seven. He sits in Darkhaven, controlling his own dominion--seeking not victory but neither vengeance.
But still Haomane is not content. Through Haomane's whispers in the minds and hearts of the races of the world come a prophecy that if Satoris were defeated, the world could be made whole and all would bask in the light of the Souma again. And the few who stay by Satoris are viewed as the ultimate evil. And so the races come together to defeat Satoris, a being who helped engender them all but who is caught in his elder brother's warp.
Strong storytelling with evocative, compelling, and unforgettable characters, Banewrecker ultimately asks the question:
If all that is considered good considers you evil, are you?« less
I adore Jacqueline Carey's Kushiels series, so I picked this book up hoping to like it as much. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it, even though I tried 3 times to finish it. It reminded me a lot of LOTR.
I don't even know where to begin with this review. Overall the series was interesting and exciting, but the end was disappointing. It is worth reading once. Banewreaker was my favorite in the two books series.
Good: Ms. Carey is a great author. She has awesome character descriptions and creates a very vivid world. Her idea to tell a Lord of the Rings type of epic from the "bad guys'" point of view is amazing. I have always ended up liking the bad guys, and this story just proves you can see things from so many different angles. I also loved how she challenged the validity of following a Prophecy just because some ancient god set it up.
Bad: This series was so hard to get into. I got Banewreaker and couldn't get more than 20 pages into for months. But once I did sit down with it, I got really into the story. It just took a while. Also, the characters were a bit too preachy on the whole "you have to see it from OUR point of view. What makes YOU so right?" I thought that was the whole point of the story, so why do they have to repeat that message so many times? Another bad thing, about the series overall, was that it did not end the way I wanted it to. I was soooo sure it would turn out one way, and it totally didn't. grr.
So, with the good and the bad, I still think this was a great series to read once. It is an awesome epic fantasy with a great premise by an author I really like.
J. Carey takes the classics bits of a fairy tale and turns it around and tells it from another point of view. Why would orcs and goblisn and such be raiding human farms? Because we stole the land from them to begin with. And the dragon? Protecting his mistress. Once you understand why any thinking creature does what it does, it is much harder to simply label it with the blanket Evil.
I've read this series twice and it made me cry both times because of it's raw beauty.
I enjoyed this book. I knew going in that it was meant to be essentially The Lord of the Rings from the bad guys' perspective. And that made me a little nervous, not because I wouldn't enjoy that sort of thing, but because I feared it meant I'd get attached to protagonists who were doomed. To avoid spoiling anyone, I will refrain from saying whether or not my worry was justified.
I felt there were a few too many characters, which resulted in less development all around. I would have preferred her to focus on a few, like Tanaros and Lilias, and develop them more thoroughly. I just couldn't force myself to care about a lot of the other characters at all.
I think a lot of the criticism I've seen of these books on amazon and such is a bit unfair, coming from people who expected these to be similar in style from her Kushiel books. If you set that expectation aside, I think these books are for the most part enjoyable.