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Banewreaker: Volume I of The Sundering (edition 2005)

by Jacqueline Carey

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Title:Banewreaker: Volume I of The Sundering
Authors:Jacqueline Carey
Info:Tor Fantasy (2005), Edition: 1st Mass Market Edition, August 2005, Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey

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    The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (ryvre)
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    The Black Company by Glen Cook (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Another fantasy tale told from the typically opposing side.
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    The Last Ringbearer by Kiril Yeskov (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Both stories recast the basic plot of Lord of the Rings from the "evil" point of view. The Last Ringbearer is directly set in Middle Earth, while Banewreaker (and the other part of the Sundering duology, Godslayer) is in a different setting that features many parallels to Middle Earth.… (more)

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I've generally been a huge fan of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel books, and picked up Godslayer at a convention ages ago; and then on advice got Banewreaker to read first. They are really a very different kettle of fish. Written between the first and second Kushiel trilogies, these two books take the standard fantasy quest narrative and try to tell it from the point of view of the evil side not really being all that bad. It's a worthy attempt, and I kept reading, spotting different bits and pieces taken from Tolkien and other writers and slightly reinvented, but it didn't really grab me.

In particular, the names of some of the characters are so wrong that it's very distracting. One key figure is called Malthus, and I kept expecting him to start preaching on the problems of overpopulation; another is called Carfax, and unfortunately that name makes me think of traffic jams in Oxford before anything else. It's a real shame; Carey's ear for names in the Kushiel books seems to have been rather good, but here that talent deserted her. ( )
  nwhyte | Jun 18, 2016 |
I really wanted to like this, I expected to like it, having read and loved 5 of Carey's Kushiel's series. But I really didn't enjoy this book. Especially the first third was torturous slow going. I thought about giving up on it, but I just couldn't believe I would like this book so much less than the other books I read by the same author. I'm not sure what it was, maybe because I disliked the majority of the cast. Or maybe the story just didn't appeal to me. Whatever it was, I'm glad I finally finished this and I won't be continuing with the next installment. ( )
  Vonini | Mar 6, 2016 |
Jacqueline Carey's Banewreaker is nothing like her Kushiel books. It's written in third person, not first, which brings a lot of differences right there. You're not as close to the characters, for one thing, which makes it slightly less intense. The writing is still lovely, though. Less personal, more epic and Tolkienesque, but still nice to read.

It's an interesting concept, though: the epic like Lord of the Rings from the point of view of the bad guys, sympathetic to the bad guys. I think it's done pretty well, it's quite a good reflection of the old 'there's two sides to every story'. It actually makes me hesitant to read Godslayer, because of what's likely to happen. Doesn't good always win?

The parallels to Lord of the Rings are pretty blatant. There's a Frodo equivalent, the Nazgul equivalents, a Saruman equivalent... I didn't mind it because the point isn't a new story, it's a new side to an old story, which I think Carey brings across just fine.

The characters, as I said, you don't get as close to as in the Kushiel books, but they're still interesting characters. There's a huge range of them: humans, elf-equivalents, god-equivalents, troll-equivalents... It's going to hurt no matter which side loses, thanks to the affection I have for the some of the characters. There are a lot of interesting characters, too, despite the derivative plot -- the Three immortal servants of Satoris are pretty interesting, but especially Ushahin, with his adoption by the Were and his double heritage. Very, very interesting.

I both can't wait to read Godslayer and don't want to. I'm futilely hoping for a happy end, but I know Carey doesn't mind hurting characters she loves, so I know it's pretty much futile. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
I was a sucker for the whole "lord of the rings-esque story from the perspective of the villains" concept, so that gave it points from the start. I really enjoyed the book. Good pacing and an interesting world. The characters were just alright--I felt like they could have been developed to be a little more interesting. Even the bad guys seemed to fall back on misunderstood anti-hero stereotypes a bit more often than I liked. And I missed the presence of a really interesting, strong female character. Maidens in distress and brave-but-boring archer heroines just did not do it for me and I expected more from Carey. The sorceress was the most interesting character, but she lacked really any agency, compared to all the other characters.

Still, I enjoyed the book. I'll still read the sequel, but I'm hoping the characters improve and the women are given a little bit more to do in their own right. ( )
  ajhackwith | Jan 3, 2013 |
starts very slow, and the language is stilted. but it gets better. the setup is not uninteresting: a god figure drives his brother out for the gifts he gave this world, which number among them creation, compassion, and knowledge; the brother, a benign version of Lucifer, reviled, is cast down, banished, but still holding to his best self, only to see those races he has gifted and protected turn on him at the behest of his brother. he and his lieutenants, Three who were once mortal, are powerful characters damaged and damned through no fault of their own, and they are driven to make some questionable decisions as survival and the greater good become an issue. and the various races created by the gods, pawns in this war, are all compelling in their differences, even the least of them portrayed as profoundly human in the best sense, however alien their thought, even when they are forced by events into betrayal. and there are many wild cards, who may yet change the seemingly inevitable end to the conflict, including some fascinating dragons. so this is a series that desperately needed a stronger editorial hand at the beginning, but may grow into itself if both characters and world expand into a compelling story. ( )
  macha | Jul 19, 2012 |
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The place was called Gorgantum.
So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear, Farewell remorse: all good to me is lost; Evil be thou my Good.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765344297, Mass Market Paperback)

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, reviled by even the race of Men.

Satoris sits in his Darkhaven, surrounded by his allies. Chief among them is Tanaros Blacksword, immortal Commander General of his army. Once a mortal man who was betrayed by King and Wife, Tanaros fled to Darkhaven a thousand years ago, and in Satoris's service has redeemed his honor-but left his humanity behind.

Now there is a new prophecy that tells of Satoris's destruction and the redemption of the world. To thwart it, Satoris sends Tanaros to capture the Lady of the Ellylon, the beautiful Cerelinde, to prevent her alliance with the last High King of Men.

But Tanaros discovers that not all of his heart has been lost--his feelings for Cerelinde could doom Satoris, but save the race of Men...

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Once, the Seven Shapers dwelled in accord. First born among them was Haomane, Lord-of-Thought - who with his six sibling gods shaped the world to his will. But Haomane was displeased, for his younger brother Satoris was too prideful in his gifts to the race of Men, and refused to bow to Haomane. So began the Shapers' War.… (more)

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