This is book five in the fantastic collaboration called The Sundering. Joelle and Malik have stolen a very powerful ancient artefact, which seems to be at the epicentre of a war between gods.
In a way this book manages to create an image of the bigger picture, sort of slotting in what the events in all the books are actually leading up to. The destruction, rupture and splitting of the world by enraged and vengeful gods.
Their path collides with that of Kleef, a top-sword for the Marsember Watch, and Arietta, a nobleman’s daughter. Together the four of them become more or less bound to each other, the artefact and their sense of duty. One could argue that their meeting is fate rather than just accidental.
Malik is the Chosen one of the god of lies, which is certainly apt because he spends most of his time trying to deceive or harm some members of the small group and the other half spreading lies.
Denning has woven parts of the four other books in the Sundering into this fifth one. If readers have read those or have been following this fascinating collaboration, they will recognise the moments when the stories link together.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
The Companions by R.A. Salavatore The Sundering I
The Godborn by Paul S. Kemp The Sundering II
The Adversary by Erin M. Evans The Sundering III
The Reaver by Richard Lee Byers The Sundering IV
The Sentinel by Troy Denning The Sundering V
The Herald by Ed Greenwood The Sundering VI