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Chains of Darkness, Chains of Light (Sundered, Book 4) [Paperback]

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Erin of Elliath returns in this conclusion to the epic saga begun in the first three books in the Sundered series. Erin, formerly Lady Sara and now the legendary Lady of Mercy to the slaves of the Dark Empire, has just helped Renar, the rightful heir to the throne of Marantine, reclaim his kingship from an usurper. With the power of the Bright Heart waning under growing shadows of the Dark Heart, Erin and her friends must once again journey back into the Dark Empire, where High Priests battle for supremacy and the First of the Sundered, Lord Stefanos, awaits the return of his Lady Sara. In this final volume, the old ways of the Light Heart and the Dark Heart will be changed forever.

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Pages   373
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1933771186  
ISBN13  9781933771182  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michelle Sagara West is the author of various short stories and a dozen novels, including "Into the Dark Lands," She writes a review column for "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" and has been nominated twice for the John W. Campbell Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Michelle Sagara West was born in 1963.

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2Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
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The Sundred Series by Michelle sagara West  Jul 8, 2008
I have read all 4 books in this series...i found them captivating and well written...they all kept my interest to the end....i hope the author is planning more in this series or other such books....
I loved the ending  Apr 23, 2008
This is one of my favorite series' of all time. Stefanos is a wonderful character- tall, dark, handsome and truly evil but reformed through the power of love. Some of the other revewiers did not like the ending, but I thought it was perfect. I am a sucker for a HEA type ending. I thought it was very clever of the author to wrap things up so neatly in the way she did. For me this was a satisfying ending to one of the most romantic fantasy books ever! Please read this series- you will not regret it.
Great books.....Awful ending  Apr 17, 2008
I truly enjoyed all of the books, one of the best ones I have read in a while. I loved the writing style, the characters were very well described and there was always enough action to keep going forward. The dark aspects of the story and Erin/Stefanos relationship was excellent and so i was hooked.
All of this was almost completely killed by the ending. Four books filled with war, torture, slavery and death can not possibly justify this conclusion!!!?. So Erin and Stefanos walk away togeheter into the gray beyond? And all of the divine powers are gone, and they are totally fine with it because they are now together? Author's suggestsion that "maybe there was not a happily-ever-after, but there was enough happiness for a while" did not work for me, because in the world that was so vividly described in all four books, they would probably last for about a day as humans, not even. So as far as I am concerned, the ending was way more depressing than anything. Even if the Dark prevailed,it would have worked better for me!!!
Great Series  Apr 5, 2008
I loved the series, loved the last is VERY dark and at points during the books i wanted to scream with rage...which to me makes it a great series if it can draw that kind of reaction from someone. The last brings the closure needed and overall I am looking forward to rereading this series in the future.
Weak ending and no emotional payoff!  May 19, 2007
As another reviewer has noted this is a very difficulty series to read...lots of loss and death and very little hope for the victory of the hero. However, if you slog through the depressing interludes there is a fairly interesting love story. Seen as a whole, the series details the path of this star-crossed romance (for it is very much a Romeo and Juliet make-over) as well as the struggle our heroine endures as she seeks the will of her god.

In this struggle between good and evil (and believe me, the author presents the extremes of both) there is little doubt in the reader's mind who the victorious party should be. The heroine is the embodiment of good trying to triumph over darkness, and her god is all that is loving and generous. The antithesis of the light, the "darkheart", is nothing but suffering, torture, blood sacrifice, and slavery. Yet after 4 books of presenting this dichotomy Ms Sagara wraps it all up in some cosmic "two-sides of the same coin" jargon. In the end she brings the light and dark gods together to form a gray-god and the reader is supposed to be satisfied. All the suffering and all the death of the faithful, good people is suddenly made right by this divine fusion.... I don't think so! The new god that the end of the book reveals is equal parts good and evil...where is the triumph in that? He is nothing more than a glorified, middling man.... and that is nothing but a disappointment. It might have worked if Ms Sagara had not spent 4 long books extolling the virtues of the Light and condemning the wickedness of the Dark. But as it is, the reader can only feel cheated and thwarted.

Lastly, the author tries to make up for this appalling lack of closure by uniting the doomed lovers. She strips them of all the hindrances to their love (in essence, their loyalty to and power from the Light and the Dark), and as common humans they can have the love formally denied them. As an ending it lacks conviction...what people who had experienced the MORE of divine patronage and power that these two had would be content with a lesser existence? I am not convinced that any love would be balm enough to make it right.

In fairness, I liked the books up until the very end. But I get the feeling that Ms Sagara had come as far as she could without beating the horse to death, and she reached an impasse. It is my opinion that there was no logical or graceful way for her to wrap her story up and she chose the easiest route possible. Otherwise there is no explanation for the lengthy efforts she went to to convince us of the indelible goodness of the light and the absolute perfidy of the dark, if she intended all along to unite them into one grey, disappointing god.

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