Henderson has a fantastic writing style which builds a story, layer upon layer, guiding the reader through an intricate labyrinth of multiple timelines and characters, deftly woven into an fantastic story. Then there are a few things that happen later that will leave you speechless. It is certainly an entertaining story, but I know that at the moment I realized we would be jumping centuries away from the first introduced characters I was a little upset that I had invested myself in a third of the novel and characters I would never see again. Battle the forces of darkness in the Forgotten Realms® Two angels given mortal flesh are sent to guard two star-crossed lovers, born scions of rival merchant houses. And likewise I wager House Jadaren is no different.
This book spends 80-90 pages on events that are just setting up things later a feud when the reader experiences a 115 year time jump. It certainly has the various familiar Realms locations, but the story is very unique. There are long stretches of description that don't really add to the overall story, but instead seem to pad it out. At first, it looks as though love will conquer all, and the rift will finally be mended. Dawnbringer is one of the darker, more adult oriented, and more disturbing Forgotten Realms novels to date with some of the disturbing images. It is a bit strange to give 4 stars to a book that really has no weak point. Each has committed atrocities upon the other over the years, but now the two family scions have struck a deal to marry their children and stop the endless feud that would have done the Hatfields and McCoys proud.
There was even a time were I thought that Ciari, the older daughter, was the one that was going to be married, even though I knew it was Kestral. The back cover makes this novel sound very Romeo and Julietty, and for a small portion of the plot, it seems like that idea was taken and molded into something new. This book was quite forced, and there were plenty of moments where you just have to wonder why the author even bothered. He had said that once the traveling party had left, he feared treachery and had a premonition of an assassination attempt, and so had ridden to the sanctuary on his own, risking the dangers of a solitary journey out of love for his niece. I always love a jaunt through Erlkazar, especially at night. I was looking forward to Dawnbringer because I really enjoyed her previous book Heaven's Bones: A Novel of the Mists Ravenloft: the Covenant. I like the multiple threads, but feel they could meld one into the other somewhat better.
There were times when some characters blended into the other ones, and were mixed up. Unfortunately, hate can even twist angelic beings. This is Samantha Henderson's second full length novel, her first is titled Heaven's Bones and is set in the Ravenloft setting of Dungeons and Dragons. Aside from that, Dawnbringer had quite few things going for it. It seems like it was set up for a sequel, which I would read, but which doesn't seem to exist as of now. A few things kept me from giving this the solid 3 star rating that seems to be on par with most Forgotten Realms books.
Set mainly near Turmish and the Vilhon Wilds but also in in other parts of the realm, the novel is mainly the story of two Devas and the build-up to protecting two lovers battling amidst the storm of outer-family fueding. We are also able to deliver to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. It is very hard to attach to the characters in that way. But Shadrun hides a secret unknowingly, and there are malevolent forces working behind the scenes that may destroy both devas and the two rival merchant houses. Sebastian Robarts is a man paralyzed by the fate of his adored wife, dead in childbirth, their only child with her. They were so alike that they were mixed up multiple times throughout the story. But there are those who hate the word peace with a passion so much that it poisons everything they touch, corrupting house to turn against house, mother to turn against child, and angel to turn against angel.
So I am left with the choice of 3 or 4, and I didn't quite find enough to bump it up to the next level. If you have some time to kill, and are looking for something to read, this isn't too bad. Weldon, to create angels, unfettered by conventional morality, or even rules. The main problem with the characters is that, while there were interesting concepts, none of them felt fully developed. Centuries pass by and the Beguine family and Jadaren family are bitter rivals, ever since that tragic day. There are quite a few time jumps throughout this novel. They were likable and actually had personalities.
To much effort trying to connect disparate ideas and resolve them into one storyline. If you are looking for a unique, standalone Realms novel, look no further than Dawnbringer. The choppy feeling extends past these interruptions as well. The begining, like I said it is a truly unique appraoch in the Forgotten Realms universe. But he only was present for a chapter and was written off and forgotten. In a short story encompassing the first seventy-eight pages, Henderson relates the origin story of the Jadaren and Beguine merchant families and the event that precipitated the rift between the former allies. Dawnbringer by Samantha Henderson Dawnbringer is a stand-alone novel set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons.
It didn't help that throughout the story, a lot of characters seemed to be other characters. The trio, Jandi joining the two, head out and arrive at a spot of land that Gareth claims as his own, with the help of Jandi and the mysterious jewelry. The trio, Jandi joining the two, head out and arrive at a spot of land that Gareth claims as his own, with the help of Jandi and the mysterious jewelry. Not to spoil anything but these two are very interesting. Samantha Henderson is very good at creating the texture and feel of the world she is writing about. Dawnbringer is the perfect meld between classic and contemporary fantasy, with shades of Romeo and Juliet, told from the perspective of guardian angels, in a world where sorcery and monsters are commonplace. After trying to find out if it was magical, a woman named Jandi, tries to warn them that the item is powerful and other forces my try to take it.
His gaze flicked across the gathered folk, which included those who dwelt at the sanctuary, as well as curious pilgrims. It was a surprise to me as a long-time Forgotten Realms reader, as that sort of material has never, to my memory, ever been a part of the novels set in this shared world. These problems make Dawnbringer somewhat hard to follow. The book is easily read by anyone unfamiliar with the Realms, is entirely stand-alone so far has exceptional characterization and a complex but easily followed plot. In fact, the whole novel feels like it's just a short story that someone wanted to make longer.
These connections are just on the surface, but the story as the whole barely has anything to do with Romeo and Juliet. There are a lot of contributing factors to this problem, but it's mostly due to the sudden spurts of background and description. Still, they were good characters and surprisingly deep when all was said and done. Nothing is ever really developed as far as how disrupting that will aid it. I was looking forward to Dawnbringer because I really enjoyed her previous book Heaven's Bones: A Novel of the Mists Ravenloft: the Covenant. Samantha Henderson does a admirable job with her Forgotten Realms novel entitled, Dawnbringer: A Forgotten Realms Novel. Dawnbringer is one of the darker, more adult oriented, and more disturbing Forgotten Realms novels to date with some of the disturbing images.