The Sundering

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Malthus the Counselor leading Haomane's Allies to war

The Sundering is a fantasy duology by Jacqueline Carey, better known for her series Kushiel's Legacy. The two books are Banewreaker (2004) and Godslayer (2005).

The Sundering tells a story deliberately very similar to J.R.R. Tolkien's stories (The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings, but with the twist that it is told from the perspective of the "villain" characters.

It is not a true case of Villain Protagonists, though, because the story makes clear that the "evil" characters are really not evil at all, merely misunderstood.

Tropes used in The Sundering include: