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Product Details

  • Series: The DemonWars Saga
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (January 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345391527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345391520
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Demon trilogy by R.A. Salvatore began with The Demon Awakens and continues with The Demon Spirit. Corona is a fantasy world regularly menaced by the "demon dactyl" who organizes the usual suspects--goblins, dwarfs, giants--in hope of wiping out humanity. Having been comprehensively blown up in book one, the now bodiless demon resorts to corrupting the soul of the abbot who is Corona's chief religious leader. It's an easy task, since despite a few good monks the church is already a murderous, hypocritical outfit.

On the other side, Elbryan the elf-trained warrior and his magic-wielding lady are busy cleaning up the increasingly disorganized remnants of the demon's armies, with skilled assistance from elf and thief companions. The magic comes from stones and jewels with various interesting powers, liberated from the church by a renegade monk in book one. This annoys the Abbot no end, and his "Brother Justice" assassins are hot on the stones' trail, bumping off rival clerics and innocent bystanders en route.

There's plenty of slick incidental adventure and skirmishing, and even an exciting raid on the torture chambers of the biggest and best-defended abbey. Meanwhile the battle lines are being rearranged: the fight is no longer against the demon but the now demon-influenced church, with the final clash scheduled for the concluding volume The Demon Apostle. Fast-moving commercial fantasy that delivers action rather than misty enchantment. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

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A slain demon lives on in spirit.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

R.A. Salvatore has spent so many years winding himself into fantasy worlds that he's still trying to figure out how to unwind. He is the author of more than forty novels and more than a dozen New York Times best sellers, including The Two Swords, which debuted at or near the top of many best seller lists.

Customer Reviews

I anticipate his next books when they come out.
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Definitely, read The Demon Awakens, which is the first book in this trilogy, before starting this one.
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He has great detail, storytelling, and imagination.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mexter@home.com on February 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just literally finished reading The Demon Spirit about two minutes ago. While I was expecting a good read, I wasn't expecting one quite of this calibre.
The description of this book sounded something like that of the first one. The Goblins/Powries are still rampaging, Elbryan & Pony are still fighting, and Markwart (I don't feel right giving him the title of Abbot) is still scheming to get those stones back, and has made not one, but two Brothers Justice.
But this book takes entirely different turns from the first one. And it was even darker, which in itself is quite astonishing. (Though not so much so that you are left without hope, even at the end)
About the only real complaints I have with this one is the battles. They are well written, in the usual Bob style, but I felt that there were too many, particularly near the beginning of the book. But this is very much a minor complaint in what is otherwise an excellent novel.
Arguably, this was the best book thus far in Salvatore's career. (Though I really liked Homeland)
And to think that the next book is due out any day now...
Congratulations, Bob! Should you return to Vancouver for another booksigning, I shall certainly be there to congratulate you in person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Mackay on June 21, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While this one was not as good as the first, many of the excellent characters and character development are still factors in why this book is good. One thing I like about this series is that Salvatore isn't afraid to eliminate a "hero" or villian no matter how good they are. Which is a problem I have with some of the Forgotten realms and Dragon lance books, those characters are immortal. Could you imagine those heroes just dying? Nope! Anyway, The Demon Spirit is a good sequel to Awakens. I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By frenchnj@muohio.edu on February 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm on page 427 and I don't want this book to end, but I know I'll be done in a couple hours. I used to read fantasy novels at a rate of about one a week, but then I came to college and became a creative writing major and had all these "literary fiction" books to read for my classes, and had little time left to read on my own. I picked up "The Demon Awakens" this past summer when I was on jury duty, and was then thrilled, on my last visit home, to find a copy of "The Demon Spirit" in paperback. I haven't been able to put it down since! While most of the "literature" I read for class isn't necessarily *bad,* I had forgotten just how much *fun* I used to have with reading, particularly good fantasy novels that keep you in the world, with the characters, even when you're not directly engaged with the book. I love this series, and while I really don't have the money, or the time (my other reading has fallen behind as I can't pull myself away from Corona), I'm going to do myself a favor and order "The Demon Apostle" as soon as I see it's available. Salvatore has come through and saved a rather lost literary soul... thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Alan Rosenberg on March 13, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While not as great as I expected, this was a very entertaining and fast paced continuation of an exploration into the world of Corona. Salvatore, as always, kept my attention and focus and I truly enjoyed turning the pages. My only complaint is that after the victory over Dactyl (maybe/maybe not?) the story begins to focus more and more on the Abellican monks. At times I found this boring and lacking of slow. Once the goblins and powries left the stage the story began to grind to a slower pace. Although I did eventually get into the new direction of the story, it did take some getting used to.
Overall I'd recommend you pursue the continuation of the First Demon War Saga and pick up this novel. I look forward to reading the Demon Apostle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Overall Demon Spirit was a disappointing novel. When I decided to read this book it was with the hope that it would be an improvement on Demon Awakens but in fact there is a precipitous drop in the quality of work. As usual Salvatore's battle descriptions are well described, but is anyone out there getting annoyed by the plot of these novels? Salvatore rehashes the Brother Justic conflict again in Demon Spirit-- unfortunately this conflict is not greatly anticipated by the reader and the actual battle is less inspiring than several minor conflicts Elbryan et al have while battling rogue goblins. After alluding to a political subplot in the battle between Elbryan et al and the wicked Father Abbot, Salvatore rather abruptly and disappointingly nips this subplot in the bud. I may be wrong, but there is a segment of Salavatore's readership which may be intersted in aspects of a fantasy novel that are not diretly related to combat. Development of the social and polical ! aspects of the world which Salvatore generates would make for a more interesting novel, than a world which is generated for his heroic characters to smash through.
Perhaps I expect to much from Salvatore, but the Dark elf series is far better written and it seems as though these other series essentially use "retread" character molds. Avelyn aka Cadderly, Elbryan/Dritzz/Luthien, Pony/Cattie Brie. Granted the books are a decent read but I'm always feeling as though something is missing. I feel as though Salvatore could be the caliber of a J.R.Tolkien, Robert Jordan or a more pleasing cross of the two if he merely spent more time developing the world about his characters. By providing a more detailed description of this fantasy realm and creating secondary characters with more depth I sure he could generate a truly remarkable series.
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