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Mortalis (The DemonWars Saga) [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Salvatore
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Book Description

The long struggle is over at last. The demon dactyl is no more, its dark sorceries shattered by the gemstone magic wielded by the woman known as Pony. But victory did not come easily. Many lives were lost, including Pony’s lover, the elf-trained ranger Elbryan Wynden.

Despite the dactyl’s demise, the kingdom still seethes in the same cauldron of plots and machinations. But when a deadly sickness suddenly appears among the people of Corona, Pony must undertake a pilgrimage that will test her powers–and her faith–as never before. Watching her every step of the way is the man she hates above all else: Marcalo De’Unnero, the villain responsible for Elbryan’s death . . . who would desire nothing more than to lead Pony down that same treacherous path to destruction.

Editorial Reviews Review

Setting aside his wildly popular Forgotten Realms books for the moment, Bob Salvatore continues to wade into his character-development-heavy Demon Wars saga with this meaty kickoff to the latest DW series. If you're familiar with the series (and if you're not, start with The Demon Awakens), you know that this ain't Icewind Dale. The generously developed characters take center stage, and they--much to our initial dismay, perhaps--are far from invincible. (More than a few hearts were broken when Elbryan the Nightbird, Touel'alfar-trained ranger extraordinaire, bit the dust in the last book, Demon Apostle.)

Mortalis shifts the spotlight to fearsome gemstone-wielder Jilseponie (a.k.a. Pony), who's got to decide just what path to take in the wake of Markwart/Bestesbulzibar's defeat and the death of her beloved ranger hubby. Should she take over the Abellican church as Mother Abbess? Or should she take King Danube's offer to be Baroness of Palmaris? Or perhaps her grief-tinged destiny lies along another path. Countless goblins still require a firm beating down, the ranks of the Abellicans are far from content, and a virulent plague threatens to kill off even more characters. What's a Pony to do? --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

This hefty fantasy by bestselling author Salvatore (The Witch's Daughter), which launches a new Demon Wars saga, finds the beautiful and powerful gemstone-mage, Pony, grieving for her lost husband, Elbryan. She also faces a major decision: to become mother abbess of the Abellican Church, or to accept King Danube's offer to make her a baroness and secular ruler? Pony agonizes over whether to stand with the church and fight its corruption or to help the king restore order to a shattered kingdom; she opts to travel to her homeland to ponder. Thus, with no demons to kill, the saga starts off detailing the power struggle between church and state. There is a new enemy to defeat in the land of Corona, howeverDa goblin-spread plague that is the deadly legacy of Bestesbulzibar, the evil "demon dactyl" who has already been killed off three times (once in each volume of the first Demon Wars trilogy). Filled with far more angst than action, this volume still contains enough adventure (including, finally, a magical battle against a tigerish monster) to keep it moving at a happy pace. But for fans looking to vicariously shed the blood of evil goblins, fomorians (giants) and powries (dwarves), this may not be enough. And readers with a more mature perspective might find greater enjoyment and similar conflicts in any well-written medieval history. 6-city author tour.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345430425
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (September 26, 2000)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore's Continuing Epic July 21, 2000
This, in my opinion, is R. A. Salvatore's best work. I will grant that it is not his best-written work, and that I did notice the overuse of the word pragmatic, however; all of this aside, the story is simply amazing. RAS takes the world of Corona into a new, and more mature realm. We are done with the cut-and-clear battles between good and evil and have moved to the realms of morality and inner-struggle. Of character development, and new beginnings. Mr. Salvatore has put his heart and soul into this work (having written it during a very harsh time in his life) This is why there is a grainy, choppy, and unfinished feel to this book (as some reviewers have pointed out) If anything, these qualities enhance the true meaning of the book, but only if one looks into the story. Gone is the heroic world of Elbryan- Nightbird, and left is the new threat from the seeds of the Demon Dactyl. Corona is a larger world by far by the end of Mortalis, and a much more interesting place. I thank Mr. Salvatore for sharing his pain through this masterful work of fantasy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Fantasy July 1, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
R.A. Salvatore has written his absolute best book to date. That is not easy for me to say, because I have read most of his works, and always enjoy them. Sometimes his novels are full of action but fall a little short on plot. Sometimes they have mostly strong characterizations but almost always there are one or two who seem out-of-place or need some rounding out. But his stories always bring enjoyment to my reading eyes.

But this time, he has topped all of his previous efforts. Even his Dark Elf Trilogy suffers when stacked against the developing epic of this Demon Wars saga.

I first approached this book with some trepidation. I had completed the first trilogy of the Demon Wars Saga and I was worried at how he would follow-up the emotionally charged ending of that trilogy. I also knew there was (and is) a second Demon Wars Trilogy. This then would appear to be an in-between novel. Was it just filler? Would it simply serve to wrap up any loose ends from the first trilogy and set-up the second?

The answer was yes...but so much more. We do, indeed follow Jillseponie (a.k.a. Pony) as she struggles to find her way in the cruel world of Corona. She has endured much heartache in her life and labors to find her role in the post-Demon world. As the hero that vanquished the Demon of the first trilogy, as well as the evil it had spawned, Pony is offered her choice of political appointments. Whether to be baroness of a province or perhaps the mother abbot of the Ambellican Church? Perhaps she is in line to be queen? Instead she takes the road that allows her to search for answers.

The novel is a bit of a departure for Salvatore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore's best yet September 17, 2000
Mortalis continues the sweeping epic Salvatore started in the Demon Wars Trilogy, and sets the stage for further adventures in his world of Corona. There is enough action and intrigue to satisfy most adventure fans, but this is a deeper book. This is a book that examines the responsibility of organized religion to the people it serves; a book that questions who is saint and who is heretic; a book that takes a hopeful look at miracles, and a cynical look at the traditions that religious leaders hide behind, a book that decries the apparant futility of fighting an evil that will eventually just reappear in one form or another. It is a journey that many of us have made ourselves; and - while you will find few clear-cut answers here - Mortalis will give you renewed hope in our world as it takes you deep within the world Salvatore has created so vividly.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Beginning! July 9, 2000
I almost never post reviews for books anymore, but after reading Mortalis, I just had to. This book has proven to me, beyond the shadow a doubt, that Fantasy has earned the right to be on everyone's bookshelf, and Mr. Salvatore is one of the main reasons. This is not your average hack and slasher, this book is for all the fantasy fans out there who are searching for more. Hey, I love Hack and slash, but don't you get tired of the good guys winning all the time...oops, did I say to much? Seriously, this book draws you in and leaves you yearning for more. I have always been a fan of Mr Salvatore and this book really reminds me why. His writing has grown with his audience and that fact is especially evident in this book. Personally, I cannot wait to read the next one! You have to get this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He keeps it going!! June 10, 2002
By mark
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was hesitant at first to start into a new series from Salvatore when I started the first Demonwars Saga book a couple of years ago. I was such a huge fan of his Forgotten Realms novels (with Drizzt and the crew) that I did not see how I could relate to a whole new world, with new characters, quests, and concerns. I should not have worried. His quick-paced, exciting style has stayed consistent throughout the series, and in the world of Corona he has created an intense, very realistic setting for a heroic saga.
In Mortalis, things pick up with Pony (Jilesponie Wyndon) trying to pick up the pieces after losing her husband, Elbryan at the end of the last book. To top it off she is being used as a pawn by the church and state to try and improve their positions. Sound familiar?
The key plot line revolves around the introduction of a deadly plauge that begins killing off the population in great numbers. With the king and church hiding behind their walls, Pony takes up the reigns out of necessity to find a cure. Within this storyline Salvatore winds in a number of interesting subplots that expertly set up the Second Demonwars trilogy.
I really wondered how this book would come off after killing the character that I felt was the cornerstone of the previous three books, and I held off buying it. Salvatore pulled off the transition to Pony as the main protagonist no problem, and if anything this was a better read than the previous series. It definitely showcases Salvatores talents and I am looking forward to continuing the Demonwars story soon!!
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Published 1 month ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite series from Salvatore and hopefully the reviews...
I've read most of R.A Salvatore's work and even seen him once at a signing at The Ohio State University's Barns N Noble

The signing was just inspirational, this author... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Al
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 months ago by kirk schweickert
4.0 out of 5 stars The power of politics vs the power of the plague.
Where the first books were more about the war this was more about politics and the workings between church and state. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LawfulJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This author has provided a vivid image of a world where things have turned ugly, but good triumphs in the end.
Published 19 months ago by John Bojonny
5.0 out of 5 stars R. A. Salvatore Rocks!
Great characters...great you in and gets you to feel for the characters. With mortality around every corner, i can't wait to see what happens next.
Published on February 25, 2013 by EARL BURKE
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat slow...
The first three books in this series were incredible, and I really enjoyed the read. This being the 4th book, really started to slow things down. Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by Koveh Tavakkol
2.0 out of 5 stars The POV jumping was jarring.
Let me start off by saying that I am huge RA Salvatore fan, so I decided to read some of his other works. I was very disappointed in this story. Read more
Published on April 23, 2009 by Vomarian
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Salvatore book to date. Very highly recommended.
Salvatore often states that he believes this is the best book he's ever written, and I cannot disagree. Read more
Published on July 14, 2008 by Chip Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore does it again!!
I have not read a book by R. A. Salvatore that I did not enjoy. These DemonWars books are his best! A world all his own that is so much like our own, though not. Read more
Published on January 24, 2006 by Derek J. Jordan
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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.


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