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The Demon Awakens (The DemonWars Saga) [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Salvatore
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Book Description

In THE DEMON AWAKENS, bestselling author R. A. Salvatore creates an astonishing new world for readers to explore--and an intrepid hero to lead the way: Elbryan Wynden, who must confront the dark tides of destiny in his epic search for justice and peace . . .

A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin armies and fearsome giants ravage the settlements of the frontier, and in the small village of Dundallis their merciless attack leaves behind two shattered orphans: Pony and her lifelong friend, the youth Elbryan. Taken in by elves, Elbryan is raised to become a formidable ranger--a fateful role that will lead him into harrowing confrontation.

Meanwhile, on a far-off island, a shower of gemstones will fall onto the black sand shores. These heaven-sent stones carry within them an incredible power--the key to all that is good in the world and all that is evil, and it is up to one young monk to liberate them from the corrupt monastery that harvests them. Pray that they don't fall into the wrong, clawed hands . . .

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From Library Journal

The demon dactyl awakens in a mountainside cave on Corona populated by elves, goblins, humans, centaurs, and giants. When goblins destroy the village of Dundallis, orphaned Pony and her friend Elbryan survive. Aided by magically powerful gemstones, they fight to defeat the evil dactyl. Recommended for fantasy collections.
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From Booklist

Salvatore's new saga opens in a volcano, with a "demon dactyl" awaking and sending out goblins to ravage the peaceful land of Corona. The scourge orphans young Elbryan Wyndon and the maiden Pony, and the two have to flee for their lives. Meanwhile, on a beach far, far away, multicolored gemstones rain down and prove to have enormous potential for both good and evil magic, depending on whose hands they fall into. After many peregrinations, Elbryan and Pony end up guardians of the gemstones, but that is only their first victory. Salvatore lacks the command of language and the humor of some other exploiters of the classic elements of fantasy, yet he lacks nothing in pacing and well-handled battle scenes. Morever, the extra elbow room he gives himself in this stout volume (and its probable successors) allows him to improve his characterization and world building. This is his most ambitious book to date; if it is not superlatively original, it is certainly very readable. Roland Green

Product Details

  • File Size: 1894 KB
  • Print Length: 626 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFON2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What I didn't know (and am a little annoyed that the main reviews didn't mention before hand) is that this version of the book actually contains both The Demon Awakens and The Demon Spirit (The second book in the Demon Wars series).

So I bought another version of The Demon Spirit for no reason. You're getting two of the books for the price of one. You really can't beat that.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fantasy Story January 30, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been a Salvatore fan since I first read the Icewind Dale Trilogy, and I actually am enjoying this series a little more. The story follows Elbryan, a youth in Dundalis who is left orphaned after his town is sacked by goblins and giants, Pony, Elbryan's playmate and love interest who grew up with him, and Avelyn a monk studying the magic holy stones in the Abellican church. They all come together and must face off against an evil demon dactyl that is gathering an army of powries, which are evil bloodthirsty dwarves, goblins, and giants.
The transitions between each character work well by chapter, and you really end up caring about each of the main characters. The difference between this and the Drizzt novels is that all the charactes are vunerable. In other words, some of the characters you come to love may not last, let's just leave it at that.
The only problems are the usual problems with Salvatore's writing, overuse of certain words (ex. stoic, stoically...). It's a small price to pay for such a fun and exciting book. The holy stones make magic seem new and interesting also.
Definitely pick up this book if you have the chance, you won't regret it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore's best series December 6, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For somebody interested in the fantasy genre, this is certainly a must read. This is the first book of, in my opinion, Salvatore's best series (by which I mean the entire 7-book series, not just the first trilogy).

Salvatore is a master of combat descriptions, but both his character development and his plotbuilding/worldbuilding skills are erratic - he's had his share of great characters as well as bland, unbelievable fantasy cliches, same goes for his world creation skills. Here, he excells at all the three factors, building an immensely vivid world, excellent characters and great intrigue. This runs nothing like the Drizzt series, where all the time, you have the feeling that the main hero is _the_ hero - the unbeatable titan who can overcome all difficulties. Thus, the series gets predictable at times. Here, you might have real trouble guessing how the main characters will overcome their difficulties. Also, Salvatore seems much more inklined in this series to actually kill some hero characters, which makes the story even less predictable and more fleshed out.

While I have been quite disappointed with the remaining non-Forgotten Realms enterprises of Salvatore's, this one is a real masterpiece and a must-read. If you enjoy good fantasy, try this one, you surely won't be disappointed.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks sophistication to tackle raised themes November 25, 2000
By Alex
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The world grows corrupt and decadent, allowing the Dactyl to come back to life. In its hunger for pain and suffering, the Dactyl slowly gathers its evil throng, and finally erupts upon the unwary world in a titanic war of destruction. The reader follows the lives of the three heroes from adolescence through adulthood as they slowly realize that their goal is to warn (or, alternatively, save) the world. The one female and two male heroes are: Jylseponie (Jilly or Pony for short), a girl who loses her memory after her village is burned and ransacked by goblins; Elbryan ("Nightbird") the Ranger, who, having witnessed the same carnage as Pony, is trained by the elves to become an ultimate warrior; and, finally, Avelyn Desbris, a young monk with phenomenal magic powers who loses faith and escapes with a trove of magic stones, having witnessed the ultimate corruption of his order.
To put it plainly, Salvatore seems to lack the sophistication to properly exploit the complicated themes he raises (lost faith, long-lasting trauma, wanderlust, alienation, captivity), and because of this flaw the most involving aspects of the plot become mundane very quickly. An viable alternative would be to flesh out the dark, somber world of the Demon Wars saga, but it is not pursued. His world retains the feeling of modernism and rarely allows the reader to "immerse" himself in the reading. The reader is left dangling between the Scylla of a fragmentary world and the Charybdis of characters that grow flatter as the book progresses.
Although generally quick-paced, the chapters are frequently interrupted by overlong, overdescribed skirmishes, where each individual stike and parry gets its own sentence. Since very little imagery is involved, the skirmishes quickly lose individuality.
A long, fairly average read, the first in a fairly long series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a difficult book to rate November 6, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you have read the Dark Elf Trilogy, then you know what to expect. Although I daresay that this series is better the Drizzt books for the simple reason that Drizzt is never going to be killed in battle, regardless of how many people or even gods he faces. So Drizzt is never in real jeopardy so has become uninteresting. In this series no character is truly safe, and no character is kept around after they are no longer useful to the story.

My first reaction was thinking that Mr. Salvatore plagiarized himself. Take the best points of Elbryan and Avelyn and you have Drizzt. Bradwarden is Wulfgar and Pony is Cattie Bri, even one of her nicknames is a nod to it. The similar training sequences and moralizing are here was well.

Unlike the other fantasy writer named Robert, this Robert can cover a lot of ground quickly, with enough details to get a very good idea of the last few weeks, months or even years. Salvatore trusts and encourages our imagination.

I liked his take on centaurs, and especially liked the magic system. It is very unique, which is a rarity in the fantasy genre. The elves are somewhat standard(very aloof), but are interesting enough. The church is what you would expect from a group of people filled with the stink of piety and power.

So why 4 stars instead of 1 or 2? Simple: it is a very interesting story that keeps you engaged and never gets bogged down in unimportant details. Unlike other series that go past 3 books, this series stays engaging from beginning to end. Well worth getting into.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great plot. I little to heavy on the fighting moves.
Published 2 months ago by Ziggy1951
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a gift fort someone else but he loves all the books
Published 7 months ago by Linda F
1.0 out of 5 stars HO HO! WHAT?
I should have listened to the other one star reviews. I bought this book because I enjoyed the Dark Elf series. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Just Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
So far I've enjoyed everything I've read from RAS. Spoke to him once, briefly, about a project he was doing with online gaming (years ago) and he seems like a nice fella, too. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KT
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great book. I highly suggest it. Quick read. Kept me hungry for more. Salvatore is one of the best fantasy authors.
Published 9 months ago by Lg
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore has outdone himself
Some of Mr. Salvatore's books seem to read like young adult fiction. The Demon Awakens is masterfully written with both well developed characters and a great story line. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mark E Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A Final Fantasy
While reading this book, I felt like I was in a final fantasy game. I love final fantasy games and I loved this book. R A Salvatore at his best!
Published 10 months ago by STELLA Goldsberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome Salvatore book...
Great characters, action, adventure, and the typical Salvatore flair for writing fantasy make for a damned good book! Highly recommended!
Published 10 months ago by Darren J Hendershot
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book
A great book with lots of action, a great story line, with well developed characters. I would recommend this and any RA Salvatore books to anyone looking for a great story line... Read more
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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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