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

R.A. Salvatore
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Elbryan and Pony--soul mates from childhood who grew even closer over time--fervently hope that the tide of darkness is at last receding from the land of Corona. Yet if evil is on the retreat, why are hordes of goblins and bloody-capped powries slashing their way ever-deeper into civilized lands?

A sinister threat now looms over Corona, for the power of the demon dactyl was not entirely vanquished by the sacrifice of the monk Avelyn Desbris. Instead, its darkness has infiltrated the most sacred of places--as a once-admired spiritual leader rededicates his life to the most vicious, most insidious revenge against the forces of good. There may be no stopping the spread of the malignant evil . . .

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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,

From Library Journal

A slain demon lives on in spirit.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345391527
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel to an excellent book 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel, Salvatore continues to mesmerize... February 19, 1999
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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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore with no SPIRIT??? July 22, 1998
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
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
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execellent follow on cant wait to read on and see how it alll works out,very good and well written story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath trying to anticipate the next move. All of his books are excellent. There is always some excitement on the next page. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Audrey N. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series from the greatest author of all time
R.a. salvatore is an awesome author, I've loved every series he had written it is so easy to lose my self is his books. I anticipate his next books when they come out.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This is a good continuation of the saga. I was anticipating reading this book even before I finished the first one.
Published 21 months ago by John Bojonny
5.0 out of 5 stars All nighter
This is another one of Salvatore's books you will stay up all night reading. Always telling yourself ''just one more chapter'' till all of a sudden your done. Read more
Published 24 months ago by William Robbin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Adventure in the Fight Against Evil!
This is the second book in the series "Demon Wars". I found it to be an exciting read. I highly recommend it to readers of fantasy books and series.
Published on May 7, 2013 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
The first 3 books in this series are fantastic and well worth the read. Although the last 4 books of the series tend to slow down quite a bit, this one was a great read. 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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