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Transcendence (The DemonWars Saga) [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Salvatore
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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It is the summer of 839. Brave and beautiful Brynn Dharielle sets out on a daring mission to free her beloved homeland from tyrannical rule. But she cannot imagine the depth of chaos, corruption, and betrayal that seethes admist a ruthless sect of warrior priests, led and manipulated by an evil chieftain who conceals a dark, age-old secret.

For Brynn and her trusted elven companion, the way to Behren turns into a fierce and illuminating voyage beneath the Belt-and-Buckle mountains. And while they face many dangers, the knowledge they acquire will have profound implications for the future of the elven valley, a land shaped by the plotting of a queen desperate to hold onto her magic.

Meanwhile, by the time Brynn reaches the land where she once saw her parents murdered, the seeds of revolution are already flourishing. For a courageous young woman and her elven mentor, the first salvo of a sweeping battle has begun—one that will threaten to destroy the heart and soul of their world.

The eagerly anticipated new novel in R. A. Salvatore’s Second DemonWars saga, Transcendence is an extraordinary adventure that introduces a remarkable new hero—and explores the mysteries of enlightenment and the art of war . . . in a dazzling epic of the imagination.

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Editorial Reviews Review

In Transcendence, the second book in his second DemonWars Saga, author R.A. Salvatore adds another layer to the events of book one, Ascendance, with a parallel plot line in the desert kingdom of Behren. He spotlights the Elven-trained Ranger Brynn Dharielle as she quests to claim her birthright and free the nomadic To-gai from the theocratic occupation of Behren and its dark kingpriest--Yakim Douan.

Transcendence is as much the story of Brynn's quest to free the oppressed To-gai as it is the tale of their oppressors. While events in Ascendance are heating up, Transcendence introduces the Yatol leader Douan who is single-mindedly preparing for his, yes, "transcendence" wherein the leader will die to be reborn. It's the secret behind this miracle and Douan's machinations to secure his lands in preparation for the rebirth that will eventually allow Brynn to free the To-gai from the Behrenese yoke. But Brynn's quest will unleash the deadly power of an ancient ally who will test her resolve to win her people's freedom.

Transcendence is excellent fantasy. Salvatore's characters stride across a grand stage that is epic in scale yet still detailed and personal. The juxtaposition of happenings in the first two books sets up what will be a thrilling conclusion as the political implications of each will undoubtedly collide in book three. --Jeremy Pugh

From Publishers Weekly

Following 2001's Ascendance, bestseller Salvatore continues his Second DemonWars Saga with a thoughtful look at the making of a war leader. Brynn Dharielle, elf-trained ranger and onetime schoolmate of Aydrian Wyndon, seeks to liberate her homeland, To-gai, from the invading theocrats of Behren the priests of Yatol and their elite troops, the Chezhou-Lei. But a cause being just doesn't make it easily attainable. Brynn must wage war, and in the process she must answer the probing questions of Pagonel, the Jhesta Tu mystic, who asks what the price of freedom really is. Having brought the dragon Agradeleous out of its lair, she has to promise it sport in the form of destroying Behrenese settlements. When she attacks the cities of Behren, she must decide whether to spare or to spoil their land as they have pillaged To-gai. The author displays a deeper understanding of motivation and emotional development than most commercial fantasists. From a simple warrior, Brynn becomes a skilled negotiator, making compromises to turn former enemies into future allies. Her actions are portrayed within the greater context of Salvatore's world, where warfare blends into politics, politics into religion, religion into morality. At the end, the nomadic To-gai-ru win not by arms alone but by Brynn playing the internal divisions of Behren against themselves. Because Salvatore expands the internal lives of his characters beyond the usual questlike narrative, his book gains a welcome bit of depth.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 986 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345430417
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 29, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to slip through the cracks May 5, 2002
When a writer finds himself competing with himself for the top of the best-seller list, you know he has acheived a certain level of success.
R.A. Salvatore's sixth book in the world of the Demon Wars is a brilliant creation of original fantasy.
Sadly, due to the unfortunate timing of its release in the same week as the guaranteed best-seller STAR WARS Episode II, this great book may well slip unnoticed by the wayside.
Salvatore is well-known for his character development and his excellent descriptions of combat, as well as for his most famous Dark-Elf character upon whose shoulders the Forgotton Realms world rides. In more recent years he has also become well-known for his work in the Star Wars universe, but what many of his fans are missing out on is the amazing world of the Demon Wars. This original land he has developed brings to his work new levels of maturity in the depth of characterization and subtlety of plot. Twists and turns of political development, honor battling against love, true power and great tragedy fill all the books of these series so far, with many more levels of understanding than is typical of modern fantasy-fiction.
Ascendance steps away (for the moment) from the now-familiar nation of Honce The Bear, and follows the young Ranger Brynn Dharielle as she and her Touel-Alfar companion Belli mar Juraviel head south to the conquered nation of To-Gai-Ru. In an attempt to lead her native people to freedom from the oppression of the Behrenese conquerers and their immortal God-King, Brynn will find herself living a life of legends, learning what it means to be ready to die... but more importantly, what it means to be ready to live.
Any fan of fantasy - indeed, any open-minded fan of honest and deep characters - will be more than pleased with this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Awesome but Somewhat Distorted Book May 3, 2002
This is a great book. Let me just start with that. It has an amazing plot, and introduces a new character, Brynn which will no doubt tie into the next book, Immortalis when it comes out. The book is about Brynn freeing her homeland from the Yatols od the distant land of Behren. I can understand that some people may be disappointed in this book. Why? Because Aydrian, Pony, Andacanavar, De'Unnero and all your favorite characters are barely involved in this book. But I tell of all Salvatore fans, give it a chance. It is a great book, and you will not be disappointed at the end with the addition of such a great character. Immortalis should be one of the greatest books of all time seeing as though Salvatore is combining all the character for one last Demon Wars boom!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAS transcends to a higher level... August 6, 2002
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If you asked me two years ago who R.A. Salvatore was, I would have told you the name reminded me of some movie director I couldn't place. That was, of course, before I was introduced to the worlds of Drizzt, Cadderly, and Elbryan. Nearly 30 books later, I sit here yet again amazed by the brilliance that is R.A. Salvatore. He truly is one of THE fantasy authors of the century. His words, characters, and carefully woven tales will remain etched in the minds of hundreds of thousands of people for years to come.
Transcendence is another gem to be added to this jewelry store of a collection Salvatore has opened. Having followed the "Demon Wars" series with an open heart, I fell completely in love with Elbryan and Jilesponie. I journeyed with them through battles, heartache, lost and renewed friendships, the culmination of love, political turmoil, betrayal, and even miracles...I felt their pain almost as distinctly as if it were my own. As Salvatore delicately wove their story, and it eventually developed into Pony's story, I became somewhat disheartened...until I realized that the sacrifice that was made HAD to be made, and it only further enriched the storyline.
Such is true of Transcendence. No longer is the story centered around Pony or her troubled son Aydrian. It focuses on Brynn Dharielle, the elven trained ranger woman who wields a bow like some form of the Goddess Diana come to life. We witness how she fights her way back to her homeland, through lands of forgotten enemies, a dragon's lair, and a mountain never successfully traversed. She slowly emerges as her people's rightful savior, with the help of her old friend, Belli'mar Juraviel, and three surprising new companions. Her struggle to give her people the freedom they so yearn for is almost painfully human.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great epic fantasy from one of today's best authors December 13, 2002
In sequel to Ascendence, of which I was not terribly impressed, I bought Transcendence out of loyalty to the author, having loved nearly all of his previous efforts. Having read the book in very short time, despite its length, I must say my loyalty was rewarded.
Following a different path than any of the previous books in the Demon Wars setting, Salvatore explores an entirely different culture than in those ealier novels. Thus we are not re-hashing any of the same old story lines as before. While there is a returning character, he holds true to his form while still managing to grow from his prior mindset. The main character appeared in the last book, but she was only a minor player. Here she is allowed to grow. The events of this book occur simultaneously with Ascendence, with each book referring to events transpiring in the other.
Having completed her Elven training, Brynn Dharielle embarks on her quest to liberate her people from their conquerors. With her is Belli-mar Juraviel, her Elven companion and mentor. Early in their journey, they become sidetracked, the circumstances of which gain them a new companion. In their effort to traverse the mountains and gain Brynn's homeland, another significant branch is added to the storyline.
In addition to the good guys mentioned above, there are also the conquerors. Some of the political machinations of these religious fanatics described by Salvatore are just delicious, while many of the resulting actions are quite disturbing. The main character from this group is the leader of the Behrenese peoples, and the architect of the conquest of Brynn's homeland. While he is supprted by religious fervor and thrives upon it, it is quite clear that he is both a heretic and a hypocrite, making him one to love to hate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it to continue
I started this series a long while ago and it was worth the read.

All the books in this series is pretty amazing and captivating to where I will re-read it over and over... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Godd read
This book is a good continuation of the series and keeps me wanting more about this world. I liked each book and this was no exception.
Published 11 months ago by John Bojonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Salvatore continues to amaze with his stories.
This was a great continuation.
I will never be disappointed. Always better and better.
Published 13 months ago by jody atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars it arrived
Well what can I say I love the the demon wars saga and the only real problem I found is all the stickers on the book are impossible to remove and a little damage from usage but... Read more
Published 17 months ago by simon r luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendence
Better than the company said it would be. Looked like a new book instend of a used one. Even the cover was new looking. Will buy books from here in the future.
Published 21 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
This was a gift for a Salvatore fan...he LOVED will definitely stay on his bookshelves....great reading, one of the best authors for this kind of work!
Published on June 17, 2012 by M. White
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest entry in the Dragon Wars sagas
The Demon Wars sagas are the first Fantasy series that I have read. I really enjoyed the first trilogy with Elbryan Wyndon (Nightbird) as the main hero. Read more
Published on September 1, 2011 by gregorywurz
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
BALDERS GATE type of tale. Describing a difficult battles of good over evil with many encounters.
Published on November 29, 2009 by Francis R. Kolb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not up to the level of Ascendance.
This second volume in the Second DemonWars Saga takes place over the same time period as Ascendance. Read more
Published on October 28, 2008 by Chip Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Series
This book is incredible. It is just another title in the Demon War Saga, a must read for any fantasy fan.
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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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