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Immortalis, Part 1: The Demon Wars
R.A. Salvatore
Multi-cast production, adaptation
GraphicAudio, 7 hours

R.A. Salvatore
R.A. Salvatore, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, has some two dozen books to his credit. His first book was published in 1988. The Crystal Shard came from TSR, a Forgotten Realms title. Two years later, with his first novel and its sequel sold to Penguin, he quit his day job. When not writing, Salvatore spends time speaking to high schools and library groups, encouraging people, especially kids, to read.

ISFDB Bibliography
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SF Site Review: Transcendence, Part 2: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Woods Out Back
SF Site Review: Transcendence, Part 1: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Ascendance, Part 2: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Ascendance, Part 1: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Mortalis, Part 3: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Mortalis, Part 2: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Mortalis, Part 1: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Apostle, Part 3: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Apostle, Part 2: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Apostle, Part 1: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit, Part 3
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit, Part 2
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit, Part 1
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens, Part 3: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens, Part 2
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens
SF Site Review: The Lone Drow
SF Site Review: Exile
SF Site Review: Homeland
SF Site Review: The Highwayman
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens

Past Feature Reviews
A review by Gil T. Wilson

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Immortalis, Part 1: The Demon Wars I knew it was coming and here it is -- the beginning of the end. This is the first of three parts of the final book in the Demon Wars Saga. This tale has been a great adventure in fantasy, with heroes which include wizards (of a sort), elves, dwarves, goblins, giants, a centaur that plays bagpipes, humans, and a dragon. R.A. Salvatore includes everything one could ever want in a fantasy series and populates the Land of Corona with some great heroes and villains.

He also uses his world-building skills to create several forms of government and develop various religious doctrines which interact with the characters to provide conflict and motivation for the actions of various personalities. This gives the characters depth and allows them to grow throughout the series. Often, excitement within the story occurs when heroes are the ones taking action while the government and religion stand idly by and do nothing.

Throughout the adventures I have grown quite fond of the central characters. A favorite is Jilseponie (Pony) who, as a child was left alone to die after goblins raided her town, eventually becomes Queen of the kingdom of Honce-the-Bear. But now she finds herself in exile at the hands of a son she thought had died in childbirth and is determined to uncover the mystery of how and why this is happening to her and her kingdom.

There is also Bellimar Juraviel, an elf that trains rangers to protect the humans of the Land of Corona. Now in love with one of his lost kinsfolk, he looks forward to the arrival of their first child and hopes to reunite the lost clan of the Doc'alfar with that of his own elven people, the Touel'alfar. But the new king of Honce-the-Bear may be a threat to elven as well as human kingdoms.

As for the new King Aydrian, his murderous past starts to haunt him when he awakes from dreams of those coming back whom he has slain. But that does not seem to keep him from plans of future conquest and reformation of the Abellican church.

As usual with this series, the first part ends with many unanswered questions, leaving the listener anxious to begin the second part. The nice thing about listening to these audiobook productions from GraphicAudio is that they are divided into six or seven hour installments. This helps break up the action and offers listeners a breather before plunging into the excitement and turmoil of the next adventure. The drama is made more exciting through the superb production from GraphicAudio. They use excellent voice actors that not only express the emotion and action of the characters at the moment, but also seem to be able to express the character's history that led to this moment in time. The music and sound effects also move you along through the saga, leaving you on the edge of your seat for the entire run. So strap in and enjoy this beginning of the end of the saga.

Copyright © 2011 Gil T. Wilson

Gil T. has spent a quarter of a century working in radio and has lots of spare time on his hands and reading or listening to books takes up all that time. Check out his blog to find out what he's up to at any given moment.


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